Peacekeeping: Rwanda rotates Protection Support Unit in CAR

On 16 May 2021 at 04:21

Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Saturday, May 15, rotated its Protection Support Unit (PSU) contingent serving under the UN Multidimentional Integration Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

PSU1-6 of 140 officers commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Innocent Rutagarama Kanyamihigo left Kigali International Airport at about 9am, aboard the national carrier, RwandAir.

They replaced PSU1-5, which safely returned home later in the day after 16 months of successful tour-of-duty.

Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, Commissioner for Public Relations and Media and RNP spokesperson, presided over the departure and arrival of the two contingents, on behalf of RNP leadership.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Gilbert Musoni guided the replaced contingent back home.

Prior to the deployment of PSU1-6, the contingent was briefed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye, who urged them to uphold Rwanda’s peacekeeping reputation and be good ambassadors.

While addressing the replaced contingent, CP Kabera thanked the officers for their service.

"Welcome back home, you left before the outbreak of the pandemic of Covid-19 either in Rwanda or in your mission area; your country commends you for dedication, selfless service and successful peacekeeping duty despite the conditions and challenges posed by this pandemic," CP Kabera told the officers.

The officers will be tested for Covid-19 before joining their families.

CP Kabera urged them to continue observing the national directives and health guidelines on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

CSP Kanyamihigo, the contingent commander of the newly deployed unit, said prior to their departure, that they received enough training and guidance to enable them accomplish their duties.

SP Musoni, on his part, thanked all officers of PSU1-5 for their commitment and teamwork.

"It was a challenging situation due to the threat of Coronavirus, but we stayed focused to our mission as a team while observing the health guidelines," said SP Musoni.

He added: "We conducted various duties including ensuring the security of CAR Prime Minister and other high profile government and UN officials. We also protected the key national infrastructure and contributed to social welfare of citizens.

We are grateful to be back home safely, and we are ready to continue serving our country."