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Police, UPDF Partner to Boost Operations in Somalia

Grace Turyagumanawe, the director of police for Peace Support Operations on Thursday revealed that the directorate had finalised with assessment of equipment in Somalia.

Turyagumanawe while on a four day working visit to the Ugandan police officers in Somalia said basing on the assessment made on the Ugandan police operations in Somalia, there was need to ensure safety of its officers against the attacks from the Al Shabaab.

The African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is an active, regional peace keeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia.

It is mandated to support transitional government structures, implement a national security plan, train the Somali security forces, and to assist in creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Uganda is one of the troop contributing countries (TTC) alongside Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Djibouti and Ethiopia.

The directorate (PSO) is by policy mandated to visit the troops that are deployed in missions once every year both the Formed police unit (FPU) and the Individual Police Officers (IPO) to assess the contingent old equipment (COE) and see how viable they are, the type of spares required in case of repairs and maintenance to ensure that the contingent has a fleet which is road worthy.

“By mandate, I am supposed to visit the troops we deploy once every year to assess the personnel and the viability of the equipment, look at the contingent’s old equipment (COE) and see how viable they are in order to give solutions to impending problems both administrative and logistical,” he said.

During the visit, the police boss also paid a courtesy visit to the Commander Sector I Brig. Gen. Paul Lokech at the sector headquarters.

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The Army commander pledged to extend support to Uganda Police force in terms of servicing and repairing of the contingent fleet.

The army chief informed the police boss that the in-charge in the Uganda Police force Eng. ACP Kirungi Sulaiman had visited the troops to assess the viability of the equipment.

It was said that the equipment in Somalia being used by Uganda police requires spares and maintenance.

Turyagumanawe pledged to fix the fleet.

Currently, Uganda Police Force has a total of 160 formed police unit (FPU) officers and 39 individual police officers.

The Uganda police mandate in Somalia is to build the capacity of the Somali police forces which include training, mentoring, giving peace keeping advice at a strategic level and operational support.

The Ugandan contingent in Mogadishu currently owns nine armoured personal carriers that are used to carry officers while on duty in the war-torn city.

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