The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is expected to handover Somalia’s military training academy that it has been occupying for than a decade. AMISOM will handover Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy to the Somali National Army at the end of February 2019.
The revamp works at the Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy, have been ongoing since December last and now have been completed paving way for the handover of the army facility.
The announcement was made by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, during an inspection tour of the military academy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, February 19.
Madeira noted that AMISOM is satisfied with the renovation works and that arrangements have been made for an effective handover to take place by the end of this month.
Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy is a very important army facility having served as a key Forward Operation Base for AU troops during the fierce war against Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants that led to the liberation of Mogadishu, in 2011.
The Burundi troops serving under AMISOM have been occupying the academy have since relocated to Jowhar, the administrative capital of Somalia’s youngest state, HirShabelle.