Gen Gutti Completes Somalia Mission


look cheapest geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“The current Force Commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti from the Ugandan People’s Defence Force will be handing over the chain of command, approved ” AMISOM said in a brief statement today morning.

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“His successor is Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF).”

Sources in the army said security had been tightened to allow a peaceful change of command at a ceremony in Mogadishu.

Gutti assumed office in May 2012 and his experience and knowledge was of great benefit to the international effort to restore peace and stability in Somalia.

During his term of office, Gutti led forces that secured the strategic town of Wanla Weyn on the Afgooye to Baidoa corridor in lower Shabelle. Wanla Weyn is 93km from Mogadishu.

The allied forces have also secured Balli Doogle Airbase, a former air force training base, 11kms from Wanla Weyn.

This advance denied fleeing Al Shabaab insurgents from seeking refuge and destabilizing other regions of the country.

The outgoing Commander who has served in the Ugandan military for over 26 years oversaw the expanded AMISOM force, which will include Kenyan, Ugandan, Djiboutian, Burundian and Sierra Leonean forces.

He took over from Major General Fred Mugisha during whose tenure, AMISOM forces helped drive the Al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, Al Shabaab, from fixed positions in Mogadishu, ushering in the longest sustained period of relative peace that the Somali capital has had since the collapse of central government in 1991.

Gutti’s appointment came at a time when AMISOM was expanding across the country having secured the capital.

However, it was during Gutti’s reign that Ugandan top army officers were arrested for stealing food portions for the combat troops.

Al Shabaab is becoming marginalized in Southern Somalia as they have lost ground and the support of the Somali population.


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