A contingent of Formed Police Unit (FPU) made up of 160 police officers, over the weekend, returned home after completing a one-year tour of duty under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The returning contingent was headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bosco Rangira.
It was also replaced by the same number, which also left earlier in the day under the command of ACP Emmanuel Karasi.
Prior to their departure, the newly deployed FPU contingent was brief by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, who gave them an insight of the mission demands.
“You have been trained well and equipped with the right ideology and skills to facilitate you execute the mission effectively and efficiently,” DIGP Munyuza told the officers.
He reminded them that their conduct while on or off duty should reflect the image of their country and the force.
He said: “Serve with commitment and discipline, it is what Rwanda stands for and it is what you must project while out there.”
“Remember, you will always be identified by the Rwandan flag you bear on your uniform, but you should also be defined by your positive results.”
DIGP Munyuza also spoke at length about discipline and integrity as a pillar to effective delivery of the mission mandate.
Meanwhile, the contingent that returned was received at Kigali International Airport by Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, who hailed them for the work well done.
He urged them to share the experiences acquired with their colleagues back home.
In an interview, ACP Rangira said that their tour of duty was successful throughout but noted that the peace restoration process is still underway, a reason there was a rotation of peacekeepers.
“Generally, the people of South Sudan are appreciative of the work done by Rwandan peacekeepers…through the mission we worked closely with other peacekeepers deployed there,” said ACP Rangira.
Currently, RNP maintains about 1200 peacekeepers in different peacekeeping missions.
An all-female contingent was also generated and will soon be deployed in South Sudan, which will increase the numbers of RNP peacekeepers in all missions to close to 1400.