A contingent of 140 police peacekeepers on Wednesday left for a one-year mission under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah).
At Kigali International Airport, the deputy inspector of police in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda, and other police commissioners and senior officers saluted off the Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent headed by assistant commissioner of police Yahaya Kamunuga.
The contingent had also been briefed by the DIGP in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, who challenged the officers to maintain discipline as they will represent Rwanda.
“You have been well prepared for the mission but during your tour of duty, you are required to exhibit the highest level of integrity. Ensure that in this one year of duty for your motherland, you serve to the best of your ability and with maximum discipline,” Munyuza said.
“Rwanda’s exceptionality has been achieved through joint efforts including your fellow officers who have effectively served in peacekeeping missions. You also need to uphold these achievements,” he said.
He further urged them to cooperate with other peacekeepers and learn from their experience.
The officers will serve as a protection force for UN staff and for crowd control, and help in aid distribution in internally displaced camps. It’s the eighth police rotation in Haiti.
The force which includes 20 female officers replaces Rwanda FPU7 made up of 160 officers.
The departed RWAFPU8 contingent brings the number of RNP officers who have served in Haiti under FPU since the first deployment in 2010, to 1120.