UNSOM recognises officers for distinguished service

Raisedon Zenenga, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia, pins a service medal on a United Nations military advisor during a medal award ceremony for UN uniformed personnel in Mogadishu on 1 February 2017. UN Photo

1 Feb 2017

UNSOM recognises officers for distinguished service

Eight police and military officers today received medals and certificates in recognition of their distinguished service as advisors with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Raisedon Zenenga, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, presented the medals to the officers, drawn from Sweden, Finland, Nepal and Malawi, who have served as police and military advisors in the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) of UNSOM.

The officers were assigned by their countries to work with UNSOM for a period ranging between four and six months.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr. Zenenga praised the officers for their work, dedication and honesty that have helped the Mission fulfil its mandate in Somalia.

“You and your countries’ contribution to the mission to move Somalia closer to peace and stability is greatly appreciated,” he said.

UNSOM Senior Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Luhanga said the medals would be a symbol of their commitment to duty and contribution to the quest for peace in Somalia

“This medal will always remain a good reminder that we have a task to accomplish towards the service of humanity. I therefore convey our heartfelt gratitude to the mission leadership for giving us the opportunity to be part of this noble cause,” said Mr. Luhanga.

He expressed confidence that peace and security will return to Somalia.