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AMISOM Weekly


2010

TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AHLU SUNNA

The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia has signed a power-sharing agreement with the Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) group. The Framework for Cooperation Agreement was formally signed on 15 March 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during a ceremony chaired by the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Jean Ping. Issue 3, March 2010

 
SOMALIA IS FRONTLINE IN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST VIOLENT EXTREMISM

On 5 February 2010, Somali extremists announced that they were forming an alliance with Al Qaeda to establish an Islamic state in Somalia and fight a jihad across East Africa. This statement crystallizes what is at stake in a country that has been ripped apart by war for two decades.
Make no mistake about it. Issue 2, March 2010
 
RESTORING PEACE IN SOMALIA FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION!


I am delighted to introduce this maiden issue of the AMISOM News Bulletin, which builds on the solid foundation laid by our AMISOM Newsletter. The Bulletin is an electronic bi-monthly round-up of news and activities from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). It is an informative record of the political, economic and humanitarian efforts undertaken by all stakeholders to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Somalia, as well as an update on the work of our valiant peacekeepers on the ground. Issue 1, February 2010
 
AMISOM DATES PARTNERS ON CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SOMALIA

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia , Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra says Somalia needs increased support from members of the international community to end two decades of fighting. Weekly Issue # 1-2010
 

2009
AU SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE PRAISES OUTSTANDING WORK OF FORCE COMMANDER

The African Union Special Representative for Somalia Mr. Nicolas Bwakira has praised AMISOM Force Commander Major General Nathan Mugisha for his outstanding character in boosting the morale of his officers and men who continue to show strong commitment and determination in the performance of their duties despite the hostile environment. more
 

THURSDAY’S ATTACK ON AMISOM BASE

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission
for Somalia Mr. Nicolas Bwakira Friday visited injured peacekeepers and Somali civilians following Thursday’s
suicide attacks on AMISOM base in Mogadishu.

At least 21 people comprising 4 Somalis, 5 Ugandans and 12 Burundians have so far been confirmed dead . The figure includes AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Major General Juvenal Niyoyunguruza . 40 others were injured during the incident and so far 26 of them have been evacuated to a hospital in Nairobi for further medical attention. more
 

AMISOM, SOMALIA TFG MINISTERS SHARE IDEAS

The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi and the Force Commander held discussions with the TFG Minister of Defense and the Minister of Information on key issues affecting the Somali Transitional Government.
The two parties discussed progress on the National Security Sector Reforms including the payment of stipends to the TFG soldiers and the disbursement of funds from the Italian contribution.Weekly Issue # 16
 

KENYAN DEPUTY SPEAKER VISITS MOGADISHU

The Deputy Speaker of Kenya’s Parliament Hon. Maalim Farah Mohammed has
assured Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM of Kenya in
particular, and IGAD’s support to the peace process in Somalia. Weekly Issue # 15
 

BURUNDI DEPLOYS THIRD BATTALION

Burundi has deployed a third battalion to beef up the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia.
The battalion which arrived last week brings to slightly above 5 thousand the total number of AMISOM force in this horn of African nation.
Burundi and Uganda are currently the only countries that provide troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia. The contribution by the two countries has helped in providing a good environment for dialogue and reconciliation .The AMISOM forces are protecting key government institutions in Somalia such as the presidential palace, the airport, the seaport, key roads and provide escorts to humanitarian convoys to mention but a few. Weekly Issue # 13

 

PARTNERS AGREE TO SUPPORT SOMALIA

AMISOM in conjunction with its partners IGAD,UN,LAS and the Somali Transitional Government held a two day Technical/Experts and Ambassadorial meeting on capacity building for Somalia in Nairobi Kenya from 14 to 15 July .The meeting was attended by representatives of 39 countries and 14 International organisations. Weekly Issue # 11



 

 

AMISOM UNDERGOES PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAINING

Staff from AMISOM took part in a predeployment training course at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi.

The Training Course which took place from Monday June 8th to Friday June 12th was part of AMISOM’s preparatory activities to deploy its civilian component to Somalia . Thirty three members of staff from AMISOM participated in the training workshop. Weekly Issue # 09


 

UPDF CLF VISITS AMISOM

The Chief of Land Forces of the Uganda Defence Forces (UPDF) Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, decorated 500 peacekeepers in Mogadishu with medals in recognition of their role in the African Union Mission in Somalia. The troops who received the medals belong to the first contingent of the UPDF to go into the mission area. Weekly Issue # 08

 

 

AMISOM CONDEMNS AGGRESSION ON SOMALIA’S TFG

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Nicolas Bwakira condemned the aggression on Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government by anti-peace elements. Weekly Issue # 6





 

 

SOMALI PRESIDENT VISITS AMISOM

President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia paid a surprise visit to the Ugandan Contingent of AMISOM on Tuesday 6th May. He
was received on arrival by the AMISOM Force Commander, Maj Gen Francis Okello and other senior ranking officers of AMISOM.
The president was accompanied by the Minister of National Security
Col Omar Hashi Aden and that of Defence Mr Mohamed Abdi
Gaandi. Weekly Issue # 5

 

DONORS PLEDGE $213M FOR SOMALIA

The International Conference in support of the Somali Security Institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia was convened by the United Nations Secretary General following the request of the UN Security Council in its resolution 1863 of 16 January 2009 under the joint auspices of the African Union and United Nations and hosted by the European Commission and the European Union.
The Conference, which took place in Brussels from 22 – 23 April, was co-chaired by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Chairman, Jean Ping. Weely Issue # 04


 

AMISOM HAILS SOMALI LEADER

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of The African Union
Commission for Somalia Nicolas Bwakira welcomed the firm declaration by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed that AMISOM
should remain in the country to continue the important role it is
undertaking.
The AU Special Representative who was on a two day visit to Somalia was speaking at the Somali State House on Sunday while paying a courtesy call on President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Saturday clarified his government’s position on the issue following speculations emanating from forces opposed to the peace process that AMISOM is not needed and should therefore leave Somalia. Weekly Issue #03

 

 

THE VOICE OF PEACE IN SOMALIA  

 
 
 

 

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