Rwanda Defence Force has completed the rotation exercise for RDF peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), 4 Inf Bn replacing 19 Inf Bn.
On this Sunday 19 March 2017, the last group of 263 RDF personnel departed for Juba aboard RwandAir Aircraft, while 253 concluding their Tour of Duty under UNMISS were received at Kigali International Airport (KIA).The rotation exercise had started on 12 March 2017.
Addressing the departing peacekeepers on behalf of the RDF Leadership, the 201 Brigade Commander, Col Alex Kayumba urged them to uphold RDF values and be good ambassadors of Rwanda. He strongly recommended them also to perform their duties throughout their Tour of Duty with commitment and professionalism.
The last batch of 19 Inf Bn peacekeepers arrived home along with the Commanding Officer, Lt Col John Ndengeyinka. “We have performed many operations and all were conducted successfully”, he declared. He further explained some of the challenges they went through especially when armed fighting erupted in Juba last year. “We received 5 thousands IDPs that sought refuge in our Base Camp in Juba in July 2016. They spent 3 months with us and I’m happy to say that they received protection and good treatment by our forces”, Col? Ndengeyinka pointed out.
Apart from security related duties, Lt Col Ndengeyinka said that they also performed civil military activities including roads maintenance, providing water to IDPs, medical outreach and school kits distribution to pupils at Kapuri School.
Col A Kayumba welcomed and congratulated the returning peacekeepers for the good job done during their tour of duty. He updated the peacekeepers on Rwanda’s current progress and urged them to continue playing their role so that the country can achieve more.
He asked them also to maintain discipline and be ready for future duties they will be assigned to.