Kismayo, Jubaland, Somalia –
General Francis Ogolla, accompanied by Brigadier Luka Kutto, recently paid a visit to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops stationed in Kismayo, Jubaland. The purpose of the visit was to oversee the strategic withdrawal of the KDF’s contingent and ensure its impact on operations in Jubaland was minimized rather than upcoming operations.
General Francis Ogolla, Kenya’s Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), held a meeting with Jubaland’s President Ahmed Mohamed Islaam at the presidential palace in Kismayo. He was accompanied by the commander of the Kenya contingent in ATMIS (the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia), Brigadier Luka Kutto, and senior officials from the Kenya Defence Forces headquarters.
They discussed the security situation and the recently concluded ATMIS troop drawdown. The meeting emphasized the importance of maintaining stability during the transition.
Engagement with KDF troops
During his visit, General Ogolla also took the opportunity to meet with KDF troops stationed at the New Airport FOB on the outskirts of Kismayo. This engagement aimed to boost morale and demonstrate support for the forces involved in the drawdown process. The visit underscored the commitment of the KDF leadership to ensure a smooth transition.
General Ogolla’s visit to Jubaland served the purpose of overseeing the strategic withdrawal of the KDF-ATMIS contingent while maintaining operational effectiveness. The discussions with President Ahmed Mohamed Islaam and the interaction with KDF troops reaffirmed the commitment to a seamless transition. By addressing the drawdown process, the visit aimed to enhance coordination and cooperation between Kenya and Jubaland in the pursuit of lasting security in the region.
Black Lion not discussed
According to a reliable source interviewed by the Somali Digest, the meeting did not address the highly anticipated offensive known as “Black Lion.” Black Lion represents the second phase of an ongoing operation with the objective of liberating areas currently under the control of al-Shabaab.
The frontline countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti are expected to cooperate with the Somali National Army (SNA) in this operation. However, due to its postponed timeline and yet to commence, details regarding the operation’s specifics remain limited.