Wanyoto Replaced As AU Somalia Envoy

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Ugandan born African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Lydia Wanyoto has been replaced by Niger's Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou.

Ugandan born African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Lydia Wanyoto has been replaced by Niger's Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou.
 
 While assuming office today, Sidikou vowed to act tough on all Amisom personnel implicated in Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Somalia, where the force is fighting Al Shabaab militants.
 
Sidikou made the remarks in Kampala this morning at the launch of a three-day workshop aimed at strengthening the AMISOM's vision of addressing the issue of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA).
 
The ambassador reminded AMISOM that it is duty-bound to diligently implement the mandate entrusted to the mission by the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) in line with applicable policy guidelines on gender and human rights.
 
He said the workshop is critical in enhancing the Mission's transparency and accountability mechanism related to conduct and discipline of the military personnel.
 
Sidikou vowed to ensure that AMISOM meets its obligations under international humanitarian law, especially with respect to conflict related sexual violence, including Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. SEA workshop is intended to ensure AMISOM's leadership is well-equipped to address potential cases of abuse and also come up with a robust, effective and victim-friendly response to it.
 
The workshop is expected to come up with recommendations on how to enhance the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the AU Commission and the troops in Somalia.
 
Participants at the workshop are drawn from the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the AU Commission, AMISOM, United Nations, human rights experts and Civil Society organizations from across the continent.

 
 Others in attendance include the Special Envoy of the AU Commission Chairperson on Women, Peace and Security, Ms. Bineta Diop.