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DIGP Marizamunda tour RNP peacekeeping units in CAR

The Deputy Inspector of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, on August 10, toured various Rwanda National Police (RNP) peacekeeping units serving under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and urged them to stay focused and maintain their readiness on their mission.

The tour-of-duty aims at morale-boosting the peacekeepers as well as assessing areas where they can be reinforced to maintain their maximum and professional execution of their mandate.

Rwanda maintains about 450 police peacekeepers under MINUSCA, with 420 of them forming three contingents – two Formed Police Units and a Protection Support Unit (PSU) – each composed of 140 peacekeepers.

Others are Individual Police Officers (IPOs), who work as mentors and advisors.
While briefing the peacekeepers in their separate base camps, DIGP Marizamunda commended them for their commitment and sacrifice to ensure that Rwandan values of peace and stability are shared with the people of CAR and the people of Africa in general.

The DIGP also inspected contingent owned equipment (CoE) of the FPU and PSU units.

The Deputy IGP also paid a courtesy call to the MINUSCA deputy special representative of the secretary-General Najat Rochdi, who is also the Humanitarian Coordinator, and MINUSCA Police Commissioner Brig Gen Roland Zamora.

Both the coordinator and Police Commissioner commended the professionalism and discipline of the Rwandan police peacekeepers in assuring safety of the citizens.

The FPU contingent deployed to protect internally displaced persons in Kaga-Bandoro, about 400km from the capital Bangui, were recently praised by the UN, in particular for putting their lives on the line to protect civilians when they were attacked by ex-seleka rebels.

The Rwandan peacekeepers captured some of the rebels and their weapons.

Meanwhile, DIGP Marizamunda assured the UN officials of Rwanda’s commitment to continue to contribute to peace building in CAR and other countries, and maintenance of force professionalism.

RNP maintains over 1000 peacekeepers in five UN missions.


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