Joint AU-regional force takes over security in southern Somali city

AMISOM forces were today observed conducting more patrols in the port city of Kismayo in a bid to secure the town ahead of the state elections late this month.

According to the Jubbaland state’s vice-president, Mohamud Sayid Adan, the AMIOSM Police and Jubbaland police forces were planning to take over the security of the town, especially the polling centres during the elections.

Jubbaland presidential candidates have previously expressed concern over their security and expressed their dissatisfaction with the security situation in Kismayo.

Tigabu Yilma Wondimhunegn, the AMISOM Force Commander, yesterday arrived in Kismayo to discuss security during the elections with Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Islam aka Ahmed Madobe.

Jubbaland’s vice-president, Mohamud Sayid Adan, who addressed the media after the meeting, announced that AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia] and Jubbaland agreed to jointly ensure security in Kismayo during the elections.

The current state president, Ahmed Madobe, is fighting to retain his seat but faces very stiff competition from other presidential candidates, some of whom are backed by the Federal Government of Somalia.