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Police undergo drills ahead of Somalia deployment

Police officers being assessed at Kabalye Police Training School

MASINDI– Formed Police Assessment Team has camped at Kabalye Police Training School to assess the preparedness of its personnel that are due for deployment in Somalia.

The officers that are being assessed have been undergoing 1-year training in Peace Keeping.

They will be deployed in Somalia (AMISOM) by the end of July 2019.

The assessment started on June 19, 2019, and ends on June 23, 2019, whereby Police Officers are tested in different areas like driving, report writing, public order management, operational manoeuvres and marksmanship.

The team that is accompanied by CP Benjamin Namanya, the Deputy Director Peace and Support of Uganda Police Force is supposed to select only 160 Police Officers to make a contingent.

Early this week, the AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. TigabuYilma Wondimhunegn visited and lauded to AMISOM and SNA troops in the newly captured town of Bariire.

The Force Commander conducted the visit to inspect the newly established Forward Operating Base constructed by AMISOM and check the status of readiness of SNA and AMISOM troops deployed in the area since the flashout of Alshabaab from the town.

The recently captured territory by a combined force of UPDF under AMISOM and SNA had become a business hub for Alshaabab where they collected taxes and abducted recruits into their ranks and files to sustain their campaign against the Somali Federal Government and AMISOM

While meeting commanders and troops on ground, the Force Commander emphasized that troops should provide security to the local population.

“Cultivate the spirit of cooperation with local leaders, organizations and Local population in order to create an enabling environment for peace and stability in Bariire town. The people of Bariire have had enough of Alshabaab forced rule and their time of liberation has come” Gen Tigabu emphasized.

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