The United Nations is expected to decorate a fallen Malawian soldier with the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage” for the courage he displayed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
A statement from the UN posted on the Malawi government’s official online page on Monday says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will award Private Chancy Chitete on Friday during the International Day of UN Peacekeepers commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York.
According to the statement, the Diagne Medal, which was established in 2014 to recognize uniformed and civilian personnel who demonstrated exceptional courage, is named after late Captain Diagne who served hundreds of lives in 1994 before he was killed serving as UN peacekeeper in Rwanda.
Last November, Tanzanian and Malawian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) came under heavy fire while conducting the operation in the eastern part of the country against the ADF, an armed group that has been terrorizing civilian.
According to the statement, it was during that operation that Private Chitete saw a badly wounded Tanzanian peacekeeper, Corporal Ali Khamis Omary, who was unable to move and was exposed to enemy fire.
“Leaving his Unit, Private Chitete single-handedly brought his wounded comrade to safety, sustaining fatal injuries while providing life-saving first aid. Corporal Omry survived and private Chitete’s heroism and sacrifice helped the peacekeepers achieve their objective and dislodge the ADF from its stronghold,” reads the statement.
According to the statement, Private Chitete’s family is expected to receive the medal on his behalf in New York. Enditem