|Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni|
Somali Prime Minister Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali is expected to hold talks with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala on Friday,June 29.Ali is also expected to meet Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the Army Chief Gen Aronda Nyakairima.
Ali will also visit a few families of Ugandan soldiers currently serving under AMISOM, relatives of those who died and those who are wounded.
Meanwhile the Commander of Ugandan contingent of soldiers fighting in AMISOM Brig Paul Lokech has said that the capture of Balaad by AMISOM peacekeepers on Tuesday is not only a loss of territory, but a big blow to the Al- Shabaab who also lost lots of weapons.
“After a peaceful entry on Tuesday, as the insurgents fled the town, some wanted to create insecurity on Balaad-Mogadishu road and we beat them up. We captured one alive and took from them eight submachine guns, one PK machine gun and one rocket propelled grenade. Of course some of them died,” said Brig Lokech, the commander of the Ugandan contingent in Somalia on Wednesday.
Balaad is a key strategic town, being the gateway connecting Mogadishu to central Somalia as well as the Puntland region.