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United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Spokesperson & Media Relations Unit


Communications & Public Information Section

Juba, May 29, 2017


UN Special Representative announces arrival of Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda
as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in South Sudan and the head of the
UN peacekeeping mission, David Shearer, has announced the arrival of Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo
Kamanzi of Rwanda as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Lieutenant General Kamanzi commands a force with an authorized strength of 17,000 peacekeepers
drawn from 55 different countries. He reports directly to the head of the Mission and is responsible for
all military activities in support of the Missions mandate to protect civilians.

Lieutenant General Kamanzi brings to the position more than 28 years of national and international
military experience. Before his most recent appointment as the Force Commander of the African Union-
United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), 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). 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 masters degree in national security strategy from the National
Defense University in Washington, DC, and a bachelors degree in agriculture from Makerere University in
Kampala. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Nigeria, and the Army
Command College in Nanjing, China.

Born in Uganda in 1964, Lieutenant General Kamanzi is married and has five children.

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