Ugandan police peacekeepers have officially been inducted into the African Union Mission in Somalia [AMISOM] after concluding their eight-day orientation workshop, held in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.
AMISOM Police Chief of Staff, Mr. Rex Dundun, while presiding over the ceremony last Friday, cautioned the newly deployed officers on discipline.
“I want to emphasise that while we carry out these responsibilities, discipline should be our watch-word,” he said.
He added: “Let us not forget self-discipline. Let us not forget the discipline that has been imbibed in us through various training programmes right from home.”
The police officers from the Formed Police Unit arrived in Somalia early August and will be holding joint operations with their Somali counterparts, as part of a mentorship programme, aimed at enhancing the skills the Somali police officers.
“We are trained to be law enforcement agents and we are trained to abide by rules and regulations,” Dundun said.
The team of police officers is the sixth Formed Police Unit (FPU), to deploy in Somalia.
“Do not leave with a tainted and dented name. We are here to assist the Somalis not to contribute to their woes,” he stressed.
Present at the ceremony were the Police Operations Coordinator at AMISOM, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Daniel Ali Gwambal, the Contingent Commander of the Uganda Formed Police Unit, Superintendent of Police (SP) Denis Anywar Reuben and his Nigerian counterpart Uba Shehu.
Dundun commended Uganda for having one of the best police training programmes and urged the officers to abide by the Mission’s ideals.
The AMISOM police component is mandated to provide operational support to the Somali Police Force (SPF), to elevate it to internationally recognized standards.
The Formed Police Unit works jointly with the Somali Police Force to carrying out community policing activities, counter terrorism operations, public order management, explosive disposals; and cordon and search operations, among others.
Uganda is one of the six Police Contributing Countries (PCCs) to AMISOM, others being Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Zambia.