[PHOTOS]: Thousands join Rwanda peacekeepers in CAR to celebrate 24th liberation anniversary
More than 5000 people including senior government and UN officials in Central Africa Republic as well as residents in the capital Bangui, yesterday, joined Rwandan Police and military peacekeepers serving in the central African nation to celebrate the 24th Liberation anniversary.
The celebration activities presided over by the Right Hon. Prime Minister of CAR, Simplice Sarandji, were held at the base camp of the Rwandan military peacekeepers-- Rwanbatt5--in M’Poko in Bangui.
Right Hon. Prime Minister of CAR, Simplice Sarandji.
The occasion was also graced by the Special Representative of UN Secretary General, Pafait Onanga-Ayanga and the Deputy Force commander of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA), Brig Gen Traore Sadiki.
The Rwandan diaspora in CAR also joined the celebrations.
Special Representative of UN Secretary General, Pafait Onanga-Ayanga.
In his speech, Premier Sarandji thanked President Paul Kagame for his exemplary leadership and for restoring order, peace, security and social-economic development of the citizens and the country in general.
"Everyone knows that catastrophic history of Rwanda; the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, which totally destroyed this country," the Prime Minister said.
He added: "No doubt, the commitment of Rwandans come from their history of resilience. Today, Rwanda is the role model for countries experiencing or devastated by war and conflicts."
He further said that the "Central Africa Republic people recognize support Rwanda provides through MINUSCA for the CAR people to give them hope that they will overcome the conflicts and insecurity."
On his part, Hon Onanga also commended Rwanda's contribution to international peace support operations saying that "it's a "commitment observed by everyone under the visionary leadership of President Paul Kagame."
Rwanda maintains over 450 police peacekeepers in CAR.