The Rwandan police and military peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) as well as Rwandan Diaspora, on Saturday, joined residents in the capital Bangui in a communal work–Umuganda–which was dedicated to promoting sanitation and hygiene.
The Rwanda military battalion (RWABATT 6) and two Police contingents; Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU I-V) and Protection Support Unit (PSU 1-IV) joined residents in the 3rd and 5th districts to collect littered plastic bags and other wastes, clean water channels and clearing bushy areas.
The communal work also aimed at further strengthening partnership with the local residents in peace, safety and security aspects, and to fight diseases caused by lack of sanitation and hygiene.
The exercise was also attended by local authorities and UN officials, including the Mayor of the 5th district, Mr. Alain Yemo and the adviser to MINUSCA Joint Task Force Commander on Gender issues, Lt. Col. Ngom Aissatou, among others.
Mayor Yemo, in his address to CAR residents, who turned up for Umuganda, thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers and Diaspora for their human security activities and urged the locals to “maintain this as a culture.”
“I am very pleased and I thank you for this human security spirit you continue to instill amongst us, which does not require money but the spirit of patriotism,” Yemo said.
“It only requires the will and commitment of citizens to ensure cleanliness and solidarity in supporting each other. This is a big contribution to the welfare of our population because it is the key factor to prevent diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, Ebola,” he added.
Caude Bizimana, who spoke on the behalf of Rwandan Diaspora in CAR, highlighted that the activity was initiated to share the initiative with the citizenry, improve their wellbeing and development.
Bizimana said: “Umuganda joins Rwandans every last Saturday of each month and was initiated to serve as home-grown solutions to development challenges, as well as improve the well-being and unity of Rwandans. This is a pilot zone, the exercise will be expanded to other parts of Bangui.”