|BY DANIEL R. KASULE|
The United Nations Security Council has
appointed Rwanda Defence Forces'
Lt. Gen. Patrick Nyanvumba as
overall Force Commander for
the United Nations-African Union Mission
in Darfur [UNAMID].
According to a source, Lt. Gen. Nyanvumba
was selected among three candidates
that were drawn from Nigeria, Ethiopia
and a third country not readily identified.
Nyanvumba was interviewed for the post
on May 05, 2009 in New York and
received notification of his approval
July 16th, 2009.
"This is both an honour to the RDF
and the country as a whole,"
Maj. Jill Rutaremara, Army Spokesman
told The New Times.
"It's equally an honour that
Gen. Nyamvumba managed to emerge
top of this competitive selection process."
Nyamvumba will commence work
on Sept 01, 2009 for a period of one year.
Prior to this, he will attend
an official briefing at the UN headquarters
in New York before reporting to
his UNAMID station in Elfasher, Darfur.
Nyanvumba currently heads
the Military High Court and is
the Chief of Military Logistics (J4).
"This appointment is also recognition
of the positive role that RDF has played
in Darfur and other
peacekeeping missions elsewhere,
" Rutaremara said.
Nyanvumba's ascendance to
the UNAMID top military position
makes him the first Rwandan
to head this peacekeeping force
Previously, Gens. Emmanuel Karake Karenzi
and Jean Bosco Kazura served as
Joint Deputy Force Commanders.
Currently, Rwanda has close
to 3,000 forces in Darfur.
The mandate of UNAMID is to support
early and effective implementation of
the Darfur Peace Agreement,
prevent the disruption of its implementation
and armed attacks, and protect civilians,
without prejudice to
the responsibility of the Government of Sudan.
Currently, over 300,000 people are thought
to have died and at least two and a half million
displaced from their homes in
war torn Darfur region of Sudan.
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