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Senior Uganda police official in Somalia for security assessment

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- A senior Ugandan police official is on a week-long working visit to Somalia to carry out assessment of personnel and audit the status of contingent-owned equipment, the African Union mission said on Friday.

Grace Turyagumanawe, director of peace support operations in the Uganda Police Force, who is leading a delegation of police officers, held talks with the AU Special Representative for Somalia, Francisco Madeira in Mogadishu, where they discussed the policing of the AU mission.

"We have brought new spares, which we want to use to repair our machinery and put them to good use," Turyagumanawe who is the assistant Inspector General of Police, said according to a statement issued by AMISOM.

The AU mission is seeking to deploy to Somalia additional police officers to boost the numbers in the Formed Police Units, in line with the UN Security Council Resolution which recommends an increment in numbers of formed police personnel in the Mission.

Ghana and Djibouti have offered to provide the additional numbers required.

Uganda is one of the six police contributing countries to AMISOM and has a 160-strong contingent of Formed Police personnel deployed in the Horn of Africa country, in addition to Independent Police Officers, who mentor, advice and train Somali police officers.

Turyagumanawe and his delegation will also assess the welfare of police contingent from Uganda.


Uganda in talks with UN over soldiers’ arrears on mission in Somalia

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda is in talks with the United Nations over the arrears of its soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia, a senior military officer has said.

Richard Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson, said in a statement issued late on Thursday that some 530 troops deployed under the United Nations Guard Unit IV are demanding arrears of four months, which ranged from April 2018 and July 2018.

The arrears total to about 2.4 million U.S. dollars.

The soldiers completed their one year tour of duty in July 2018.

"The ministry and Uganda People’s Defense Forces leadership reiterate their commitment to the welfare of the soldiers, and as such, the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN will continue to engage the concerned offices on behalf of the ministry to expedite the payment," Karemire said.

Uganda contributes to the 22,000 African Union peacekeeping troops deployed in Somalia.

Gunmen kill six people in Afgooye, south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen on Friday killed six people including soldiers in Afgooye, about 30 km south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

A security officer said three soldiers and three civilians were shot dead by armed assailants at a market in Afgooye.

The officer, who declined to be named, said the killing took place after Friday prayers when young men with pistols shot dead three soldiers in the market.

He said three women who witnessed the incident were also killed by the young gunmen who fled the scene after the incident.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.

Terror group al-Shabab has conducted similar attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.

The group staged attacks despite increased military operations by Somali and African Union peacekeeping forces against the insurgents as part of efforts to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation.

Somalia, aid agencies seek 1.08 bln USD to support 3.4 mln Somalis

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) -- Somalia and aid agencies operating in the country on Monday launched 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), seeking 1.08 billion U.S. dollars to provide support to 3.4 million Somalis.

The government and the agencies also called on donors to provide sufficient and early funding to sustain aid operations in Somalia in 2019 to help Somalis affected by conflict, climatic shocks and displacement across the country.

Peter de Clercq, humanitarian coordinator for Somalia warned that unless aid agencies can sustain the aid operation or immediately scale it up in some worst drought-hit areas early in the year, the progress made thus far is under severe threat since Somalia remains in the grip of one of the most complex and long-standing crises in the world.

"I urge the international community to continue providing early and sufficient humanitarian funding," Clercq said in a joint statement released in Mogadishu.

"Alongside life-saving support, a substantial investment in resilience-building and development solutions will be critical to ultimately end need and allow people to fend for themselves with dignity," he added.

According to the UN, improvements in the food security situation due to good 2018 Gu rains and the sustained humanitarian response throughout 2018 have resulted in a 32 percent decline in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance, from 6.2 million in 2018 down to 4.2 million in 2019.

However, Clercq said continued conflict and climatic shocks threaten to reverse these gains, adding that humanitarian needs remain above the pre-crisis level from two years ago.

Hamza Said Hamza, minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management who lauded aid agencies for prioritizing saving lives and ending need through community resilience-building, called on donors to also prioritize programs that tackle structural and chronic development challenges in Somalia.

"We are committed to work with all partners to move ahead with implementing durable solutions through the Resilience and Recovery Framework for Somalia, while the humanitarian response plan focuses on the immediate needs of the most vulnerable - IDPs, host communities, returnees to Somalia and refugees from neighboring countries," said Hamza.

According to the UN, more than 1.5 million people, mainly IDPs and rural populations, face acute levels of food insecurity and require immediate assistance for their survival.

The UN also said some 2.6 million people are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and live in difficult circumstances, are highly vulnerable and in need of multiple basic services and protection.

"This year’s response plan clearly articulates the government’s position that humanitarian needs in Somalia cannot be addressed by the delivery of life-saving assistance alone and it recognizes that there are opportunities for development actors to contribute to strengthened resilience of Somalis," Hamza said.

HRP financial requirements were reduced from 1.5 billion dollars in 2018 to 1.08 billion dollars this year due to increased engagement of resilience and development actors.



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