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UN Force Commander for Central African Republic Mission Dies

The commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has died.

Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta of Cameroon, 61, died on Monday, 30 November 2015, from an illness.

The MINUSCA Chief of staff is reported to have disappeared from frontline duties a couple of weeks ago due to ill health and was evacuated to the United States of America for treatment.

The news of his demise was confirmed on Monday in a statement by  the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon .

Major General Martin Chumo Tumenta was appointed  to head MINUSCA in mid September 2014, following transfer of authority from the Africa-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

General Tumenta hails from  Ngoketunjia, a division in the North West Region of Cameroon and has an illustrious career in the Cameroon armed force. He served in top ranking positions in the army ranging from Chief of Operations at the Army Headquarters, Commander of the third Joint Task Force Region and Commander of the  DELTA Operation in the then disputed Bakassi peninsula. He was one time Director of Human Resource at the Cameroonian Ministry of Defence.

Writing by Blaise Whumo

Editing by Jude Fuhnwi