LT-GEN ONDIEKI: EX-COM­MAN­DER OF UN MIS­SION IN SOUTH SU­DAN

LT-GEN JOHN­SON ONDIEKI, FORMER COM­MAN­DER OF THE UNITED NA­TIONS MIS­SION IN SOUTH SU­DAN / He re­placed Ethiopian Lt-Gen Yo­hannes Ge­bremeskel Tesfamariam, who had com­pleted his tour of duty. On the Ethiopian’s watch, not dis­sim­i­lar killings by ri­val mili­tia i

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LIEU­TENANT Gen­eral John­son Mo­goa Ki­mani Ondieki, who was on No­vem­ber 1 sacked as com­man­der of the United Na­tions Mis­sion in South Su­dan, is a cel­e­brated Kenya Army Gen­eral Of­fi­cer who led the first Kenya De­fence Forces in­cur­sion into So­ma­lia, ‘Op­er­a­tion Linda Nchi’, in October 2011.

He led KDF in the lib­er­a­tion of sev­eral So­ma­lian towns from al Shabaab, in­clud­ing Dhob­ley, Af­madow, Busaar, Ras Kam­boni, Elade, Fafadun, Busaar and Be­les Qo­qani.

Lt-Gen Ondieki ini­tially served in the UN as Sec­tor Com­man­der of the United Na­tions Mis­sion in Su­dan (UNMIS) from 2010 to 2011, be­fore he was re­de­ployed to Kenya to lead ‘Op­er­a­tion Linda Nchi’, the first ever in­cur­sion by the Kenyan mil­i­tary into a for­eign coun­try.

When Lt-Gen Ondieki led KDF troops into So­ma­lia they set up a base in Dhob­ley, where he com­manded the troops as they pur­sued stub­born al Shabaab fighters who had ha­bit­u­ally raided Kenyan ter­ri­tory and ab­ducted tourists, aid work­ers and cit­i­zens for ran­som.

The 56-year-old fa­ther of three, who was then a Bri­gadier, suc­cess­fully man­aged KDF troops in So­ma­lia un­til they re-hat­ted to AMISOM. He has served the Kenya Army for more than 35 years in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary, com­mand and staff lead­er­ship ca­pac­i­ties.

He served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Com­mand and Con­trol, Kenya Army, from 2013. He was pre­vi­ously Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing West­ern Com­mand, Kenya Army, from 2012 to 2013, and Land Forces Com­po­nent Com­man­der of the Kenya De­fence Forces, Op­er­a­tions, from 2011 to 2012. In ad­di­tion, he held the po­si­tion of Sec­tor Com­man­der African Union Mis­sion in So­ma­lia from 2010 to 2011.

Lt Gen Ondieki holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Peace and Con­flict stud­ies from the African Nazarene Univer­sity in Kenya. He grad­u­ated from China’s War Col­lege and the Com­mand and Staff Col­lege in the United States.

He was ap­pointed Force Com­man­der UNMISS in May 2016 by United Na­tions Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon to re­place Ethiopian Lt-Gen Yo­hannes Ge­bremeskel Tesfamariam, who had com­pleted his tour of duty. On the Ethiopian’s watch, not dis­sim­i­lar killings by ri­val mili­tia in South Su­dan had oc­curred.

He has been in charge of over 12,500 troops, in­clud­ing a 4,000-strong Re­gional Pro­tec­tion Force from 55 coun­tries.

HE HAS SERVED THE KENYA ARMY FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS IN NA­TIONAL AND IN­TER­NA­TIONAL MIL­I­TARY, COM­MAND AND STAFF LEAD­ER­SHIP CA­PAC­I­TIES.

In­tel­lec­tual growth should com­mence at birth and cease only at death. Al­bert Ein­stein Swiss sci­en­tist

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