Rwandan peacekeepers awarded for foiling CAR protests
Bangui, 16 January 2016
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) decorated Rwanda Peacekeepers (Rwabatt2) with UN Peacekeeping Medal in recognition of their commitment, professionalism and discipline on duty while serving in the Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR).
The medal parade ceremony to RDF battalion (Rwabatt2), MINUSCA Military Observers and Staff Officers was held in Bangui SOCATEL MPOKO Military Camp on 16 January 2016 and presided over by Deputy UN Secretary General Special Representative in CAR Ambassador Diane Corner.
The Chief Personnel (Chief U1) Lt Col Mensah, while reading MINUSCA Citation, lauded Rwanda Defence Forces Peacekeepers who thwarted the attempted attack on CAR Presidential Palace on 28 September 2015. At the time, the demonstrators tried to capture Catherine Samba Panza Palace when she was on Official mission abroad. The Peacekeepers contained the demonstration professionally and foiled the attack on Presidential Palace.
â€œYou firmly stand and protected State Power Organs and the Presidential Palace, now all the Government Institutions are on good move, thank you for this courageous actâ€, he said.
The colourful medal parade ceremony was graced by Minister in CAR Presidency Office Charles Kenguembat, MINUSCA Force Commander Maj Gen Balla Keita, Joint Task Force Commander Brig Gen Francis Kasempa, local population and other invited guests.