Bangui, 25 February 2017
The President of the Central African Republic, H.E Prof Faustin Archange TOUADERA awarded, Central African Recognition Medal (Médaille de Reconnaissance Centrafricaine) to 747 Officers and Men/Women of Rwanda Defence Force battalion (Rwabatt3) serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
The award ceremony was presided over by HE President prof Faustin Archange TOUADERA along with various members of his cabinet ministers.The event was held on 25 February at the President Office “Palais dela reconnaissance” in Bangui city.
In his Key note address the Head of State lauded the Government of Rwanda in general and Rwanda peacekeepers in particular for their professionalism, commitment at work and discipline. “All Central Africans, my government and myself appreciate the work done by you in joining our security forces to bring peace and stability in our Country, I thank you and congratulation for ending your mission successfully", said the President Touadéra.
Rwabatt3 Commanding Officer Lt Col Claver KIRENGA thanked HE the President of Central Africa Republic, his government and People of Central Africa Republic for their warm hospitality and spirit of collaboration.
He further, thanked MINUSCA leadership for guidance and confidence entrusted in Rwabatt3 peacekeepers to be part of Central Africans’ VIP protection including the President HE Toudéra. “I thank you, your Excellency for your guidance and I promise you that our successors will do more than what we did”, said Lt Col Kirenga.
Apart from the medals HE President Prof Touadéra also awarded Rwabatt3 Peacekeepers with recognition certificates of merits. The ceremony was also attended by members of Rwandan Diaspora in Central Africa Republic.