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Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi, and Commander of the Forces for the Africa Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM), Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, on Saturday vowed to keep fighting for Mogadishu, during a press conference in Nairobi, attended by Somalia Report.
Wamunyinyi and Mugisha talked about the recent operational gains by the African Union and Somali forces on the ground in Mogadishu. They said AMISOM forces made some advancements in the battle for Mogadishu. They now fully control seven districts, they are contesting in six districts while the three remaining districts of Mogadishu city remain under the control of Al-Shabaab militants.
“The positions that we have seized in the past week break the grip of extremist militants in the city. The success of the Battle of Gashandiga is central to the aim of securing Mogadishu and ending the extremists reign of terror in the city,” said Wafula Wamunyinyi.
Maj. Mugisha said that their major success in the recent operation was the capture of Gashandiga base that previously served as Al-Shabaab’s major operational and logistical base, allowing the extremists to dominate the northern areas of the city.
Somalia Report asked Maj. Mugisha if AMISOM forces have blocked the Bakara market. “Bakara market is still operating as usual,” replied Mugisha. However, the industrial road better known as ‘wadada warshadaha’ remains under the control of AMISOM forces. The road links many locations of Mogadishu city including the Bakara market and Mogadishu sea port.
The government on Friday blamed Al-Shabaab for putting road blocks in the road that leads to the port minimizing the operations of that port. Mogadishu sea port and the Bakara market commercially depend on each other. Bakara market is the main source of revenue for Al-shabab militants while Mogadishu sea port contributes the largest share of the TFG’s budget.