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Rwandan Peacekeepers in Malakal decorated with UN service medals

Malakal, 19 May 2017

The UN Mission in South Sudan on 19 May 2017 decorated Rwandan Peacekeepers (Rwanbatt2) based in Malakal with UN service medals.

Mr Paul Egunsola the Mission Chief of Staff who presided over the medal parade ceremony hailed the Government of Rwanda and Rwandan Peacekeepers in Malakal in particular. 

“On behalf of the Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr David Shearer, I express my gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for its important contribution and sustained commitment to UN peacekeeping operations in different parts of the world since 2004. Rwanda has risen to become one of the top contributors of peacekeepers with now over 6,100 Rwandan Peacekeepers deployed in UN missions worldwide”, he said.

The Guest of Honour further commended Rwandan battalion troops in Malakal (Rwanbatt2) for their quick response in different crises.

 “In Bunj in December 2016, after having just arrived in the mission, your troops displayed courage and initiative to rescue humanitarian staff when fighting broke out between refugees and Mabanese forces in that area. As recently as this month, Rwanbatt2 troops deployed at short notice in Aburoc on the west bank of the River Nile – in support of our humanitarian partners efforts to provide aid to over 20,000 displaced people. Your battalion has been commended for swift deployment to Aburoc which immediately saw a return of humanitarian staff in the area”, Mr Engunsola pointed out.

In his remarks the Rwanbatt2 Commanding Officer, Lt Col Joseph MWESIGYE thanked Rwanbatt2 officers and other ranks for the good job they are doing in the mission area and reminded them to uphold the key RDF values “that have defined who we are”.

Lt Col Mwesigye appreciated also UNMISS leadership support. “I extend my appreciation to UNMISS leadership, the Force HQ and in particular Sector North Leadership, for their tireless involvement and support that make a success our day to day operations, as well as our stay in MALAKAL, BUNJ and ABUROC”, Col Mwesigye noted. 

The medal parade ceremony was attended by other officials that included the Head of Field office Upper Nile State, Madam Hazel Dewet; the UNMISS Force Chief of Staff  Brig Gen Robert LOWTH; the Sector North Comd, Brig Gen Xie Zhijun and the Governor of Central Upper Nile State, HE James TOR MUNYBUNY, representing the government of South Sudan, among others.