The visit was in line with the “verification of MINUSCA units’ base camps” as well as the “service performance” of Protection Support Units (PSU) and Formed Police Units (FPU).
Mr. Yenigun was accompanied by MINUSCA Deputy Police Commissioner, Brig. Gen. Ossama el Moghazy and Director of UN Mission Management Support Section of Police Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jessica Van Der Werf.
They were received by Rwanda PSU 1-IV contingent commander, SSP Alex Fata, who guided them through a tour of their base camp assessing serviceability of the infrastructure and equipment of the unit, at the same time appraising their management.
He also briefed them about the contingents’ personnel, readiness, welfare and operations conducted since its arrival.
SSP Alex Fata thanked the MINUSCA leadership and the people of CAR for the continued support and close partnership that facilitate the unit’s effective discharge of its assigned duties.
The RWAPSU 1-IV was deployed in CAR in January this year and is in charge of the close protection of CAR and UN high profile authorities.
Among those under PSU protection is the Prime Minister of CAR, the Minister of Justice, President of National Assembly, the Special Representative of the UN secretary General to CAR (SRSG), escorting foreign visiting delegations in CAR, Protection of civilians and the execution of other special tasks assigned by the command of Joint-Task Force for Bangui (JTFB).
“We assure you that we shall sustain these efforts and commitment for the good of the people of CAR,” SSP Fata said.
Commissioner (Rtd) Yenigun commended Rwanda’s commitment to UN mandate and international peace, and thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for their “courage.”
“I am very delighted and impressed by the visit conducted today. Rwanda police achievements and contribution to UN missions is remarkable. We thank the Government of Rwanda for being among the leading police contributors to UN missions,” Yenigun said.
“Your good presentation, immeasurable efforts, and preparedness we observed during this visit, undoubtedly, show that you are performing to the standards required by the UN; keep it up.”
Rwanda maintains three Police contingents in Central African Republic (CAR); two FPUs and a PSU, each composed of 140 Police peacekeepers.
FPUs are charged with crowd control, conduct of patrols, protection of people in Internally Displaced Camps and escort duties, among others.
Other 29 Rwandan Police peacekeepers are Individual Police Officers (IPOs), who serve as mentors and advisers.