Malawian soldier, Sergeant Dyson William Mayao has been reportedly murdered in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) while on duty in a peace keeping mission.
Apart from MDF soldier, 29 others were also killed in the ambush while DRC forces killed 14 rebels while the rebel murdered seven civilians with machetes.
The sad development comes just five months after another Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldier, Corporal Lyson Manda shot dead himself using a K2 rifle in the wee hours of Saturday, June 20, 2015 while was also on peace-keeping mission in the DRC.
In a press statement MDF released on Monday, November 30, which is available to The Maravi Post revealed that the later Sergeant Mayao met the on Sunday, November 29, 2015 when the base (Eringeti) which he was operating from was attacked by an unknown armed group around 16:00hrs.
“Malawi Defense Force has lost a courageous hardworking and disciplined soldier. We greatly mourn the death of this brave soldier and his family has been informed accordingly. We keep the family in our prayers during this difficult time.
“Re mains of the staff Sergeant Mayao will be repatriated to Malawi once United Nations Procedures on such incidents are completed and the nation will be informed of the date”, concludes the death announcement statement signed by Lieutenant P.P.Chimphwanya, Malawi Defense Force’s Public Relations Officer.
The late Sergeant Mayao hailed from Ntata Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mabuka in the Southern district of Mulanje and survived by a wife and five children. He joined MDF in December 31, 1987 based at Chilumba Barracks in Karonga.
Malawi is part of the three-nation Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) mandated by the United Nations (UN) mandated to engage in direct fighting against the numerous armed militias including The Democratic Forces for Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), The Ugandan Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF) and others which haven causing havoc in the Eastern part of DRC for over 15 years.
In April this year other six MDF troops sustained injuries in fighting against armed rebel groups in DRC’s North Kivu region following an attack.