A contingent of 1,281 Tanzanian soldiers departed for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Thursday (May 9th) as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, Tanzania's Daily News reported.
On Wednesday, President Jakaya Kikwete urged the troops to serve with humility and discipline as they work to protect civilians during the war between the DRC government and the March 23rd Movement (M23) rebel group. Addressing troops at the Tanzania People's Defence Force Infantry Command Headquarters in the Coast region, he reminded them that their mission is to keep peace, not wage war.
The troops will serve as part of an intervention brigade under the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Lieutenant Colonel Orestess Cassian Komba will lead the contingent, called ANZBATT 1-DRC. Brigadier General James Mwakibolwa will lead the peacekeeping mission, also commanding Malawian and South African soldiers already in the country.