By Jane Nambi
Brig. Dick Olum is new UPDF commander in Somalia.
A former Commander of Uganda operations against LRA in Central African Republic, Brig. Olum is taking over from the Acting Contigent Commander, Brig. Deus Sande. He is now in full command and control of Uganda contingent forces operating in Somalia under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Brig. Olum emphasized four key 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 made the remarks to officers and men at Base Camp-Uganda contingent headquarters.
He called for joint efforts and cooperation with all stakeholders to consolidate the current achievements.
Brig Olum handed over the office of the Uganda Contingent spokesman to Capt Deo Akiiki. “I appreciate all the support and good working relationship I have had with you and request that the same is given to him.”