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Rwandan Police unit in CAR scoops 'Best Contingent' award

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has recognized Rwanda Protection Support Unit-One rotation Eight (RWAPSU1-8) as the 'Best Contingent' for its professionalism and outstanding human security outreach programmes.

The MINUSCA Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Amb.Valentine Rugwabiza handed over the award to RWAPSU1-8 contingent commander, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gilbert Safari, on Wednesday, February 7.

The event to award the MINUSCA outstanding performers was also attended by the Head of Police Component, Commissioner of Police (CP) Christophe Bizimungu.

The RWAPSU1-8 was recognized for its "professionalism and outstanding contribution in human security activities."

"This certificate is issued to Rwanda PSU for its commitment and contribution to community activities, blood donation, medicine donation, sanitation, water distribution and other charitable activities for the benefit of the Central African Republic civilian population, which is in line with the mandate of MINUSCA," the MINUSCA message reads.

It adds: "Due to its dynamism, its professionalism, its self-sacrifice, and its sense of responsibility, the Rwanda PSU has achieved commendable results, which have allowed it to be at the forefront in supporting communities."

"The MINUSCA shows all its consideration to RWAPSU and expresses its respect for the protection of civilians and more specifically the vulnerable people."

The SRSG encouraged the contingent to maintain its professionalism to fulfill the MINUSCA mandate especially on protection of civilians. 

The Rwanda Protection Support Unit of 140 officers, is one of the four Rwanda Police contingents deployed in Central African Republic, largely to protect civilians.

The PSU is particularly tasked to ensure close protection of high profile officials, including the Prime Minister of CAR, President of the National Assembly, the Minister of Justice, SRSG and the two deputies, and Head of MINUSCA Police Component, among others.