The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has hailed Burundi troops for their stabilization efforts which have resulted in the opening of the main supply routes crucial for delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalis.

Tigabu Yilma, AMISOM force commander in a statement issued on Wednesday attributed the success in operations to the coordination between AMISOM, Somali security forces and the local people.

Yilma lauded the Burundi troops for their hard work in clearing main supply routes, training and mentoring Somali forces and cooperating with members of the community in civil-military activities in the areas they operate.

The AU mission said Yilma visited the troops from the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) in south-central town of Jowhar on Monday, where he assessed the progress made in executing AMISOM’s mandate.

In his meeting with the commander of the troops on the ground and other officials, Yilma discussed the security situation in and around the areas they operate and the state of civil-military projects undertaken by BNDF forces to support the local population.

Burundi is one of the five countries contributing troops under AMISOM. Other troop-contributing countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

Charles Imbiakha, AMISOM force spokesperson said the force commander had expressed satisfaction with the work of the Burundian soldiers in stabilizing the areas they operated and its surroundings.

“The force commander expressed satisfaction that BNDF has been able to stabilize the entire area, has contributed to the opening of the main supply routes to Mogadishu and has been able to integrate with society in civil-military operations,” Imbiakha said.

He said Burundi troops are now in the process of handing over military bases to the Somali Security Forces as per UN security resolution 2472 which requires that the AU mission mentors and handover the security of Somalia to the local forces by December 2021.

“The force commander also paid condolences to the families of the soldiers who paid the ultimate price of being here in Somalia for this worthy course, and wished a quick recovery to those who suffered injuries. This mission is not in vain, but it is for the good of the people of Somalia,” said Imbiakha. Enditem

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