AU Mission says progress expected in Somalia after election

The African Union envoy in Somalia said on Wednesday (February 15) that Somalia would make tremendous progress under the new leadership formed following the drawn-out electoral process that ended last week.

The Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia Ambassador Madeira said President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has already spelt out issues his government would prioritize including security, tackling corruption and promoting peace and stability."

He has made his priority the need to ensure Somalia has functioning national security service, that is, the army, police and the intelligence," Ambassador Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu."

He has made it his priority the need to ensure soldiers are paid timely, receive uniforms and equipment needed to do their work properly," adding that Somalia was destined for brighter future following the successful electoral process.

He described the electoral process as historic, adding that AMISOM, which he heads, was proud to be associated with the exercise.

Ambassador Madeira said securing the electoral process was not without challenges, the main one being the threat posed by Al-Shabaab terrorists to disrupt the process and compromise its credibility.

He said "We had an enemy that was sneaky, invisible and opportunistic. We had to deal with such an enemy and at the same time observe the most strict humanitarian law, human rights principles and human rights due diligence policy."