Ethiopian Peacekeepers to Stay in Abyei after Mandate Renewal

Ethiopian General to Head Peacekeeping in Abyei

ADDIS ABABA – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Major General Kefyalew Amde of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

He will succeed in another Ethiopian, Major General Mehari Zewde Gebremariam, who will complete his assignment on 7 July.

“The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and effective leadership of UNISFA,” Guterres said in a statement.

Major General Kefyalew has a distinguished military career with the Ethiopian Armed Forces spanning more than 30 years.

He has been a Council Member of the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defence since 2017.

Most recently, he served as the Head of the Main Engineering Department of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces, responsible for planning, coordinating, managing, organizing, training and reporting on related engineering activities.

Previously, he served as the Western Command Commander from 2017 to 2018; Deputy Central Commander from 2016 to 2017; and the Division Commander from 2012 to 2016, among other appointments within the Ethiopian Armed Forces.

In 2015, he served as an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Sector Commander in Somalia.

The Major General holds a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University in the United States and a Bachelor of Arts degree in command and control of military unity and formation from the Russian Federation Compound Force Academy.

Born in 1969 in Arsi, Ethiopia, he is proficient in English and Russian.