Former Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, was among those who have expressed sorrow following the death of 12 Ugandan soldiers in Somalia.
“Two days ago, Al-Shabaab carried out an attack on a Ugandan army base in Somalia, killing twelve Ugandan soldiers working with AMISOM in the process,” Amama said in a statement.
“As a Ugandan citizen and leader, I condemn this attack in the strongest terms.”
He called on all East Africans to remain committed to the very unity and freedom that Al-Shabaab and others seek to take from “us every day”.
He said the soldiers will be remembered with honour and pride for their service to the people of this region and their allegiance to the universal values of peace and liberty.
“May their valiant souls rest in peace and may God comfort their grieving families, friends and fellow servicemen and women.”
Also today, Mbabazi met with the top The Democratic Alliance (TDA) officials to plan ahead of 2016 general elections.
The meeting took place at TDA offices in Naguru in Kampala Thursday morning.
TDA confirmed the meeting citing other leaders present as Kizza Besigye, the current FDC presidential flagbearer and Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the FDC president who lost to Besigye yesterday at the Namboole FDC delegates conference.
“Soon we will make a pronouncement on the way forward,” TDA officials promised.
TDA is an alliance of democracy seeking political parties, pressure groups and citizens, working together to build a Uganda where there is equal opportunity and shared prosperity for all citizens.
Mbabazi has already picked nomination forms from the Electoral Commission affirming that he will be running outside the ruling party.
It is not yet clear whether Mbabazi will contest with Besigye and the DP presidential flag bearer, Norbert Mao, for the TDA joint candidate.
Speaking in Fort Portal recently, Besigye said Mbabazi was not part of TDA because he had not signed any documents asserting so.
Yet, it later emerged that Mbabazi was actually funding the activities of the alliance from his own pocket.
Amama entered the alliance through NRM Pro-Change pressure group led by his sister in-law, Hope Mwesigye.
However, the Mbabazi camp is sceptical about him standing against Besigye who still a favourite of the opposition [he risks defeat].
Meanwhile, Muntu says the opposition needs Mbabazi at least to fund their activities and ensure they remove Museveni in 2016.