Kenya to host UN peace keepers unit

Kenya will host the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Rapid Deployment of Engineering, Africa Unit, a top UN official announced on Wednesday.UN Director of Operational Support Services Houston Fergusson said the unit will boost the capacity of African countries contributing troops to UN peace keeping missions.

Fergusson made the announcement when he and a senior Japanese Government official, Nobuharu Imanishi led a UN-Japan delegation on a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

The UN Engineering Unit, the two officials said, will fill a critical gap in peace keeping. The Unit is being established by UN with support from Japan.

President Kenyatta welcomed the decision by the UN to establish its African Peace Keepers Engineering Unit in Kenya.

“Kenya is a key contributor of peace keepers and will also benefit from the unit, the President said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday.

He said the Government is committed to international obligations even as Kenya continued its efforts to stabilise troubled countries in the region.

He called on the international community to recognise the sacrifices Kenya has made in hosting refugees from different countries since independence.

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