Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), in conjunction with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN, the European Union and other key international partners, have established a Transition Core Group, which is tasked with the responsibility of developing a transition plan for Somalia.
Headed by the National Security Advisor (NSA) to the President of the Federal Government, the Transition Core Group’s Terms of Reference include assisting with transition approaches, and delivering a draft transition plan, by March this year.
Mogadishu, 31 December 2017 – The police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is conducting a 10-day training course on countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for the Somali Police Force (SPF) in Mogadishu.
The training is aimed at equipping SPF officers with vital skills on preventing, disposing and countering IED attacks by the Al-Shabaab militants.
Mogadishu, 23 December 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has pledged to continue supporting youths in Somalia achieve their full potential and actively participate in the development of the country.
The announcement was made by the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, in a meeting with a section of youth leaders held in Mogadishu today.
Nairobi, 21 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) Ambassador Francisco Madeira has described 2017 as hugely successful year in the fight against the Al-Shabaab but cautioned that there were challenges facing the transition from the multinational force to Somali security forces.
The SRCC named the successful conclusion of the electoral process that saw a new Parliament and Senate, culminating in the election of a new president as some of the milestones achieved by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2017.
Mogadishu, 8 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, has hailed a power-sharing agreement signed on Wednesday, between Galmudug state and the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (AWSJ).
The agreement provides for a position of “Chief of Ministers”, which is an equivalent of the Head of Government, for the President of the Administration of Central Regions (ASWJ), in the Galmudug government.
Mogadishu, 7 December 2017– The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira congratulates the Federal Government of Somalia for hosting a highly successful Security Conference and Partnership Forum.
The two high-level meetings convened by the Somali President H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmajo”, were attended by representatives from 25 countries, six multilateral organizations, heads of Somalia’s Federal Member States, and Benadir Regional Administration.
- Representatives from 25 countries and 6 multilateral organizations, as well as representatives from all of Somalia’s Federal Member States and the Benadir Regional Administration, gathered in Mogadishu on the 5th of December 2017 to participate in the inaugural Somalia Partnership Forum officially opened by H.E. Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed (Farrmajo), the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia and chaired by H.E. Hasan Ali Khaire, the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia.
Lusaka, 4 December 2017 – A high-level annual conference on Peace and Security, aimed at mobilizing efforts to address common challenges facing the African continent, is underway in Lusaka, Zambia.
Senior diplomats of the African Union, among them Ambassador Smail Chergui, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Department and the Deputy Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC), for Somalia, Mr. Simon Mulongo, are among participants attending the 5th high-level forum on Peace and Security.
Kampala, 1 December 2017- The Federal Government of Somalia and federal member states want swift action taken in addressing the use of child soldiers in armed conflict in the country.
Key representatives from the two levels of government meet in Kampala, Uganda to brainstorm on how to prevent the recruitment of; and use of children in armed conflict.
Nairobi, 1 December 2017 – The Somali Defector Rehabilitation Programme (DRP) has set out a detailed work plan on integrating and rehabilitating converts from violent opposition groups.
The priority plans include defector disarmament and community engagement at local level, training and technical support for the DRP, network building, financing and resource mobilization, advocacy and monitoring, establishing proper communication and reporting network, creation of defector rehabilitation database, and outreach.
Nairobi, 27 November 2017 – A five-day workshop to train Somali officials on Countering Violent Extremism and the processes of reintegrating defectors is ongoing in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is training twenty participants drawn from Somalia’s Defector Rehabilitation Programme (DRP), on basic concepts and components of the Defector Rehabilitation Programme. At the end of the workshop the trainees should be in a position to identify actors and institutions involved in countering violent extremism.
Mogadishu, 25 November 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today launched the ‘16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign, aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in Somalia.
The campaign, launched by the AU Mission simultaneously in Somalia’s regional capitals, is part of a global campaign to create awareness about some of the most widespread human rights violations.
The global theme of the campaign this year is “Leave No One Behind – End Violence Against Women And Girls”.
Mogadishu, 22 November 2017 – The African Union Mission in Somalia is facilitating a two-day workshop for members of the Somali National Security Forces, on how to engender women and support the integration of gender issues at work.
The training of at least 32 security sector personnel drawn from the Federal Government and federal member states, is supported by the British Embassy in Somalia.
Mogadishu, 1 November 2017 – AMISOM is undertaking a series of troop movements, aimed at re-aligning contingent compositions in various forward operation bases across Somalia.
Mogadishu-October 28th, 2017 ; The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack at Nasa Hablood Hotel 2 in Mogadishu.
The AU Special Representative notes with sadness that this barbaric act coming just two weeks after the October 14th terrorist attack, points to a deliberate insistence by Al-Shabaab in targeting and taking the lives of innocent civilians and destruction of their source of livelihood.
Mogadishu 24, 2017 – The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh has reiterated the Mission’s commitment to continue building the capacity of the Somali National Army (SNA), ahead of its planned exit.
Gen. Soubagleh made the remarks, on Monday, while meeting the new SNA Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Maj. Gen. Abdiweli Jama Hussein, who had paid him a courtesy call at the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu.
Nairobi, 21 October 2017 - The Training of Trainers (ToT) by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to prevent the recruitment and use of children as child soldiers in Somalia closed in Nairobi yesterday with participants calling for an end to the use of minors in armed conflict.
The 12-day training that involved at least 23 participants drawn from the Somali National Security Forces (military, police and intelligence) and Federal Government of Somalia officials noted that the issue of child soldiers is an evil that needs to be eradicated.
Mogadishu, 17 October 2017 - The Kenyan Government has donated an assortment of medical supplies to the Federal Government of Somalia to help treat victims of the recent bomb attack by Al-Shabaab militants.
The medical supplies, airlifted from Kenya, were handed over to the Federal Minister of Health and Social Services, Fawziya Abikar, by the Kenyan Ambassador to Somalia, Retired Maj. Gen. Lucas Tumbo. Also present to receive the consignment was the Mayor of Mogadishu, Thabit Abdi Mohamed.
MOGADISHU, 17 October 2017 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) officers yesterday organised a blood donation drive in support of victims of the recent terror attack in Mogadishu.
Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh who led the drive at the AMISOM Force Headquarters urged both officers and civilians to turn up in large numbers and donate blood in aid of the bomb victims.
“As AMISOM, it’s a good and simple thing to donate blood; but we are ready to sacrifice our blood and lives,” the Force Commander said.
Mogadishu, 16 October 2017 – Security officers of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) yesterday visited the scene of Saturday’s bomb blast to assess the damage and identify areas of support ahead of a massive cleanup operation.
The team led by the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Contingent Commander, Brig. Muhanga Kayanja, was received at the scene by Brig. Abdi Omar of the Somali National Army (SNA), who briefed the officers on the ongoing search and rescue operations, following the terror attack.