UPDF Sends New Commander To Somalia Top story

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Omola, who has been the substantive commander of the East African Standby Force that had not yet been commissioned into action, was switched to Lower Shabelle by the Commander of Land Forces Major General David Muhoozi.

The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) has named Colonel Omola Peter Gatilano as a replacement commander for the battle group XVI fighting in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.
 
Omola, who has been the substantive commander of the East African Standby Force (EASF) that had not yet been commissioned into action, was switched to Lower Shabelle by the Commander of Land Forces Major General David Muhoozi.
 
Muhoozi, who is on a visit to Somalia himself, announced that Col. Omola would relieve Colonel Bosco Mutambi, who was the commander until the September 1 attack on Janaale . Despite media reports saying that he had been arrested and brought home to face court martial, the army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda told URN that Colonel Mutambi was still in Somalia but he has been relieved of the commanding duty.
 
Uganda lost about 19 soldiers in the Lower Shabelle region last month after an attack was mounted on an African Union base they were manning by the Al Shabaab militants. Following the attack, Ugandan army officers have been discussing a broad range of changes to make to the mission including improving the offensive against the militants.
 
Colonel Omola will have the huge task of averting further attacks from an Al Shabaab force that has been reportedly gaining ground in Somalia.   Colonel Omola was earlier part of the contingent commanders in Somalia that liberated the town of Marka.
 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.