Burundi Chief of Defence Forces visits Somalia

Lt. Gen. Prime Niyongabo, the Chief of Defence Forces of the Burundi National Defence Forces, has paid tribute to gallant troops serving under the AU mission in Somalia for liberating vast areas of the country from Al-Shabaab control.The Burundian Chief of Defence Forces arrived in Somalia on Thursday on a working visit that includes visiting troops in the Front Operating Bases.

The Chief (CDF) of the Burundi National Defense Forces, Major General Prime Niyongabo, greets officers belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia at their headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January 27, 2017. AMISOM Photo / Tobin Jones

 

 The Important milestones were achieved

“As someone who participated in the Mission since it’s inception, I appreciate the gains made. Today, AMISOM troops are present in different areas, which means that they have increased the areas of responsibility,” he said. He cited the ongoing electoral process as one of the milestones achieved with the help of the African Union troops.“

Today, they have secured the electoral process, which has put in place the democratically elected leaders. This is an illustration of milestones achieved and a very important one in the history of Somalia and which marks the complete recovery of the country,” Lt. Gen. Niyongabo stated.

The Burundi Chief of Defence Forces also met with AMISOM senior staff officers at the Force Headquarters, where he was briefed on the progress the mission has made in its military operations against Al-Shabaab. Burundi has the second largest contingent of troops under AMISOM with 5,432 soldiers, serving alongside troops from Djibouti, Ethiopia,

The Chief (CDF) of the Burundi National Defense Forces, Major General Prime Niyongabo, and the Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia, Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh, pose for a group photograph with officers at the African Union headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January 27, 2017. AMISOM Photo / Tobin Jones

 

 

 

 

 

AU troops in Somalia share a common objective

Burundi has the second largest contingent of troops under AMISOM with 5,432 soldiers, serving alongside troops from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.The Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh said AU troops in Somalia share a common objective, to liberate the country from Al-Shabaab.

“You are the second Chief of Defence Forces to visit this month. Before you, the Uganda Chief of Defence Forces visited us on the 4th of January,” he told the visiting CDF. On Thursday, Lt. Gen. Niyongabo visited AMISOM Burundian troops in Jowhar in Sector 5, where he assessed the contingent’s defenses and their needs.

“I thanked them for their high morale and encouraged them to keep the high spirits and to keep working with the other AMISOM troop-contributing countries and support Somalia in the restoration of peace, just the way Burundi was supported by other countries,” Lt. Gen. Niyongabo said.

The Burundi Chief of Defence Forces also briefed the troops on the status of their outstanding allowances, following a recent meeting in Burundi with the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui.

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