We can thrive through rebuilding our national army – Somalia Minister

Published: August 2, 2015

We can thrive through rebuilding our national army – Somalia MinisterSomalia’s Defense Minister has stressed the importance of rebuilding the country’s national army which has endured more than 20 years of chaos and war.
General Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini said that the rebuilding of the national army will play a great role in the development of the country, which is recovering from the civil war impacts.
Speaking at the recent High-Level Partnership Forum held in Mogadishu, General Dini mentioned tremendous challenges facing the rebuilding of the army which included; limited equipment, resources and underdeveloped national command and control system.
‘’If the army sector is strengthened, then it will be an easy mission to eradicate the terrorists and take control of our country’s peace stability,’’ he said in his speech, which was attended by Representatives from the International Community.
Once one of Africa’s largest militaries under former dictator Siad Barre, toppled in 1991, Somalia’s national army was been torn apart by decades of clan rivalries and the absence of any effective government to actually serve.
Military experts believe that Somalia’s security forces have a long road to travel before they can take charge of the country’s security, but with the commitment to change and the significant funding pledged, they may be marching in the right direction.
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