Saturday, 12th November 2011 Uganda and Burundi support Kenya against Al Shabaab Updated 12 hr(s) 32 min(s) ago Related Stories Ugandan jailed for 30 years for murder of gay activist Baby Farah: Starving boy now a picture of health Kenya Defence Forces on patrol near the Kenya/Somalia border. The soldiers have captured key towns in Somalia from contr Youths were duped into killing fields Somali refugees demo in support of Kenya A child rests inside a ward after he was injured during a grenade attack in Kenya's northern town of Garissa, November 6 By Cyrus Ombati and PPS Uganda and Burundi have reiterated their full support to Kenya in the war against Al Shabaab. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi separately reaffirmed their backing of the war against the Somalia-based terror militia group when they received special messages from President Kibaki. The special messages were delivered to the two presidents in Entebbe and Bujumbura respectively by Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula and Defence Minister Yusuf Haji. Speaking in Entebbe after receiving the special message from President Kibaki, President Museveni emphasised that his Government backs Kenya's right to self-defence, territorial integrity, and security of its people. "On behalf of the Government and the people of Uganda and on my own behalf, I wish to express our solidarity with the Government and the people of Kenya in the war against Al Shabaab," President Museveni said. Not alone Recalling that the Al Shabaab terror group last year bombed Uganda causing deaths of over 70 Ugandans, President Museveni said the war against Al Shabaab is not Kenya's alone but the whole region is involved. In this regard, President Museveni said the region is pooling its resources to wipe out the operations of the Al Shabaab, which portends great threat to peace, security and development. On his part, President Nkurunziza said his Government appreciates Kenya's role in regional peace and fully supports the ongoing operation against Al Shabaab. President Nkurunziza added that the Government of Burundi views any threat to Kenya's security as its own threat and will do whatever is necessary to eliminate it. Addressing the press in Bujumbura after delivering President Kibaki's special message to President Nkurunziza, Foreign Affairs Minister Wetangula said Kenya is happy with the support it is receiving from all parts of the world and particularly the East African region in the war against Al Shabaab. Efforts appreciated The Foreign Affairs Minister said Kenya appreciates Uganda and Burundi's contribution of peacekeeping troops in Somalia. And the Eritrean ambassador to Kenya Beyene Russom says his Government is not objected to the Kenyan military offensive in Somalia. He also denied allegations that Eritrea has been arming Al Shabaab militants. Russom challenged anyone with evidence that the Eritrean government is arming Al Shabaab militants to table it. In an interview, the envoy said his country has never been involved in destabilising Somalia and cannot therefore arm Al Shabaab. Russom said his Government supports peace in the region and "cannot undermine any efforts aimed at destabilising it." "All these are propaganda fabricated by Ethiopia. It is a continuation of a series of previous lies about our Government," Russom said. While citing reports that his Government had delivered planeloads of arms to Al Shabaab fighters in Baidoa, the ambassador said he does not understand how planes could have landed in Somalia with arms yet the region is under strict surveillance.