A Contingent of 40 Personnel of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will on February 23rd depart to Bangladesh for a Multinational Peace Support Operations (PSO) Exercise, RDF officials have said.
Rwanda is among UN peacekeepers top contributing countries in Africa.
The training will run from 26 February to 12 March 2018 and it will include a total of 780 peacekeepers from 40 countries. Rwandan troops will be led by Lt Col Theodore Gakuba.
According to a communiqué from RDF, the Exercise codenamed ‘SHANTI DOOT 4’ aims at building capacity of the Armed Forces of troops contributing countries in the United Nations Peace Operations and also get an opportunity to share their natural cultural values.
In a briefing at RMA Gako, on Wednesday, the Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli urged RDF officers and troops, to reflect RDF values and be good ambassadors of Rwanda during the multinational Exercise.
“Our culture as RDF should be reflected during the exercise. Keep in mind the core values of RDF, keep your discipline very high and exercise high level of professionalism. You have to be very smart and respect RDF posture in whatever you will be doing. You should showcase Rwandan Culture through cultural performances from different countries that will be represented.” Gen Musemakweli said.
The Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise is jointly organized by the US Pacific Command (US PACOM), a unified combatant command of the United States Armed Forces responsible for the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and US Africa Command (US AFRICOM) as well as Bangladesh as the Host nation.
The PSO exercise will take place at the Bangladesh Institute of PSO Training (BIPSOT) at Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur area, Central Bangladesh.