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STORY: AU Special Representative

to Somalia Calls For A Step Change


In Tackling Al Shabaab
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DATELINE: 24/MAY/2016, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA
SHORT LIST
1. Wide shot, Brigadier General Sam Okiding, Sector
One Commander
2. Med shot, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose
Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia, Major General
Mohamedesha Zeyinu, AMISOM Force Commander and
Major General Nakibus Lakara, Deputy Force Commander,
Support and Logistics
3. Close up, Major General Nakibus Lakara, Deputy
Force Commander, Support and Logistics
4. SOUNDBITE: AMBASSADOR FRANCISCO
CAETANO JOSE MADEIRA, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION
COMMISION FOR SOMALIA (SRCC).
This war cannot be won only with guns. Guns are
necessary, but guns alone cannot win such kind of war.
Insurgency means that there is a section of population that
believes in these individuals. These populations need not
necessarily to be eliminated but to be harnessed and
converted to our side as a method of winning the war
against them. With the radicalized individuals, what we have
to again is education, sensitization, mentoring so that they
understand that these radical ideas, this intolerance is not

acceptable because humanity is diverse, societies are


diverse.
5. Wide shot, high ranking AMISOM officers present
during the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
6. Med shot, high ranking AMISOM officers present
during the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
7. Close up, an officer present during the SRCCs and
Force Commanders morning brief
8. Wide shot, an officer makes his presentation during
the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
9. Med shot, an officer makes his presentation during
the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
10.
SOUNDBITE: MAJOR GENERAL
MOHAMEDESHA ZEYINU, AMISOM FORCE
COMMANDER.
This conference enables us to have common understanding
and information on our internal situation and the enemy
situation as well. We will also see the activities of each
sector in which we can learn from one another and share
experience. Our main objective in this meeting is to
understand all situation analysis and we see our strengths,
our weaknesses and come up with solutions.
11.
Med shot, an officer makes his presentation
during the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
12.
Close up, an officer makes his presentation
during the SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
13.
Wide shot, AMISOM officers present during the
SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
14.
Med shot, AMISOM officers present during the
SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
15.
Close up, Major General Mohamedesha Zeyinu,
AMISOM Force Commander
16.
Med shot, AMISOM officers present during the
SRCCs and Force Commanders morning brief
17.
SOUNDBITE: AMBASSADOR FRANCISCO
CAETANO JOSE MADEIRA, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION
COMMISION FOR SOMALIA (SRCC).

The way forward would be and would remain the need, the
absolute need to capacitate and empower SNA as a
gravitating point for any success that we might be able to
make in Somalia. We need to see what are the challenges
that our colleagues in SNA are facing and together see how
we can help them overcome these challenges so that they
can become an effective fighting force and capable of taking
over from us.
18.
Wide shot, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose
Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia greets some of the
AMISOM officers at the end of the meeting
19.
Med shot, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose
Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the
African Union Commission for Somalia greets some of the
AMISOM officers at the end of the meeting
ARTICLE
AU Special Representative for Somalia Calls For A
Step Change In Tackling Al Shabaab
Mogadishu, 24 May, 2016 A two-day meeting of
Sector Commanders drawn from the African Union Mission
in Somalia has ended in Mogadishu today.
The forum is a periodic gathering of Sector Commanders
and other key security players, where matters regarding
security in are discussed, especially the challenges posed
by terror group Al Shabaab. It was officially opened on
Monday by the AU Special Representative for Somalia
Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira.
The effectiveness of Al-Shabaab comes from its capacity
to split into small groups which are undetectable.
Secondly, it comes from its mobility and third, it comes
from its capacity to surprise and speed to surprise, said
Ambassador Madeira in his opening address.
He added, This war cannot be won only with guns. Guns
are necessary, but guns alone cannot win such kind of
war. Insurgency means that there is a section of
population that believes in these individuals. These
populations need not necessarily to be eliminated but to

be harnessed and converted to our side as a method of


winning the war against them. With the radicalized
individuals, what we have to again is education,
sensitization, mentoring so that they understand that
these radical ideas, this intolerance is not acceptable
because humanity is diverse, societies are diverse.
Ambassador Madeira directed the Sector Commanders to
decisively deal with Al Shabaab, while at the same time
highlighting the need to employ superior techniques,
which would ensure the terror group is completely
subdued and pushed out of their remaining hideouts.
Acting AMISOM Force Commander Major General
Mohammedesha Zeyinu emphasized the building of
partnerships between AMISOM, the Somali National Army
and communities in the sectors.
This conference enables us to have common
understanding; and shared information about the enemy.
It is also an opportunity for us to learn from each others
experiences in the sectors. Our main objective is to
analyse our situation, our strengths, our weaknesses and
come up with solutions, said the Acting Force
Commander.
The meeting ended on Tuesday with a resolve from all
participants for a step change in the fight against Al
Shabaab, which would see the terror group completely
neutralized in all of Somalia.
The way forward would be and would remain the need,
the absolute need to capacitate and empower SNA as a
gravitating point for any success that we might be able to
make in Somalia. We need to see what are the challenges
that our colleagues in SNA are facing and together see
how we can help them overcome these challenges so that
they can become an effective fighting force and capable of
taking over from us, emphasized Ambassador Madeira as
he officially closed the two day forum.
END