AU praises Zam­bia

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By SI­MON MUNTEMBA in Mo­gadishu

ZAM­BIA’ S sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in Africa is com­mend­able, the African Union has said.

Spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the chair­per­son of the African Union Com­mis­sion (SRCC) Am­bas­sador Fran­cisco Madeira praised Zam­bia po­lice of­fi­cers for their ex­em­plary lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and pro­fes­sion­al­ism to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of peace and sta­bil­ity in Somalia.

Speak­ing to Jour­nal­ists in Mo­gadishu yesterday, Mr Madeira said the AU was grace­ful to the Zam­bian gov­ern­ment for its con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing peace in Africa.

He said the sig­nif­i­cant role the Zam­bian gov­ern­ment has con­tin­ued to play in sup­port­ing ef­forts to re­store peace and sta­bil­ity in Africa by send­ing peace­keep­ers in war-torn coun­tries like Somalia de­serves com­men­da­tion.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers from Zam­bia play a sig­nif­i­cant role as you have seen dur­ing your visit.

“They are help­ing to build the ca­pac­ity of the So­mali po­lice force by men­tor­ing and sup­port­ing their ef­forts to re­store the rule of law and or­der, the African Union is grace­ful to coun­tries such as Zam­bia,.

“Re­ally, we are very happy with them. We are happy with the way they trans­mit their ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism to the So­mali po­lice force,” Mr Madeira said.

And Mr Madeira said AMISOM which had been in Somalia for 11 years had made ex­ten­sive achieve­ments de­spite the many chal­lenges it faced.

He ex­plained that the es­tab­lish­ment of AMISOM in Somalia has cre­ated an in­creas­ingly more se­cure en­vi­ron­ment, en­abling sig­nif­i­cant progress in the po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of that coun­try.

“To­day, Somalia has a na­tional con­sti­tu­tion, an elected Par­lia­ment, Pres­i­dent and fed­eral states, all with fully func­tional lead­er­ship and leg­isla­tive bod­ies,” he said.

He said the 2016 elec­tion con­ducted across re­gional states in Somalia un­der the su­per­vi­sion of AMISOM for Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment was his­toric be­cause for the first time in over two decades, a sec­tion of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion in­clud­ing youths and women par­tic­i­pated in choos­ing their lead­ers with­out ma­jor in­ci­dents of chaos.

He also said that AMISOM work­ing jointly with the So­mali se­cu­rity agen­cies had since 2007 man­aged to cap­ture ma­jor towns and ports that were con­trolled by the dead­li­est rebel group, Al-Shabaab.

AMISOM had un­der­taken ex­ten­sive ca­pac­ity build­ing for So­mali na­tional army and po­lice by way of train­ing and men­tor­ing them, he added.

He said due to such achieve­ments, Somalia had grad­u­ally ex­pe­ri­enced an eco­nomic boom as ev­i­denced by the re­turn­ing of So­ma­lis in the di­as­pora to set up busi­ness.

The 31 male and fe­male Zam­bia po­lice of­fi­cers are de­ployed in Somalia un­der the African Union Mis­sion in Somalia (AMISOM) to pro­vide sup­port in an ef­forts to­wards sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the sit­u­a­tion in that coun­try. Zam­bia Po­lice of­fi­cers win ac­co­lades for out­stand­ing per­for­mance in Somalia

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