UN trains African peacekeepers on engineering operations

The UN Department of Field Support (DFS) said Wednesday it has kicked off a new phase of training for African peacekeeping troops to boost their heavy engineering capabilities.

The three-month course on the heavy engineering aspects of peacekeeping underway in Nairobi has brought together troops from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Ethiopia.

Julian Otinkorang, the Deputy Project Manager of the Triangular Partnership Project (TPP), which spearheads the training, said the initiative is aimed at facilitating Africa’s military deployment capabilities.

“We are focusing on building the capacity by training these trainees from the African Troop Contributing Countries so that they can go back and be able to impart the knowledge,” he noted.

According to the DFS, some 170 soldiers nominated by their respective countries have so far been trained in engineering plant operations and maintenance, since the UN-supported courses began in 2015.

Past beneficiaries of the training, which teaches heavy engineering operations critical in peacekeeping missions, include 11 troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), 60 soldiers from Kenya, 10 from Rwanda, nine Ugandans and seven Ghanaians.

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The UN’s DFS said Ethiopia is a new addition to this year’s training. Enditem