South Sudan

Secretary-General Appoints Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe His Deputy Special Representative (Political) in South Sudan

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

With over 28 years of United Nations, Government and diplomatic service, including more than 10 at the management level in complex peacekeeping operations, Mr. Zenenga has a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation, proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations, significant experience in working with Government and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings, and 19 years of experience with the Organization in the field and at Headquarters.

Mr. Zenenga has worked for the United Nations in some of the most challenging field missions, including those in Somalia, Liberia, Iraq-Kuwait and Sierra Leone. As a senior manager at United Nations Headquarters for the last 10 years, he supported the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, among other peace operations. Most recently he was the Director of the Africa Division II, Office of Operations, in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Educated at the University of Zimbabwe, Mr. Zenenga holds degrees in public administration and political science. He also received diplomatic training from the Australian Development Assistance Bureau.

Mr. Zenenga is married and has three children.

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