New African Union Transition Mission in Somalia Deputy Force Commander formally assumes office

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The new Deputy Force Commander (DFC) in charge of Support and Logistics for the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Major General Peter Muteti, has assumed duty.

He replaces Maj. Gen. Gerbi Regassa Kebede, who concluded his tour of duty late last year, having served from 2021, first under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and later, ATMIS.

Maj. Gen. Muteti arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday and was received by senior ATMIS military officers, led by the ATMIS military Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Teggegn Kindu Gezu.

On arrival, he inspected a guard of honour mounted by ATMIS Uganda troops at the Force Headquarters.

He brings a wealth of experience to the mission spanning over 37 years in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), where he has served in various capacities and risen through the ranks.

"I look forward to joining my colleagues so that together, we can contribute to security and stability in Somalia. We will ensure that the mission delivers on its mandate," Maj. Gen. Muteti said.

In the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), Maj. Gen. Muteti previously served as a Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion-second-in Command and Commanding Officer.

He also served as a Senior Instructor and Commandant of the Kenya Army School of Infantry, 2nd Brigade Commander, and Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor at the Kenya Military Academy.

He holds a master's degree in Defence Studies and also served as Kenya's Defence Attaché to the UK.

Prior to his appointment as the ATMIS Deputy Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Muteti was the Assistant Chief of Kenya Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Plans, Doctrine and Training.

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