Major General Martin Tumenta is dead

Major Gen. Martin Tumenta

Major Gen. Martin Tumenta

Cameroon born Martin Tumenta Chou, Major General and Commander of the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Unit in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has died at the age of 61.

He died on 30th November 2015 in the United States of America after a protracted illness.

The sudden news came like shock waves to many who were ignorant of his health status and even those who saw him during his last moments.

Major General Martin Tumenta, a native from Babungo – Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region, lived a successful military career until his death. Hardly did he get to any stage in the military corps without leaving footprints of excellence.

He graduated as Sub Lieutenant from the Combined Military Academy (EMIA), Yaounde in 1977.

In March 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and progressed to top-ranking posts after obtaining a rich academic profile in France, the United States of America, Egypt and Israel.

In December 2010 during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cameroon Armed Force in Bamenda, Martin Tumenta had the privilege of commanding the troops in the presence of President Paul Biya.

A few months after the military display, President Paul Biya appointed him Commander of the Third Military Region with headquarters in Garoua, North of Cameroon.

In December 2013, he became Commander of the Africa-led International Support Mission – MISCA in the Central African Republic. Thereafter, when MISCA was affiliated to the UN, Tumenta became commander of the Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Unit MINUSCA. The same year he was promoted Major General.

He is not only a big loss to Cameroon but also to the Central African Republic and the United Nations.