West to East: My East African Sojourns
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West to East is about the author’s experiences in two East African countries, Kenya and Uganda.
After a successful interview in December 2016, the author was offered the appointment of CEO, African Peace Support Trainers’ Association in Kenya. Surprisingly, he developed cold feet. He had to be coaxed, cajoled and “ordered” to take the job in 2017.
The author’s premonition turned right when he arrived in Kenya to find an organization torn-apart by internal/external politics, personality conflicts and without money. The three-year offer ended in less than a year.
For a continent struggling for unity, this experience was unfortunate.
Earlier, between 2008 and 2009, the author had served in Uganda as Senior Military Adviser to former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. He was UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for the Lord’s Resistance Army-Affected Areas of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. A summary of the author’s experience in Uganda is provided.
Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng describes the book as “a good textbook or supplementary-reader for people in all disciplines, but will be indispensable for professional and lay-people seeking information about Peacekeeping and International Multilateral responses to crisis.”
Commissioned as an Armoured Reconnaissance (Recce) officer in 1973 after his cadet training in Ghana and Canada, Brig Gen Dan Frimpong retired in 2014 as the Deputy Commandant of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College after over forty-three years’ service.
He commanded the Ghana Military Academy from 1998 to 2002 and was Ghana’s first Military Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, New York from 2002 to 2006.
Between 2008-2009, he served in Uganda as the UN’s Senior Military Adviser to former President of Mozambique HE Joaquim Chissano, SESG of the Secretary-General for the Lord’s Resistance Army Affected Areas of Uganda, DRC, South Sudan and Central African Republic.
Gen Frimpong holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He also has a BA (Honours) degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon after which he was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Philosophy.
He is the Chairman of the Council of the Family Health University College, Ghana’s premier private medical school.
In retirement in 2017, he was the CEO of the African Peace Support Trainers Association, Nairobi, Kenya.