Machar men shoot governor as UN commander enters Juba

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New UN UNMISS force commander Lt.Gen Frank Kamanzi was educated trained in Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, USA and China

South Sudanese rebels loyal to former First Vice President Riek Machar opened fire on a vehicle carrying deputy governor of Bieh State on 23 May, wounding him and killing a child in a brazen attack in Waat County.

SPLA spokesman Santo Domic confirmed to Radio Tamazuj on Monday that the deputy governor Teah Gatjiek escaped with gunshot wound when his vehicle was ambushed by rebels in Bieh State.

For its part, the SPLM-IO faction allied to Riek Machar claimed responsibility for the wounding of the deputy governor in Bieh State.

SPLA-IO deputy military spokesman Paul Lam Gabriel said in a statement that the deputy governor of Bieh State was badly injured when he left Waat town.

He claimed that more than six of his bodyguards were killed when they engaged the SPLA-IO forces who were in the area.

Meanwhile, a source said that the wounded deputy governor has been flown to Juba for treatment.

New UN force commander arrives in South Sudan

The new force commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Lt. General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi of Rwanda, arrived in Juba on Monday to take up his new assignment.

The arrival of Kamanzi, who replaces Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki of Kenya, who was sacked in October last year, was announced by the head of UNMISS, David Shearer on Monday.

Kamanzi, who commands a force with an authorized strength of 17,000 peacekeepers drawn from 55 different countries, brings to the position over 28 years of national and international military experience.

He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Nigeria, and the Nanjing Army Command College in China.

A former Rwandan army chief of staff, Lt-Gen Kamanzi served as force commander of the UN mission in Sudan’s Darfur region (UNAMID).

Gen. Kamanzi has a Master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Makerere University in Kampala.

Source: Radio Tamazuj