Rwandan troops disarm CAR looters
Rwandan peacekeeping forces operating in the Central African Republic have had a good head-start in their new mission, disarming and intervening to stop mass looting in a Bangui Muslim neighborhood.
Rwanda has so far deployed more than 470 Officers and Men of the 850 Mechanized Infantry battalion (RwaMechBatt1supposed to be deployed in Central African Republic to serve in the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA).
The airlift operation jointly conducted with United States Air Force began on 16 January 2014 using two C-17 aircraft per day, lifting both troops and equipment from Kigali to Bangui on 38 flights lasting 20 days.
Rwandan Peacekeepers in MISCA are working together with other African Troop Contributing Countries of Burundi, Cameroun, Chad, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo.
They are also working with French Troops, particularly with a RwaMechBatt1 Contingent guarding the Key Installation of Bangui airport with a French Contingent.
The RwaMechBatt1 was assigned North of Bangui Sector within the MISCA operation areas. Apart from conducting patrols; the Rwandan troops are guarding strategic installations in North Bangui including the Airport and Key Institutions like The Presidency Office and the Palace
On 20th January 2014, the troops were dispatched to maintain peace and security during elections of Interim President held in the CAR Parliament. Rwanda’s finest entrusted with protecting CAR’s newly elected interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza.
So far Rwanda has deployed (army and police) peacekeeping forces in Darfur, Southern Sudan, Haiti and Central African Republic is one of the recent areas that the local media has asked President Paul Kagame whether Rwanda would intervene.
Rwanda has earned a reputation in peacekeeping operations and the United Nations has hailed Rwanda’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur and expressed gratitude for the high level commitment the country has exhibited in peacekeeping.
The Deputy UN Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro, expressed gratitude for the commitment and professionalism Rwanda has exhibited in its peacekeeping mission in the war torn Darfur region in Sudan.