Juba, 30 May 2017
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, on Monday 29 May 2017 announced the arrival of Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda as the new UNMISS Force Commander.
Gen Kamanzi was assigned to the new task by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 6 April 2017. Previous to that, he was serving as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
On 30 May 2017, Gen Kamanzi was introduced and welcomed at UNMISS Headquarters, Juba by UNMISS Deputy Force Commander, Maj Gen Chaoying Yang and other peacekeepers, in a short ceremony marked by military parade.
“I would like to thank the leadership and peacekeepers in general for the good work you have done and you are still doing. I have all the confidence that we can do better and make the difference that we are made to make in carrying out our mandate”, Gen Kamanzi told peacekeepers that welcomed him in Juba. He further promised them that he will get time to meet contingents and commanders in their respective area of operations.
Gen Kamanzi will be commanding a force of 17,000 peacekeepers, drawn from 55 different countries. Rwanda presently maintains over 1,800 peacekeepers under UNMISS.
In related development, the UN is in the process of speeding up the deployment of 4,000 extra troops that will constitute a Regional Protection Force, to enhance the maintenance of peace and security in South Sudan.