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Rwanda Defence Force starts relief in place operation of its peacekeepers under MINUSCA

Kigali, 28 February 2018

The Rwanda Defence Force has kicked off the relief in place operation of its peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), in Bangui, the Capital of CAR on 28 February 2018.

The departing 3 Infantry Battalion (Rwanbatt 5 in MINUSCA) was briefed last Friday at Rwanda Military Academy Gako by the Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Jacques Musemakweli who urged the peacekeepers to portray high level degree of commitment, professionalism and team work while fulfilling their mission mandate.

“You should maintain the national flag high and make your nation proud by fulfilling the assigned mandate and tasks in the best way you can, even more than your predecessors as a way of maintaining the good image of Rwandan Peacekeepers at the international arena. You should also uphold high level of discipline and professionalism” Gen Musemakweli advised the peacekeepers. He emphasized that RDF has set good standards in peacekeeping mission and urged the departing troops to deliver even better.

The same message was echoed by Maj Gen Alex KAGAME, the RDF 3 Division Commander who saw off the Peacekeepers at Kigali International Airport. “We have much confidence in you, go and be the pride of Rwanda by doing a good job”, Gen Kagame advised.  

At the start of rotation this morning, the national Air Carrier (RwandAir) airlifted 240 RDF peacekeepers of the outgoing 3 Infantry Battalion to Bangui and returned with the same number of the incoming 13 Infantry Battalion who were welcomed back by Major General Mubarak Muganga, the RDF 1 Division Commander on behalf of the RDF Leadership. He congratulated them for a job well done, good conduct during their tour of duty and took the opportunity to remind incoming officers and other ranks of 13 infantry battalion to maintain high level of discipline and commitment in their tasks back home.

The routine relief in place operation of RDF peacekeepers under MINUSCA that kicks off today will be concluded on 4 March 2018 after airlifting 1500 troops from Kigali to Bangui and vice versa.