EU pays salaries of Somali police

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Somali police force. Twitter photo.
Somali police force. Twitter photo.

The European Union (EU) will commence the payment of the salaries of the Somali Police Force as part of security building strategies.

The new EU Ambassador to Somalia, Ms Veronique Lorenzo, stated that the 6,800 police officers will receive the payment next week, Africa Review reported.

She added that the regular salary payment to the police force was the responsibility of the Somali government, but the EU’s assistance was meant to boost the morale of the force.

“This payment by the EU is intended to encourage the police to boost the security, law enforcement and restoration of proper order,” said Ms Lorenzo.

Without specifying any amount, the ambassador stated that the money would be channelled through the police force’s account at the Central Bank of Somalia.

“This will be easy, speedy and transparent act,” she added.

The diplomat, who presented her credentials to Somali President Hassan Mohamoud, last week, said the intervention would support the police’s agenda to reform the security sector.

The Somali ministry of Finance and the EU have recently announced a new salary payment modality, promising a pilot scheme to be applied to a section of the security sector before a complete roll out.

Somalia was struggling to rebuild the state institutions after more than two decades of civil war, with the EU being one of its main supporters in the recovery.

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