Source: Ministry of Defence Rwanda
Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lt Gen Charles Kayonga made a five day working visit to Sudan where he visited Rwanda Contingents deployed in UNAMID Darfur, Sudan, from 10th to 14th December 2011. The working visit to Rwandan contingents serving in United Nations-African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) was aimed at witnessing how the RDF, Rwanda National Police and Civilian Staff are executing their duties in contributing to UN Peace and to wish them a happy holiday season. Rwanda is one of the biggest Troop Contributors in the Mission.
Lt Gen Charles Kayonga also held discussions with UNAMID Force Commander Lt Gen Patrick Nyamvumba and other Senior UNAMID officials who briefed him on the situation in Darfur. The CDS and his delegation held meetings with Rwandan Officers and troops of RWANBATT 26 deployed in Zalinge, RWABATT 28 in Kabkabiya, RWABATT 29 and RWABATT 27 deployed at UN Headquarters, El Fasher and Zam Zam respectively.
The contingents briefed him on how they are executing the UN duties and their role in contributing to peacebuilding not only through the conventional methods but also through sharing Rwanda’s experience in home grown solutions. Addressing the Rwandan Peacekeepers on ground, the CDS conveyed greetings from the leadership and compatriots from home, briefed them on activities RDF is engaged in at home and wished them happy holidays.
During the visit to Sudan, the CDS paid a courtesy call to his counterpart in Sudan and visited SAF Military Academies.