These are sharp words from the President Museveni about the conduct of his own soldiers after Islamist fighters managed to overrun one of their African Union mission bases in Somalia.
He said the soldiers panicked and withdrew. This was unnecessary, he said, because their defence would have been strong enough if they had stayed in place.
On Friday, al-Shabab had said it had killed numerous Ugandans. Mr Museveni acknowledged that there had been some deaths but gave no details.
The United States later carried out an airstrike to destroy captured weapons.
A military inquiry is under way.
Explosions as Ugandan forces battle militants in Somalia
BBC News Somali
The militant al-Shabab group on Friday morning carried out an attack on a Ugandan troops' base
of the African Union Transition Mission (ATMIS) in Bulla Mareer district, in Lower
Shabelle region in Somalia.
attack began shortly after morning prayers. It started with a large explosion,
believed to be an explosives-laden vehicle.
Mareer is about 110km (68 miles) from the capital, Mogadishu.
reported that after the big explosion, two more explosions occurred in the
camp, before a fight started between the Ugandan troops and the attackers.
said they captured the camp and killed dozens of ATMIS soldiers, but there has been no independent confirmation of the group's claim.
ATMIS says its forces are currently assessing the security situation in the area but no word yet from the Somali government regarding the attack.
Ugandan army spokesperson Felix Kulayigye told Kenya's Daily Nation that the military was probing the attack. He blamed "foreign insurgents" for the raid without giving further details.
The actual damage caused by the attack is not yet known.
Civilians have remained inside their houses and though
some of the bullets being fired hit their houses, no damage has been reported.
Some residents in Bulo Mareer told the BBC that they could hear the sound of helicopters
hovering over the city.
Somalia's Puntland region holds historic local elections
The first ever one-person-one-vote election is taking place in Somalia since 1969.
Voting for local councils is under way in 30 districts in the north-eastern semi-autonomous state of Puntland.
During the socialist rule of Siad Barre, who took power in a coup in 1969, political parties were banned. After he was overthrown in 1991 the country, faced with years of civil war and an Islamist militant insurgency, has used an indirect voting system via clan representatives.
However, there are security concerns because of a dispute between Puntland's President Sa’id Abdullahi Deni and his political opponents who accuse him of plans to extend his term in office.
Opposition-allied armed officers reportedly seized ballot boxes supposed to be moved from the regional capital Garowe to some polling stations.
The electoral commission consequently postponed the process in three districts, including the regional capital where deadly clashes occurred on 15 May. The other two districts are Dangorayo and Godobijiran.
Despite the political disputes, voters expressed their excitement to be participating in the what is so far a peaceful process.
Almost 250,000 people in central Somalia have had to flee their homes after a river flooded the town of Beledweyne.
People had to shelter under trees after the Shabelle river burst its banks, meaning 99% of those living in the town and surrounding areas are now homeless, Hirshabelle State Interior Minister Abdirahmaan Dahir Gure told BBC Somali.
The UN is warning that the floodwaters could also hit Bulo Burde town, some 110 km (68 miles) away.
Climate change is believed to have played a large role. According to Somali government officials, heavy downpours in Somalia and upstream in the Ethiopian highlands triggered flash floods that washed away homes, crops, and livestock.
Somalia is just starting to recover from the worst drought in several decades after almost five successive rainy seasons failed, triggering a near-catastrophic humanitarian situation.
According to the UN, the rains are recharging water sources and helping vegetation to grow but it will take much more sustained rainfall to alleviate the impact of the recent drought.
Turkey’s election is trending on social media in Somalia, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan enjoys popular backing because of the support he has given to the country.
More than 10 years ago when he was still Turkey's prime minister, he became the most senior non-African leader to visit Somalia - and won the hearts of millions when he visited a camp for displaced people.
At that time, Somalia was facing a severe drought, and Mr Erdogan's
visit brought Somalia to the attention of the world.
Under his rule, Turkey’s government built one of the biggest hospitals in the capital, Mogadishu, which was named after him.
Turkey has also built a military base in Mogadishu, and is involved in the training of more than 20,000 Somali special forces.
"’We stand with Erdogan as he
stood with Somalia during the difficult time. Praying and hoping for his victory,’’ Adam Hassan
in a Facebook post, which summed up the views of many people.
Somalia has been hit by instability since the fall of long-serving ruler Siad Barre in 1991, and is currently battling an insurgency by militant Islamists.
Mr Erdogan will go head-to-head with his opposition rival in a run-off vote. Mr Erdogan led the first round with 49.51% of the vote, official results show.
Although he had a clear lead over his main challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who polled 44.88%, he needed more than half the vote to win the race outright.
UK in deal with Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia to fight terrorism
BBC News, Nairobi
The UK has signed an agreement with
Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia aimed at tackling the causes of
instability in the region.
Speaking to the BBC, UK Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said the agreement - worth some $12.5m (£9.9m) –
support the three countries to come up with policies in their fight
This is the first time high-level
officials from Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia have accepted international
support to address a common problem along their borders.
These borderlands are usually
isolated and insecure, which makes it difficult for countries to
Mr Tugendhat believes
that al-Shabab militants conduct terror activities in these areas because
there is no governing authority.
The militants have carried out a series of attacks
within the region in recent months and the group remains a threat.
The funding from the UK is also aimed
at empowering local communities to effectively report suspected terror-related
Somalia reports 70% decrease in al-Shabab attacks
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Somali authorities say sustained military operations against the al-Shabab terror group have succeeded in reducing militant attacks across the country by 70%.
Efforts to ensure the stability of the capital, Mogadishu, have also been successful - allowing members of the public to peacefully observe the holy month of Ramadan, the Somali cabinet said on Thursday during its weekly meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Hamsa Abdi Barre.
The cabinet said the army had seized back at least 80 villages and towns since it launched the campaign in south-central Somalia last year.
Government forces, supported by clan militias, have been conducting an offensive against al-Shabab since August 2022.
Before the operation, the militants stepped up attacks, specifically in Mogadishu and army bases, killing dozens of government officials, civilians as well as members of the armed forces.