June 20, 2012 ·29 Comments
An armoured personnel carrier of the Lagos State Police Command (Reuters photo).
KAMPALA — Uganda is to deploy a Formed Police Unit (FPU) consisting of 140 personnel in volatile Somalia for maintaining peace and security, a police spokesperson said here on Tuesday.
Judith Nabakooba, Uganda’s deputy police spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the FPU will play a critical role in aiding the Somali Police Force in its efforts to maintain and improve security in the Horn of African country.
“We have been training and preparing that unit (FPU) for deployment in Somalia. They will be leaving very soon for the mission,” said Nabaakoba. “Their work will depend on what is on the ground. However, they will work directly with their Somali counterparts in patrolling, crime prevention, public order and the general restoration of the rule of law,” she added.
Asuman Mugyenyi, Uganda’s police spokesperson said: “The force is now ready. They will play a role in peacekeeping mission.”
Nigerian government will also deploy one FPU consisting of 140 personnel for the same mission in the troubled country, according Wafula Wamunyinyi, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia.
FPU is also deployed as a group to undertake crowd control, protect United Nations (UN) staff and material and escort UN personnel when they must visit insecure regions of a mission area.
Uganda currently also has over 8,000 soldiers under the African Union Mission in Somalia to help stabilize and pacify the troubled country from the militants Al-Shabaab.
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By Hassan Ali