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Rwandan general appointed head of U.N peacekeeping mission


April 7, 2017 (JUBA) – The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, has appointed a Rwandan military officer as head of peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

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UNMISS peacekeepers from Rwanda wait to escort members of the visiting U.N. Security Council on Friday, September 2, 2016 (AP/Justin Lynch file Photo)

Lt. Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi will serve as UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander, replacing Kenya’s Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki fired for failing to protect civilians when fighting resumed in Juba last year.

A statement by U.N Secretary General office said the Gen. Kamanzi, 53, brings nearly three decades of military experience to the job.

“Lieutenant General Kamanzi brings to the position more than 28 years of national and international military experience, as well as command and staff experience," it reads.

Kamanzi served as the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) since 2016. Previously, he served as Army Chief of Staff in the Rwanda Defence Force from 2012 to 2015, having being the Commander of the Rwanda Military Academy (2010-2012) and commanded an infantry brigade between 2007 and 2010.


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  • 7 April 2017 11:27, by Baluang Kueth Buop

    Right person in the right place.Congratulations!!

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    • 8 April 2017 03:44, by Kuch

      Baluang Kueth Buop,
      Our Nuers of old people, do you know who is going to pay your Rwandans you are almost taping on the shoulder? The evil behind the current war in our country. Nuers, be very very careful, we have been informing you fools that we are going to bomb our enemies. You Nuers fools and us (the Dinkas/Jaangs) are considered by by our enemies as being not *circumcise* and your Rwanda>>>

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  • 8 April 2017 11:27, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi will not prtect anyone in south sudan becuase Rwanda is a county not a country but a county or district run by Dictator Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.you can see when IDPs were killed in Malakal last year.Rwandan army got involv in killing civilian in UNMISS Camp.

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