Central African Republic Prime Minister, Hon Andre Nzapayeke and other Ministers joined Rwanda Mechanised Infantry Battalion (Rwamechbat1) deployed in AU peace mission in Bangui to end seven day national mourning in 20th Commemoration of genocide against Tutsi.
The ceremony took place on 13 April 2014 in SOCATEL MPOKO barracks, Bangui, where Rwandan peacekeepers have their headquarters.
Rwamechbat1 Commanding Officer, Lt Col J Paul Karangwa expressed gratitude to CAR Government and International Community Officials who stayed with Rwanda during the week long mourning period.
He particularly thanked Bangui citizens that attended day to day discussions organized by Rwandan peacekeepers in Bangui. Citizens in Bangui turned in big numbers reaching to an average of 400 people per day to attend discussions on genocide, organized by Rwandan peacekeepers in Bangui.
The citizens asked questions on how Rwanda Patriotic Army stopped the genocide, how Rwanda reconciled its people and how the country is rebuilding. They got explanations from the peacekeepers and watched films to get more clarifications.
While closing the mourning period, Prime Minister, Hon Andre Nzapayeke said that the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda gives lessons to the World and particularly to the Central Africa Republic currently ravaged by ethnic and religious killings.
Prime Minister told the citizens that after watching films and attending discussions on background of genocide and its consequences and Rwanda rebuilding, this should give enough lessons to build peace.
"Machetes should be used in activities that give produce to the country and not for killing people” warned Prime Minister. He urged them to get experience on Rwanda that has privileged development, unity and reconciliation instead of hatred and conflict. “Rwanda has become a role model of development in Africa”, he said
Minister Nzapayeke thanked Rwanda Mechanized Infantry Battalion for achieving a lot on security in a short period they have now spent in Central African Republic.
“We want you to bring your experience and train our Armed Forces because we have no need to look for other foreign trainers when you are here and can do that” he said.
The Prime Minister hailed the courage of Rwandan soldiers, their discipline and professionalism and comforted those wounded in different military operations in CAR.
The ceremony was also attended by Minister of security, Mr Denis Wangao Kizimalet, Minister of defence, Gen Thomas Tchimangwa, Minister in presidency office, Mr Jean Jacques Demafouth, MISCA Force Commander, Brig Gen Martin Toumenta Chomu, AU and UN officials among others.