A contingent of four senior Zambian police officers are part of a team of twenty-two newly deployed Individual Police Officers (IPOs) to the AU Mission in Somalia, who will train and mentor Somali police officers on security matters at federal and regional levels.
Zambia has deployed to the police component of the AU Mission for the first time, although they have had military presence in Somalia. The officers will offer specialized skills to the local police force as it takes on bigger responsibilities of maintaining law and order.
“I can see hope that there is something going on, which we can build on and it is from there where we are emphasizing that we are going to help our brothers in Somalia, so that they come up with a proper police force,” the Zambian police contingent commander, Kasale Tresphord said.
Together with Individual Police Officers from Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone, the Zambian police officers completed an intensive in-Mission induction course on Thursday, in Mogadishu.
“Put in your best; we are here to assist the Somalis get back on their feet after two decades of civil unrest, in their nation,” ACP Rex Dundun, the AMISOM Chief of Staff challenged the new officers, at the end of their induction course.
“In the process of assisting the Somalis, let us just take discipline as our watchword. In any police force over the world, discipline should be the bedrock of the police organization,” ACP Dundun emphasized.
Senior Superintendent of Police Zipporah Gatiria Mboroki from the Kenya Police expressed confidence on the state of policing in Somalia.
“We are going to support the Somali police so that they provide security to their people and also in the development of other institutions,” SSP Mboroki said.
“I believe at the end of this mission, Somalia will achieve peace,” Sierra Leone Inspector of Police Agatha Jorsneh Williams stated.
During the induction training, the police officers were taught the mandate of the AU mission in Somalia, the AU and UN Peace and Security Architecture, the structure of the Somali Police Force, the Somali culture and the people, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), the AMISOM code of conduct and Human Rights observance.