The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has
a new Police Commissioner. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Augustine
Magnus Kailie, from Sierra Leone, arrived in Somalia on Wednesday to commence
work and will lead AMISOM police component to implement its mandate to train,
mentor, and advise the Somali Police Force (SPF) and support stabilisation efforts
under the Somalia Transition Plan.
AMISOM is implementing the transition plan, under which the mission will gradually
hand over security responsibilities to Somali security forces and exit by 2021.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) for
Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, on Thursday met with the new Police
Commissioner and congratulated him on his appointment.
"We have to help rebuild the police institution in Somalia, and ensure the delivery of
quality services to the public," said Ambassador Madeira who is also the Head of
Ambassador Madeira paid tribute to the Sierra Leone Police contingent under
AMISOM, for the excellence and professionalism in implementing the AMISOM
AIGP Kailie noted that his appointment is an opportunity to reciprocate the support
the international community provided Sierra Leone following the civil war from 1991
to 2002. "I am happy to pay back the support Sierra Leone received from various
international organisations following the civil war. Their contributions were
significant to our peace process," he said.
AIG Kailie replaces Brig. Gen. Anand Pillay from South Africa, who left in November
2017. He comes with 30 years of professional experience in the Sierra Leonean
Police Force, where he has served in various capacities.
Prior to his appointment as AMISOM Police Commissioner, he was the Head of the
Operations Support Division (OSD), in the armed wing of the Sierra Leone Police
Force. He holds a Master's degree in Peace and Development.