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Gen. Sam Okiding honoured in Somalia as he returns to Uganda as deputy CDF

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) recently celebrated Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding for his exemplary service and leadership as the Force Commander.

Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt. Gen. Sam Okiding (right) handed over to Maj. Gen Marius Ngendabanka

His commendation came as he is set to transition to the role of Deputy Chief of Defence Forces in Uganda. A special event in Mogadishu on April 1 acknowledged his contributions.

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During this event, the African Union’s Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, Sivuyile Bam, commended Lt. Gen. Okiding for steering the multinational peace efforts effectively.

Bam looked forward to future cooperation with Okiding and pledged to uphold his legacy in the mission, stating, “Uganda has gained from our loss. As you return to Kampala, we look forward to working with you wherever you are. And we promise that we will continue with your legacy and do the work that is expected of us.”

Key ATMIS military figures, including Maj. Gen Marius Ngendabanka, Deputy Force Commander for Operations and Plans, and Maj. Gen. Peter Muteti, in charge of Support and Logistics, was present. They praised Lt. Gen. Okiding for his leadership, particularly during significant transitions such as troop reduction and handing over security responsibilities to Somali forces. Maj. Gen. Ngendabanka expressed admiration for Okiding’s command and his ability to foster teamwork within the mission.

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Lt. Gen. Okiding, reflecting on his tenure which began in May 2023 and included overseeing the handover of 13 Forward Operating Bases to Somali Security Forces, voiced his commitment to support ATMIS's goals from Uganda. He emphasized his intent to advocate for the operation, focusing on enhancing its capabilities.

As Lt. Gen. Okiding departs, Maj. Gen. Ngendabanka will temporarily fill his military responsibilities until a new Force Commander is appointed, continuing the mission's crucial work in Somalia.

This content was created with the help of an AI model and verified by the writer.

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