The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today formally handed over a fully refurbished and equipped police station in the capital’s Kaaraan district, to the Somali Police Force.
The Kaaraan Police Station, which has been under rehabilitation for several months, will serve residents in the district and its environs: “The renovation of this police station is part of AMISOM’s Quick Impact Projects, aimed at providing speedy service delivery to the people,” ACP Maxwel Chikunguru, AMISOM Police Restructuring and Development Coordinator said in his remarks, during the handover ceremony.
Benadir Police Commissioner General Ahmed Hassan Malin, expressed gratitude to AMISOM for its continued institutional capacity building of the Somali Police Force:
“AMISOM Police has played a crucial role in renovating Kaaraan Police Station. It is in order to thank them for the good work they have done.
We are grateful for the assistance. Now, we have a place where our police teams can work and coordinate activities,” stated General Malin.
The renovation of the police station was done through joint efforts of AMISOM Police and the AU Mission’s Civil Affairs Unit, with funding from the Japanese government. “Building a strong police institution in Somalia especially in this period where AMISOM is preparing for transition requires a comprehensive strategy with clear, realistic and achievable objectives pegged by the goodwill of all our stakeholders,” noted ACP Chikunguru.
Mr. Christopher Ogwang Aria, AMISOM’s Civil Affairs Officer said the police station would be vital for keeping law and order in Kaaraan district and expressed AMISOM’s willingness to support the rehabilitation of more police stations across the country.