Bangui, 12 January 2018
Rwanda peacekeepers of RWANBATT 4 serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were decorated with United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping medals in recognition for the professionalism and selfless service in carrying out their duties of bringing peace and stability in Central Africa Republic (CAR). The medal decoration ceremony was held at SOCATEL M’POKO CAMP, the RWANBATT 4 Base Camp in BANGUI, on 12 Jan 2018.
The medal award ceremony was presided over by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG), His Excellency Parfait ONANGA ANYANGA.
He commended Rwanda peacekeepers for the hard work, courage and dedication they are demonstrating on the ground while providing security and protection to the Central Africa Republic population. “I would like to recognize the commendable efforts of everyone here on parade and honor your dedicated service here in CAR. Your efforts and professionalism are highly regarded and you make a valuable contribution to MINUSCA. Wear these medals as proud and worthy ambassadors of your country and of the United Nations that you are”, the SRSG said while awarding medals to Rwandan Peacekeepers.
In his remarks, the Rwandan Contingent Commander, Lt Col Emmanuel NYIRIHIRWE, said that the medals awarded will be a motivation to their renewed commitment to the fulfillment of the duties ahead to bring peace to brothers and sisters in CAR. He expressed his profound gratitude for the cooperation and support extended to RWANBATT 4 by both MINUSCA and the Joint Task Force Bangui leaderships that led the unit operations to its success. He also congratulated his troops for the discipline, the selfless service and the high level of performance demonstrated during execution of their duties and urged them to keep it up till the end of their tour.
Among other dignitaries who attended the event were the MINUSCA Force Commander, Lt Gen BALA KEITA, the Deputy Force Commander Maj Gen Daniel SIDIKI TRAORE, the Joint Task Force Bangui Commander Brig Gen Mohamed SELLUM.
The event was also attended by Members of parliament, local leaders of the 3rd, 5th and 7th Arrondissements and local population. The colorful event was also marked by a military parade and culture troop performance by RWANBATT 4.