Somali plead with EU to keep Burundi troops in Amisom

The Somali Community in Uganda have appealed to the European Union (EU) as funders of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to mobilise salaries for the Burundi troops now threatening to pull out of Somalia. Burundi has also threatened to sue the African Union (AU) over failure to pay its peacekeeping contingent in Somalia. “Security in Somalia is still very fragile that is why we still need Amisom. The other day, media reported a gunman believed to be an al-Shabaab militant having shot someone dead in State House [in Mogadishu]. This is evidence that we are not yet stable to stand on our own,” the Somali community chairman in Uganda, Hassan Hussein, told journalists in Kampala on Monday. “Should Amisom withdraw now, even the little peace we have achieved will be washed away,” Hussein said. President Pierre Nkurunziza said the Burundian forces serving with Amisom have gone for more than one year without salaries. “Failure by the African Union to sort out the problem by next month, Burundian soldiers will pull out of the mission,” he said.