Brig. Dick Olum, the former Commander of Uganda operations against LRA in Central African Republic has taken full command and control of Uganda contingent forces operating in Somalia under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Brig. Dick Olum takes over from the Acting Contingent Commander, Brig Deus Sande, who briefed him on the current situation in Somalia.
Brig. Dick Olum on arrival at Mogadishu Airport
In his remarks to officers and men at Base Camp-Uganda contingent headquarters, Brig Olum emphasised four key points/principles that forces should follow to continue implementing the mandate given to AMISOM by the United Nations Security Council and African Union. They are Commitment, Discipline, Enthusiasm, Courage and cooperation.
He commended the troops for the good work done and promised to continue in the same spirit to fully liberate Somalia and the Somali people.
He acknowledged the fact that a lot still remains to be done and called on joint efforts and cooperation with all stakeholders to consolidate the current achievements.
He advised the troops going out of the mission area to remain loyal, healthy and disciplined as Uganda, Africa and the world at large will still need them to serve in similar missions.
A guard of honour was mounted in his honour by officers and men of UPDF at White House near Mogadish international airport.
Brig Olum handed over the office of the Uganda Contingent spokesman to Capt Deo Akiiki.
He said: "I appreciate all the support and good working relationship I have had with you and request that the same is given to him."