Killed Malawi soliders’ bodies in transit, set to arrive home Wednesday

Remains of six Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers killed  in a rebel ambush in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where they were part of a United Nations Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) peacekeeping mission are expected to be repatriated home on Wednesday.

Slain Malawi soldiers repatriation on Wednesday

The soldiers were killed in DRC’s mineral-rich east, where rival militia groups control parts of the region more than a decade after the official end of a 1998-2003 war.

MDF spokesman Major Paul Chiphwanya said the soldiers were attacked by “illegal armed forces”.

He said the bodies od the soldiers weee currently in transit and would arrive through Kamuzu  International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe.

“The bodies are currently in Entebbe, Uganda where the UN is expected to perform some procedures before the bodies are flown home,” said Chiphwanya,.

The Malawi military said the attack last week on its peacekeeping soldiers in DR Congo won’t break them but instead had increased their zeal, bravery and commitment in discharging their duties.

The brave soldiers will be accorded full miltray honours, said Chiphwanya.

MDF identified the deceased as Sergeant Kambalame, 38, who was based at Malawi Armed Force College (Mafco) in Salima prior to his deployment to DRC; private Chauncy Chitete, 29, from Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu; private Benjamin Nsongela, 29, also from Moyale Barracks private Simplex Taferakaso, 31, from Changalume Barracks in Zomba.

Kambalame came from Maya Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kachere in Dedza and is survived by a wife and two children while Chitete was from Peter Village, T/A Mwenemusiku in Chitipa. He is survived by a wife and three children.

Nsongela, on the other hand, is from Chakhawo Village, T/A Tengani in Nsanje and is survived by a wife and three children while Taferakaso is from Kaumphawi Village, T/A Nsamala in Balaka.

Others who died in the peacekeeping mission awere identified as Lieutenant Aubrey Kachemwe ,35, from Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu and Corporal Jonathan Kapichiri,36, from Parachute Battalion in Salima.

The peacekeepers were supporting an offensive by local forces against an Islamist group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), officials said.

Eastern DRC has been plagues by banditry and armed insurrections for more than two decades, since the fall of the military ruler Mobutu Sese Seko, but there has been a surge in violence in the past year.

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres expressed his “heartbreak” over the attack, which he called a war crime.

Malawi contribute to the longstanding 17,000-member peacekeeping force in violence-prone parts of the DRC.

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Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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Kent Y.G. Mphepo

Countrymen, I for one do not support the idea of sending our soldiers to DRC. I fail to see the justification. Lets remember that DRC was peaceful for a long time until Westerners removed Mobutu Seseseko from office accusing him of dictatorship while the real reason was his ability to protect the rich mineral resource the country is blessed with. I have always suspected Westerners wanting to mine diamonds and gold out of the DRC are the ones who are fueling this war. They want Africans to fight so that they can dig up minerals. This war has nothing to… Read more »

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Kufela za eni ake uku! Unachita ku honga kuti upite upeze 1/2 million mkukafako so sad. Guys follar ili apo but your families needs you alot. Stay home, we cannot wash otber pipos dirty linen when we have ours here politically

Gwemoula
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Gwemoula

Innalillahi wainna ilaih rajiuuna (tinachoka kwa Mulungu ndikomwenso titazabwelere) Allah alandire mizimu ya asilikali athu omwe amakakhazikitsa bata kudzikooli vuto likhalapo tsopano ku mabanja ofedwa wo kuti alandile chipukuta misozi akhala akupondelezedwa mpakana mwina osalandila kumene chifukwa cha dyera lakula kumipandoko Mulungu adzakulangani anthu inu akuba maloya nso ndiye nanji alibe chisoni kuba kokha kokha eish abaleeee…..

MAUNITS
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MAUNITS

All these years what is Kabila doing as head of state for DRC. We can not be losing innocent soldiers just because DR Congo cant contain the bandits in their own country. I suggest the secretary general should go to the drawing board and redraft the military operation that would specifically from USA or Russia or France to combat deal with all these rebels. It looks these have got softscated weapons to defeat UN Peace keeping soldiers in DRC which the bend of the day we will be losing our soldiers who don’t have softscated weapons to contain the rebels… Read more »

Post-truth
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Post-truth

Sad, Malawi has known no war, but our soldiers have always died on a battle fields.

Kalekeni Kanene
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Kalekeni Kanene

Apa tikungofera mikangano yosatha ya eni. RIP

piyasi
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piyasi

KENT Y.G MPHEPO Ur saying the truth bro lets open up our eyes malawi giants

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