The Force Commander of the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a Rwandan, Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, has bid farewell to the mission after completion of his two-year tour of duty.
Lt Gen Kamanzi was appointed UNMISS Force Commander by the United Nation Secretary General António Guterres on April 6, 2017.
He is replaced by Indian Army Officer, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar who was appointed by the UN Secretary General on Friday.
A farewell parade was held at UNMISS Force headquarters Juba in South Sudan, on the occasion and was attended by UNMISS military officials which included Deputy Force Commander, Staff Officers, all contingents from Rwanda, China, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
Before leading UNMISS, Lt Gen Kamanzi has led the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) since 2016, 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 DR Congo (1999-2000).