"He was a driving force in much of the good reform and progress that we have seen recently," he said.
"Somalia was the worst situation in the whole world. Somalia was hell on earth, and now it has been turned around. The Somalis now have got hope. So when you ask about the casualties we have taken, I tell you that it was worth it," said Ugandan Gen. Nathan Mugisha, who commanded AMISOM from 2009 to 2011.