SOMALIA: New spokesperson for Amisom, sources told RBC Radio
Mogadishu (RBC) Reliable sources close to African Union mission in Somalia [AMISOM] have confirmed to RBC Radio that new officer from Djibouti will be nominated as the new spokesperson for AMISOM, RBC Radio reports on Wednesday.
Col Mohamed Adam Hamud, from Djiboutian armed forces will replace the current AMISOM spokesperson Capt Paddy Nkunda from Ugandan forces in Somalia, the sources told RBC Radio.
Col. Hamud who speaks Somali language as well as Arabic and French is supposed to arrive in Mogadishu next week and will take the leading of AMISOM’s information office in Mogadishu.
He will be the third spokesperson for AMISOM since 2007 when the mission was launched.
Djibouti is the third country to contribute troops to the African Union (AU) forces battling Islamist militants of Al Shabaab in Somalia. But AMISOM officials expect the Djibouti government to complete its 850 soldiers deployment into Somalia.
Currently the Djiboutian forces are based in Beledweyn, of Somalia’s central region of Hiiraan which is under government control.
The AMISOM mission comprised forces from Burundi, Uganda, Djibouti and the newly joined Kenyan troops. The Ethiopian army who are also in Somalia have rejected to join AMISOM but were participating the operations to tackle Al Shabaab.