The Commissioner General of Police, Tandabantu Godwin Matanga has challenged the recently returned South Sudan peacekeeping contingent to draw lessons from what they witnessed during their stay in South Sudan, where they were deployed under the banner of the United Nations Peacekeeping duties to maintain peace.

The Police Chief was speaking at a ceremony to welcome a contingent of two officers who were deployed in South Sudan, where he also sent out a contingent of fourteen officers to a similar mission in Darfur.

“From the tragedy you witnessed, you should also be able to derive lessons that peace is priceless and should be highly cherished and upheld. It is an undisputed fact that civil wars are destructive as they cause unnecessary loss of precious lives, profound damage to country’s infrastructure and derailment of a nation’s socio-economic development,” he said.

Commissioner General of Police also said maintaining peace in a war torn country was not an easy task and there is more that the continent needs to do to maintain prevailing peace.

“I was listening as you were narrating the events you witnessed which are not only distressing but also heart breaking. To me, it only reaffirms that indeed, there is much more that needs to be done in ensuring that peace prevails within the continent and beyond. Your report, just like many other previous United Nations Missions reports, eloquently state the stubborn fact that fostering peace in war torn countries is not a walk in the park. It is a gradual process that demands extreme dedication, commitment, high level of professionalism and duty consciousness,” said Commissioner General Matanga.

He also challenged the outgoing contingent to go out and shine as ambassadors of the organisation and country at large.

“You have an arduous task ahead of you that calls for you to be on your toes. Now is your chance to shine on the international scene. I challenge you to stand up tall and lift the nation’s flag and that of our organisation even higher. As you walk this noble journey towards the sustaining world peace, be sure to add your indelible foot prints as it is through your priceless efforts that global peace can become a reality,” he said.

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