The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh gave the Kenyan Troops (KDF) serving in AMISOM a thumps-up when he visited the troop’s Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in Sector two based in Jubbaland State.
Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh visited KDF troops stationed in Dhobley, Afmadhow and Kismayo and thanked them for their sacrifice and effort in securing the country and liberating Somalis from the terror group Al-Shabaab.
The Force Commander was accompanied by the Sector Two Commander, Brigadier William Shume, and other senior officers from the force headquarters.
Lt. Gen. Soubagleh said he was impressed with the good work AMISOM troops are carrying out not only to liberate Somalia from the terror groups but also to pacify the country.
The Force Commander emphasized that presence of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops in Somalia was important to the international community and thanked the Sector Commander for his leadership in fighting Al-Shabaab.
In Afmadhow, a Forward Operating Base (FOB) for KDF troops, Gen Soubagleh was received by the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col Ptiony, and proceeded to commission Afmadhow hospital which was renovated by KDF soldiers as part of their CIMIC (Civil and Military Coordination) project.
“I thank you the people of Afmadhow. You have played your role in peace and security and you are doing your best. AMISOM troops and Jubbaland forces are appreciative of your contribution and they are happy working with you,” Lt. Gen. Soubagleh said.
The Force Commander handed over food and drugs donated by the soldiers to the Afmadhow District Commissioner, Mohamed Sheikh Dakane, to be distributed to the local community.
During the visit, the Force Commander laid a wreath at the monument constructed to honour KDF soldiers killed while fighting under AMISOM in Somalia and also awarded African Union medals to KDF troops deployed at the new airport in Kismayo.