AMISOM SOPs reviewed
MOGADISHU, Somalia, 28 June 2019 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is harmonising its Boards of Inquiry standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enhance efficiency in investigating critical security incidents occurring in its areas of operation to ensure appropriate compensation is made when required.
The review process will include all components mainly the military, police and civilian units to guarantee that decisions made on critical incidents, involving AMISOM personnel, are based on agreed standard operating procedures (SOPs).
According to the United Nations, a Board of Inquiry is an analytical and managerial tool to review investigation reports, establish facts related to critical security incidents involving organisations of the United Nations Security Management System, including whether the incident occurred as a result of the acts or omissions of any individual(s).
AMISOM's legal officer, Dr. Henry Nampandu, said the workshop will help harmonise the Mission's compensation standards in accordance with the existing international laws.
In the event of an incident that leads to the disability and/or death of personnel and the loss or damage of Mission property or casualties of third parties and the loss of or damage to their property, AMISOM is required to carry out a compensation process through legal provisions encapsulated in the African Union legal and regulatory frameworks.
" In the context of African Union peace support operations which is multi-dimensional, composed of civilian, military and police and has many varieties of different nature incidents and occurrences, it is very important to put all the lessons learnt, challenges, gaps, and achievements together in order to review the existing standard operating procedures regarding the Boards of Inquiry, " said Debela.
Maj. Emmy Ekyaruhanga, a Board of Inquiry officer at the Force Headquarters, expressed confidence that the workshop will address and review anomalies and inconsistencies in different SOPs applied by the different components of the Mission.
Apart from compensating its personnel, in 2016 AMISOM began a process of making amends to civilians who suffer harm as a result of its operations in the country.