Kenyan police officers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today received commendation for outstanding service during their yearlong tour of duty.
The contingent comprising six police officers, serving as Individual Police Officers (IPOs), were awarded medals and certificates, on Wednesday at a function held in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. IPOs train and mentor Somali Police officers on matters security in both federal and regional administrations.
AMISOM Police Commissioner, Anand Pillay, who presided over the function, said the group had done Kenya proud by making immense contribution to the stabilization process of Somalia.
“You have done an excellent job here. You have made a great contribution to our mandate on this mission. We have gone a step further with your assistance. We still have a lot to do and hopefully the team that is replacing you will continue with the good work that you have done on this mission,” said Commissioner Pillay.
Speaking at the function attended by senior AMISOM personnel who included, among others, AMISOM Police Chief of Staff, Rex Dundun, and AMISOM Police Training Coordinator, Francis Aryee, the Police Commissioner pledged to consult the Kenya government to allow some of the officers back to the mission, given their outstanding performance.
“I recognize people who have worked well in the mission and I will try my level best to get you back. We will like the same people who have experience to come back so that they can assist the new people on the mission to move forward,” he added.
His sentiments were supported by Mr. Dundun, who noted that the contingent had served with dedication and integrity, and thanked the Kenyan government for allowing its personnel to serve on the mission.
“I want to personally congratulate the Kenya Police Service for grooming such people and accepting to send such caliber of people to the mission. It is a big congratulation to Kenya as a country, a big congratulation to the Kenya Police Service and also a big congratulation to the individuals that have exhibited these key values,” he added.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Aryee said despite working in very difficult environment, the team had defied all odds and performed well, setting a high standard to other serving officers.
“They have set a certain standard through dedication and commitment to hard work and we who remain behind must strive to raise these standards higher,” he added.