Bangui, 9 January 2018
Rwanda Peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) rehabilitated two bridges in Bangui to facilitate local citizens to transit easily in different localities. One of the two rehabilitated bridges is located in the 3rd Arrondissement and the second one in 5th Arrondissement.
The bridges rehabilitation project worths 22 million of francs CFA ($40,040) was conceived and implemented by Rwanda Peacekeepers in collaboration with a Non-Government Organisation HELPAGE-RWANDA PROGRAMMES through MINUSCA Quick Impact Project programme.
At the official handover ceremony, Lt Col Emmanuel NYIRIHIRWE, the Commanding Officer of Rwanbat3 that implemented the project noted that the project was conceived to facilitate communication and transit goods between different localities of Bangui. “Before the construction of these bridges, vehicles couldn’t cross, quick intervention by Peacekeepers was being delayed because of traveling long distances; local citizens could not transit from one locality to another”, Lt Col Emmanuel NYIRIHIRWE told local residents, beneficiaries of the project. He urged them to maintain peace and the inaugurated infrastructure.
In her remarks, the Vice Mayor of 3rd Arrondissement, Madam FITA KONA Marie Josepha thanked Rwandan Peacekeepers for the implementation of the project and their sense of humanitarian assistance. “The bridge was destroyed and became a source of flooding that brought about diseases like malaria. It was safe haven for some insects. We are relieved now and thank Rwandan peacekeepers for their love and continued support to our wellbeing”, she said.
On behalf of the MINUSCA, LUC Magloire ONDWA also congratulated Rwandan Peacekeepers for implementing such a project and their continued support to the people of Central African Republic. He also commended Rwandan Peacekeepers for their foresight in implementing the Mission Mandate of Protecting Civilians.