140 Police peacekeepers head to CAR

A contingent of 140 Police officers under Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU) will depart in four shifts to the Central African Republic (CAR) for a one year peacekeeping mission, effective today.
A cross section of Police peacekeepers to be deployed in CAR during de-briefing at Police headquarters in Kacyiru yesterday. (Courtesy)
A cross section of Police peacekeepers to be deployed in CAR during de-briefing at Police headquarters in Kacyiru yesterday. (Courtesy)

A contingent of 140 Police officers under Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU) will depart in four shifts to the Central African Republic (CAR) for a one year peacekeeping mission, effective today.

The contingent led by Chief Superintendent Benoit Kayijuka includes 14 females.

Rwanda becomes the first nation to deploy Police peacekeepers under the United Nations Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (Minusca).

The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, during the pre-deployment briefing at the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru, yesterday, challenged the officers to focus on the mission mandate.

“Work in accordance with the mission boundaries and area of responsibility and be good ambassadors,” IGP Gasana said.

He urged the peacekeepers to keep the Rwandan flag high by observing maximum discipline, professionalism and upholding Rwandan values.

“Rwanda, against all odds, has managed to build its self from previous dark history; it is therefore imperative that we step out and help other nations that are going through the same situation,” he added.

Gasana appealed to the officers to use their policing experience to bring about peace and stability in Central Africa Republic.

“Give more and learn more, work as a team and be result-oriented,” the IGP said.

Currently, Rwanda maintains 528 Police peacekeepers in eight United Nations missions.

The contingent commander, Chief Superintendent Kayijuka said they will focus on the “success of their mandate.”

“We have been given a mantle to represent our country and we will make sure that we make our country proud,” CSP Kayijuka said.

The contingent will be based in the capital Bangui and will be conducting patrols, ensure protection of VIPs, key installations and other escort duties. 

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