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Mogadishu, 16 November—The Sierra Leone Community in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) organized a colourful reception to welcome the newly appointed AMISOM Police Commissioner, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Augustine Magnus Kailie, in Mogadishu on Friday.

Commissioner Kailie arrived in Somalia on November 6, 2019, and is expected to deliver on the important task of mentoring and building the capacity of the Somalia Police Force (SPF) as outlined in the Somalia Transition Plan.

At the welcoming ceremony was the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Deputy SRCC, Simon Mulongo, AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Tigabu Yilma Wondimhunegn, UNSOM Police Commissioner, Meinolf Schlotmann, UNSOS Director, Amadu Kamara among other AMISOM military and police officials.

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, Ambassador Madeira noted Commissioner Kailie comes after the mission had not had a substantive Police Commissioner for more than a year.

IG Augustine replaces former AMISOM Police Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Anand Pillay, who left in November 2017 and Acting AMISOM police commissioner, Christine Alalo, who tragically died in a plane crash on March 2019. Since March, DCP Rex Dundun had been acting Police Commissioner.

Vast Experience

“Augustine is coming to Somalia with a vast experience; an enviable formal education and a solid police training and experience of a country that was ravaged by a rebellion, by civil war, by carnage,” Ambassador Madeira noted.

“Sierra Leone has somehow already experienced what is happening in this country, and the man who is today our police commissioner has gone through a history and has acquired and accumulated experience that will definitely help him understand better what is happening in Somalia and give his contribution which I believe will help us achieve our mandate,” Ambassador Madeira said.

SRCC Madeira praised Sierra Leone’s Formed Police Unit (FPU) for their competence and commitment to the mission. He also highlighted the need for AMISOM to put impetus to the training of SPF, implementation of Quick Impact Projects to help rebuild dilapidated police stations and build offices and new police stations.

“Yours is the responsibility of putting in place and consolidate a police force that this country can be proud of again,” Ambassador Madeira said.

On his part, AIGP Augustine pledged to work in the interest of Somalia and all the police contributing countries.

Concerted  Efforts

“I am here not as an Assistant Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police but as AMISOM Police Commissioner, so have no fear. Together we will work to deliver on our mandate,” AIGP Kailie said.

He thanked the organizers of the programme and called for concerted efforts to help bring lasting peace in Somalia.

“Irrespective of the type of work you are doing, we all put our shoulders together to see that AMISOM succeeds, and you cannot do it alone, the civilian cannot do it alone, the military cannot do it alone and police cannot do it alone,” he emphasised.

Currently, Sierra Leone maintains the presence of 35 individual Police Officers deployed across AMISOM sectors and 160 FPU deployed in Kismayo. The FPU contingent trains and mentors Jubbaland police officers.

The effort by AMISOM and turn the Somali Police Force into a reformed and structured police force is contributing to the peace, security and the rule of law in Somalia.


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