Somalia (AMISOM) -- Lt.
Gen. Jim Beesigye Owoyesigire, the Force Commander
of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),
has concluded a weeklong extensive tour of Forward
Operating Bases in all the six sectors where AU
The Force Commander who
assessed the security situation and civil-military
projects undertaken by AMISOM in support of local
populations in its areas of operation, also
interacted with troops in
Jowhar, HirShabelle State;
Baledogle in the Lower Shabelle region;
Dhobley in Lower Jubba region;
Beletweyne in Hiiraan region;
Baidoa in the South West State and
Kismayo, in Jubbaland State.
In the Lower Jubba region the Force Commander
called upon Somalis to support joint efforts by the
national army and the AU forces to end the Al
The Sector Chief of Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC)
in Dhobley, Colonel Constance Sikalumbi said plans
are at advanced stage to renovate the Dhobley
District Hospital, to improve its services, to
enable it cater for more locals.
Dhobley residents currently depend on the AMISOM
Level II Hospital within the military base for their
"There is a consignment of drugs that we expect
to arrive soon to help with the management of
diseases," said Col. Silakumbi, who highlighted
plans by the sector to undertake various community
engagement and sensitization programmes.
The programmes include gender, education and
extra-curricular activities for youth in the area.
The Force Commander awarded outgoing troops with
service medals in recognition of their distinguished
service and sacrifices, in Somalia’s stabilization
and peacebuilding processes.
He presided over a similar service awards
ceremony in Kismayo, where he encouraged the
multinational troops in the sector to work closely
with the Somali National Army and the Jubbaland
security forces in order to reap more results in the
fight against terrorism.
He expressed satisfaction with the prevailing
stability in Kismayo and its environs, as a result
of the continuing collaboration between AMISOM and
Separately, the Force Commander held talks with
the Jubbaland Deputy President, H.E Mohamud Sayid
Aden, during a courtesy call on him at the seaside
Their discussions touched a wide range of issues
including the security of the region and planned
joint military operations.
"Our discussions focused on our collaboration in
military operations against the the enemy – and
which the police, the intelligence and the Somali
National Army(SNA) are taking part; the liberation
of areas still under the control of Al-Shabaab;
support to the Jubbaland forces and the integration
of the Darwish militia in their fold," divulged the
Lt. Gen Owoyesigire pledged AMISOM’s support to
the military operations, which will be led by the