Ruto Flags Off Kenyan Contingent To DRC

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President William Ruto, on November 2, handed over the flag to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) contingent set to be deployed in the Eastern DRC under the East African Community Regional Force.

The handover ceremony was held at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi.

The event signified the official flag-off for the Kenyan contingent (KENCON) consisting of KDF personnel who have been undergoing training in Isiolo, the Eastern part of the country.

During the ceremony, Ruto reaffirmed KDF's readiness to undertake peace and security missions whenever called upon. He expressed his confidence in the KENCON, pledging full support from the government.

The president also expressed his concerns about the citizens of DRC, who have continued to bear heavy effects due to the continued conflict, and promised them Kenya's full support.

Deployment of Kenyan troops to the DRC follows a decision endorsed and adopted by regional leaders at the third EAC Heads of State Conclave on Peace and Security in Eastern DRC held in Nairobi in June 2022.
The Conclave agreed to have an East Africa Community Regional Force (EACRF) to quell a flare-up of violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. KDF's Major General Jeff Nyaga will command the force.

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