The government of Uganda has appointed Brig Richard Otto as new commander of Ugandan forces in Somalia.

The East Africa nation has over 6,000 soldiers working under the framework of African Union Mission In Somalia (AMISOM).

In a statement, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu who is also commander of UPDF Land Forces lauded Brig Otto who received instruments of command on Thursday afternoon at a function in Kampala town.

“You have not lobbied for this appointment. It’s your competence and experience UPDF leadership based on to appoint you. We shall support you to succeed,” Elwelu said.

Brig Otto has been deployed with experienced commanders and principal staff officers under his command that will make him succeed.

“Stand firm and be strong in order to effectively handle the challenges ahead of you. You have to work hard and understand Al-Shabaab dynamics,” Elwelu told Brig Otto.

On his side, Brig Otto thanked the UPDF leadership for choosing him amongst the many and appointing him the contingent commander.

Brig Otto implored his Principle Staff officers to work together and maintain good discipline in order to succeed.

Brig Kabango advised his successor to always follow the Standing Operating Procedures and work as a team.


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