By Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Senior African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
officials met in Nairobi on Tuesday to review its activities and
draw up a budget that will guide the operations of the mission
conference which has drawn participants from the African Union
(AU) will come up with a detailed plan and budget.
Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for
Somalia Francisco Madeira said the meeting will go a long way in
helping the mission achieve its objectives.
“This is where we
are going to plan in detail what each of our units and clusters
is going to do or intends to do in the years to come,” he said
in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Madeira said the
pan-African body’s mission is finding it increasingly difficult
to fund a number of programs, owing to what he called donor
“Not all project
plans could be implemented, either because we dreamt so much and
thought we could do everything and thus lost so much sight or we
trusted our partners so much that we thought they would fund
everything,” he said.
Madeira, who is also
the head of the mission, noted that it is time the donors
considered themselves as partners in resolving the crisis in
stabilizing Somalia is a task of the African Union so they get
fatigued. Donor fatigue shouldn’t arise. It’s the duty of all of
us to make Somalia a functional state. Let’s be partners,” he
Among issues being
discussed at the Nairobi meeting include support for political
processes, security sector, stabilization and recovery,
protection of human rights and gender process.
Also on the table is
how AMISOM should facilitate access to recovered areas and
secure main supply routes. Madeira said AMISOM was forced to
devise austerity measures to cope up with the low funding.
The new Somali
government has developed a National Development Plan 2017-2020
but the country still faces challenges in combating negative
clannism, solidifying the rule of law and human rights,
countering violent extremism, and engendering the rights of
women and girls.
AMISOM Force Chief
of Plans Salifu Yakubu painted a security atmosphere that is
fluid, largely due to the unpredictability of the situation.
noted, has been weakened but still has the capacity to attack.
This militia “remains resilient” and has resorted to asymmetric
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