António Guterres, UN Chief Appoints Rwandan Commander to Lead UNMISS

António Guterres, UN Sectretary General appointed a Rwandan as UNMISS force commander, a post that previously was held by a Kenyan commander.

Lt-Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi was appointed to lead UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) replacing the Kenyan commander, Lt-Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki who was sacked by the then UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon in November last year.

Lt-Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi has 28 years of national and international military experience having previously served as force commander of the UN mission in Sudan's Darfur region.

Ban Ki-moon sacked the Kenyan commander blaming him of not preventing the deadly attacks that happened last July on its headquarters and on civilian compounds in South Sudan's capital, Juba.

Ban Ki-moon also named a Chinese major-general as acting force commander of UNMISS with a contingent of 850 soldiers from Bangladesh being deployed as replacement of Kenyan troops that already been withdrawn.

On the sidelines of African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Secretary-General António Guterres held talks and resolved that Kenyan troops would soon rejoin the UN force in South Sudan.

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