Kenya Defence Forces to deploy to Congo

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Kenya is set to deploy Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a mission to enhance peace and stability.

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According to an agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi, the troops will be deployed to the eastern part of the Central African country.

“Kenya will volunteer to be part of the Rapid Intervention Brigade to support the Congolese army in a bid to deal with insecurity in the eastern part of the country,” Uhuru and Tshisekedi announced during a joint press in Kinshasa

The deployed troops will work under the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (Monusco) with an assignment to battle militias who have destabilized the region for decades.

On yesterday’s KDF Facebook post it suggested the plans are in advanced stages and Kenya might deploy any time. The statement read “The Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter R Koipaton visited Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Quick Reaction Force (QRF) troops training at Kangaita Camp in Mt. Kenya, Nanyuki.

The troops successfully completed both the pre deployment training and the United Nations verification exercise prerequisites prior to deployment to United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).”

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