Malawi Defense Force Soldier Killed in DRC

Malawi Defense Force Soldier Killed in DRC

A sombre mood has engalfed Malawi following the death of a 28-year-old Defence Force (MDF) soldier who has been killed in Easten Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after an MDF base was ambushed by an armed group.

The Army officer has been identified as Lance Corporal Chitenji Kamanga who was serving under the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission at Kiliya base in DRC.

In a statement, MDF acting spokesperson Kelvin Mlelemba indicated that the base was attacked by the Illegal Armed Group (IAG) on Monday at around 13:30 hours.

“Malawi Defence Force has lost a courageous, hardworking and disciplined female soldier. We greatly mourn the death of Lance Corporal Chitenji Kamanga,” said Acting Spokesperson for MDF, Kelvin Mlelemba.

In Malawi, Kamanga was based at Malawi Maritime Force Headquarters in Mangochi. She hailed from Mbayani Village, Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre.

According to Mlelemba, the remains of Lance Corporal Chitenji Kamanga will be repatriated to Malawi once the United Nations (UN) procedures are completed.

In 2018, four other Malawian soldiers were also killed after coming under attack by rebels. The four were also part of the United Nations peace keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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