(For Immediate Release)
AMISOM will not vacate grounds recovered from Al Shabaab, vows AU Special Representative
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Maman Sidikou, has noted with concern the falsehoods being circulated by some media organizations claiming that AMISOM forces are vacating towns and other locations which had been recovered from Al-Shabaab.
Ambassador Sidikou would like to affirm that AMISOM troops are not being withdrawn from any town or location which will in effect allow Al-Shabaab to return and brutalize peace-loving Somali citizens as they had previously done before AMISOM and the Somalia National Army (SNA) forces liberated these towns and locations.
“AMISOM and the SNA are currently re-adjusting and re-organizing troop deployments in order to revitalize an already effective strategy that has enabled the recovery, consolidation ,expansion and control of over eighty percent of South Central Somalia by the Federal Government (FGS). This joint exercise by the AMISOM and the SNA leaderships will revitalize our joint operations against Al- Shabaab and further enhance security for our Somali brothers and sisters to continue to go about their lives in peace, safety and security.” Ambassador Sidikou has said.
Ambassador Sidikou advises all Somalis to disregard this alarming falsehood aimed at creating fear in their minds and to also depict AMISOM in bad light.
Ambassador Sidikou would like to re-assure all Somalis that, as a responsible institution of the African Union, AMISOM remains steadfastly committed to continuing to implement its mandate to support the FGS in restoring Somalia to peace, security and stability.
For more information, please contact; Eloi Yao and Lt Col Paul Njuguna, AMISOM Spokespersons,
Cell phone: (Somalia) +252 618 508 181 / +252 699 563 476 / +252 617 682 175;
(Nairobi) +254 702 155 126 / +254 728 701 222;