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STORY: AMISOM, SNA partnership key to securing Somali electoral process - Force Commander DURATION: 02:24 SOURCE:

STORY: AMISOM, SNA partnership key to securing Somali electoral process - Force Commander

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SHORT LIST

  • 1. Wide shot, AMISOM sector commanders attending the

Pre-AMISOM/SNA planning conference

  • 2. Wide shot, Lt. Gen. Soubagleh, the AMISOM Force

Commander speaking at the opening of the conference

  • 3. Close up shot, Sector 5 contingent commander listening

at the conference

  • 4. Med shot, Sector 3 contingent commander attending the

conference

  • 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lieutenant General Osman

Noor Soubagleh, AMISOM Force Commander

“This conference will facilitate our ability to come together to plan,

prepare, coordinate and synchronize cross section operations directed at the degradation of the Al-Shabaab.”

  • 6. Med shot, Sector 3 and sector 2 contingent commanders

attending the conference

  • 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lieutenant General Osman

Noor Soubagleh, AMISOM Force Commander

“We must be decisive in our action together in order to degrade the

capabilities and influence that the Al-Shabaab currently own. That being said, we must find a way to plan for the future together and then undertake joint operations to fulfill the mandate given to us.”

  • 8. Med shot, Maj. Gen. Lakara Nakibus, Deputy AMISOM

Force Commander Support and Logistics and Maj. Gen. Fidza

Dludlu, Acting Head of Mission Support attending the conference

  • 9. Close up shot, Lt. Gen. Soubagleh, the AMISOM Force

Commander attending the conference

10.

Med shot, Col. Caesar Bahwezi, Acting Chief of

Staff AMISOM Military speaking at the opening of the

conference

11.

Med shot, sector commanders attending the

conference

12.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Lydia Wanyoto,

Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia

“Today is an important day for many of us coming up after last evening’s announcement by the Federal Government of Somalia on the establishment of an elections security task force which AMISOM is a member. It now shows we have work to do. With the task force in place, we will now be able to move and deliver on securing elections, which is one of our key deliverables.”

13.

Wide shot, AMISOM sector commanders attending

the Pre-AMISOM/SNA planning conference

14.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Lydia Wanyoto,

Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia

“We hope now that we have a security task force in place, you will

be able to work closely with the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team, and come up with concrete steps on how to deliver the elections as per the calendar that was released by the Federal Government of Somalia.”

15.

Wide shot, sector commanders pose for a group

photo with the DSRCC Lydia Wanyoto

AMISOM, SNA partnership key to securing Somali electoral process - Force Commander

Mogadishu, 22 August 2016 - Tighter collaboration between the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Armed Forces (SNA) will be key to securing the upcoming electoral process and countering Al-Shabaab, the regional body’s Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh said Monday.

Speaking at a planning conference in Mogadishu, Soubagleh said the meeting would facilitate the planning, preparation and coordination of security efforts and cross-section operations directed at degrading Al-Shabaab.

“We must be decisive in our action together in order to degrade the

capabilities and influence that Al-Shabaab currently own

we must

, undertake joint operations to fulfill the mandate given to us,” Gen.

..

Soubagleh said.

Top AMISOM army officers from the Force Headquarters and all sector commanders are attending the four-day meeting and will be joined by their SNA counterparts and international partners.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto, asked AMISOM military commanders to develop a robust security plan to help Somali security forces secure the forthcoming electoral process scheduled for year end.

“With the task force in place, we will now be able to know what to do and how to move, to ensure that we deliver on elections security, which is one of our key deliverables,” Ms Wanyoto observed.

The DSRCC was referring to the elections security task force established by the Federal Government of Somalia to help secure the electoral process. AMISOM will be represented in the taskforce, which will be relied upon to coordinate security matters and ensure the electoral process is successful.

She assured the Somali public that AMISOM will work closely with Somali security forces to deter terrorists from disrupting the exercise.

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