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Sri Lanka Defence Services Command and Staff College on international study tour in Rwanda

Kigali, 10 August 2017

A delegation of 16 members from Sri Lanka Defence Services Command and Staff College led by Col GMCKB Ekanayake is visiting Rwanda from 09 to 22 August 2017.

On 10 August, Col GMCKB Ekanayake and his delegation visited Rwanda Defence Force Headquarters and Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.

At the RDF Headquarters, Col GMCKB Ekanayake and his delegation were received by Brig Gen Charles Karamba, the Air Force Chief of Staff on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.

After the meeting and presentation on RDF roles and functions both at home and at international level, Col GMCKB Ekanayake expressed his deep gratitude to RDF for the warm welcome and for its contribution to national transformation after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“Our visit to Rwanda aims at learning from Rwanda Defence Force achievements and how they are progressing, how the RDF has amalgamated the army for the benefit of the nation. How they have reconciled their people and rebuilt the nation”, Col Ekanayake told the Media. “We have also come to witness the level of professionalism of RDF, it is a unique experience seeing where Rwanda is coming from”, he added.

Col Ekanayake and his delegation also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay respect to the Victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. After a guided tour to the Memorial, the Sri Lanka Defence Forces Head of delegation said that the international community should work together to avoid the recurrence of Genocide elsewhere in the world.

 “All of us being humans and when we see this type of tragedy it is very hard to understand to every one of us. But as humans it is our duty and responsibility to fight against such things to happen again in any nation or in our country”, he emphasized. “We so much appreciate the leadership of HE Paul Kagame and the effort to develop the country”, he added.

The Director General in charge of Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Defence, Brig Gen Ferdinand Safari explained that the visit translates the good partnership existing between Rwanda and Sri Lanka. “The delegation has come to visit RDF in the line of learning from us how we work or how we have built ourselves and to see if there is something they can learn from our experiences”, he said. He further revealed that Sri Lanka is currently hosting 20 RDF Students undertaking Engineering Courses.

During their stay in Rwanda, the delegation from Sri Lanka Defence Services Command and Staff College will visit some of RDF Military Academies/College including Rwanda Peace Academy and RDF Command and Staff College in Musanze and Rwanda Military Academy-Gako. They will learn from Defence projects such as Credit and Saving Society (CSS) and Military Medical Insurance (MMI). They will also tour some public and private institutions in the country.