Rwanda sends a contingent of Mechanized Infantry in S. Sudan

By IGIHE
On 10 February 2018 at 03:30

A contingent of 920 Rwanda Defence Force’s (RDF) Mechanized Infantry Battalion has set off from Kigali to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The contingent led by Col Frank Karakire departed from Kigali International Airport on Saturday at around 10:00am to Juba.

Though Rwanda has other units in different regions of South Sudan, it is the first time to deploy such unit.

Speaking to the media, the RDF spokesperson, Lt Col Innocent Munyengango said that the mission of the contingent is to protect civilians in Juba City.

“Their mission is to protect civilians and Juba City, it means that their prime responsibility is to protect everything in Juba,” he said.

He said that the contingent was briefed on discipline before the departure, but added that Rwandans always exhibit good discipline in their missions.

“As others always do, that unit should also perform well the responsibilities,” he added.

Currently, Rwanda has 6274 soldiers in different peace-keeping missions. In South Sudan alone, there are over 2300 from different units.

The deployment follows a United Nations Security Resolution number 2304 of 2016 of 12 August 2016 that decided the deployment of a Regional Protection Force to the UNMISS.


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