Bangui, 24 December 2015
The President of the Central African Republic, H.E Catherine Samba Panza awarded Central African Recognition Medal (Médaille de Reconnaissance Centrafricaine) to 737 Officers and Men of Rwanda Defence Forces serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
The awards ceremony presided over by H.E Samba Panza was held on 24 December 2015 at the Office of The President in the capital Bangui was also attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Rangba representing the Prime Minister, Ministers, Ministers Conseillers at the Office of the President and other official dignitaries.
The President of the Transition Government of CAR awarded RDF Battalion under MINUSCA (RWABATT 2) in general with "Médaille de Reconnaissance Centrafricaine" for their professionalism and contribution to peace and stability of the Central African Republic.
President Samba Panza decorated Rwanda Battallion Commanding Officer (RWABATT 2 CO) with "Grade de Commandeur", other RDF Senior and Junior Officers received "Grade d'Officier" , while other ranks received "Grade de Chevalier".
During the coloufull ceremony, the Commanding Officer of RWABATT 2, Lt Col Egide Ndayizeye thanked H.E The President for the recognition medal to Rwanda Defence Forces Officers and Men, MINUSCA leadership for their full support in fullfiling the Mission Mandate. He also thanked the Staff in The Office of The President for their cooperation and RWABATT 2 members for their courage and professionalsm during their tour of duty in MINUSCA.
RWABATT 2 who were represented at the ceremony by 25 Officers led by RWABATT 2 Commanding Officer, Lt Col Egide Ndayizeye together with invited dignitaries were thereafter hosted by the President to a Cocktail in The Presidency.