The leadership of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has commended the continued role played by Burundi in support of the process for restoration of peace in Somalia. Speaking during a meeting with the Burundian Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Prime Niyongabo, the Deputy AU Special Representative for Somalia Hon. Lydia Wanyoto said the impact that Burundi is making alongside other Troop Contributing Countries has been central to the progress notable in Somalia today. Lt. Gen. Prime Niyongabo is on a working visit to Somalia during which he has visited and interacted with troops at the forward bases, commending their bravery. He also held meetings with the AMISOM Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh and other senior officials.
Flanked by representatives of the AMISOM senior leadership, the DSRCC Hon. Wanyoto pointed to the most recent achievements by the Burundian contingent, including enabling security for the state formation process of HirShabelle state, recovery of territory from Al-Shabaab militants and supporting electoral security, among others. “They oversaw the formation of HirShabelle state, they secured and it was possible to form a state. The second one was the whole entire process of electing the regional leaders to form a state and also the current elections for the federal government. They have overseen elections, even beyond the sector. This is how much value Burundi and their contribution to the mission is visible and they have our full support,” Hon Wanyoto stated.