Mogadishu Mayor, AU mission head discuss ways to work together to deliver peace

The new Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Banadir Region, Omar Mohamud Mohamed met yesterday with the head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, to ensure the mayor’s vision of a more secure and peaceful Mogadishu is realized.

Ambassador Madeira has pledged to work closely with the mayor, who assumed office in August.

Addressing the press, Mayor Mohamed expressed gratitude for the Ambassador’s visit, saying that their deliberations had been rich and promising.

“The Ambassador has welcomed all our requests, which are based on the partnership we have. AMISOM has for long played an important role in Mogadishu, and Somalia as a whole,” the mayor said

“I found an extremely committed and engaged man who has the interest of the population of Mogadishu at heart, and wants a very important thing for his people. He has taught me a very important slogan: ‘A peaceful people in a clean city ‘Ambassador Madeira said after his meeting with the mayor at the Banadir Administration Headquarters in Mogadishu.

“We discussed the issue of the upcoming 2020/2021elections, and the need to ensure that this election is secure and takes place in a free, fair and stable environment. We discussed how we can work together in the context of the established Somalia Election Security Task Force,” Ambassador Madeira added.

Somalia, with the support of AMISOM, the United Nations and other partners, is preparing for one-person-one-vote elections in 2020/2021, which would be an important milestone in the rebuilding of the country after more than two decades of violent conflict.

Other aspects the two leaders explored included avenues for engagements involving civilians and the military operations, for the benefit of the people of Somalia.