Friday, June 20, 2008

Uganda trains Somali police force

SENIOR police officers from war-ravaged Somalia are undergoing a one-month course in Uganda.Internal affairs minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Monday officially opened the training for the 83 station commanders of the Somalia Police Force at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, near Kampala.The course, conducted by the Uganda Police, is aimed at imparting into the officers skills of managing police stations. It is funded by UNDP-Somalia.According to Felix Ndyomugyenyi, the acting commissioner for human resource development, the course covers community policing, crime management and investigation, conflict, case file and records management, ethics and integrity, command and control and gender mainstreaming.The officers, he added, would be attached to Police stations to practice what they learnt in class.Ndyomugyenyi urged them to gather as much information as possible to take back home.Rugunda said the training was to consolidate ties between the two countries and enhance mutual knowledge-sharing.In 2007, Uganda sent a peacekeeping mission to Somalia under the auspices of the African Union and the United Nations. There are 1,600 Ugandan soldiers serving there."If one part of Africa is in problems, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that it is supported to become peaceful," Rugunda noted.The minister recalled that in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Horn of Africa was progressive but became a failed state in 1991 after dictatorial President Siad Barre’s death.He was, however, happy that it had begun to recover. "We are confident that the people of Somalia will unite their country and make economic progress the way Uganda has done. The Police are critical in this process."The Police chief, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said the training was an opportunity for the Uganda Police to learn from their counterparts how to check suicide bombers and urban terrorism