South West Federal State Minister Urges Somali Security Forces to Unite in Fight against Al-Shabaab

The South West Federal State Minister for Security, Hon Hassan Abdikadir Mohammed, has called upon security forces to unite in order to degrade Al-Shabaab. He made the call during the Barawe District security meeting on the 3rd August 2023 held at Hotel Abu.

Minister Abdikadir Mohammed reminded the security forces to always consult the Somali Constitution which spells out the roles of Armed Forces of Somalia.

“Unity is strength and key to flush out Al-Shabaab. Let the Constitution be your guiding principle as you are obliged to protect it,” said Minister Abdikadir.
He further urged Somali Security Forces to use the presence of African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Forces to decisively defeat Al-Shabaab.

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The Minister thanked ATMIS forces for creating an enabling environment where the federal government is able to provide services to the people. He said by curtailing Al-Shabaab terror activities, the government is able to construct administrative structures and other social economic amenities.

Lt Col Hannington Kigula, ATMIS Commanding Officer of UPDF 41 Battalion who represented Col Christopher Berochan, the Battle Group 38 Commander, emphasized the importance of information sharing and cohesion among security forces. He noted that without the two elements, Al-Shabaab exploit the opportunity to infiltrate and cause mayhem to innocent civilians.

“As ATMIS we are ready to work and cooperate with all stakeholders as mandated in order to create peace and stability in Somalia,” noted Lt Col Kigula.

The security meeting was attended by Hon Nuur Siidow Baba; Minister for Endowment and Religious Affairs, Hon Dahir Abdulahi, Minister of Public Works, Dr Libaan Osman, Barawe District Commissioner, Unit Commanders from SNA, Police and ATMIS, among others.

The delegation later inspected and laid a foundation stone at the site for construction of South West Federal State House.

As Shared By Col Deo Akiiki the deputy UPDF Spokesperson.

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