President Catherine Samba-Panza. (Internet photo)
President Catherine Samba-Panza. (Internet photo)

The ceremony took place?on Wednesday?and was witnessed by the CAR cabinet.

Samba told Rwandan peacekeepers that the medals were in recognition of their bravery, devotion and professionalism demonstrated during the 12 months of preserving peace and security in the country that had been torn apart by sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims

President Catherine Samba-Panza. (Internet photo)
President Catherine Samba-Panza. (Internet photo)

?We can?t forget to appreciate you. If you had not intervened, we do not know what could have happened,? she was quoted saying.

Lt Col Jean Paul Karangwa, the commander of the Rwandan contingent under the UN Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA), thanked national and international security organs for their collaboration and support that enabled peacekeepers to successfully execute their mandate.

Civilians in the CAR said they felt secure in the company of Rwandan peacekeepers serving under the African-led MINUSCA after the Rwandan contingent intensified patrols in areas around the capital Bangui to secure civilians.

They also carried out?Umuganda, similar to the monthly community service back home, in the areas they were deployed, and also conducted security meetings and confidence building patrols with local residents in areas hit most by sectarian conflict in Bangui.

By James Karuhanga, The New Times

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