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Brig C L Mwazighe
Brig C L Mwazighe
Brigadier Charles Lenjo Mwazighe was appointed Director of the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in May 2020. He is a career Military Officer from the Kenya Army.
Brigadier Charles Lenjo Mwazighe was born on 8 June 1971 in Nairobi Kenya. He attended St Patrick Primary School and Madaraka Primary School before joining Shimo-La-Tewa Secondary School in Mombasa. He joined the Kenya Defence Forces in 1991 commissioning in August 1992 as a Second Lieutenant in the Kenya Army Artillery. As a junior officer, he served as a Command Post Officer, Gun Position Officer and Battery Captain. He later served as a unit intelligence Officer and unit adjutant.
His first general staff appointment was Staff Officer Class 3 serving with the Artillery Brigade. On promotion to major, he was posted out to Eastern Command as the Staff Officer Class 2 Intelligence and Security. He later took on training responsibilities which included several exercises in Kenya and abroad. What followed was a 4 year stint as the Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Forces. Following selection for further staff training, he attended the US Command and Staff course before being appointed as the Artillery Brigade Major. He then participated in the planning of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) intervention in South Sudan. This involved visiting hostile areas and planning the deployment of the IGAD monitoring mechanism. It led to his subsequently appointment as the Head of Intelligence and Security in the IGAD Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism in South Sudan.
On promotion to lieutenant colonel, he served as a battalion commander. Following further promotion to full colonel, he fulfilled a corps command appointment.
Brigadier Charles Lenjo Mwazighe studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Nairobi and has a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey California. He also gained a second master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the National Defence University, Washington USA. He is currently completing his third master’s degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies at Nairobi University.
His decorations include the 25th Independence Anniversary Medal, 10th and 20th Nyayo Anniversary Medals and the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEES) medal.
Brigadier Charles Mwazighe is married to Esther Nthambi Nthuku and they are blessed with a beautiful daughter Gina and son Kristian. His hobbies include playing soccer, reading, and travelling.
Col. Plans & Prog.
Col G Ohndyl
Col. Plans & Programs
Col G Ohndyl
Colonel Godfred Ohndyl, is the Colonel Plans and Programmes, IPSTC HQs wef 20 August, 2020. He was enlisted into the Kenya Defence Forces as Air Cadet Officer on 16th August 1994 and commissioned on 30th November 1995 after successful completion of Cadets Training Course at the Kenya Military Academy (KMA) formerly Armed Forces Training College (AFTC) in Nakuru. He joined the Kenya Air Force (KAF) - Moi Air Base, Eastleigh where he grew up and trained as a young officer in Administration and Logistics Management.
The Kenya Air Force officer has varied experience in command, staff and instructional duties. Col Ohndyl has held various appointments in the Kenya Air Force, Kenya Defence Forces Headquarters and Training Colleges. Some of the key notable appointments include; Senior Directing Staff Air; Joint Warfare Centre, Senior Procurement Officer; Kenya Air Force Headquarters, Senior Finance Officer; Kenya Air Force Headquarters, Commanding Officer; Central Supply Depot Moi Air Base, Officer Commanding Administration and Logistics, Inventory Manager, Audit, Risk and Assurance Officer; Defence Headquarters among many others.
Military professional courses undertaken includes; Senior Command Course (JWC), Nakuru, Grade Two Command and Staff Course (Psc-K) and Grade 3 Staff Course Defence Staff College, Karen.
His civilian professional qualifications are; Masters of Science in Security Studies (Cranfield Defence University-UK) Masters of Science in Procurement (JKUAT-Kenya), Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies (UoN-Kenya), Diploma in Management (KIM- Kenya), Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (UoN). Member of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) and Associate Member, Kenya Institute of Internal Auditors of Kenya.
His Peace Support Operations (PSO) experience include, African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS-Dafur) as Air Operations Officer and served as Chief Training Officer at the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), A Regional Standby Force under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA).
His decorations include, African Union Medal, and other Constitutional medals given in the Kenya Defence Service.
Colonel Ohndyl is married and blessed with three children.
Chief of Staff
Lt Col Jonty Ambrose
Chief of Staff
Lt Col Jonty Ambrose
Lieutenant Colonel Jonty Ambrose attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1997 and commissioned into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Scotland’s senior regiment. He spent his early career on Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks as a Troop Leader, Squadron second-in-command and Regimental Gunnery Officer based in Fallingbostel, Germany. In 1999 and 2001 he completed operational tours of Kosovo, the latter working alongside UN and Kosovo police in Podujevo.
In 2003 he deployed with 7 Armoured Brigade on Operation TELIC in Iraq working as SO3 Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), double-hatting as SO3 Targets. He returned to the UK as Plans Officer for 52 Infantry Brigade headquartered in Edinburgh Castle. Following staff training and an in-service Master’s degree in Information Management and Technology, he was appointed the UK Head of Delegation to the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP), which develops data interoperability standards designed to support multilateral, combined and joint operations. He returned to regimental duty as a Squadron Leader in 2009 and was subsequently selected for the Higher Defence Studies Programme completing an MPhil in International Relations at St John’s College Cambridge. After a further tour of Whitehall overseeing MOD Future Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Systems, he deployed on Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan running the then Afghan National Army (ANA) Mobile Strike Force (MSF) Programme. Following return from Afghanistan, he completed two staff appointments in Joint Forces Command, which involved working with several British Defence Sections in Africa. Lieutenant Colonel Ambrose assumed his current COS IPSTC appointment in January 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Ambrose played squash for the Royal Armoured Corps and also enjoys playing social tennis. He is an occasional and erratic cricketer and follows the fortunes of England and Scotland in international rugby. Married to Joy, they have two young children both of whom attend school in Nairobi.
Finance & Admin.
Mr K T Maina
Finance & Administration
Mr K T Maina
Mr. Kevin Thukia Maina is the current Head of Finance and Administration department at the International Peace Support Training Centre as from June 2014. He is a holder of BED Economics and Business Studies From Kenyatta University, Chartered Certified Accountant and Affiliate member of the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)- (UK). He also holds a Post Graduate Degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT), In Strategic Cost Management.
He possesses a wealth of experience in Strategy development and Financial Management. Having been the Chief Accountant at- Mall to Mall Group Limited, The finance Manager Interstate C Ltd, Coolxtreme Ltd - Daikin Kenya, Having practiced auditing and accounting with NBJ -Accounting (which consulted for various Nongovernmental organizations) etc. He is married and has been blessed with two children.
Head of ICT
Mrs Leah Miano
Head of ICT
Mrs Leah Miano
Mrs.Leah Wanjiku Miano joined International Peace Support Training Center in October 2014 as the Head of Information and Communication Technology. She is a vastly experienced and innovative ICT professional with a broad band of eleven years’ experience in cross-functional IT project management, strategic management, service delivery and business continuity. Some of the key skills and competencies include: providing leadership and guidance on IT related matters, systems, server and security administration, enforcing ICT guidelines and policies, personnel management, in addition to coordinating all IT processes.
She has successfully handled the following roles: development and implementation of strategy and policies, overseeing the implementation of infrastructure related projects, ensuring latest technology trends are mapped out as per business user processes, overseeing continuous service level improvement initiatives associated with core processes and facilitating the management of budgets as per requirements.
Mrs.Miano is a holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Strategic Management and Finance. She is also a member of the Computer Society of Kenya. She is married to Dr. Wambugu and blessed with one child.
Col H Maghanga
Col H Maghanga
Peace and Conflict Studies School
Col Haycall Maghanga is the Commandant of the Peace and Conflict Studies School (PCSS) having taken over on 8 May 2019. He joined the Kenya Defence Forces as a Cadet in the year 1988.
In his military career he has served in Command and to a greater extent in instructional duties all at Formation level. A career Army Aviator, he has worked extensively in peacetime and combat operations and is widely experienced in Army Aviation.
In his last appointment, he was the Commandant of the Joint Helicopter Training School (JHTS) where he actively participated in producing Army helicopter pilots and in Army aviation capacity building.
Col Haycall Maghanga has attended various command and staff courses pertaining to his rank during his service. He holds a Diploma in Strategic studies from the University of Nairobi.
He has served in the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) in the year 2005/6. Col Haycall Maghanga was born in 1968 in Taita Taveta County. He is married to one wife and blessed with three children.
Colonel Beduni Rashid Mwagonga
Head of Peace and Security Research Department
Col Beduni Rashid Mwagonga joined IPSTC on 23 July 2018 as the Head of the Peace and Security Research Department. He joined the Kenya Defence Forces in 1991 as a Naval Officer. He has held various Command, staff and training appointments. His last appointment was with the United Nations as the Planing Officer in the Force Generation Sevices (Office of Military Affairs-Department of Peace keping Operations) at the United Nations Headquaters in New York, a position he held from Jun 2014 to Dec 2017. Other appointments include Chief Instructor at the Defence Forces Technical College (DEFTEC) in Nairobi and Officer Commanding Naval Armament Depot.
Recently, in Oct 2018, he completed the Regional Senior Mission Leadership Course, at IPSTC, Karen.
Col Mwagonga has attended various courses locally and abroad including India (Electrical Engineering Specialisation Course), USA (Naval Staff Course in Newport, Rhode Island; Joint Warfighting Course, Norfolk, Virginia), United Kingdom (Ships Gyro course-). He has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from the University of Nairobi.
He also has a Masters Degree in Computer Based Information Systems from the University of Sunderland,UK. Col Mwagonga is also a graduate of the Grade II Staff Course in Kenya’s Defence Staff College.
Col Mwagonga has performed various naval assignments in Spain and Italy. He served in United Nations Missions in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) from Apr 2003 to May 2004.
He is married to Nimosi Tangawizi.
Col M Nyaanga
Col M Nyaanga
Humanitarian Peace Support School
Colonel Mathews Nyaanga, is the Commandant Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) wef 1 July 2020. He was commissioned into the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on 26th June 1986 after successful completion of Cadets training at the Kenya Armed Forces Training College in Nakuru.
The officer has varied experience in command, staff and instructional duties. He is a career Sapper officer having served as a Troop Commander, Recce Officer, Motor Transport Officer, Quartermaster Technical Stores, Squadron Second in Command, Squadron Commander and Battalion Second in Command in Construction and Combat Engineering Units in Thika and Nanyuki.
Colonel Mathews Nyaanga’s staff appointments include; Staff Officer three Training at the Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Staff Officer three Operations and Staff Duties at Army Headquarters, Staff Officer two Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Brigade Major at the Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Staff Officer One Design and Development Works at the Defence Headquarters, Colonel General Staff (GS) at the Western Command Headquarters and Colonel Works Services at the Army Headquarters.
The officer has also held instructional appointments as Directing Staff at the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Nakuru and Senior Directing Staff at the Defence Staff College (DSC), Karen.
In the course of his career, the officer has undergone both local and overseas professional courses among them; National Defence College (NDC) India, Senior Command Course (JWC), Nakuru, Joint Senior Command and Staff Course (RSA), Grade two Command and Staff Course (DSC), Karen, Higher Defence Orientation Course (India), Project Development and Management Course (KSG), Nairobi, Military Observers Course (IPSTC), Nairobi and UN Train the Trainers Course (Sierra Leone) among other Career courses. He holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) Degree in Security and Strategic Studies (Madras University), Master’s Degree in Governance & Ethics (MKU), Bachelor’s Degree in Management (UK), National Diploma in Joint and Multinational Operations (RSA), Diploma in Strategic Studies (UoN) and Diploma in Management (KU).
Colonel Mathews Nyaanga has participated in peacekeeping missions in different capacities and has wide experience that include serving as a Company Second in Command in UNPROFOR (Former Yugoslavia), Company Commander in UNAMSIL (Sierra Leone) and a Military Observer in ONOCI ( Cote d’Ivoire).
His decorations include Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS), United Nations and other Constitutional medals given in the service.
Colonel Mathews Nyaanga is married to Mary Salima and they are blessed with three Children, two sons and a daughter.