“Part of the Amisom mandate is to ensure harmony and progress amongst the communities within which we operate, said Brigadier Paul Njema, the Sector 2 Commander, who took over in February.
The statement came on Friday 20th November 2020 after the Kenya Defense Forces [KDF] soldiers serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia [Amisom), set up demonstration farms to enhance their sharing of horticultural skills with the locals, especially with the youth and women.
KDF took the demonstration farms at Dhobley Forward Operating Base in Jubaland State which continues to attract admiration from the residents of the town for it boosts their agribusiness knowledge. The farm bears an assortment of crops that includes onions, watermelons, tomatoes, kales among others.
As Amisom and KDF in particular, we are privileged to work closely with not just the Somali Security Forces but also the local authorities and the local communities primarily in the pursuit of peace and security; and furthermore in enhancing development initiatives,” he noted.
Furthermore, the soldiers have also set up another demonstration farm on brick making as a way of making affordable decent housing.
“As Amisom works towards gradual hand over of security responsibilities to the Somali security Forces we are determined to leave behind an economically empowered community,” he said, adding that the empowerment of women is particularly a key driver towards peace since they are the ones who bear the most brunt during conflicts.
Now operating under the Somali Transition Plan in which Amisom is set to hand over security responsibilities to the Somali Security Forces, KDF continues to work with Somali Security Forces and the local populace to hasten the pursuit of peace and stability in the country.