Africa – 24 June 2016

Uganda Says to Pull Troops Out of Somalia by End of 2017

Uganda plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia by December 2017, signalling it is scaling back regional military interventions after it said it planned a similar pullback from Central African Republic.

President Yoweri Museveni has intervened in several regional security hotspots, deploying troops to help quell unrest in Somalia, Central African Republic and South Sudan in recent years.

A staunch ally of the United States, Museveni has faced a groundswell of opposition at home since winning a disputed presidential election in February.



Immense human suffering recorded

One in every 113 people was affected by forced displacement in 2015. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said this was the highest level ever recorded, and represented immense human suffering.

As the globe marks World Refugee Day on Monday, the UNHCR released its global trends report for 2015 on Monday morning.



Khama calls on SADC leaders to tackle water, energy crisis

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) chairman and Botswana President Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama has called on member states to show political will to resolve the power and water problems affecting the region.

Addressing the two-day SADC Ministerial Workshop held in Gaborone to discuss the energy and water crises, Khama said only 60 percent of the regional population had access to clean drinking water, while only 40 percent had access to safe and adequate sanitation facilities.