The Rwandan Ministry of Defence announced Monday that the first elements of the reconnaissance company of the mechanised infantry battalion that it is contributing to the UN Mission in South Sudan’s (UNMISS’s) Regional Protection Force (RPF) was on its way to Juba.

It said the lead elements were making their way overland to the South Sudanese capital via Uganda, while the main body of the reconnaissance company is expected to be airlifted from Kigali to Juba on 5 August.

The UN Security Council approved the 4,000-strong RPF in August 2016 after a peace agreement collapsed and heavy fighting broke out in Juba the previous month, but the South Sudanese government has resisted the deployment of the new force.