TANZANIAN soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are there to keep peace and security and not to fight with the M23 rebels.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) spokesperson, Major Erick Komba said that Tanzania did not send soldiers in the DRC for fighting against M23 and has no problem with Rwanda in the ongoing operation.
He said the soldiers were among other things expected to prevent the expansion of rebel territory, neutralisation of rebel activities and disarming all armed groups in the country.
"Tanzania has sent her troops in the DRC for a peace keeping mission and not to fight against the M23 and it is paramount to note that our soldiers are in Rwanda under MONUSCO, therefore we are there with the blessings of the United Nations and Rwanda as one of the Great Lakes countries did not have any objection to the presence of our soldiers," Major Komba said.
He said that the Tanzania soldiers in the DRC are part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) standby brigade, saying that Rwanda has assisted Tanzania in moving the troops through the borders.
Mr Komba warned media houses especially newspapers on issuing false reports which claim that Tanzanian forces have been engaging the M23 rebels in numerous fights, instead of helping to restore peace and security in DRC.
On his part, the Director of the Tanzania Information Services, Mr Assah Mwambene said that the presence of Tanzanian troops in the DR Congo is aimed at helping to keep peace and security, saying that there are no conflicts between Tanzania and Rwanda in this operation.
"In fact, some newspapers have played a major role in instigating wrong information to the people of Tanzania with false reports on the operations of the Tanzanian soldiers in the DRC, something which might bring about negative impacts," Mr Mwambene said.
On numerous occasions, the M23 along with other armed groups have clashed with the DRC forces (FARDC) in the eastern DRC.
As part of an effort to address the underlying causes of violence in the region, the government of DRC along with 10 other countries and four regional and international institutions adopted a framework to consolidate peace in the country.