Fallen Zambian peacekeeper honored with UN medal

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THE United Nations has awarded

the Dag Hammarskjold medal,

posthumously, to Zambia Police

Service Inspector Nathan Mutamfu,

who lost his life on a UN

peacekeeping mission.

Mr. Mutamfu died on February 23,

2015 while he was assigned to the

United Nations Mission in Liberia

(UNMIL).

The fallen peacekeeper from

Zambia was among the 128 who

posthumously received the Dag

Hammarskjold medal at a solemn

ceremony at UN Headquarters in

New York during commemorations

of the International Day of United

Nations Peacekeepers.

This is according to a statement

released by Permanent mission of

the Republic of Zambia to the

United Nations first secretary for

press and public relations Chibaula

Silwamba.

Military Advisor at the Permanent

Mission of the Republic of Zambia

to the UN, Brigadier General Erick

Mwewa received the medal on

behalf of the Mr. Mutamfu family.

Mr. Silwamba stated that Zambia

is a long-standing troop and

police contributing country to UN

peacekeeping operations.

He stated that Zambia currently

contributes a total 908 military

and police personnel in seven UN

peace operations, with the vast

majority serving in the Central

African Republic.

“More than 105,000 uniformed

personnel from 124 troop and

police contributing countries

currently serve under the blue flag,

along with 18,000 international

and national civilian staff and

United Nations Volunteers,” Mr.

Sulwamba stated.

“The General Assembly established

the International Day of UN

Peacekeepers in 2002, in tribute to

all men and women serving in

peacekeeping operations for their

high level of professionalism,

dedication and courage, and to

honour the memory of those who

have lost their lives in the cause of

peace.”

Mr. Silwamba stated that the

General Assembly designated May

29 as the Day for commemorations

because it was the date in 1948

when the United Nations’ first

peacekeeping mission, the United

Nations Truce Supervision

Organization (UNTSO), began

operations.

He stated that the UN

peacekeeping operations, UN

Information Centres and other UN

offices around the world will

observe the Day on or around 29

May.

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