AU trains troops to help enhance security in Somalia

SOMALIA, Shabelle: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team, Colonel Kayanja Muhanga (right) commander of Ugandan Battle Group 8 serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and a Somali National Army (SNA) commander discusst 23 May as an AMISOM battle group and SNA forces cross bushland west of Deynile, in an area north-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu. AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces continued for a second day to push out to the west of Mogadishu in a major offensive called 'Operation Free Shabelle' to liberate Afgoye Town and the 400,000 internally displaced people living there, from the control of the Al Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has completed training of military officers from six regional countries to help stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

The AU mission also challenged the military officers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe to diligently perform their duties in furthering the mission and mandate of the Mission.

“The knowledge attained during the induction will assist you to deliver diligently, effectively with competence and professionalism,” AMISOM chief training officer, Sebsibe Duba told the inducted officers according to a statement issued on Monday by the mission.

Duba also urged the officers to maintain discipline and apply the highest level of professionalism during their time of service under AMISOM.

The military staff officers were apprised of the AMISOM mandate, context and culture of the host country, and international humanitarian law (IHL).

Other topics covered include the rules of engagement, conduct and discipline, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, and human rights in the context of AMISOM operations.

The induction course for the recently deployed officers is a mandatory requirement for all uniformed personnel before they commence service under AMISOM.

The staff officers, to be based at the AMISOM force headquarters in Mogadishu, will be attached to logistics, training, communication, intelligence, operations and plans units, said the AU mission.

During the five-day training, the officers were grilled on their roles and responsibilities and equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to perform their work effectively in assisting AMISOM to deliver on its mandate.

According to AMISOM, the military officers were also taken through Somalia Transition Plan, under which AMISOM is gradually transferring security responsibilities to Somali Security Forces.

Source – Xinhua