The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has given a befitting farewell to Police officers from Sierra Leone and Zambia who served for one year under the Mission.
Amisom Police Commissioner, Rex Dundun thanked the officers for their professionalism and discipline in building the capacity of the Somali Police Force.
The event was attended by senior AMISOM Police Officers including, the AMISOM Police Coordinator for Operations, DCP Daniel A. Gwambal and the AMISOM Police Reforms, Restructuring and Development Coordinator, ACP Maxwell Chikunguru, among others who graced the ceremony held in the capital city of Mogadishu.
“Your excellent work and partnering will support the Somali Police Force in improving their capacity and by this, you have written your names in the annals of the African Union Police in Somalia,” Commissioner Dundun stated.
He then extended gratitude to the respective countries, Sierra Leone and Zambia for allowing their officers to serve on the Africa Union (AU) Mission.
The Acting Police Commissioner appealed to other Police officers still serving in the Mission to be professional and dedicate them to ensuring that AMISOM’s mandate is achieved.
Outgoing officers, including the Sector Coordinator for Hirshabella, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kenneth Kangombe from Zambia who was among the officers honoured said, they were very happy with their contingent’s achievement during their tour of duty, especially in the areas of training and mentoring of the Somali Police Force.
“Though the mission has been challenging but we were up to the task, as we were able to do our part and now, we leave this mission so that we can give an opportunity to others to come and continue with the process of strengthening Somalia’s Police Force”, ACP Kangombe said.
The AMISOM Police component is made up of the Formed Police Unit (FPUs) and Individual Police Officers (IPOs) in providing operational support to train, mentor and advice the Somali Police Force (SPF) Officers.
AMISOM Police in Somalia has been playing a critical role in ensuring that the Somali Police Force is adequately capacitated and is capable of taking full charge of policing activities in the country ahead of AMISOM’s exit in 2021.
By Jane B. Mansaray