Rwanda, Uganda Police forces meet to strengthen ties

Police forces of Rwanda and Uganda  hold a bilateral meeting to strengthen collective pursuit against transnational and organized crimes. It aims at reviewing the progress made, in implementing resolutions adopted by the two institutions last year.

The meeting brought together delegations from the two friendly forces and held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters. It is co-chaired by the two Police Chiefs; Emmanuel K. Gasana of Rwanda and his Ugandan counterpart Gen. Kale Kayihura.

The quarterly bilateral meeting seeks to enhance border security between the two countries and cooperate in addressing contemporary crimes. It follows a similar one held in Mbarara-Uganda in October last year, which came up with 13 recommendations that are mainly built on effective information sharing.

In his address, IGP Gasana says: “Rwanda appreciates the existing historical, bilateral and brotherly relations between the two police institutions. We do not only co-exist geographically as neighbors, but we are the same people who share similar values.”

“We have had flawless exchange of information, jointly trained our officers, sensitized our border communities to fight crime, enhanced traffic security along the Northern Corridor, pursued and exchanged fugitives, and we continue to align our cooperation along the lines of the Northern Corridor initiative,” IGP Gasana adds as he highlighted progress made since last year’s meeting in Mbarara.

IGP Gasana mentions among other concerns, such as the increase of drug trafficking, motor-vehicle theft, economic and financial crimes, human trafficking and cyber related crimes. All need enhanced cooperation between the two institutions.police-uganda-rwanda

Back to Gen. Kayihura, such forums prove the commitment of the two nations in strengthening the existing cooperation, to keep safe citizens in both countries. “Generally, security has improved in the region although we are still stagnating in some areas of cross border crimes. We need to do more in bringing down crime statistics,” Gen Kayihura says.

He expressed commitment in decisively dismantling criminal networks, by forging a way of limiting criminal from abusing the free movement of people. “We must optimize the best practices from each other and deepen our capacities in fighting cybercrimes,” He adds

The two police forces agree to enhance police cooperation and lay strategies for combating crimes affecting member countries, partnership against transnational crimes, and exchange timely information.

They are resolved to ensure real time flow of information on criminal syndicates involved in production and trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as developing capabilities through focused training, sharing of experiences and best practices.

This meeting comes after few days, Uganda police deported to Rwanda two fugitives who fled to Uganda.  This exchange of criminals and stolen items is appreciated, and participants recommend the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) – Interpol – to maintain the standards in place on this regard.

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Jean Baptiste Karegeya

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