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RDF relieves its peacekeepers in Central Africa Republic

Kigali, 29 February 2016
Rwanda Defence Force has started Relief in Place operation for Rwanda Battalion (Rwanbatt2) deployed in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA). The first batch of 150 Officers and Men of Rwandan Battalion 3 (RwanBatt3) were airlifted on 29 February 2016 aboard RwandAir to Bangui, Central African Republic. Rwanbatt3 is led by Lt Col Claver Kirenga who left for Bangui with the first batch.

The operation will conclude on 3rd March 2016 where a total of 750 troops ending their tour of one year will be relieved by the same number in the mission area.

Brig Gen Emmy Ruvusha (2nd Division Commander) who saw them off before their departure, urged them to maintain high discipline and be “ambassadors” of Rwanda. “You are all aware that RDF success relies on discipline, be focused on your mission and keep your discipline very high bearing in mind that you are representing Rwanda”, he briefed the peacekeepers at Kigali International Airport.

The first batch of Rwanbatt2 returning from Bangui arrived at Kigali International Airport around 19:30 Hrs aboard RwandAir.

On behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Brig Gen Emmy Ruvusha and other Senior Officers welcomed the peacekeepers at Kigali International Airport.  He congratulated them for their dedication and discipline during their tour of duty in the MINUSCA and called upon them to uphold that discipline at home as well.

Rwanda Peacekeepers in MINUSCA keep security in different parts of Bangui Town, and are responsible for security of the Presidential Palace and other key national installations in Bangui.

Rwanda is currently the 5th biggest UN Troop and Police Contributing Country serving in International Peacekeeping around the world.