[PHOTOS]: Rwandan peacekeepers in Haiti uphold Umuganda legacy
Rwanda National Police peacekeepers serving under the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have continued to involve in various activities in the reconstruction of the once devastated Caribbean nation through different activities
Last Friday, the officers under the Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU8) carried out Umuganda activities where they covered potholes in some roads in Jeremie Commune of Grand’Anse Department to ease people’s movements and also get rid of the clots of stagnant water in the potholes.
The deed falls under the framework of human security and community policing and it’s done on a monthly basis by Police officers in mission, to help the communities.
The Contingent Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Yahaya Kamunuga who led the Rwandan peacekeepers in the Umuganda observed that community work has impacted development in Rwanda and the same can happen in Haiti if they emulated this good practice.
He added that this is another way of preserving Rwandan values in the mission.
The community work was also attended by local leaders in Jeremie who were led by the Mayor Ronald Étienne and residents of Jeremie. They hailed the peacekeepers for the activities that they said it make a great impact in their lives.
“Our mandate goes beyond Peace support operations. We also participate in developmental activities to ensure that the people of Haiti are stable,” he added.
Rwanda first police peacekeepers in Haiti were deployed in 2010 and initiated the Umuganda activities. Since then, the contingents that have rotated constituted an overall of 1120 police officers. They have all maintained the spirit of umuganda.
Currently, RNP maintains about 1000 police peacekeepers in various missions with 820 of them organised in five contingents under Formed Police Units. Others are Individual Police Officers (IPOs), who work as advisors, mentors and trainers.
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