EAC regional force doing well in DRC, says Mathuki

EAC regional force doing well in DRC, says Mathuki
South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) battalion deployed as peacekeepers in Eastern DRC. Photo credit: Eye Radio

The Secretary-General of the East African Community, Peter Mathuki, praised the East African Regional Forces for restoring peace in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mathuki said at the hybrid forum in Arusha, Tanzania, that the forces were working tirelessly to ensure peace is restored in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

“East African Regional force are doing a good job in Eastern DRC,” he said in a video shared by EAC Secretariat.

Mathuki said the restoration of peace would depend on the commitment and cooperation of the parties.

“The journey towards peace and prosperity is ongoing, but with the commitment and cooperation of all parties involved, a brighter future for Eastern DRC and the EAC is within reach,” he said.

He assured the forum that the chair of the summit and the president of Burundi Évariste Ndayishimiye were working tirelessly with the regional Heads of State for the restoration of peace in Eastern DRC.

“The leadership of the chair of the summit, His Excellency President Évariste Ndayishimiye    is doing a good job working with the Heads of State, they are all working to ensure that restoration of peace happens in Eastern DRC,” he added.

He pledged that the forces would cooperate with United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO for the attainment of lasting peace in Eastern DRC.

In June, the commander of East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) Maj Gen Alphaxard Muthuri said South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) should learn from the regional forces.

“The role you play here is very critical in the overall peace and stability effects in this region and I instructed you to continue working closely towards achieving the EACRF mandate,” Maj. Gen. Kiugu quoted.

The EACRF comprises the Democratic Republic of Congo Armed Forces (FARDC), Kenya Defense Force (KDF) and the South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF).

There are 300 SSPDF officers in the regional force tasked with the mandate of peacekeeping in DRC, the first of its kind in the history of South Sudan’s military since the country gained independence in 2011.