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Kenya: Uhuru Returns From Amisom Summit in Kampala
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Kenya on Monday morning from Kampala Uganda, where he attended the Heads of State Summit for countries contributing troops to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The plane carrying the President and his delegation touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 10am and was received by senior government officials.

The summit, attended by Ethiopia's Premier Hailemariam Desalegn, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, host president Yoweri Museveni and representatives from other member states, assessed the successes, challenges and the future of AMISOM.

At the summit, leaders protested the unfair accusations, deliberate distortion of facts and bad mouthing against AMISOM countries.

Statements appearing in the Kenyan and Somali media, attributed to the Somali delegation, said Kenya should withdraw its troops from the Horn of Africa country.

Following strong objections by Kenyan and other regional countries representatives, the Somali delegation at the Summit withdrew the statement.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, regional leaders noted that Kenya's frontline role in peace initiatives in Somalia had led to major achievements, including liberation of the Port of Kismayu.

President Kenyatta told the summit that AMISOM's intervention in Somalia had made it one of the successful peace-keeping operations by Africa for Africa.

The summit chaired by President Museveni was organized to harmonize ongoing anti-Al Shabaab offensives.


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