The Police Commissioner for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Commissioner of Police (CP) Bruce Munyambo, Tuesday, received a newly deployed Rwandan Police contingent that will be conducting their peacekeeping operations in Juba for the next 12 months.

The additional second contingent in South Sudan under Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU II-1) is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bosco Rangira.

While welcoming the new force, CP Munyambo informed them of the general security situation in South Sudan, friendly forces on the ground and other UN stakeholders.

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He reminded them to work within the UN standards and UNMISS in particular, and ensure teamwork with other peacekeeping forces.

Currently, there are over 400 Rwandan police peacekeepers in South Sudan including a hybrid of 240 officers under RWAFPU II.


Bentiu visit

In a related development, on Wednesday, CP Munyambo also visited the Protection of Civilian (PoC) site in Bentiu in northern South Sudan as part of his ongoing field visits to different UN establishments.

While addressing peacekeepers serving in different capacities in Bentiu, including Rwandans, CP Munyambo hailed the good partnership between them and the communities, which he noted was paramount to the realization of security and peace in Bentiu.

“I was astonished to find that, here in Bentiu there is an outstanding good working relations between peacekeepers, the community and different others actors. This is very good and is obviously a cornerstone to ensure that peace and security continue to prevail in protection sites,” he said.

He also appealed to the peacekeepers to further hold on to maximum discipline and morale, adding that the two aspects are very crucial in attaining sustainable peace and security.

Established in January 2014, Bentiu- PoC site currently accommodates over 100, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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