150 soldiers prepared for DRC peacekeeping


By Peter Kanjere:

Some 150 Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers have completed a two-month training in Salima, paving the way for their deployment to United Nations (UN)-led peacekeeping mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A statement from the United States Embassy says the US Army Special Force teams from Fort Bragg and North Carolina conducted the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET), drilling the soldiers in infantry tactics, operations planning, casualty evacuation and marksmanship.


The statement says the soldiers also “participated in live fire exercises to prepare for deployment to the DRC later this year in support of the United Nations peacekeeping operations.”

Early this year, six Malawi soldiers died after an exchange of fire with rebels in the DRC while two others are feared missing.

The statement says the latest training empowers the soldiers for the DRC assignment.


“These JCETs will ensure that MDF personnel are fully prepared to react to the unpredictable situations they expect to encounter in the DRC,” it says.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the training in Senga Bay last week, the US Operational Detachment Alpha Commander, Captain Eric, commended MDF soldiers for their commitment.

Ahead of the training, MDF spokesperson, Paul Chiphwanya, told The Daily Times that the soldiers might be deployed to the DRC from August 2019.

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