Monday, April 23, 2012
A Joint Board of Inquiry consisting of investigators and bombexperts
from AMISOM and Somali security agencies yesterday begun investigating
anattack two weeks ago on the newly reopened National Theatre in
Mogadishu inwhich 11 people lost their lives.
The Board was formed following a request from the TransitionalFederal
Government, and consists of experienced and professional
investigatorsfrom the AMISOM Police Component, the Somali Police Force
and the NationalSecurity Agency. It will also be joined by bomb experts
from AMISOM’s militarycomponent.
Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi, the Deputy Special Representative of
theChairperson of the African Union Commission on Somalia, the most
senior AMISOMofficial in Mogadishu, urged city residents to cooperate
with the team sothat the probe is expedited.
“I call upon political leaders and the public to exercise patienceand
refrain from making statements that may prejudice the outcome of
theinvestigation,” he said. “Unwarranted speculation can only hinder the
effort tolearn lessons and to ensure that the people of Mogadishu are
better protected,”he added.
“With the help of AMISOMand the international community, the people
of Somalia have made great stridestowards lasting stability which all
must come together to defend,” he said,noting that the country was on
track to adopt a new constitution and completethe transition to
permanent and representative government.
Hon. Wafula stressed that despite the attack on the Theatre, forwhich
the Al-Qaeda affiliated terror group, al Shabaab, has
claimedresponsibility, the Somali capital was experiencing its longest
period ofrelative peace since the collapse of central government in
1991. He thanked thepublic for providing information which has led to
the majority of al Shabaabplots against the city being disrupted.