In the context of the ongoing Army Week, RDF Special Operations Forces (SoF) Brigade military personnel have donated blood to the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) at the Bigogwe SoF barracks, in Nyabihu.
SoF Brigade Commander, Brig Gen Innocent Kabandana, explained the blood donation was organised in the framework of the ongoing Army Week activities countrywide, aimed at improving socioeconomic development and the welfare of citizens.
“We have organized this activity to contribute to the Army Week, as RDF is currently engaged in different activities that include infrastructure development, agricultural and environmental protection activities and free medical services”, Kabandana noted. “We feel that blood donation is a human activity and good culture to adopt in order to save the lives of people” he added.
He also emphasized that winning the Liberation battle was one thing, but that it was not enough. “RDF has also the responsibility of contributing to national development,” he said.
During the blood donation in Bigogwe SoF Camp, 387 blood units were collected.
Alexia Mukamazimpaka from Rwanda Biomedical Centre commended Rwanda Defence Force for the good example to other citizens.
“We collect blood from Rwanda Defence Force at least every 3 months; this is a commitment they have made,” she said. “It is a huge contribution to national blood stock that can now satisfy blood demand from all hospitals across the country.”
During the Army Week 2017, which was launched on 4 May, RDF will provide free medical services, infrastructure development, agricultural and environmental protection activities. The exercise will be conducted countrywide for two months.
In the city of kigali, the Army Week launching activities were conducted in Kicukiro, Gasabo and Nyarugenge Districts.
In Kicukiro, the Army Week inauguration was marked by planting of vegetables in Mushumbamwiza marshland; the initiation of renovation works for a 500m feeder road connecting Busanza to Gahanga Sector through Kagarama. The guest of honour was Infrastructure Minister James Musoni, accompanied by the RDF Chief of Defense Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba.
In Nyarugenge, where the Minister of Local Government Francis Kaboneka officiated the Army Week launching, a feeder road was rehabilitated for a distance of 1,500m. Addressing the local population, Kaboneka urged them to own the Army week activities as they are the first beneficiaries of the support provided the military.
In the Eastern Province, the Army Week 2017 was officially launched in Nyagatare District, where the Minister of Defence Gen James Kabarebe was the guest of honour, accompanied by Eastern Province Governor, Kazayire Judith and other officials.
The launching activities were marked by the rehabilitation of Rurenge bridge and the provision of potable water facility to more than 3500 Ryabega and Marongero residents. Kabarebe also laid a foundation stone for the construction six classrooms and 24 toilets in Ndama Cell, Karangazi Sector.
“Our joint efforts have allowed this country to achieve progress in different areas, thanks to the visionary leadership of HE President Kagame who said in 1992 that the then Rwanda Patriotic Army would be the foundation of Rwanda’s transformation”, Kabarebe told Nyagatare residents.
In Western Province, a similar ceremony was held in Rutsiro and Nyamasheke Districts. In Rutsiro, the launching ceremony was officiated by Hon Geraldine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture, alongside Lt Gen Fred Ibingira, the RDF RFCOS, among other officials.
In Nyamasheke, the guest of honour was the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, accompanied by the RDF Chief J9, Maj Gen Jack Nziza.
In Southern Province, the Army Week launching ceremony was held in Gisagara District. The Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs Alivera Mukabaramba was the guest of honour, along with the RDF AFCOS, Brig Gen Charles Karamba.
In Nothern Province, the Army Week was launched in Gakenke District, presided over by Patrick Ndimubanzi, State Minister in Ministry of Health together with the RDF ACOS, Maj Gen Jacques Musemakweli.