Parfait Onanga-Anyanga was appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the new head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), after its former chief Babacar Gaye resigned on Wednesday.
Anyanga from Gabon was appointed on Thursday evening after a closed-door meeting with members of the UN Security Council in New York, a diplomatic source in Bangui told Anadolu Agency.
MINUSCA former chief came under criticism following a series of sexual abuse allegations involving peacekeepers in the country.
Anyanga (55) has extensive experience with the United Nations in the political, diplomatic, development and management domain. He was special representative of the secretary general and head of the United Nations office in Burundi between 2012 and January 2015, where his record was judged as “satisfactory” by many observers.
Amnesty International on Tuesday released a report accusing UN peacekeeping forces in CAR of raping a 12-year-old girl and killing a 16-year-old boy and his father during a security operation in the country’s capital Bangui in early August.
The UN has launched an investigation into the case after announcing Gaye’s resignation on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon told reporters at the UN’s New York headquarters.
MINUSCA was established in 2014 by a UN Security Council resolution and it has over 12,870 uniformed personnel.
More than 30,000 Muslims moved to seven enclaves across the country guarded by UN troops, but for those who have not sought refuge in one of them are living under constant fear of being targeted for their religion.
More than 1,000 people in the CAR are still looking for their loved ones, a year after after being separated from them during country's unrest, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said earlier this week.
Currently 2.7 million people - more than half the CAR’s population - are reported to still be in dire need of aid, while 1.5 million people are suffering from food deprivation, according to reports by the UN.
Humanitarian needs in the country continue to exceed available resources, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Following the collapse of state authority and a weak and fragile transitional government taking over power, parts of the CAR have been left at the mercy of different militia groups.
Amnesty's report comes just days after the International Rescue Committee said CAR "needs a new start, or it will become the case study of a failed state."