Rwanda deploys more peacekeeping in Central Africa
Written by: Administrator
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 1:09
Rwanda Defence Force has completed the deployment of an additional motorised infantry company of 140 troops under the command of Major Steven Semwaga to reinforce the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
On behalf of the RDF, the Chief of defence staff, Brig Gen Wilson Gumisiriza urged the peacekeepers to be good ambassadors of Rwanda and keep in mind their core mission of protecting civilians.
“Be always guided by RDF values and discipline, observe the UN principles that include neutrality and impartiality; safeguard the good image of Rwanda by performing your mission at high standards”, he guided the Peacekeepers.
Following the United Nations’ request, the government of Rwanda accepted the deployment of additional force of one motorized infantry company to the already deployed battalion in Bangui. The additional Force was requested by MINUSCA to reinforce its operations and address security challenges in Central African Republic (CAR).
Rwanda, one of the world’s largest contributors of peacekeepers, first deployed peacekeepers in CAR in 2014. Currently, RDF maintains one Infantry Battalion and a Level Two Hospital under MINUSCA. Rwanda troops are specifically charged with providing security for high-ranking government officials and securing key state installations.