Kenya through 1st and 4th committees of UNGA continues to contribute Military, Police
and Corrections personnel to UN and AU Peace keeping Operations (PKOs) with most
of them being in Africa. Today, Kenya has peacekeepers in Somalia, Sudan, South
Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In New York, Kenya is fully seized to all matters
of peacekeeping through collaboration with the UN Department of Peacekeeping and
Department of Field Support and the UN Security Council Working Group on PKOs and
through Kenya’s membership to the Special Committee on Peace keeping Operations
(C34). In the latter, Kenya Co-chairs Small Working Group on Military capacities.
Kenya Military Advisor visits peacekeeping field missions
Every year, various committees visit peacekeeping field missions with intent of
understanding the implementation processes of the UN Security Council mandates by
interacting with personnel on the ground that are charged with this responsibility.
In the month of April, Kenya Military Advisor and Deputy Dean, Military and Police
Advisors’ Community (MPAC), in New York, Col Kiugu, led a delegation of MPAC members
on a trip covering United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), UN Regional Service Centre Entebbe (Uganda), International
Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Kenya and attended detailed briefings given
at IPSTC by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM
At IPSTC, the delegation was taken through the training modules used for pre-deployment
training for both uniformed and civilian personnel and later shown a live demonstration
on Protection of Civilians (POC) conducted at the state of the art, Amani village,
at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Emabakasi, Nairobi. POC forms part of
the UN Security Council mandates for most UN PKOs.
Thereafter, the Military Advisor, Col. Kiugu visited the Kenya Battalion deployed
in the United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where he had a chance to evaluate
the achievements of the peacekeepers and witness the challenges facing them and
the UN missions at large. He held briefings with the Force Commander and other key
mission leadership. Such visits enable officers based in NY to appreciate commitments
of peacekeepers serving under hostile environments and at times poorly logistically
supported and yet expected to implement the UN Security Council mandates.