East Africa

Ban appoints Kenyan General new UNMISS commander


The office of the UN spokesperson says Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last Friday appointed Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki to head the United Nations Mission in South Sudan [UNMISS].

Kimani who hails from Kenya is the new UNMISS Force Commander in Juba.

He replaces Lieutenant General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia, who will complete his assignment on 17 June 2016.

Ban said he was grateful of Tesfamariam’s dedication and invaluable service during his tenure in UNMISS.

He described Kimani as “experienced in the national and international military fields, including command and staff”.

Kimani served as Deputy Army Chief of Staff-Command and Control of Kenya Army Forces since 2013, and previously as head of Kenya’s Western Command.

He also served in the predecessor of UNMISS, the United Nations Mission in Sudan, as a sector commander from 2010 to 2011.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the African Nazarene University in Kenya and is a graduate of the War College in the People’s Republic of China, and the Command and Staff College in the United States of America.

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