British army salutes Malawi Defence Force

The British Army has saluted the country’s men and women in uniform for their professionalism while on several peacekeeping missions across the continent.

Malawi currently has peacekeeping troops in the war torn Darfur region of Sudan, Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo. The MDF also sent troops to Kosovo.

Yet another battalion of the MDF, referred to as the Kings African Rifles (KAR) in the days of old, is expected to beef up the African Union contingent in Ivory Coast.

Speaking in at the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO) in Salima at the opening ceremony for logistics course during peacekeeping situation operations for southern African countries, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Barton of the British Army Africa peace operations support unit said Malawian troops are the very definition of professionalism.

Malawi army soldiers

“We are assisting Malawi and other Southern African countries so that they are able to do assignments for SADC and UN. Our objective is to equip the militaries with capability to complete their tasks to the best of their ability, so far they have been very competent in missions due to such trainings” Barton said.

The course has attracted participants and trainers from Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.

On his part MDF deputy commander, Lieutenant General Clement Kafuwa said the course is very important because it will help military commanders analyse and understand logistical issues in peace keeping operations.

“I am sure that the knowledge that the participants will acquire will stretch their thinking and broaden their horizon in various peace support to troops during peace support operations,” said Kafuwa.

He further hailed the relationship between the British Army and MDF citing the course as an example of fruitful ties.

Living the adage that says charity begins at home, the MDF played a crucial role to ensure that some Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) zealots did not usurp power unconstitutionally after the death of the late President Mutharika.

In a very resolute and unequivocal manner, the MDF demonstrated to the would be DPP junta that it respected the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi by quickly deploying a brigade to guard the current President Joyce Banda.

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