The United Nations has reacted to Kenya’s move to withdraw her troops from war-torn South-Sudan following the sacking of Lt Gen Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, the Kenyan commander of the UN mission in South Sudan (Unmiss).
In a statement that came hours after Kenya made the drastic decision, UN spokesman Stephen Dujarric said UN officials “obviously value” Kenyan military and police contributions to peacekeeping operations in South Sudan.
The UN spokesman expressed that they had not been officially notified of Kenya’s decision to withdraw its 1000-plus troops from the Unmiss, which currently includes 13,723 uniformed personnel.
Mr Dujarric further noted that the special investigators’ report “does address issues – much broader issues within the mission.”
On Wednesday, Kenya was seemingly irked by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s announcement that they had sacked Lt Gen Ondieki following a report by special UN investigators who cited multiple failures on the part of Unmiss leaders in protecting civilians during attacks by government and rebel forces in Juba in July.