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Burundi's Ndegeya takes over as AMISOM commander

By Vision Repor

Added 4th August 2020 03:11 PM

He is no stranger to Somalia, having previously served in Somalia from 2007 to 2009

Burundi's Ndegeya takes over as AMISOM commander

Lt Gen. Ndegeya Diomede speaks to the media upon his arrival at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu. AMISOM Photo

He is no stranger to Somalia, having previously served in Somalia from 2007 to 2009

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has a new force commander; Lieutenant General Diomede Ndegeya from Burundi, who arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday.

As the overall head of forces from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, Ndegeya is to take over from Lt Gen. Tigabu Yilma of Ethiopia, whose tour of duty has ended after being Force Commander since January 2019.

A release from AU states that Ndegeya, was received at the Aden Abdulle International Airport by AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Operations and Plans, Major General Nakibus Lakara; Major Gen. George Owinow, the AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in charge Support and Logistics, and other senior AMISOM military officers.

"I have come to help Africa, to help Somalia, to help our brothers. I have previously been here a number of times, from 2007 to 2012," said Ndegeya in his brief remarks a few minutes after arrival.

With a career spanning 38 years, Ndegeya, 57, is no stranger to Somalia, having previously served in Somalia from 2007 to 2009, as a member of the Burundi National Defence Forces AMISOM's pre-deployment team in-charge of supervising and training. In 2012, he was part of a reconnaissance mission to the Bay and Bakool regions of Somalia ahead of AMISOM troop deployment there.  

Before his appointment as AMISOM Force Commander, Ndegeya was the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Defence in Burundi, charged with political and diplomatic affairs, a role he took on after serving four years as a Defence Attaché at the Burundian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

A holder of a Master's degree in Technical Sciences, Ndegeya has vast knowledge in military command and defence strategy obtained from military institutions in Russia, China and France.

He has also published a number of research papers on peacekeeping missions in Africa and professionalisation of the Burundi National Defence Forces, among others. 

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