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Ban selects Ghanaian general to command UN force in South Sudan


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December 11, 2012 (JUBA) - Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General on Tuesday announced the appointment of Maj. Gen. Delali Johnson Sakyi, as the new Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Maj. Gen. Sakyi, a Ghanaian national replaces Maj. Gen. Moses Bisong Obi of Nigeria, who ended his term with the mission in Sudan and South Sudan last month.

Ki-moon, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said he was grateful for the Nigerian’s “significant” contribution to both missions over the past two years and seven months.

This critical period, according Secretary General said, saw the “successful” conclusion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the peaceful holding of the Southern Sudan self-determination referendum and the birth of a new nation.

The new UNMISS Force Commander, the UN said, brings with him over 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international level, having recently served as Assistant Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Junior Division.

Previously, however, Maj. Gen. Sakyi reportedly served as Commander of the Army Combat Training School and held several command positions from platoon to brigade level and staff positions in the Ghana Armed Forces and operational-level headquarters between 1979 and 2011.

He also served the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) from 2002 to 2003.


Born in 1954, Maj. Gen. Sakyi holds a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Public Administration from Greenhill College at the Ghanaian Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana.

The Ghanaian is also a graduate of Senior Command and Staff Course, Command and Staff College, Accra, Ghana; Army High Command Course, Army Command College, Nanjing, China and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Senior Mission Leaders Course, National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria.


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  • 12 December 2012 07:26, by Jalaby

    Mr. Ban Ki-moon,I believe you need to deploy more UN troops before it becomes too late as those people are crazy and the south is the state of outlaw now Please ask tax payers in the west to hike their tax to finance UN troops in South Sudan,I know the economic situation in the west is very bad but there is nothing u can do!
    Please deploy more UN troops to prevent cattle raiding

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    • 12 December 2012 08:04, by Ruach

      Common Gay:Everyday UNIMIS soldiers are kidnapped in Darfur and other volatile towns.World ’s top 5 failed and terrorist States:1 Sudan 2 Somalia 3 Syria 4 Afganstan 5 Iraq.Who is the most wanted man in the world by ICC? Bashir! He a war criminal and he is needed to answer his charges of murdering the African population.Death to him!

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      • 12 December 2012 11:38, by Jalaby

        Hey nasty monkey,
        Listen to this song and see how your own kind of monkeys Jumping up and down on the bed!
        ? Five little monkeys
        jumping on the bed.
        One fell off and bumped his head.
        Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
        "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

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      • 12 December 2012 13:02, by master

        Ruach or aroash
        shut up your black dirty ,stink latrine
        try to know how to talk with your masters
        damned Ali Taha
        u would have been washing cars in khartoum streets

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        • 13 December 2012 01:44, by australian

          Well, "master" (presumably you are a proud "slave of Allah") you are a very poor representative of your people.
          Washing cars in Khartoum streets: a respectable, honest way to work, and how nicely these boys smiled at me when I was there.

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    • 13 December 2012 15:07, by Ajiej

      Dear Jalaby,
      I was not thinking that you should ask for your own making to bring into the attention of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to ask tax payer for UN troops to be deploy in South Sudan to prevent cattle raiding. If you feel that it is not good practice why don’t you give up and build peace among yourselves with neighbouring tribes rather than asking UN for intervention.

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