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(A group photo of the United Nations Military Observers Course participants)

The military observers course equips officers with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to serve as military observers at any United Nations peacekeeping mission and particularly for the current UN operations-United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(MONUSCO) and United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

UN Observers date back to 1948 when the first-ever mission, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, was set up. They were employed to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan Kingdom. The operation focused on monitoring and observation and was carried out solely by military personnel. The course had 23 participants from Kenya, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Uganda, Gambia, Rwanda, and Malawi.

UNMO field exercise photo(Course participants during a field exercise)

Captain Benito(Captain Benito Chikonde- Malawian Defence Force) 

β€œInitially, peace support operations consisted of only military personnel. As time passed, the need for a multi-dimensional approach was inevitable therefore the police and civilians were incorporated. The three components take an integrated approach to achieve one mission as per the UN Security Council Resolution. The modern peace support operations also emphasized the need to protect civilians in armed conflict. Gender equality and equity policies have been adopted to ensure active participation of women at all levels in resolving conflicts from the strategic to tactical levels.”

Lt Col Caroline(Lt Col Caroline Chalikosa- Zambian Defence Force)

β€œUnited Nations military observers are tasked to perform the following roles Observation, Monitoring, and Reporting, Assessment, and verification, Negotiation and mediation, Liaison and coordination. Military observers should be able to detect, recognize and identify activity.  They can only perform this task well if they have recognition skills, navigation skills, map reading skills, and accurate use of observation equipment.”          

Captain Evans Cheruyot(Captain Evans Cheruyot-Kenya Air Force)       

β€œUnited Nations Military observers typically operate in hostile environments without arms; a sharp contrast to their training that conditions them to operate under similar conditions while properly armed and equipped. The background of military observers predisposes them to likely ramification of mistaken identity by belligerents. In addition, the evolving environment on Peace Support operations is a factor that cannot be overlooked.”

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The UN Intermediate Improvised Explosive Device Disposal is an accredited course by UN ITs led by UNMAS Mobile Training Team.

The course ran for five weeks at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi. The chief guest at the closing ceremony was Commandant HPSS Colonel Phyllis Nadio. Also in attendance were Senior Instructor Counter IED wing Lt Col P B Wanga and BPST-A rep Lt Col Jenner.

The course had a total of 14 participants - 5 from Uganda People’s Defence Forces and 9 from the Kenya Defence Forces who successfully met course objectives and qualified as UN Intermediate IEDD Operators.

The qualified participants are mission ready and will be deployed to various IED-prone operations theatres.

UN IEDD Feb 2022 3

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The Triangular Partnership Project was one of the outcomes of the September 2014 summit on UN peacekeeping where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe committed to support the Rapid Deployment of Engineering Capabilities to Peacekeeping missions in Africa. In 2016, the flagship program had its first trainees drawn from the Kenya Defence Forces.

The training encompasses Basic Machine Operation course, Intermediate Machine Operation course, Training of Trainers and Engineer Project Management course. Eight years down the line, the project has seen over 400 trainees qualify at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi.

TPP 2Trainees and their instructor during a demonstration

The project saw a series of events starting with an inspection by the head of the Japanese delegation and UNDP resident representative on Friday, 11 March.

To mark the end of the project, the closing ceremony was graced by the Charge d’affaires embassy of Japan to Kenya Mr. Kitagawa Yasuhisa, Brigadier Saidi, Brigadier J C Sitienei, and Commander Takao Katsumata.

During the closing ceremony, Brigadier Saidi Commander Engineers Brigade reiterated the importance of the course in building capacity for the Kenya Defence Forces. β€œThe structural training that the soldiers undergo at HPSS makes them assets for their own brigades,” he stated.

TPP 3Lead Instructor Lt. Col Nagami gifting Brigadier J C Sitienei

β€œThe knowledge and skills acquired by the trainees will be very beneficial towards achieving world peace which is one of the end state of this project,” mentioned Brigadier J C Sitienei.

The Basic Machine Operation Course had 35 participants from Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda. Six female trainees were selected to continue with the next stage of training- the Intermediate Machine Operation Course.

 

 

SSPR Njoki

For two months now, I have undertaken the basic machine operation course. As a result, I have been selected to continue to the next stage of training- intermediate machine operation course. The skills I have acquired build my confidence in discharging duties assigned to me in the Kenya Defence Forces," Senior Sapper Maurine Njoki Njeru. 

TPP 4A trainee showing their certificate during the closing ceremony 

TPP 5A Japanese instructor showing their award during the closing ceremony 

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