The second batch of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops departed for the Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday for a joint regional operation.
Chief of Defence Forces Robert Kibochi flagged off the 200 soldiers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and will be joining their counterparts who left earlier to fight the M23 rebels in the Eastern DRC.
Kibochi urged the troops to obey the law of the land they are deployed to, and most importantly, remember that their joint mission with other East African Community states was purely to enforce peace.
The team was accompanied by their commander, Major General Jeff Nyaga.
“We will work with all stakeholders to ensure this region is stable,” he said in Kivu.
President William Ruto had ordered the deployment of the troops for a peace keeping mission, The East African Community Regional Force to the DRC (EACRF-DRC).
He handed the troops the national flag, officially giving them a nod to proceed into DRC terming the mission as urgent and necessary.
“At the bare minimum every society deserves the opportunity to experience peace and safety and every nation desires to guarantee its people the dividends of security and stability,” he said.
In the last two years, more than 5 million people have been displaced by insecurity and violence in DRC with nearly 2 million displaced in North Kivu province alone.