The first batch of the of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers who are part of the East African Community Quick Reaction Force for a peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was seen off at the Moi Airbase this morning by the Chief of Defence Forces Robert Kibochi.
Kibochi urged the KDF soldiers to work well with their counterparts and obey their commanders as they are deployed to Congo.
”I wish you blessings as you are deployed. You are the arrowhead. Make sure you work well with your counterparts. We are known to follow the law wherever we go. Respect the chiefs of defence where you go,” Gen Kibochi said.
The Kenyan troops will join others from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania on the mission in Eastern DRC.
On Thursday, Parliament approved the deployment of the troops along with other forces from the East African region.
A report tabled by the Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee, stated that the amount to be spent in the DRC for the six-month deployment is Sh601.87 million above the Sh3.8 billion in the Memorandum to the National Security Council on the matter.