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Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

South Sudan: Rwanda Police at the forefront of reinforcing WHO guidelines on COVID-19 prevention

Rwanda Police Officer under UNMISS help in implementing WHO guidelines on COVID-19 prevention (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has said today that its Formed Police Unit (FPU) under  United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to administer its mandate in the conflict ravaged East African Community (EAC) country.

The Force has said through a tweet that this time round the Police officers are also helping in the containment of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic mostly through complementing the efforts by the South Sudanese authorities to implement the safety guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on prevention.   

#RwandaPolice officers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

@unmissmedia continue to carry out its mandate during #COVIDー19 outbreak by implementing  @WHO guidelines on prevention,” tweeted Rwanda National Police today.

Early last December RNP rotated its FPU contingent of 240 officers serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), a few days before China declared the outbreak in Wuhan City.

Rwanda FPU1-V hybrid which replaced Rwanda FPU1-IV is commanded by Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Fabien Musinguzi.  

Rwanda FPU1-V based  in the Upper Nile State are initially in charge of the protection of South Sudanese civilians mostly in internally displaced camps, United Nations personnel as well as ensuring the security of humanitarian assistance and key installations there.

Munyambo, while speaking to the replaced contingent on arrival at KIA, thanked them for the “good work” and “representing the country ably.”

“You were given enough training prior to your deployment and it’s so impressive that you put the skills to good use with discipline, teamwork and professionalism; the awarded medals of service excellence defines your good work of peacekeeping in South Sudan,” local media quoted CP Bruce Munyambo  who saluted the contingent at the Kigali International Airport.

Rwanda maintains three Rwandan FPUs under UNMISS including the 240-officer hybrid contingent whereas the rest constitute 160 officers each. Rwanda has over 1000 officers in the various UN missions, and only comes behind Senegal on the list of Police contributing countries globally.

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