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Sierra Leone Contingent Commander Withdrawn

Sierra Leone Contingent Commander Withdrawn

The Sierra Leone Government is reported to have withdrawn the Commander of the Sierra Leone contingent in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Brigadier-General Mamadi Mohamed Keita (in photo).

Brigadier-General Keita has been recalled to come and serve his country in a higher capacity as the new Director of Operations and Planning in the Ministry of Defence.

Prior to his withdrawal, AMISOM honored Brigadier-General Keita with a certificate of recognition for his invaluable contribution to the restoration of peace and stability in war-ravaged Somalia.  He was also awarded the AMISOM medal for service from 14th October, 2012 to 4th July, 2013.

Profile of a Brigadier

Name: Mamadi Mohamed Keita, aka Mamadi

Rank:   Present – Colonel.  Substantive  – Colonel

Service No:  (SL 395) RSLAF

Service and Branch:  Ministry of Defence

Date of Commission:  30 October 1987

Date of Birth:  17 January 1964

Place of Birth:  Musaia – Koinadugu District Sierra Leone

Seniority (Present Rank):  20 October 2008

Appointments Held:   

Assistant Chief of Defence Operation and Plan, MOD.  Staff Brigadier-General   (3 Jun 2013 – to date)
Chief Training Officer, AMISOM   Colonel.  Force Headquarters and also National Contingent Commander Sierra Leone Contingent in Somalia.  (14 Oct 2012 -4 Jul 2013)
Director Defence Training, Education and Recruitment.  Colonel  Ministry of Defence.  (Sep 11)
Command 3 Bde – Freetown. Colonel. 20  Oct 08 to 29 Aug 10
Provost Martial/CO JPU. Lieutenant Colonel.  (29 May 06 – 20 Oct 08)
MA to Deputy Minister Of Defence.  Lieutenant Colonel.  (31 Aug 04-29 May 06)
SO2 Provost/Ops/Custodial. Major.  (Nov 03-31 Aug 04)
2IC 14 Bn – Pujehun. Major.  (Feb 03-Nov 03)
COS Freetown Garrison (FTG). Major.  (Jan 02-Feb 03)
2IC 12 Bn – Kabala.  Major.  (Jan 01-Jan 02)
CO 10 Bn – Port Loko.  Major.  (Jun 00-Jan 01)
CO 38 Bn – Koribondo.  Major.  (Nov 97-Feb 98)
Bde Maj – 1 Inf Bde – Bo.  Major. (Jul 97-Nov 97)
CO Lungi Garrison.  Major.  (Jun 97-Jul 97)
CO 2 Bn – Makeni.  Major.  (Feb 96-Jun 97)
CO 6 Bn –  Tongo.  Major.  (Apr 95-Feb 96)
MA to COAS.  Major.  (Jan 95-Apr 95)
MA to COAS.  Captain.  (Dec 93-Jan 95)
OC Military Police.  Captain.  (Jun 92-Apr 93)
Ops Offrs Military Police.  Captain.  (May 92-Jun 92)
Coy Comd.  Lieutenant.  (Nov 91-May 92)
Pl Comd. Lieutenant.  (Oct 87-Nov 91)

All Major Courses Attended Including Basic Officer Training

Defence and Strategic Course.  (Sep 10 -Jul 11)  National Defence Fndu University – China
Advance Command and Staff Course.  (Sep 06 -Aug 07) GAFCS – Ghana.  Psc.
International Peace Support Operational Course (IPSO).  (Jun/July 06, 4 Weeks). KAIPKTC – Ghana.
Conflict and Crisis Management Course.  (Jun 07 , 3 Weeks).
Defence Management Course.  (May 07, 2 Weeks).  GAFCSC – Ghana.
DDR.  (Dec 04, 3 Weeks).  KAIPKTC – Ghana.
Staff Harmonization. (Jul 04 – Sep 04)  Horton Academy.
Junior Division Staff Course. (Jun 93 – Dec 93) Jaji – Kaduna, Nigeria.  pjsc
Progressive Qualification Scheme Level 1 & 2. (1998 to 1989) Benguema Training Centre  Sierra Leone.
Officer Cadet Training. (18 Mar 86 to 30 Oct 87) Benguema Training Centre Sierra Leone.


Primary School
Police Primary School.
Secondary School and Qualifications obtained.  Albert Academy.

Higher Education and Qualification obtained:

Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration – Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Diploma in Policy and Management – Tsianghua University – China.
Diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies – National Defence University – China.

Marital Status

Wife: Biyah Massaquoi – Keita
Children: Mamadi Mohamed Keita, Marisa Keita, Kadija Keita, Amadi Keita, Amira Keita


Reading, Listening to News, Watching Soccer on DSTV.




Football, Cricket, Table tennis, Volleyball and Handball.

Honours and Award:

Medal for the Invaluable Contribution to the Restoration of Peace and Stability in Somalia (4 Jul 13)
Medal for Gallantry (Operations) (1993).
Best Foreign Student Junior Division, Command and Staff Course – Jaji Kaduna, Nigeria (1993).
50th Anniversary Medal  (2011).

International Operations Attended

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) (14 Oct 2012 – 4 Jul 2013).
ECOMOG Peace Enforcement Operation, Liberia (1990 – 1991)
ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, Tongo Legislative Election 2007  (28 Sep to 20 Aug 07).

Additional Remarks/Continuation ( Other Courses and Seminars)

Headquarters United States Africa Command, Inspector General Course (2009).
United States Defence Institute of International Legal Studies Executive Seminar on Quality Forces Management held in Freetown – Sierra Leone.
The  Centre for Civil-Military Relationship Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, Seminar on Civil-Military Relationship Sierra Leone (7 – 11 Jun 04)
Africa Partnership Station Seminar held in New York – USA (Jun 29)
Africa Partnership Station Seminar held in Dakar, Senegal (Sep 09).

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