Burundian Military General Takes Over Somalia Command

December 4, 2013 7:28 pm0 comments by:

AMISOM COMMANDERS

Mogadishu- Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa of Burundi has been appointed the new Commander of the military contingent of African Union Mission in Somalia.

Ntigurirwa takes over from Lt Gen Andrew Gutti of Uganda who is returning home after more than a year of service as AMISOM Force Commander.
Lt. Ntigurirwa in his inaugral speech urged the people of Somalia to unite and work towards the achievement of total peace in their country.
“AMISOM are doing well but we have a duration on this mission. So after that the Somalis must know that they must work for their own country.” He said.
The 17,000 strong AMISOM force expects a capacity boost following a UN resolution that recently approved an additional 4,400 troops.
Uganda provides the bulk of the troops that is drawn from Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and Sieraleone.
Somalia has been without an effective Government since 1991 when dictator Siad Barre was overthrown.
The AU force has restored peace in the capital Mogadishu but the Alqaeda linked Alshabaab are still controlling Southern Somalia.

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