United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Lieutenant-General Balla Keïta of Senegal as force commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Lt-Gen. Keïta has most recently served as acting force commander of MINUSCA. He succeeds Maj-Gen. Martin Chomu Tumenta of Cameroon.
Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia has been appointed as force commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Previously he was the head of the Peacekeeping Coordination Centre in the Ethiopian Armed Forces since 2009. He succeeds Lt-Gen. Birhanu Jula Gelalcha, also of Ethiopia.
Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa has been appointed as deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Mr. Mamabolo has served as ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations since 2013. He succeeds Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif of Chad has been appointed as special representative for Mali and head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Most recently, Mr. Annadif served as the African Union special representative and head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). He succeeds Mongi Hamdi of Tunisia.