The President of the Central African Republic Prof Faustin Archange Touadera has awarded ‘The Central African Recognition Medal – Médaille de Reconnaissance Centrafricaine’ to officers and other ranks of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) battalion named Rwanda Battalion 4 (Rwanbatt 4) serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The award ceremony was presided over by President Archange Touadera along with various members of his cabinet in a colorful and national event held at the presidential palace “Palais de la Renaissance” in Bangui City on 26 February 2018.
In his Key note address, the Head of State lauded the Government of Rwanda in general and Rwanda peacekeepers in particular for their professionalism, discipline and commitment.
“We recognise your efforts in bringing peace and stability in our country, your love and contributions to the peace and well-being of the Central Africans are highly appreciated,” said the President Touadéra to the Rwandan Contingent.
The Commanding Officer of Rwanbatt 4, Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel NYIRIHIRWE thanked HE the President of Central African Republic, his government and the people of Central Africa for their warm hospitality and spirit of collaboration that enabled his unit complete successfully its mandate and mission.
He cited some of the many operations Rwandans in MINUSCA jointly conducted with Central Africans to restore peace and normalcy in Bangui, Bria, Bocaranga and Pombolo.
The Commanding Officer also thanked the MINUSCA leadership for their guidance and confidence entrusted in Rwanbatt 4 to be part of the President’s VIP protection and that of other high-ranking dignatories.
He concluded his remarks by requesting that the same hospitality and support be accorded to their replacement as has been the case over the years.
The ceremony was also attended by members of Rwandan Diaspora in Central Africa Republic. The outgoing Rwanbatt 4 will start their rotation with their compatriots of Rwanbatt 5 on 28 February 2018 after a year-long tour of duty in a routine relief in place operation.