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Tanzania tops SADC troops contributions to UN peacekeeping

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Tanzania is the biggest contributor of military, police and other specialists in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world as at the end of 2016, according to a report by the UN.

Tanzania delegated a total number of 2,341 personnel for peacekeeping operations, comprising 79 from the police, 18 to the United Nations Military Experts on Mission (UNMEM) and 2,244 troops.

South Africa provides the second largest, a total of 1,427 personnel, 59 police, nin3 UNMEM and 1,359 troops.

Zambia comes third with a total contribution of 963 personnel. There are 154 police, 33 to the UNMEM and 776 troops.

Malawi follows with total personnel of 956, 91 from the police, six to the UNMEM and 859 troops.

DR Congo has a total of 776, with 142 from the police, 6 UNMEM and 628 troops.

Zimbabwe’s contribution comprise 67 police, 10 UNMEM and three troops making a total of  80 while Namibia  comes next  with a total of 65, out of which 44 are from the police, 10 for UNMEM and 11 troops.

Madagascar contributed 40 personnel, all from the police, while Mozambique provided only one UNMEM.

Angola, Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles, Lesotho and Swaziland have no contribution to UN peacekeeping for the period under review.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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