Peacekeeping: RNP rotates Protection Support Unit in CAR

By IGIHE
On 16 January 2020 at 04:00

Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Wednesday, rotated its Protection Support Unit (PSU) contingent serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The PSU composed of 140 Police officers, is one of the three Rwandan Police contingents deployed in CAR. Two others serve as Formed Police Units (FPU).
The PSU-4 safely arrived home at about 4:30 pm aboard the national carrier—RwandAir—after successfully completing their year-long tour-of-duty. Their arrival came a few hours after they were replaced by PSU-5 commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Valence Muhabwa.

Commissioner of Police (CP) Robert Niyonshuti, Commissioner for Training and development in RNP, saluted the rotated contingents at KigaliInternational Airport.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Dieudonne Binombe Mwiseneza, who guided PSU-4 back home, said that "we are happy to come back home safely."

"The whole contingent has come back home unharmed and safe with UN medals of service excellence," SP Binombe said.

"Our country believed in us and entrusted us with this duty of restoring peace in CAR, we have accomplished our duty. Now that we are here, the mission of ensuring safety and security continues back home."

Prior to their departure, PSU-5 commander, CSP Valence Muhabwa said that “we are taking up a challenging national duty but which we have been trained enough and equipped to face positively.”

“Our colleagues whom we are replacing got the same training as all those that have been there before, so we are taking up peacekeeping responsibilities that we have been prepared to face as a team with discipline and professionalism,” said CSP Muhabwa.

“Discipline, partnership with other peacekeepers and professional services, which were also part of our five-month pre-deployment training, are our pillars to a successful tour-of-duty.”

Whereas the PSU undertakes special duties assigned by the Joint Task-Force Commander and protection of high profile government and UN officials including CAR Prime Minister and MINUSCA Special Representative of the UN Secretary General; FPU contingents are charged with public order management, protection of internally displaced persons, key installations and infrastructures, patrols and escort duties, among others.

Rwanda National Police rotated its Protection Support Unit contingent serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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