UN honours fallen Zambian peacekeeper Mutamfu who served in Liberia

 Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia the Right Honourable Justice Patrick Matibini addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at UN Headquarters in New York, USA on 2 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION FILE: Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia the Right Honourable Justice Patrick Matibini addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at UN Headquarters in New York, USA on 2 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia the Right Honourable Justice Patrick Matibini addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at UN Headquarters in New York, USA on 2 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
FILE: Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia the Right Honourable Justice Patrick Matibini addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at UN Headquarters in New York, USA on 2 September, 2015. PHOTO | CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION

{Lusaka Times} – 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.

According to a statement released to the media by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Public Relations Permanent Mission to the United Nations Mr Chibaula Silwamba, Mr. Mutamfu died on 23 February 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.

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.

Zambia is a long-standing troop and police contributing country to UN peacekeeping operations.

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.

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. The General Assembly designated 29 May 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.

Therefore, 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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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.