New UNAMID Force Commander


Lieutenant General Leonard Muriuki Ngondi of Kenya has been appointed Force Commander for the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) the continental organisation said.

He succeeds Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda to who the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission are grateful for his dedication and effective leadership as head of UNAMID military component according to an official statement.

Prior to taking up his new posting, Ngondi was Commandant of the Kenya National Defence College, a position he held since 2016, He has had a distinguished career with the Kenyan Defence Force over 39 years, including as Commander Kenya Army (2015-2016), General Officer Commanding Western Command and General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, Chief Instructor Defence Staff College, Brigade Commander and Commandant School of Infantry. Ngondi also served as Force Commander in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (2012) and was Commanding Officer, Kenyan battalion (KENBATT) in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (2000). He was also deployed as part of the Kenyan contingent in the United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia (1990).

Ngondi is a graduate of the Kenyan National Defence College and Defence Staff College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Social Studies from the University of South Africa and is studying for his Master’s Degree in International Studies from University of Nairobi.