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How should Ugandans respond?

Nyambura Wambugu | 15:23 UK time, Monday, 12 July 2010

The bombing of football fans as they watched the World Cup final in Kampala has shocked the continent.


ugmancropp.jpgThe Ugandan government has promised to hunt down those responsible. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
As the country comes to terms with the rising death toll, BBC Africa Have Your Say is asking how should Ugandans respond?   

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  • Comment number 2.

    It is sad to see the loss of many innocent lives in such barbaric way. Such acts should be condemned by all who value human life.

    However, t[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]he Ugandan Army has no business in Somalia. Although I understand why the Somalis are mad at Uganda, but committing such a crime is not the way to address their problem.

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    i think it is time the africa union stand and stop this rebel group that are destroying human life. African leaders can not tell as they do not know the where about of this rebels, i expect the whole world to stand and combat crime in any kind and stop and this group should stop associating their barbaric act to Islam .

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    Somebody should tell these Islamicists if they have ever seen a forest with only one type of tree, they are simply using religion as a means to political power.They seem to be driven by this nonsense [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]tribes,communities,religions etc. The Holy Quran has a solution for how to handle such people. If the Prophet (SAW) was able to accept Jews and Christians, and even went on to say there would be 72 sects in Islam, how come these (fake) Islamicists are saying otherwise?

  • Comment number 5.

    Bomb blast in Uganda is an incident and should be treated as so. Just like the fire that burnt down the Buganda tombs.
    As part of the world community there is no country that can claim total safety. However, the Uganda incident like many in other parts of the world should teach us some lessons. First, we have attitudes hatred and despice for others not like us. Two, those countries thriving on military industries should be challenged at all levels for spurning conflicts, as a way to contain such situations. Third, local scurity machineries should take objective approach and educate their citizens on how to handle crisis when it occurs. And finally, we need appropriate infrastructures that will allow response in shortest time possible.

  • Comment number 6.

    first i am sorry about what happen in uganda last week sunday.

    if i am somali citizen... ugandan please don't attack somali rufages in your country because of the attack, they have't done anything and please understand we are facing same everyday, i know how you guys feel about us. all somali citizen are not al shabab.

    al shabab not killing you guys only they killing us too everydays and cutting head and legs for no reason... let ugandans troup in somalia do their job.

  • Comment number 7.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]As an Ethiopian-born Eritrean, I am devastated to read about the slaughter of my people by murders driven by religious zealotry. This kind of act should be denounced and stopped at its root.
    The root of the killing is the misguided foreign policy of the United States to support the thugs and warlords who are unable to govern more than a few block of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab and other Islamic groups, though religious fanatics, govern most of Somalia and therefore should be brought-in to the negotiating table. African leaders who have no vested interest in Somalia should facilitate constructive talks to bring about peace. How can you have Ugandan and Burundian "Peace Keepers" when there is no peace to keep?
    What AMISOM and the United States are doing in Somalia only emboldens Al-Shabab and other groups to take a cowardly act as witnesses yesterday. The United States, AMISOM and the Ethiopian army need to stay away from Somalia and only assist the people in their endeavour to find lasting peace.

  • Comment number 8.

    As Muslims we condemn categorically the bombings that have targeted innocent people from around the world. As a Muslim, a Somali and European citizen, this act of wanton disregard for humanity can only be blamed on the failed policies which has affected my country Somalia. For the past three years an 'Illegitimate Government and her Ethiopian cohorts' propped up by the International community has committed human rights abuses never seen in Somalia yet they charge Omar Hassan Al Bashir at the International criminal court. Even during the rule of the late General Mohamed Siad Barre, such carnage never took place.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] The obvious practice of double standards by the West is clearly proven. Furthermore rather than pursue an objective policy towards Somalia, our neighbours backed up the United States flout basic human rights. Time and time again, the world must understand that Somalis can solve their problems if they are left to solve their problems themselves. Rather than elect illegitimate governments in Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Eldoret or any anti Somali union countries around the world. The Islamic courts union bought a semblance of law and order in Mogadishu and its environs. Getting back to the question, I would advise our Burundian and Ugandan brothers to leave Somalia, before the inevitible take over of Al Shabab takes the four blocks it controls from them.

  • Comment number 9.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator] I would say this bombing which took place in Kampala Uganda is really a cowardly act of terrorists who doesn't care about the socialisation of the human races.

    Their misfortunes would definitely condemn them regarding the alarming of innocent peoples.

    I would therefore like to encourage Ugandan government to find out the cause of the bombing and put more curiosity on the security side.

  • Comment number 10.

    I think the Ugandan government should reconsider its position in the Somali issue for the sake of regional peace. Supporting one group agaist the other will not bring a lasting solution.
    So to stop this tragedy from happening again the Ugandan government should do complete troop withdarwal from SOMALIA!

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    This is a little taste of what the moderate Somalis face everyday in Somalia. I hope the latest incident in Uganda forces the rest of African states to have a stronger resolve in fighting alongside the weak moderate Somali government against this new tide of wahhabism in Africa. Our sympathy goes out to our Ugandan brothers and sisters and we hope that the Ugandan government must stand firm against this political intimidation from terrorists who want to spread their backward ideology throughout Africa one country at a time.

  • Comment number 13.

    Al Shabab has proven that it can carry over Al Kaeda's work in Africa and around the world or wherever they could be the least expected. This act of killing innocent football fans should not be tolerated, but still, as for the Ugandan President to go in Somalia and start his own version of Operation Freedom won't be the smartest thing to do at the moment. This won't only trouble the East Africa region, but will instead spread all over Sub Saharian region. What Musseveni and his partner Kagame have started in Central Africa is not over yet. I suggest he leaves that to the U.S.. They needed a reason to go into Somalia; this is one of them.

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    first of all,i wana send my sympathy to the innocent vcitms of the bomb.
    Uganda should respond by wiping all those invovled in this evil act,hunt them down,no soare any and banned that terroy group memeber not to enter uganda for the rest of their lifes.

  • Comment number 17.

    As a doctor who was in the thick of it all and witnessed the carnage, I now understand why the US and UK have pushed on so hard in Afghanistan and Iraq! I would have wanted my government and army to hit back at those extremists with extreme force but we have neither the man power nor the resources to do so and protect civilians back home at the same time.
    Our western allies are quick to promise help but never deliver on their promises so we're alone on this one (remember the Nairobi bombings and Haiti earth quake?).

  • Comment number 18.

    It is strange to me that in our modern age, with open thinking and increased knowledge at our fingertips. We still tend to see strikes on people who have nothing to do with the attackers motifs. Why strike at innocent people watching a soccer game? You either inspire terror or outrage. Violence only encourages more violence. Haben, using your line of thought should the Netherlands now bomb Spain for losing in the WC Final ?

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    It is really absurd to hear about the radical Islamic terrorists attacking, killing and injuring several poor, innocent and defenseless soccer fans in Kampala Uganda. The government has promised to hunt down those responsible. Generally, history has proved that the use of guns to hunt radicals have never brought an everlasting solution to a political, social or religious problem. Consider what happened in northern Uganda where for more than 20 years many people died and others relocated. it will take another many years for them to settle with total peace and development. The problem of the north was both political and religious brain wash. Even in Iraq and other countries with Islamic fundamentals, guns only have never brought peace in those regions. We very well know that there is a religious problem often undermined where radicals think or rather believe that they are serving their God by killing those who don't "believe" in their faith(political and religious rules). A report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said a senior member of the Somali terrorist group had said the blasts were reprisal attacks against Uganda for sending peacekeepers to Mogadishu under the auspices of the African Union. “We have reached our object,” said the senior al Shabaab militant, who reportedly declined to be named. “We have killed many Christians in the enemy capital (Kampala).” Why do they normally mention religions and God in their battles? Simply because about 70% of their battles are induced religiously other than politically. Guns will not wipe out the religious views of mostly Muslims. Many Muslims are not allowed to read the Quran but to hear recitations. Let people form platforms to investigate the validity of the Quran. Muslim radicals are those who are generally brain washed religiously than politically. Therefore political formulas alone will not bring any fundamental solution. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.

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    I am somali and we as somali are extreme comdemn the Terror action of Al-Shabab, that many innocent people died. (they are not member of somali society they are member of world Al-qaeda ) Somali has no government for twenty year-it is collapse state and the anarchy coused Somalia has become heaven safe for terrorist groups either is Al-shabab who are ethnic somali or Al-Qaedi. Al-shabab are manupulating somalis but they have already showed they are not limited only in Somalia, it has impact whole the region they took very sophisticated terror bombing in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania,and today in Uganda and willing to do more. So both the region of East Africa and African Union should strenghen their support of weak Somali-Government and send more toops who make the peace and keep it. Uganda has already support Somali government and wish to make peace in somalia,also Uganda is member of IGAD-close ally for Somali Government. there have been already plan for IGAD to send Army to Somalia in order to fight Against Al-shabab. Now this reflects the Ugandan-Government's Response to Al-shabab. Uganda should strengthen its army who have the mission of peace making and keeping in Mogadishu to support of Somali Government to overcome terrorist militant groups. Uganda should fight against Al-shabab in Somalia. this is the only solution.

  • Comment number 23.

    one way to respond to this is to re-affirm our faith in our values; values that elevate good over evil, values that uphold the sanctity of human life rather than destroy it, values that strengthen peace and brotherhood for all humanity rather than violent conflict and war.
    the second way is go after the perpetrators and ensure justice prevails. To restate Kayumba Nyamwasa: we hv the WILL, we hv the MEANS. They cannot get away.
    Lastly, we need to let them know that we are right and they are wrong.
    We are right bse peace and brotherhood are God's plan for humanity, and it is our work here on earth to make it a reality.
    To those who are living the nightmare of lost loved ones and broken limbs: 'we do not know what the future holds; but we know who holds the future' God bless.

  • Comment number 24.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]I have been an ardent critic of former president of America George Bush over his approach to terrorism but now i am fully convinced that Bush was actually right. There is just no way an amorphous group should be given time to distabilize their country and to try exporting their impunity accross the borders.

    The threat of Al-Shabaab to East Africa's stability had been predicted and their expansionist ideology must be halted at all costs. There is no need for a country to keep the military and fail to use it when attacked. In my country Kenya, the threat is so imminent and this is exacerbated by our porous borders given that it is difficult to distinguish between the Kenyan Somalis and the their counterparts in Somalia. It is also highly suspected that these terrorists could be laundering their money within Kenya's economy.

    Back to our topic of the day.

    The only option is to crash these groups. Uganda must therefore seek to build a combined and well armed coalition force with all partners in the fight against terrorism and land in Somalia with a bang to crash the Al-Shabaab. If countries like the US and UK are sincere about fighting terrorism then they must intervene with their intelligence to un earth the source of funding to such amorphous groups. This is not war for Uganda alone but for the peace loving people of the world. The world must not rest as another Al-qaeda hatches with impunity.

  • Comment number 25.

    I think the Somalese terrorists have now become a regional nuisense that need to be delt with decisively. Forces should be combined to uproot them from their bases in Mogadishu.

  • Comment number 26.

    NO GRIEVANCE, no matter how big, can ever justify the killing of people that have nothing to do with it.

  • Comment number 27.

    I think Uganda was already involved in fighting the war on terror and to the ignorant of its leaders never really comprehend the meaning of its sending of its soldiers to Somalia where the TFG and Alqaeda linked were fighting. Probably now with the whole world knows the Uganda government will now try to increase its war with Alshabab and will probably see more of innocent people die but this time it might be thousands of innocent Somalis who no one will care.
    Its going to be circle of damn people killing innocent people.

  • Comment number 28.

    I think as a Somali citizen the Ugandan response will be appropriate and painful to Al-Shabab. Overall Uganda knows very well the current political statuesque in Somalia and President Musseveni was the first African head of state who paid visit to Somalia in early ninetieth when the warlords were massacring the innocent people in the streets of Mogadishu. Thus the Ugandan response will primarily focus on new strategies based on maiming Al- Shabab localy and preventing further future attacks these will include:

    New policy of targeting Al-Shabab leaders in Mogadishu specially in their strong hold areas like the main Bakara market by using Somali agents or plain clothed well trained units.
    Recruiting Somali agents in Mogadishu and Kampala.
    To observe more closely the movement of Somalis in Uganda.
    Asking neighboring countries namely Ethiopia to offer some troops to wage special hit and run attacks at Al-Shabab controlled areas by giving sending them a message that they can't longer live safer in Mogadishu.
    It will wage more media propoganda against Al-Shabab terror group.
    In response to attacks Uganda will send more extra troops to Somalia as part of Amisom ( African mission in Somalia) operation and possibly President Musseveni or any other high profile official will pay visit to Somalia as part of muscle relaxing.
    Uganda will enhance it's cooperation with the Somali weak government, by training additional Somali officers.

  • Comment number 29.

    It high time the leadership ( NRM) take a firmed action against ongoing corruption in the Immigration Department and the Border Control.. I will not be suprised if one of the terrorists held a Uganda Passport, ( might be one of the so call Investors in Contra Band Good etc). Its so sad we have allow our hospitality to be abuse..

  • Comment number 30.

    I think Uganda should screen all Somalis living in Uganda and deport all those living in the Country illegally. Uganda should also tighten its immigration laws and not allow free entry to foreign national before screening.

    On the response to the Al-Shabab terror, Uganda should support an expanded move to root out Al-Shabab or quit Somalia. It is stupid for Uganda to stay in Somalia under the current security situation.

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    [Personal details removed by Moderator] Uganda exports peace to Somalia ,the AL-Shabab export terror to Kampala.it is a trade situation.Uganda is fighting two wars. By the time Uganda went into Somalia we knew what we were up against. The AL-shabab backed by the Al-Qadea obviously president museveni can not pull out the Ugandan army out of Somalia as person who has always wanted to be seen as the big brother of the region he will be displaying a high degree of cowardice.

    The army spokesperson is quoted in the dailies as saying they will attack the enemy from the battle ground but this this will not be possible unless they change the mandate to go on war with the terrorist group. They only think we can do is to precautionary measures.

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    Uganda should respond in the same way all other countries respond when such things happen on their soil, with all its full military power! Uganda should bomb the smithereens out of these so called Islamist group al-Shabab strong hold! Uganda is in Somalia on a peace keeping mission why should the Ugandans live in fear because of some misguided individuals?

  • Comment number 35.

    The Ugandan Government must organize a 12-day non-stop bombing raid on Al Shabab camps and bases. This will teach them that you dont kill innocent people and get away with it.

  • Comment number 36.

    Get ready, invade somalia, and wipe out Al Shababa! That is, if I was the Ugandan government!

    If Uganda keeps mum, this will embolden these terrorists. Act now, dont wait...dont think, just do it!

  • Comment number 37.

    As a Ugandan in the diaspora, am so saddened by the death of our brothers and sisters in such a cruel way. I guess the Govt would have done better to avoid at least one of these blasts to happen as they were aware of the blasts anytime. These people alwayz target places with many people or those places where international people usually meet. May the good Lord rest them in eternal peace. I personally have friends who lost their dear ones, which is really absurd for such a great talent of young people more so when Uganda is heading for elections next year.

  • Comment number 38.

    Uganda DOES NOT and MUST NOT stand alone in the war against Somali terrorists. The whole of Africa must surely understand that we must unite in body, mind and/or spirit to deter these enemies of our future generations?! Ugandans are the most incredibly kind-hearted and understanding people in the whole of East Africa. Talk to us, for crying out aloud and don't pressurize us to solve East Africa's problems! The Pearl of Africa needs other jewels in her crown! This is NOT Uganda's headache; it is NOT her sole burden or problem and she does NOT shoulder the responsiblity alone - SO GET REAL AND SUPPORT UGANDA IN THIS, THE REST OF AFRICA. Havn't we suffered enough?! I am so, terribly sorry bereaved families. You are not alone. Together, forever, we will conquer and overcome this.

  • Comment number 39.

    The response? By ending the war and focusing resources on development of their country to deter criminals from gaining easy access! And Museveni, your time is up!!! Uganda needs new ideas; recycled old ideas of veteran African presidents have never worked!

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  • Comment number 41.

    So if the African Union troops should pull out of Somalia, then the Somalia refugees in theses countries should go back to Somalia!!
    Or does Somalia expectthe world to partially carry their troubles.
    I mean if the Somalia -problem creates refugees in other countries, then the countries concerned, are really concerned!!

  • Comment number 42.

    The attack in Uganda is totally unacceptable, because it focused on civilians. However, the african countries should understand that this is not a problem of 'terrorists' or 'power struggles'.
    First, all Africa (and the UN)should recognize Somaliland as an independent country, and even so Puntland. Because Somaliland is a clear example of a country that finally decided how to build their future, in a democratic way, with a society that have a deep democratic will -and the most important, believe in the democratic system-. Maybe Somaliland has many ideas how to restore the peace in Somalia. However, the main problem in Somalia is not political, it is social and existencial.
    The african govts. should realize that Somalia has become a frontline between two islamic forms: the 'African-Style Islam', or the 'Arab-Style Islam (here appears the Wahabbism)'. Africa should help the somalian people to choose what kind of future they want for them, because that decision will be the basis for the political and social structures. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 43.

    I am Ethiopian and I have a special feeling of attachment to my Ugandan brothers and sisters. Of course, I am sad by this barbaric crime against innocent civilians. We Ethiopians are used to this kind of killings since the current regime came to power in 1991. There have been as many bombings as I care to admit between 1991 and 2010. Who are the perpetrators? Only the almighty knows. They are always faceless. This is not an article of faith. I am just stating the facts. I strongly believe that this coordinated attack couldn’t have been carried out by al shabab. I doubt this group has the resources and skill to carry anything like this. After all, they are not able to dismantle the feeble Somali government which holds only a few blocks in the capital. The best candidate for this kind of act is a state. Please make no mistake. This could not have been carried out by the radicals. This kind of things happens in Ethiopia every time there is "election." I must admit that some regimes do this to gain the support of the west. The message they want to get across is: Look, we live in a rough neighborhood and you need to support us in our fight against Islamic radicals. Again I beg people to get free of emotion and reflect on this with sober mind. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

    Please note that I am not saying al shabab is not capable of committing an abominable crime such as this.

  • Comment number 44.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator] There is one thing that ALSHABARBERS do not know: WE MUST ALL RESPECT GOD AND HUMANITY. Truly some people are not humans but BLOOD-THIRSTY ANIMALS! Who shall really among the ALSHABARBERS escape the wrath of GOD on the judgement day, GOD in the Book of proverbs condemns hands which shade innocent blood.

    Please Ugandans let us be on the look out. Do not keep your eye away from those you suspect. Keep watching

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  • Comment number 46.

    Ugandans should of now stay silent and give the police the humble time for investigations that will lead to the twin bombing. any mass reactions will sabotage the exercise and create even more scare. this is the time to unite together and mourn the death of those who lost lives. Kenya which has bared its border to Somali should learn from this after explosive detonators had been found a week earlier.

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    I would like to give my opinion on what one can describe as intended violation of human rights to life. Ugandans please accept our condolences to the beraved families and the whole country apart from those masterminded the blast in Kampala but Somali origin.
    I do agree with Apulot's responds on BBC Africa have your says that the ugandan peace keepers in somalia are under the mandate of AU not as soldiers from Uganda. So they can not be withdrawn unless the AU mission feels its enough to be in Somalia.

    The bomb blast in Kampala should not be used to deport or kill the Somalis in Uganda. according to me when such incidents happen as humans we have that pain, feeling of anger to revenge. But not all Somalis have plans to kill in Uganda.

    Any body in any part of the world can commit a crime but the individual shall have to be punished according to the law of the country where the crime has been commited but not all the citizens. Peace must prevail in Uganda, Somalia and the whole world. enemies of peace should be dealt with wiithout mercy.

  • Comment number 48.

    Its so sad about what happened, what the government should do is to first protect our borders by putting tight security on them,revise the immigration laws to ensure that people entering our country are the right people.

    All the sumalians in Uganda should be regestered including the refugees, so that the govermnet can know who is who and doing what, this will protect them from being attacked by angry ugandans but at the same time will be protected from being wrong fully arrested in suspecisions of being terriorists.

  • Comment number 49.

    As a Western political advisor I appreciate some of the justified criticisms outlined below concerning the double standards of Western countries demonstrated by some interventions and corrupt state sponsoring. This is an aspect of international grand strategy that needs addressing urgently and I believe that slowly this is happening; no longer can Israel behave with blatant disregard to international opinion with the U.S and Western world remaining silent. It not only in the interest of the Muslim world that the West desists from the hypocrisy it has demonstrated over recent years but it is also a strategic necessity for the West. Certainly we need to look hard at ourselves and consider the grievances of these groups and adjust our approach to ensure we do not blind ourselves to the undeniable fact that the problems we now face are, in part, a creature of our own making.

    However we MUST acknowledge that there are many aspects of this fundamentalist ideology that are wholly unacceptable; ideas that entirely contradict the most basic notions of 'peace' that transcend national and religious boundaries. This is something that we ignore at our peril.

    The recent events in Uganda are a clear example of this; the murder of unarmed football fans while they watched 'the beautiful game' in an environment of peace and fraternity. The experience also shows how terrorism is spreading far beyond the borders of the FATA and sadly this is a trend that is likely to continue as Islamic fundamentalism continues to kill civilians in the name of a prophet who abhorred murder. We must stop blinding ourselves to the simple truth that the scope and capacity for carnage of this horrific ideology is enormous. We cannot be so superficial to only support anti terrorism policy when we have directly experienced it.

    Through enormous hardship, the world has now established a common community which, despite its flaws, is a world away from some of the histories most horrific events. These groups must know that their ideology is not compatible to any vision of cooperative international society. Total multilateral action is not only advisable for legitimisation it is essential for success. Just as it was for past generations, this issue will not be resolved by the radicals from each side taking up swords against each other but when the overwhelming majority stand up and turn words into action in a fight for basic common decency.

  • Comment number 50.

    I just wish to comment that not all Somalis are Al-Shabab. That said, I totally understand the rage and anger felt by many of Uganda's citizens and my condolences to the family of the deceased. AMISON troops in Mogadishu have committed atrocities in their efforts to support the weak TFG (Transitional Federal Government in Somalia). Their guns maim and kill so many innocent civilians every day; children and women mostly. These people are just statistics and you hear of them sometimes in the world media whenever a Human Rights organization brings out a report on the situation.

    As a Somali woman I am deeply troubled at the sight of children being killed by mortar shelling from the AMISON troops which is mainly Ugandan forces. Why the AMISON army officers giving the order to bomb civilian is beyond my understanding. It is as if there is hidden agenda that African Union wants to annihilate the innocent Somali population which has never done any harm to their fellow Africans.

    Coming back to Al-Shabab...this has been a local Somali problem previously but I fear they are a regional threat now that can only be contained by the withdrawal of AMISON forces. Al Shabab is a local militia and they will remain that if all outside meddling in Somalia stops. Again this is a Somali problem and it's the Somalis who know best how to settle. No African forces, no drones and certainly no draw-backs from defunct jihadist war ideology.

    Just look at what is happening in Somaliland where there is no Al Shabab or likes of them.. yet the same Somali population.

    Please... Please... let Somali problem be solved by Somalis. After all it's their country...however failed state Somalia is at present. Leave it be.

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  • Comment number 52.

    A stick in time saves nine! It is high time East African leaders form a joint army to fight terrorist activities which is now beyond Somali border control!
    Nothing is impossible you can tell this by the way Idi Amin was over thrown by a combined force which was led by the Tanzanians.

  • Comment number 53.

    When I saw the pictures this morning , I felt bad.The land scape of Uganda has been changed for good. AU must take action now before East Africa flares up into smoke.Who can condone the saddists killing of innocet civilians watching a football game.I am not Ugandan but I feel terrible.I feel angry. I feel my blood demanding an equal retaliation.

    However, this will not solve the problem.We need AU to get its armies ready and walk to Somalia and free the country from the marauding and blood thirsty zealots that have no agenda except murder. We need AU to move fast and not snore like the Arab leauge that thinks the only problem is Israel and Palestinians. Uganda should request AU to pass a resolution that will allow use of force.The shame of Somalia cannot go unresolved.The cancer has a cure. AU should consult Angola and Savimbi History.I beg to move. [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 54.

    As if innocent Ugandans have not had enough over the last 30 years! When will the killing of innocent people stop? Children have died in different ways. Women and young girls have been raped by so many different people, in front of their families (children, husbands, mothers etc). The perpetrators get away with it.

    The pictures of the dead, one of them my nephew were a repulsive scene to see.

    The Ugandan government has promised to find the perpetrators - I will give them the benefit of the doubt. There are a lot of areas where they could have changed things but Uganda is poorer than it was 20 years ago!

    It's a pity that such killings are happening all over the world and there isn't an easy solution right now. Tactics being used now only help to stir more hatred.

  • Comment number 55.

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    ...excuses excuses. I like the statement realesed by the U.S government which described Al-Queda and Al-shabab as racist organisations. Infact the top brass in these organisations are Arabs and have always looked down on black Africans. How can you justify the Kenyan bombimgs of 1998 that killed more Kenyans than anyone else? Having said this, the vast majority of Somalians are peace loving people and i hope there is no backlash towards the refugees already in Uganda

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    The question should be how should Somalis respond. Today, it is Uganda, tomorrow, Ethiopia then Kenya and so on as these countries are considered to be "enemies"of Somalia by these crazy groups. Those who shout about leaving Somalia alone don't seem to realise that Somalia has been pretty much alone for the last 20 years and we all know the state of the country during this period. Somalis should stop blaming neighbouring countries for the mess they are in. They should put their clan differences aside, unite and reject extremism collectively. These groups are nothing but blind vehicles for Al-qaeda and co. to do their dirty job in Africa. Any issue Somalia has with its neighbours would be resolved when all Somalis stand together and claim their country back from the hands off these crazed groups

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    I will fully support my government if and when they decide to attack Al-Shebab in Somalia! Uganda and the AU should review their role in Somalia by giving the Ugandan army full power to attack the militants instead of just guarding presidentials palaces. It is time the world stopped handling terrorists with gloves. Those saying that Uganda has no business in Somalia are so short-sighted. It is that kind of attitude that saw horrific events like the genocide in Rwanda, Darfur etc get out of hand when everyone turned a blind eye saying it was not their business! Well, it is too late now Somalia is our business and Africa at large. Unfortunately other African countries have let us down!

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  • Comment number 61.

    Guys it has been 2 days since i last published my first comment. Please either publish it or remove it if you don't want to hear the truth. ok?


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