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No Rwandan UN Peacekeeper killed or questioned in S. Sudan

Kigali, 25 November 2015

Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) would like to clarify that no Rwandan peacekeeper serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was killed on 23 November 2015 as reported by Bloomberg news and other media outlets.

Okech Francis reported for Bloomberg News on 23 November 2015 that, “A United Nations peacekeeper in South Sudan was shot dead at the mission’s base in the capital, Juba, with one of his colleagues being investigated over the incident, a spokeswoman said”.

The article further states that “Medics at the base’s clinic declared the Rwandan national dead of gunshot wounds on Monday morning, the UN mission’s acting spokeswoman, Shantal Persaud, said by phone from the city. A Rwandan peacekeeper is being questioned, she said”.<wbr />articles/2015-11-23/un-<wbr />peacekeeper-in-south-sudan-<wbr />shot-dead-colleague-questioned

RDF would like to state that no Rwandan peacekeeper was killed, and no Rwandan peacekeeper is being questioned.

“The facts are that a wounded peacekeeper from a friendly Troop Contributing Country serving in UNMISS was brought to The Rwandan Contingent Medical Clinic in Juba for treatment on Monday 23 November 2015. Unfortunately the peacekeeper died of the gunshot wounds he sustained in an incident that did not involve Rwandans”, clarified Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, RDF Spokesperson.

Rwanda sends condolences to the family of the deceased peacekeeper, the Troop Contributing Country and UNMISS for the loss of the peacekeeper, who dedicated his life to serve humanity.

Rwanda has requested UNMISS to correct the wrong information provided to the media.

Joseph Nzabamwita
Brigadier General
Defence and Military Spokesperson