RDF starts relief operation for MINUSCA peacekeepers in CAR

RDF starts relief operation for MINUSCA peacekeepers in CAR

Rwanda Defence Forces kick- started relief in place operation for its peacekeepers deployed in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The first batch of 125 Officers and Men were airlifted on 22 January 2015 aboard RwandAir to Bangui, Central African Republic.

The Operation is expected to conclude on 28 January 2015 after transporting 1600 troops.

Defence and Military spokesperson Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita said that the relieved peacekeepers were 850 in MISCA that changed later to MINUSCA but the relieving ones are 750 officers and men under Lt Col Egide Ndayizeye ready to serve under MINUSCA.

RDF deployed a 850 strong Mechanised Infantry Battalion heavily armed to engage in emergency stabilisation to insecurity prone Bangui-CAR, where several armed militia were engaged.

The RDF peacekeepers conducted several peacekeeping operations in Bangui including opening a 700km road from Bangui to CAR-Cameroun border, protecting humanitarian assistance corridor connecting Bangui to Dual Port.

The RDF Peacekeepers have also been responsible for protecting Government officials including the President and other officials.

President Samba Panza on 21 January 2015 thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for intervening to restore peace in Central Africa Republic.

“We can’t forget to appreciate you. If you had not intervened, we do not know what could have happened. Thank you again”, she said.

The first batch of Rwanbatt1 returning from Bangui arrived at Kigali International Airport around 14hrs aboard RwandaAir.

On behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Brig Gen Aloys Muganga and other Senior Officers welcomed the peacekeepers at Kigali International Airport.

He congratulated them for their dedication, bravery, professionalism and discipline during their tour of duty in the UN mission.

“You were the first Rwandan contingent deployed in Central African Republic, where you greatly stabilised the situation under severe security challenges,” he said.

He called upon them to uphold that discipline at home as well.

 

 

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