140 Police Officers depart for Haiti peacekeeping mission
The Deputy Inspector of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda , on August 23, saluted off a contingent of 140 police peacekeepers who departed for a one-year mission under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
At Kigali International Airport, DIGP Marizamunda was flanked by several Police Commissioners and Senior Officers as he saluted off the Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Yahaya Kamunuga.
Prior to their departure, the contingent was briefed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, (DIGP) Dan Munyuza, who challenged the officers to maintain maximum discipline since they will be representing the image of Rwanda while the whole world will be looking at them.
“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 the one year of duty your of your motherland, you serve to the best of your ability and with maximum discipline,” said DIGP Munyuza in his briefing to the officers at RNP Headquarters.
He also briefed the officers on their role in preserving Rwanda’s image saying that; “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.”
The Deputy Police Chief further urged them to cooperate with and learn from other peacekeepers’ experience adding that “learning is continuous.”
The officers will serve as a protection force for the UN staffs, crowd control and help in aid distribution in internally displaced camps. It’s the eighth National Police rotation in the Caribbean nation.
The force which is also composed of 20 female officers goes to replace Rwanda FPU7 made up of 160 police officers scheduled to come back soon after a one year UN-mission.
The departed RWAFPU8 contingent brings the number of RNP officers who have served in Haiti under FPU since the maiden deployment in 2010, to 1120.