UPDF Troops In "psy-ops" As Cops Get Accolades In Somalia
More than 300 youths who have defected from the Al-Shabaab extremists group and formed a political party and denounced violence and suffering against the Somali people.
The youths told Radio Mogadishu that they were tired of fighting the innocent Somali population and opted to rather form a political group after witnessing the deadly killings inflicted on the Somali people.
A source in the military says this is one way of winning the psychological warfare against the insurgents in Somalia. He says this initiative was facilitated by AMISOM with the view of encouraging more desertions on the part of Al Shabaab.
The development comes on the backdrop of crushing success of our brave lads in Somalia in conquering areas that were formerly in the firm grip of lethal blood-thirsty Alqaeda-linked terrorists.
In fact last Friday, African Union Mission in Somalia Awards Medals to Ugandan Police
Contingent in Mogadishu.
A Medal Parade was held at AMISOM base camp to honor ten Ugandan Police Officers who have served more than six months in the African Union Police (AUPOL) in Mogadishu.
The ceremony was presided over by Honorable Wafula Wamunyinyi, Deputy Special
Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC), and was
attended by the Force Commander, Major General Fred Mugisha, the acting Police
Commissioner, Dr. Steve Kasiima, the Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Timothy Kiguti,
Police officers from other contingents, military staff officers, and AMISOM senior
The ten Ugandan Police officers reported to the AU mission on 15 February 2011 to join
their colleagues for a peace support operation with an AU Mandate to train, mentor,
and advise Somali Police Force (SPF).
By doing so, they were expected to give a new shape and lease of life to the shattered and degenerated SPF, and help them restore law and order, the rule of law, and put in place internationally accepted democratic methods of policing the population.
Although security conditions were very difficult at the time of their deployment, they
have worked tirelessly to contribute to the restoration of the SPF. They have trained
over 4,000 Somali Police officers overtime.
These trained officers are now playing a key a role in the security of the airport, the seaport, and important government institutions.
Addressing his officers, the Acting Commissioner, Dr. Kasiima emphasized that awarding
of medals is a sign of recognition of the good work they have done.
“You have earned and deserved those medals”, he said.
Major General Fred Mugisha in his remarks, praised the professionalism, loyalty, and
commitment of the police officers, and thanked them for their contributions to the
In his remarks, Honorable Wafula highlighted the accomplishments and progress the
police officers have made. He commended them for their outstanding performance in
fulfilling their tasks and helping the peace building and reconstruction of Somalia.
“On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, I would like to express
my gratitude for your service and contribution towards peace in Somalia. You have set
an example. I strongly call upon all African countries to help in whichever way they can,
to support the African Union in its efforts to bring peace and stability to our brothers
and sisters in Somalia.”
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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