The United Nations has hired a Rwandan general to head a peacekeeping force Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda Force Commander of United Nations Mission in South Sudan
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) a post previously held by a Kenyan general.
Lieutenant General Kamanzi brings to the position more than 28 years of national and international military experience, as well as command and staff experience. Before his current appointment as the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) since 2016, he served as Army Chief of Staff in the Rwanda Defence Force (2012-2015).
He served as Commander of the Rwanda Military Academy (2010-2012) and commanded an infantry brigade (2007-2010).
A former Rwandan army chief of staff, Lt-Gen Kamanzi served as force commander of the UN mission in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Gen Kamanzi succeeds Kenyan Lt-Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, who was sacked as Unmiss commander in November.
He held the position of Deputy Force Commander in the African Union Mission in Sudan (2006-2007) and also served as a member of Joint Military Commission, Lusaka Peace Process for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1999-2000).
Lieutenant General Kamanzi has a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda.
He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Nigeria, and the Army Command College in Nanjing, China.