KIGALI - Canada has donated 12 patrol vehicles to the Rwanda National Police to help in driver training of police personnel selected for deployment to the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and other peace missions.
The vehicles were donated through the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) which will also provide the training for instructors.
“Sudan is our priority, and we look forward to future collaboration between the government of Canada and the government of Rwanda in such endeavours,” Richard Le Bars, who represented the Canadian Government said.
Le Bars, a Political Counsellor, from the Nairobi-based Canadian High Commission added that his government is looking forward to further partnership with Rwanda in peace keeping missions.
The Commissioner General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, thanked the Canadian government and described to the support as timely.
“We believe this is going to enhance our capabilities as we prepare to go to various UN peacekeeping missions, in particular the Sudan and others like Haiti,” Gasana said.
Over 150 Rwandan police personnel are serving in six field missions worldwide, including the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).