The Republic of Burundi deployed its troops to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) on Sunday, 5th March 2023.
The Kenya Defence Forces provided Strategic Airlift and Logistics Support to the Contingent from Burundi to Goma International Airport.
The Burundi National Defence Forces (BNDF) troops were received by the EACRF Deputy Commander Brigadier General Emmanuel Kaputa in the company of Senior Staff Officers from the East Africa Community (EAC) Partner States at the Force Headquarters and the Kenyan Contingent Commander Colonel Daniel Rotich.
The incoming BNDF troops are to deploy in Sake, Kilolirwe and Kitchanga in North Kivu as approved by the Heads of State mini-summit held in Addis Ababa on 17th February 2023 upon the recommendations of the EAC CDF/CDS of re-posturing troops within Rutshuru and Masisi territories, now designated as a multinational sector to enhance robust operations in order to address the current threat posed by the Armed Groups.
The Republic of Burundi is deploying its troops to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF).
Further, the deployment of South Sudan and Uganda contingents is expected in due course with South Sudan deploying alongside the Kenyan Contingent in Rumangabo while the Ugandan Contingent is to deploy in Bunagana, Rutshuru/Kiwanja and Mabenga. Kenyan troops are to further deploy in Tongo and Kishishe.
The regional force is accelerating the full deployment of EACRF troops to enhance the peace and stability efforts in Eastern DRC.