Uganda Police to deploy 160 officers in Somalia
The latest coming in indicates that 160 police officers will be sent to Somalia in December 2021.
The team is part of the Formed Police Unit (FPU) who completed a 6-month intensive pre-deployment training course in Peacekeeping Operations of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The officers, during the training at Kigo, were assessed by a team of five Formed Police Assessment officers Led by ASP Figalo Maxime from AMISOM Headquarters.
In Somalia, the officers will provide Public Order management, protection of African Union personnel and facilities within means and capabilities, and Support police operations that require a formed response.
The Government of Uganda deployed the first Formed Police Unit (FPU) in Somalia under AMISOM in July 2012 after the UPDF had deployed there in 2007.
Units have rotated on annual basis and the deployment of this Unit will make the tenth rotation of Uganda FPU in Somalia under African Union (AU).
AU was founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. The intention of the AU was to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa by 32 signatory governments; the OAU was disbanded on 9 July 2002.