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Kenya’s military to intensify partnerships to boost global peace

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Kenya’s military vowed Sunday to continue with its partnerships with the international community in order to execute United Nations and Africa Union mandated peace operations.

Robert Kibochi, the Chief of Kenya Defence Forces, said the country’s resolve towards sharpening the arrowhead that makes a Kenyan soldier to epitomize professionalism, courage and selflessness remains strong.

“Being the arrowhead, our Kenyan soldiers will continue to be well trained and equipped to be mission-ready,” Kibochi said during celebrations to mark the International Day of UN peacekeepers in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

The day is celebrated annually across the world in honor of the men and women deployed in peacekeeping operations for their invaluable contribution in bringing peace to the world.

Kibochi said that this year marks 43 years of courage, commitment and sacrifice by Kenya and its defense forces in pursuit of global peace.

He said Kenya has contributed over 60,000 men and women to support peace operations since 1979.

“Over the years, we have remained unwavering in helping to restore peace and stability in the region and across the globe,” Kibochi said

He said that Kenya made its maiden contribution towards peacekeeping in 1979 by sending six military observers to the international monitoring force in Zimbabwe.

According to Kenya’s head of the military, the East African nation was among the first interveners who aimed to bring peace to neighboring Somalia even as it marks close to 12 years since Kenya’s troops went into Mogadishu to restore peace and stability.

He said that between 1998-2005, Kenya committed 2,963 personnel as part of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone to help bring peace.

“Together with Sierra Leoneans, we managed to disarm and reintegrate thousands of ex-combatants,” he added.

Kibochi revealed that contemporary conflicts are marked by persistent and widespread hostilities. Enditem

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