UN condemns attack that killed Malawian peacekeeper in DRC

The Late Malawian peacekeeper
  • The situation is calm, we shouldn’t be worried- MDF

Following the death of one Malawian peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the attack on its Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco).

The incident which occurred on 10th May 2021 near Beni (North Kivu), resulted in the death of  28 year old Malawian Lance Corporal Chitenje Kamanga serving under  Monusco's Force Intervention Brigade (FIB).

She was killed when the one of the Malawi Battalion in Congo’s base was attacked by unknown illegal Armed Group (IAG) at around 1:30 pm.

The Security Council members conveyed their deepest condolences to the bereaved family, Malawian authorities and the United Nations.

United Nations peacekeepers captured in action in this file photo

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MONUSCO. They underlined that deliberate attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

“The members of the Security Council called on the Congolese authorities to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice,” read the statement.

The Security Council stressed the importance of Monusco having the necessary capacities to fulfill its mandate and promote the safety and security of the peacekeepers, pursuant to relevant Security Council resolutions.

It further reiterated its full support for the stabilizing action of Monusco and its contingents and expressed its deep appreciation to troop-and police-contributing countries.

According to Malawi Defence Force (MDF), the late Corporal Kamanga was based at Malawi Maritime Force Headquarters in Monkey-Bay Mangochi and hailed from Mbayani village Traditional Authority in Machinjiri Blantyre.

Mlelemba: Currently it is calm, we shouldn’t be worried

MDF’s Acting Public Information Officer Major Emmanuel Mlelemba indicated that they are waiting for the UN to provide details on when the repatriation will be done as they are lot of procedures to be followed.

He described the fallen soldier as one of the greatest female soldiers in the MDF and was among the first four female divers, very courageous, hard-working and her passing is a huge loss to the security agency.

Major Mlelemba went on to assure the public the Malawi peace-keeping mission is safe in DRC.

“The situation is calm, after the attack at the camp; we managed to do everything possible to make sure that the situation returns to normal. So currently it is calm, we shouldn’t be worried,” assured the Spokesperson