1 January 2016

Sudan: New Unamid Head's Record Questioned

Photo: MINUAD/Albert González Farran
A UNAMID patrol in an IDP camp in Khor Abeche, South Darfur.

Darfur — The UN has hired a Rwandan general to head Unamid, despite his previous role as army chief of staff at the height of a deadly, Rwandan-backed insurgency in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to an article on the Foreign Policy Journal website, on Monday the United Nations and the African Union jointly announced that Rwandan Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi had been appointed force commander of Unamid.

The article points out that "General Kamanzi served as one of the most senior military figures in Rwanda when the country supplied troops and weapons to a brutal militia in eastern Congo", and describes Kamanzi's appointment as "dubious".

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