TOP

AMISOM deputy head roots for transition plan

By Admin

Added 16th April 2018 10:40 AM

He reiterated that AMISOM is focused on implementing the transition plan and urged troops to readjust their strategies in the fight against Al-Shabaab insurgents.

275593938589863783413o 703x422

He reiterated that AMISOM is focused on implementing the transition plan and urged troops to readjust their strategies in the fight against Al-Shabaab insurgents.

PIC: Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, AMISOM's senior political officer, makes presentations at the the AMISOM sector commanders’ meeting in Mogadishu, on April 13, 2018. (Courtesy Photo)

MOGADISHU - The deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, has asked AMISOM military commanders to implement the transition plan as per the dictates of the United Nations Security Council resolution on gradual reduction of troops in Somalia.

Mulongo made the remarks on Friday during a sector commanders' conference to discuss issues related to the transition and transfer of security responsibilities to the Somali national security forces as mandated by the United Nations Security Council late last year.

AMISOM is expected to gradually reduce the number of its troops in Somalia and reconstitute its forward operating bases with the co-operation of the Somali national security forces to ensure national security is not compromised during the transition period.

The DSRCC said the transition process would require doubling of efforts to further degrade and defeat the Al-Shabaab to a level that it cannot pose serious threat to the Somali national security forces.

He reiterated that AMISOM is focused on implementing the transition plan and urged troops to readjust their strategies in the fight against Al-Shabaab insurgents.

“Everything we are doing now should be geared towards transition. The way you plan in your sectors, units and other formations should be geared towards transition. We should empower the local forces and people so that they take over responsibility,” he said.

Mulongo said the first phase of the transition plan would last four years and success would be measured against the ability of the country to conduct peaceful and secure one-person-one-vote elections in 2020, which, he noted, would be a major milestone if successful.

Haji Ssebirumbi Kisinziggo, the AMISOM senior political affairs officer, said the federal government of Somalia should the lead in the implementation of the transition plan, with AMISOM playing a support role.

“AMISOM will draw down by 1,000 in October (2018). There must therefore, be reconfiguring of AMISOM in such a way that it can defend itself with fewer troops,” Ssebirumbi added.

Related Articles

More From The Author

Related articles