Rwandan Peacekeepers conduct community work in Central African Republic
Rwanda’s Mechanised Infantry Battalion (RwaMechBatt1) serving in the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA), on 21st June, conducted community work “Umuganda” in the area of Ngaragba prison in CAR’s capital Bangui.
The Peacekeepers were joined by the local police, gendarmerie and local leaders in the area of Ngaragba. The aim of the community work was to clean the area surrounding Garagba prison and rehabilitate the road network heading to 4th Arrondissement, according to Rwandan contingent in MISCA who organised the community work.
After the community work, Rwanda Peacekeepers held a meeting with the local community and explained the essence of community work and its role in socio-economic development of a country.
“Umuganda as one of the Home Grown Solutions, undertaken on the last Saturday of every month in Rwanda is an initiative for self-reliance, development catalyst and dignity”, Major Bosco Muhizi told locals after the community work.
The peacekeepers introduced “umuganda” in the Central African Republic on 23 February 2014, by cleaning the areas surrounding their military camps hoping to extend the community work in the whole of Bangui and beyond with the help of local authorities and primary beneficiaries: the local population.
Ngaragba prison in the capital Bangui is under joint protection of Rwanda Peacekeepers and local gendarmerie.