(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
Ghana and Djibouti have offered to provide the additional
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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,"
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.