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LIEUTENANT GENERAL PATRICK NYAMVUMBA OF RWANDA TO SERVE AS FORCE COMMANDER
FOR AFRICAN UNION-UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN DARFUR, FROM 1 SEPTEMBER
In a letter dated 21 July 2009 to the President of the Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed the agreement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to appoint Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba of Rwanda as the Force Commander of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) with effect from 1 September 2009.† General Nyamvumba will lead the missionís military component and assist in the continued implementation of UNAMIDís mandate at this critical juncture.
General Nyamvumba succeeds Major General Martin Luther Agwai, who has served as UNAMIDís Force Commander since the establishment of the Mission.† The Secretary-General would like to take this opportunity to express his gratitude to General Agwai for his exemplary service during his tenure in UNAMID.
General Nyamvumba brings to UNAMID extensive leadership and operational experience.† He is currently the Chief of Logistics of the Rwanda Defence Forces.† He has previously held various senior command positions in the Rwandan Army.† He was the Commander of an infantry battalion, mechanized infantry regiment and infantry brigade in 1995, 1996 and 1997, respectively.† Between 1998 and 1999, he served as Chief of Operations, Plans and Training.† In 1999, he assumed the position of Joint Task Force Commander until his appointment as Commandant of the Military Academy in 2003.† He has also served as the Commandant of the Force Preparation Centre between 2004 and 2007.† In 2007, General Nyamvumba was appointed to serve as President of the Military High Court.
Born on 11 June 1967, General Nyamvumba is a graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
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