Leaders predict cut throat competition as President Museveni, ambassador Mahiga discuss end to Somalia transition

Wednesday 15th August 2012
department of Press and Public Relations. News. Information. Communication

President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda is ready to support Somalia as the troubled country nears an end to the transition period that will see a new parliament and a new president elected on August 20, 2012.

The President was yesterday meeting UN special representative on Somalia Ambassador Augustine Mahiga at State House in Nakasero. Ambassador Mahiga was briefing President Museveni on the situation in Somalia as the country nears the end to the transition period.

“The road to this has been bumpy with too many tasks to be accomplished. However its good for the region to know that Somalia is heading for a new government,” he said

The UN-endorsed roadmap if successful will result in the formation of a new Somali government. A Conflict Resolution Committee comprising 25 traditional clan elders this week pick 275 members of a new parliament who will then choose a new President on Monday August 20.

According to a roadmap agreed by the country's main political groupings in September 2011, the TFG's term ends by August 20, 2012.

Ambassador Mahiga who also congratulated Uganda for attaining Gold at the recently concluded Olympics in London, hailed the role of AMISOM in Somalia and said it is well prepared and adequately deployed in Somalia in case of violence during the election of the President.

He said that the election is going to be tough and competitive, adding however that the president, speaker and various leaders in Somalia for working hard to prepare the people for the elections.

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