East Africa Regional Force says full troop’s deployment in eastern DRC achieved

The East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) has Friday achieved a full deployment status following the arrival of the last batch of South Sudanese soldiers in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Troops from the South Sudan Peoples Defence Forces began arriving in Goma on Sunday, April 2 and were subsequently deployed to the Rumangabo Forward Operating Base.

In a statement, EACRF said the arrival marks the fulfillment of the re-posturing of troops as approved by the heads of state mini-summit held in Addis Ababa on February 17, 2023 upon the recommendations of the East Africa Community Chiefs of Defence Forces/Chiefs of Defence Staff.

Their arrival also marks a significant milestone in the last phase of deployment in the multinational sector of Rutshuru and Masisi territories in the eastern DRC.

The South Sudan soldiers were received by the Kenyan Contingent Commander Col Daniel Rotich at the Kencon Sector headquarters where they were briefed before their deployment to Rumangabo Forward Operating Base where the two contingents are to be collocated.