Kenya’s President William Ruto on Wednesday, November 2, flagged off the deployment of the country’s troops for a peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This comes just a day after the African Union (AU) officials appealed for an end to the growing violence in the DRC.
While officiating the ceremony for the Kenyan peacekeeping team, the Head of State said the move to deploy the soldiers to the neighboring country was an indicator of the country’s commitment to promoting peace in the region.
Ruto said as neighbors, the destiny of DRC is intertwined with ours adding that he will not allow any armed group, criminals, and terrorists to deny the region of its shared prosperity.
“We are sending a signal to the world of our commitment to perform our obligations by contributing to the achievement and maintenance of peace and stability in our region,” President Ruto said.
However, before letting the troops for their mission, the First in Command made a special prayer to God to protect the soldiers and give wisdom to their commanders in the DRC as they restore peace.
“Let’s pray. Heavenly Father before you are men and women from KDF on a mission to protect humanity, our brothers and sisters from DRC. Protect them and give wisdom to their Commanders, give them favor even as they work with other Forces. We commit ourselves, them, and their families to your safekeeping. We pray in Jesus name, Amen” Ruto prayed.
The AU on Sunday, October 30, urged all the parties to engage “in a constructive dialogue” to ensure peace in the troubled region, calling them to peace talks in Nairobi next month.
Last month, it was widely reported that the M23 rebels had seized more territory in the vast mineral-rich DRC, prompting the UN peacekeeping mission to increase its “troop alert level” and boost support for the army.