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Maj Gen Otto appointed new commander of operations against ADF

Maj Gen Otto

Maj Gen Otto

Maj Gen Richard Otto has been appointed to lead operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Otto has replaced Maj Gen Dick Olum as the commandant. Olum, who assumed command in October 2022, has been reassigned to represent Uganda in the South Sudan Stabilization Mechanism, a position previously held by Otto.

The assault on ADF, with the assistance of DRC forces, began in November 2021 following bombings in Kampala attributed to the rebel group. Despite ongoing efforts to target ADF hideouts in the DRC, led by UPDF's Mountain Division under Maj Gen Olum, the group has continued to perpetrate attacks in both DRC and Uganda.   

Maj Gen Olum in the DRC jungles
Maj Gen Olum in the DRC jungles

During Olum's tenure, ADF conducted a devastating attack on Lhubiriha secondary school in Kasese district, resulting in the tragic deaths of 40 students. This incident raised questions about UPDF's effectiveness in countering ADF threats in the Mountain areas. 

Otto, previously commander of UPDF 3rd Division combating cattle rustlers in the Karamoja region, brings his extensive experience to the role. He is credited for leading operations that drove the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, led by Joseph Kony, out of Uganda.

The appointment of Otto comes at a critical time, with ongoing efforts to address ADF infiltration into Uganda. His leadership will be pivotal in addressing security challenges posed by the rebel group.

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