Kigali, 1 November 2017
Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has started relief in place of its peacekeepers deployed in Malakal, in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). 89 Infantry Battalion (InfBn) is relieving 75 InfBn that ended its tour of duty with UNMISS.
On 1 November 2017, 266 officers and other ranks of 89 Infantry Battalion departed from Kigali International Airport to Juba, South Sudan. The same batch of 75 Infantry Battalion arrived back home the same day from Malakal in South Sudan where they have been serving for the last 12 months.
On behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Maj Gen Alexis Kagame, 3 Division Commander welcomed the returning peacekeepers and congratulated them for a job well done and discipline displayed during their tour of duty.
“RDF is proud of your discipline and mission well accomplished, congratulations and continue upholding that discipline at home and during your future duties here in our country”he said.
While briefing the 89 Infantry Battalion departing for UNMISS, Brig Gen Eugene Nkubito, 2 Division Commander urged the Peacekeepers to maintain discipline and uphold RDF values.
“RDF has set good standards in peacekeeping mission, the 89 Bn should keep the good records and do even better, you should always focus on your mission of protecting civilians, your conduct and discipline should be very high bearing in mind that you are representing Rwanda”, he told the peacekeepers before boarding RwandAir aircraft at Kigali International Airport.
The rotation operation that kicks off today will be concluded on 9 November 2017 after airlifting rotating 1600 troops to and from Malakal, South Sudan.