STORY: SOMALI LEADERS AGREE ON NEW POLICING MODEL
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/SOMALI/NATURAL SOUND
DATELINE: 28/MARCH/2016, NAIROBI, KENYA
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2. Med shot, participants listening
3. Close up shot, participant at the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) ABDIRIZAK OMAR MOHAMED, SOMALIA MINISTER FOR INTERNAL SECURITY
“I insisted that we be given space to deliberate on issues, we don’t want any external influence. As you can see, it is only Somalis who are discussing what kind of policing model they want to come up with. I am very hopeful that the outcome will be very good.”
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7. Med shot, presentation about about Security and Justice Cost Scenarios
8. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) CROWD CHIRENJE, AU COMMISSION POLICE COORDINATOR
“Strengthening policing within the framework of the rule of law is going to add tremendous value in the entire peace process. The police officers are the face of government in the eyes of the people. They work with the people and their job is to protect the people. Strengthen policing will also help strengthen stabilization and early recovery. We should add tremendous value as well to the entire peace process. The people will be able to identify themselves with the government through partnerships which will be developed, but this background work has to be done.”
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11. SOUNDBITE: (ENGLISH) CHRISTOPH BUIK, UNSOM POLICE COMMISSIONER
“I hope that in the end we would have a common agreement on how the police will look like under the federal principles in Somalia in the future. This was the idea that made us organize this conference on the political level here in Nairobi to bring each and everybody to the table.”
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13. Close up shot, Minister Abdrizak Omar listening
14. Close up shot, senior Somali Police officer listening at the meeting
15. SOUNDBITE: (SOMALI) GENERAL MOHAMED YUSSUF MADAALE, SPF REPRESENTATIVE
“We have come here to talk about a new design and model for the Somali Police force. The constitutions allows the federal member states to have their own police force and also the national police as well. What we are discussing is the model, the powers and the responsibilities of the Somali police force.”
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Somali Leaders Agree On New Policing Model
Nairobi, 28 March 2016 – A four-day Consultative Conference on Police Reform in Somalia held last week in Nairobi endorsed a New Policing Model and a refreshed Heegan Plan for the development of the Somalia Federal State Police.
The Federal Minister of Internal Security Abdirizak Omar Mohamed attended the conference along with the ministers responsible for policing in Puntland, Jubbaland, the Interim South West Administration, the Galmudug Interim Administration and the Banadir, Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions.
Conference participants adopted the New Policing Model that contains federal and state-level components that will report to their respective federal and state-level ministries of internal security. Each component will be responsible for recruitment and training of police personnel.
The Police Commissioner of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Christoph Buik, welcomed the discussions and expressed confidence that Somali leaders will agree on a suitable policing model. “I hope that in the end we will have a common agreement on how the police will look like under the federal principles in Somalia in the future” Police Commissioner Buik noted.
Participants also agreed to incorporate the New Policing Model in a refreshed Heegan Plan, and the federal, regional and state-level ministers of internal security will meet in Kismaayo for follow-up discussions.
The refreshed Heegan Plan will be an inclusive long-term strategic planning document for the period 2017-2025. “I insisted that we are given space to deliberate. As you can see, it is only Somalis who are discussing what kind of policing model they want to come up with,” the Federal Minister of Internal Security said.