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Outgoing AMISOM commander appeals for more international help to stabilize Somalia

An outgoing commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) called for more support

Dec 21st 2020 · 1 min read
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers in the 17th Battle Group of the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Soldiers in the 17th Battle Group of the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

BARAWE, SOMALIA - OCTOBER 11: Soldiers in the 17th Battle Group of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) exit AMISOM's Forward Operating Base before a patrol on October 11, 2016 in Barawe, Somalia. The city of Barawe was a stronghold for the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia's southern coast, but were driven out by the Somali Government and AMISOM in 2014. Al-Shabaab continues to fight in the region with counter-insurgency tactics. Somalia is on the brink of its first parliamentary elections since 1984, but issues with security and disagreements in the election process have led to delays.

An outgoing commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) called for more support by the international community to help the stabilization phase in Somalia.

Brig. Gen. Richard Otto, the outgoing Contingent Commander of Ugandan troops in Somalia, who is also the AMISOM Sector 1 Commander, made the comments during a farewell dinner in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Otto said this support can be achieved by building schools, hospitals and infrastructure and governance structures.

Otto expressed his gratitude for being entrusted to lead his country’s unit and added he left the mission, happy with the achievements, particularly the capacity the Somali National Army has built.

“This is a very positive development and confirms that AMISOM is doing real mentorship,” Otto said.

Otto was replaced by Brig Gen. Don William Nabasa, whom he handed over responsibility to.

Uganda is one of five countries which contribute troops to AMISOM and is in charge of Sector 1 of the mission’s operations in Somalia.

Sector 1 troops secure Banaadir and Lower Shabelle regions and protect the State House, all government ministries, Parliament, Aden Abdule International Airport and the sea port, according to AMISOM.

Aside from its peacekeeping operations, AMISOM supports various socioeconomic initiatives to strengthen the Somali community.

AMISOM was deployed in 2007 to enable the gradual handing over of security responsibilities and reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups in the Horn of Africa nation.

last updated: 2020-12-21@08:12