The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, on Thursday, October 8, reminded 176 officers set to be deployed under the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to put the "Rwandan spirit" ahead in their peacekeeping duties.
The officers under Formed Police Unit Two (FPU-2) contingent are commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Carlos Kabayiza.
They are scheduled to depart this Friday to replace another contingent, which operates in Juba and expected back home later the same day after a successful 18 months tour-of-duty.
At least 20 percent of the contingent set to be deployed, are women.
The pre-deployment briefing held at Police Training School (PTS) in Gishari, Rwamagana District, was conducted under strict Covid-19 prevention measures such as social distancing, wearing facemask and washing hands.
Also present at the briefing was the Deputy IGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda and other commissioners in RNP.
Munyuza reminded the officers that being a Rwandan supersedes their individual names, ranks and the unit as it guides them on what they stand for in any national duty.
"Time has come, after six months of training, for you to take up another big national task of creating impact in bringing about peace and security for the people of South Sudan. You had the best training and in a conducive environment, what remains is your seriousness, discipline and commitment in executing what you were trained to do," Munyuza told the officers.
He urged them to serve with commitment, aim higher, respect, support and guide each other adding that "there is no tolerance for indiscipline."
"Protect the Rwandan image, which can be tainted by the character and actions of one individual officer. You are replacing a unit that is highly credited for its maximum discipline and professionalism; protect that legacy and further build on it."
The Police Chief further reminded them of their duty to protect civilians and their property, which equally requires their respect for diversity and resilience in any challenging situations.
"Always have constructive ideas and deeds that bring your colleagues and the entire unit to collective understanding and professional performance. RNP must be defined by maximum discipline and professional character as set in the guidance by His Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda; nothing less."
Munyuza emphasised that the set professional line must be maintained. He urged the officers to always be fit for their good health, ensure proper hygiene and proper maintenance of their equipment.
The contingent will be deployed after 14 days in quarantine and having tested negative for COVID-19 and given certificates.