New hope for Somalia as world leaders gather in London

By Henry D Gombya

British diplomacy today turns a new corner when Prime Minister David Cameron hosts a conference on the future of the world’s ‘worst failed state’. African leaders together with several world leaders will sit in Lancaster House, mostly remembers in African circles as the place where the future of the then Rhodesia was hammered out, leading to the independence and birth of Zimbabwe.

Already in London for the conference are the four main countries that have sent their troops to form the Africa Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). These are Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, whose Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) outnumber any Africana forces in Somalia, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who on two occasions has sent his troops to fight Islamic militants in Mogadishu, the country’s capital, Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, who at just 48 is one of Africa’s youngest leaders whose troops have been fighting alongside the UPDF in clashes with the militant Al-Shabaab Islamists, Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki whose Kenyan Defence Forces entered the fray late last year after Al-Shabaab kidnapped western tourists on the Kenyan side of the Indian Ocean banks and the President and Prime Minister of the Somali interim government.

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