Tanzania Calls For Probe Into UN Peacekeeper Killings

Tanzania People’s Defence Forces soldiers carry the coffin of a Tanzanian peacekeeper on December 11, 2017 at the Ukonga Air Base in Dar es Salaam. 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 53 injured in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo on late December 7 by suspected Ugandan rebels. The attack is the bloodiest against MONUSCO, the UN force that was deployed in DRC in 1999, and the worst against a UN force since the death of 24 Pakistani peacekeepers in Somalia in June 1993. AFP

Tanzania called on Thursday for an investigation into the killing of 14 soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels.

“The Tanzanian government is asking the United Nations to conduct a thorough, transparent and genuine investigation,” Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam in honour of the soldiers, whose bodies were repatriated on Monday.

Tanzanian army chief General Venance Mabeyo said one soldier was still missing and 44 wounded troops were being treated in hospital.

“We hope that the United Nations will do this quickly,” Majaliwa added, speaking alongside UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

The peacekeepers were killed on December 7 in the war-torn eastern DR Congo by gunmen suspected to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Muslim rebel force. They do not claim the attacks.

The attack was the biggest single loss of peacekeepers in nearly a quarter of a century.