AMISOM congratulates Kenyans on 50 years of Independence


The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif congratulates the people of Kenya as they mark 50 years of Independence.

Ambassador Annadif praised the estimable work of the Kenyan troops serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) who have bravely worked alongside the Somali National Army and other troops contributing countries in securing and stabilising parts of Somalia.

“On behalf of AMISOM, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Kenya as they celebrate half a century of self-rule,” adding that “As AMISOM we appreciate and recognize the sacrifices made by men and women from Kenya to bring peace to our brothers and sisters of Somalia as they rebuild their country”, said Ambassador Annadif.

On 21st September, unidentified gunmen attacked the upmarket Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. During this terrorist attack, the region, the continent and the international community supported the resolve of the Kenyan Government and its people to continue defeating terrorism. The solidarity, the courage, determination and resilient spirit exhibited by the people of Kenya at that trying moment demonstrated that acts of terror will never disrupt the principles of the country as established by its founding heroes.

Kenya was the fourth Troop Contributing Country to join the African Union Mission in Somalia to support peace operations in the country. The Kenyan Defence Forces joined AMISOM in February 22, 2012 and is currently deployed in parts of Southern Somalia.