Rwanda Concludes Darfur Peacekeeping Mission


information pills geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The last batch of troops arrived at Kigali International Airport on Saturday night.

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story geneva; font-size: small;”>The Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Maj Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi received them at the Airport on behalf of the Chief of Defence, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba. Other RDF officers and men were also present to welcome them.

The ACOS congratulated the troops for a good job well done in a period of nine month of duty in Darfur.

“We have been following your activities, the reports we received showed that you have done well. You were good ambassadors of the country and this is why we came here to congratulate you in the name of RDF leadership and Rwandans in general”.

The end of the mission came just six days when a Rwandan Peacekeeper was killed in a deadly ambush.

The incident occurred on November 24 near Kabkabiya, North Darfur.

The army said the Non-Commissioned Officer serving in Rwanbatt 40 (31 Infantry Battalion) was killed in line of duty, while serving the people of Darfur, through African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

The deceased peacekeeper was together with 60 RDF Soldiers escorting a convoy to Kunguru from Kabkabiya when they were ambushed by unidentified armed assailants.

“He heroically confronted the assailants, but was fatally wounded. He was evacuated to Level II Hospital where he unfortunately died,” Nzabamwita said then.

Maj Gen Kamanzi urged the soldiers to build on the experience they acquired in mission so as to enrich Rwanda Defence Force both at home and during other missions outside.

The RDF Spokesperson, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, said that the relieved contingent headed by Col Ludoviko Mugisha performed different activities in addition of security duties while in mission.

“They built 12 classrooms, 2 health centers, energy saving stoves known as rondereza and other environmental projects for Darfurians. RDF is continuing its endeavor towards working with other nations to foster peace in the world through peacekeeping mission”, he added.

Brig Gen Nzabamwita further said “Our Officers and men have done a good job. They attribute this to discipline and good leadership both at home and in the mission area, where Brig Gen Norbert Kalimba, Joint Chief of Staff of UNAMID and Col Willy Bagabe, Sector Commander work closely with both the Contingent to achieve their mission”.

Rwanda is the sixth major troop and police contributing country worldwide with military and police officers serving in different countries under UN missions including South Sudan, Sudan, Mali, Haiti, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast.


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