Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Engineer Brigade has demolished over 55 tons of unexploded ordnance and expired explosives at RDF Gabiro Training Centre domain, this site http://cultnews.com/wp-includes/query.php in Gatsibo District.
The event which was organized in partnership with the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and National Security Organs was officiated by the RDF Army Chief of Staff, drugs http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-includes/shortcodes.php Maj Gen Jacques Musemakweli on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff.
Also Present was the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) Executive Secretary, http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/crawler/ext_localconf.php Theoneste Mutsindashyaka.
In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Jacques Musemakweli said that the demolition is clear demonstration of Rwanda’s continued commitment to the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol for the prevention, control and reduction of small arms and light weapons in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, to which Rwanda is a party.
“A total of 52,807 tons of ammunitions were destroyed in Rwanda between 1994 and 2011 and this time round over 55 tons are being destroyed,” he said.
“I wish to highlight that our joint efforts are not futile, as the results in terms of enhanced security of Rwanda showcase”, Gen Musemakweli said thanking all partners in this programme.
RECSA Executive Secretary, Mr Theoneste Mutsindashyaka commended the Government of Rwanda for many interventions aimed at prevention, control and reduction of Small and Light Weapons (SALW) proliferation.
Among other commendable undertaken actions, he mentioned the marking and electronic record of Arms by both Police and the Military, community policing for public awareness and prevention of crimes, as well as the harmonization of Legislation on SALW.
He thanked in particular the US Government for supporting RECSA programmes aimed at curbing illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Other guests present at the function included the Mayor of Gatsibo, Gasana Richard; RECSA National Focal Point, In Charge of Small Arms and Light weapons in the Ministry of Internal Security, Misingo Karara Emmanuel; Defence Attachés of the Republics of Soudan, Tanzania and Uganda as well as the US Deputy Defence Attaché to Rwanda.