KDF troops sent to DR Congo to cost Sh4.5bn in six months

KDF troops sent to DR Congo to cost Sh4.5bn in six months
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Kenya will now spend Sh4.45 billion to keep its troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the next six months, as per what was presented in Parliamentary hearing on Wednesday.

However, the National Assembly yesterday approved the request by the Executive to send KDF soldiers to the East African Community Regional Force-Democratic Republic of Congo (EACRF-DRC) amid MPs' questions on account of economic and security challenges the country is facing.

It is, however, envisaged that international financing may be secured for the operation and if this materializes, the Cabinet Secretary will apprise the Committee accordingly.

The amount is Sh601.87 million above the Sh3.849 billion contained in the memorandum to the National Security Council (NSC) on the matter. It is estimated that if the Kenyan troops stay for one year, the cost implication will be approximately Sh7.2 billion.

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According to the chair of Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations of the National Assembly Mr. Nelson Koech, the committee considered and approved the executive request also noting that Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale had explained discrepancy.

“Our troops are there to enforce peace, not peace keeping. We want peace and stability in the East African region. We want to ensure that our people doing business in DRC are safe,” said Mr Koech as he rallied the House to approve the report.

Kenya joins two other EAC member states- Burundi and South Sudan that have already deployed their military forces to DRC.

Other EAC member states such as Uganda and Tanzania are set to send their troops later. Rwanda already has its forces within its territory.