The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMSIOM), Lt. Gen. Diomede Ndegeya, on Wednesday concluded his familiarization visit of all six AMISOM sectors, with a visit to sector two and sector six, in Dhobley and the coastal city of Kismayo, respectively, both located in Jubaland State of Somalia.
Sector two, which includes Dhobley town, Ras Kamboni, Bilis Qooqani, Afmadhow, Hoosingo and Tabta among other smaller communities and is wholly manned by the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) while sector six, which is in Kismayo town is jointly manned by both the KDF and Ethiopia National Defense Forces (ENDF).
On arrival in Dhobley, the Force Commander was received by Sector two Commander Brig. Gen. Paul Njema and his senior commanders and later inspected a guard of honour mounted by KDF AMISOM troops.
The Force Commander lauded Kenya for its contribution to peace in Somalia saying the two countries enjoy a long history, a common border and people. He also hailed Kenya for hosting Somali refugees for many years.
“Kenya is committed to peace, hence sending its troops to help Somalia to help in stabilization and development,” said Lt. Gen. Ndegeya
The Force Commander lauded sector two for being the first sector within AMISOM to deploy a rapid response unit which can swiftly respond to any incident within its Area of Responsibility (AoR).
Additionally, Lt. Gen. Ndegeya praised sector two for leading in Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities and having one of the most active Female Engagement Teams (FET) which has been instrumental in local community work.
“I must also laud you for leading other sectors by putting up a rapid response mobile force that is able to provide quick reaction to any threats in your sector,” Lt. Gen. Ndegyea stated.
He added, “It would be unfair not to mention your much appreciated and needed CIMIC activities that continue to provide healthcare, farming and other opportunities to the local population. Your excellent CIMIC is spearheaded by the passion and the kindness of your female engagement team.”