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Malawi Troops Complete Peacekeeping Drill

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Government has advised Malawi defense force soldiers to keep on discharging their duties with discipline and dedication so as to maintain Malawi military’s good record in professionalism internationally.

Principle secretary for the Ministry of defense Dr.Macphail Magwira gave the advice Saturday at Chikala MDF camp in Machinga district during graduation ceremony of 850 soldiers who have completed a two months training in readiness of their deployment to Democratic Republic of Congo scheduled for April this year on a peacekeeping mission under the United Nations force interventions brigade.

‘They should maintain good reputation that other two battalions have established in DRC, when I went there last month authorities praised our troops saying they are very professional’. Said Magwira in an interview with Zodiak online.
Dr. Magwira observed that the solders are likely to do a good job in DRC having undergone a world class training facilitated by US Army and
British support team.

He said it is important to have intensive trainings of preparing troops mentally and physically before deploying them for any peace keeping mission so that they can understand modern peace keeping operations.

Dr. Magwira thanked Britain and America for their continued support of military trainings to Malawi defense force.
In an interview with Zodiak online deputy Ambassador of United States of America to Malawi Michael Gonzales said Malawi’s contribution in
the peacekeeping mission is fundamental because its superb force is helping bringing stability to civilians who are in trouble due to attacks by rebel forces in eastern region of DRC.

‘This is the seventh time that the US has provided training support to a battalion of Malawian peace keepers’.
‘In previous years we provided material support along with trainings, they have that, what was needed now was training this battalion’. Said

On his part Malawi battalion force Intervention brigade Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Blaise Saenda said the team has achieved its training objectives and he is confident it would perform well in DRC.

The solders are expected to replace a similar team that shall leave DRC for Malawi after working for nine months there.
Malawi deploys its soldiers on peace keeping mission where needed as one of obligations of being a member of the United Nations.

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