MOGADISHU, Somalia – Kenya Defense Forces [KDF] The contingent from the AU mission in Somalia handed over a newly built police station to the Jubaland authorities in Dhobley, as part of the transition plan before leaving Somalia.
AMISOM funded the construction of the site by the Danish government, with KDF doing most of the preparatory work. The police station is expected to improve the security situation in Somalia, which has gone through decades of civil war and threats against Al-Shabaab.
The facility will improve community policing in addition to helping provide mentorship to Jubaland forces in Dhobley and surrounding areas, which is led by the police component of AMISOM, the force said in a statement. AMISOM supervises police officers in Somalia.
Brig. AMISOM Sector II Commander Paul Njema presided over the Sunday ceremony attended by the police component and local officials from Jubaland, who are working closely with the KDF team to improve security in the region.
Brig. Njema, spoke on behalf of the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, [SRCC], Ambassador Francisco Madeira, said AMISOM.
“We want to say that Dhobley continues to be secure, it has become a very big city, and of course, when cities grow, they face challenges and those challenges are what we are trying to overcome,” noted General KDF.
“This is partly this station and others because if you are going to town there are other basic infrastructures that need to be put in place to ensure that the community here in Dhobley is safe and secure. security, “added Brigadier Njema.
Siyad Mohamed Hassan, the Dhobley district administrative officer, praised AMISOM for its tireless efforts to support the Somali people in addition to supervising the Somali police force. He promised that the people of Dhobley would work closely with the police to use the new police station.
“The police needed such a facility to help serve the community better and we are truly grateful to our brothers at AMISOM and we promise to use this facility,” said the administrator, who works closely with the president of Jubaland, Ahmed Madobe.
Dhobley police commander Major Mohamed Abdi Dihiye said the police station would benefit from better security due to the exponential growth of local people in the town near the common border between Kenya and Somalia.
“The town of Dhobley grew before it was small, but now it has grown. We would like two other police stations to be built at the northern and western ends of the city, which are under the control of the Dhobley police station, ”he noted.
Deputy Superintendent of Police [DSP] Grace Aremu, AMISOM Dhobley police team leader, pledged that the residents of AMISOM Dhobley will continue to support them and their government during this transitional period.
“We laid the foundation stone for this police station on February 17, 2020 and today on May 17, 2020, we are here to formally commission and hand over to the police in Dhobley for their official use and we we have more for the Dhobleys, ”she said, quoted by AMISOM.
Jubaland police officer Miski Mohamed Ali is delighted that the new facility is helping them better serve the community, since officers have been operating in makeshift camps for years.
“We are very happy with the new station because the old structure that we operate used to flee during the rainy season, it was stuffy and congested, but now I am happy that the new station is nice and cool” said Miski.
“We are very pleased with the new station because the old structure in which we operated leaked during the rainy season. It was also stuffy and crowded. The new station is a big improvement and our community services should also improve, ”said Miski.
Barely a month after KDF troops also handed over a new forward operating base in the same city to the Somali national army [SNA], which should take over the security responsibilities in 2021 of AMISOM troops.
As part of the Somalia transition plan, troops will depart in December 2021. Of the 22,000 peacekeeping forces in Somalia, almost 3,500 Kenyan soldiers operate primarily in Sectors II and VI in the State of Jubaland.