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Barawe, 31st July 2020 – The Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) serving under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lieutenant Colonel Kaheru Bagyenda handed over a fully furnished office and an assortment of office equipment to the Elders Peace Building Committee in Barawe town.

Lieutenant Colonel Kaheru, who represented Battle Group twenty-nine (BG XXIX) commander Colonel Edward Kaddu, said the office equipment would go a long way to enhance efficiency of the community activities that include; conflict resolution, mediation, peace building, district administration on conflict awareness among others, in the face of challenges coming along with the unprecedented pandemic.

He said that UPDF believes in sharing especially with the community because of the force’s pro-people ideology. He commended the elders, political leaders and the whole community for the support and cooperation towards AMISOM’s operations.

“As AMISOM we haven’t got any difficulty while operating here in Barawe, thanks for the support, cooperation and good hospitality.” Remarked the senior officer.

Colonel Kaheru also thanked the community for following the guidelines and measures put in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. He further encouraged them to continue observing the mitigation measures till the country is free from the pandemic.

The District Commissioner Sheikh Umar applauded AMISOM for the continued support and help rendered to the Somali community. He said that the donation which was aimed at development of Barawe and Somalia in general, was a sign of brotherhood and togetherness. Sheikh Umar pledged to maintain the existing friendship and cooperation between AMISOM and the local community.

The head of elders, Mr. Sultan Abdulle Said Mohamud commended AMISOM for the sacrifice of ensuring peace and stability of Barawe and the and entire Somalia.

“We shall live to remember and always recognize AMISOM here in Somalia for the great work it has done,” Mr. Sultan added.

The Battle Group XXIX Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Officer, Capt Obed Mbarebakyi also implored the local community to maintain the good relations with AMISOM while reiterating that AMISOM’s mandate of pacifying Somalia and creating conducive environment for further development. He added that working with civilians is key for most operations to be successful.

The function was attended by the Battle Group XXIX Public Information Officer Capt Geoffrey Sande, security officers from Somalia National Army, political leaders from Barawe district, elders among others.


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