Thursday Mar 22, 201208:46 PM GMT
Ugandan president names Lt. Gen. Andrew Guti as AU Somalia mission head‎
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:45PM
Daniel Arapmoi, Press TV, Eastern Uganda
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Uganda appoints Lt. General Andrew Gutti to head the African union peace keeping force in Somalia. He will replace Maj. General Fred Mugisha also from Uganda who has served as troop commander for one year.

According to the new command structure of African Union Mission in Somalia, two major generals, one from Burundi and another from Kenya, will deputize Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti.

Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti will be deployed to the Somali capital Mogadishu to command African Union forces from Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, and Sierra Leone who are expected to join the mission in June.

The new command structure has been put in place and Burundi will be in charge of logISTics while Kenya, whose forces are deployed in the south of South Mogadishu, will be overseeing Amisom operations.

The newly appointed commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti is not surprised about the complex assignment.

Uganda will have an expanded role to command around 17,730 troops from Djibouti, Kenya, Burundi and Sierra Leone.

Part of Lt. General Gutti’s task will be to guide and command the various contingents in Somalia in an effort to crack down on al-shabaab.

Ugandan troops continue to play a pivotal role in dislodging the al-shaabab from Mogadishu following years of unrest which displaced hundreds of thousands of Somalis.

Lt General Andrew Gutti is a senior military commander in the Uganda people’s defense forces, he is currently the commandant of the senior command and staff college in the eastern part of Uganda in jinja, he will now move to the volatile Somalia where he pledges total support for his country and the pacification of Somalia.
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