Rwanda’s Haiti forces hailed for excellence
The Inspector General of Rwanda Police, (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana has commended the officers who have been serving under the United Nations for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for exhibiting professionalism and discipline during their time of service.
Gasana made the remarks while debriefing a contingent of 143 Rwanda National Police (RNP) officers who returned home from Haiti (MINUSTAH) on September 29 after successfully completing their nine months mandate.
Gasana said that the good work has earned Rwanda a name and confidence in the UN. “Due to the exceptional work exhibited by Rwanda National Police officers on missions, the UN has requested Rwanda to also send FPU in Liberia and also consider sending contingents of FPU composed of only female officers,” Gasana said.
The officers have been serving under Formed Police Unit 2 (FPU2). They arrived in Kigali aboard Air Europa and were received by top police brass, in a ceremony lit by the Police band.
During their service of provide security of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Haiti, the team lost one of the collegues- Sgt Hassan Bisangwa, who was shot accidentally by a colleague during routine night patrol in the Haitian western coast town of Jeremie.
Gasana joined the Rwanda National Police and colleagues to pay tribute to the fallen officers and expressed condolences to the deceased’s family.
One of the returning officers, Chief Supt Muzezayo narrated that besides their mission, which also included crowd control, guarding VIPs and key installations; they also worked hand-in-hand with local residents and the youth in community work locally known as Umuganda and other Community Policing activities.
The returning FPU2 team will be replaced by the counterparts- FPU3 – made of 160 officers who departed for the mission on September 27 headed by Chief Supt Desire Twizere. In the meantime, the FPU2 team has two weeks to rest, waiting new briefings.