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Rwanda Defence Force kicks off Relief in Place Operation for its troops under UNMISS

Kigali, 26 March 2018

The Rwanda Defence Force started, on 26 March, the relief in place operation of its peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. 4 Infantry Battalion under command of Lt Col Vianney Cuba is relieved by 17 Infantry Battalion led by Lt Col Eugene Karegeya.

 Lt Col Vianney Cuba uyobora Batayo ya 4 aha impanuro abarangije ubutumwa ubwo biteguraga kugaruka mu Rwanda

The departing 17 Infantry Battalion was briefed last Saturday by the Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Lieutenant General Jacques Musemakweli who urged the peacekeepers to portray high level of discipline and professionalism.

“You should maintain a very high level of discipline and execute your duties with professionalism. Your predecessors have set strong standards and you should keep that performance or even go beyond. Keep our national flag high and make your nation proud by fulfilling the assigned mandate” the ACOS advised the peacekeepers. He also urged them to remain cautious on the challenging peacekeeping environment.

The Contingent Commander(2nd front), Lt Col Eugene Karegeya leads troops to board RwandAir, yesterday at Kigali International Airport

At the start of the rotation, the national Air Carrier (RwandAir) airlifted 266 RDF peacekeepers of the outgoing 17 Infantry Battalion to Juba. They were seen off at Kigali International Airport by Brig Gen Eugene Nkubito, 2 Division Commander.

2 Division Commander, Brig Gen Nkubito adresses troops before departure to the mission

RwandAir returned with 270 troops of the incoming 4 Infantry Battalion. At the Airport, the troops were welcomed back by Major General Alexis Kagame, the RDF 3 Division Commander.

In his welcoming brief, the RDF 3 Division Commander wished a warm welcome back at home. He further told the returning peacekeepers that RDF appreciated the job well done and their discipline for the last 12 months of tour of duty in UNMISS.

3 Division Commander, Maj Gen A Kagame welcoming peacekeepers from Juba

The routine relief in place operation of RDF peacekeepers under UNMISS that kicked off on 26 March will be concluded on 4 April 2018 after airlifting 1700 troops from Kigali to JUBA and vice versa.