Ethiopia: UN, AUC chiefs name new Force Commander for UNAMID

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya as Force Commander for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  

He succeeds Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda to whom the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission said in a joint statement that they were grateful for his dedication and effective leadership as head of UNAMID military component.

Currently the Commandant of the National Defence College, a position he has held since 2016, Ngondi has had a distinguished career with the Kenyan Defence Forces, spanning over 39 years, including as Commander of Kenya Army (2015-2016), General Officer Commanding Western Command and General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, Chief Instructor Defence Staff College, Brigade Commander and Commandant School of Infantry.  

Also, Ngondi (born in 1959) has served as Force Commander in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (2012) and Commanding Officer, Kenyan battalion (KENBATT) in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (2000).  In 1990, he was deployed as part of the Kenyan contingent in the United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia.

The new UNAMID Commander is a graduate of the Kenyan National Defence College and Defence Staff College.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Social Studies from the University of South Africa and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Studies at the University of Nairobi.
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08 august 2017 16:24:30

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