|Somali President:Sheikh Sharif|
By Our Reporters
Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Monday,July 30 paid a surprise visit to the town of Afgoye, 30 kilometers north-west of Mogadishu, after locals complained about continuous robbery and coercion acts by pro-government soldiers.
President Sharif and his entourage held talks with local elders to listen to their complains before meeting government officials in the area.
The president apologized to local residents for any misconduct by the government soldiers in Afgoye and its environs, promising to immediately address their concerns and deal with errant officers.
Meanwhile Uganda has send a contingent of 140 personnel to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to train police officers there in different roles.
This is the first time any African country is deploying a formed Police Unit (a team of 140 police officers, which is deployed as a group) in Mogadishu.
Previously, African countries were sending individual police officers to work under the African Union. The Director of Interpol and International Relations, Mr Asan Kasingye, said in Kampala that the police unit will be commanded by Mr John Nuwagira from the Field Force Unit.