Kenya Deploys Troops for Peacekeeping Mission in D.R. Congo

Kenyan troops to be deployed in the Democratic Republic Of Congo as part of a peacekeeping mission were Tuesday handed the flag at an event in Nairobi.

The team completed their training ahead of the deployment.

The handing over of the flag to 231 Kenya Defence Forces Quick Reaction Force troops was done by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Robert Kibochi, marking the start of their trip to the mission.

Gen Robert Kibochi charged the troops to be peace ambassadors. He said it is a privilege for them to serve there, given KDF authorities were constrained by the Amisom operations in Somalia.

In his words, he said: “You are joining a mission similar to Amisom because you will be fighting a group that is fighting their own people. This is not a peacekeeping mission and you are lucky some of you have served in Amisom and know what it is,”.

He urged them to maintain high standards of discipline while in DRC and not to spoil the good name of KDF.

“Be professional in your mission and ensure you are safe. Know it is not an easy task but with the training you will make it.”

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