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AMISOM educates Somali lawmakers on security oversight

Monday, June 24, 2013

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A four-day capacity building workshop to educate Somali lawmakers on key concepts of parliamentary oversight and security concluded Sunday (June 23rd), the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) announced.

African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif praised members of Somalia's parliamentary committee on national security, interior and governance for their commitment and reiterated AMISOM's pledge to work closely with lawmakers.

"Our efforts and initiatives are aimed at supporting the government institutions actively engaged in the consolidation of the peace and stability achieved so far," he said in a statement read on his behalf by Ambassador Basile Garetetse. "Parliament has the backing of the people and it is important that we transform this show of faith into tangible benefits for the Somali people."

On Saturday, AMISOM also opened a 13-day training workshop for 100 Somali police officers at the Police Transport Centre, to prepare members of the Somali Police Force to conduct trainings internally.

"At the end of this training, the officers will be able to conduct trainings of their own across the country and this will be a boost for the force," said AMISOM's Police Training Co-ordinator Benjamin Agordzo.

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