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Rwanda, Uganda Police Chiefs meet on cross-border cooperation

The Inspector General of Uganda Police Force, Gen. Kale Kayihura has said that globalization and technological advancement have made it hard for security agencies to remain in reactive policing of acting independently.

IGP Kayihura made the remarks on August 16 during a bilateral meeting between Rwanda and Uganda police forces held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

He was leading a delegation from UPF specifically to benchmark on RNP’s experience on road safety and traffic control.

At RNP, the delegation was received by the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza, commissioners and senior police officers from the two institutions.

“There is a lot of work to do to jointly confront the threats we all face, we need to continue learning and helping each other; when there’s insecurity in Uganda, Rwanda will in some way be affected as well and this necessitates us to respond holistically as a team,” Gen. Kayihura said.

Rwanda and Uganda Police institutions enjoys cross border cooperation entailed in the memorandum of understanding signed between the two forces to partner to develop their capabilities through training, sharing of experiences and best practices, joint coordinated operations within respective common borders, combating human trafficking and the influx of illegal cross-border and capacity building in other varied policing domains.

Gen. Kayihura applauded Rwanda’s leadership and RNP in particular for transforming its police institution calling it an “inspirational.”

“It’s amazing what you have achieved in a very short time and this is a testimony to the great leadership of this country,” he said.

The delegation was given a presentation on traffic control and future projections among others.

The future projections include the ‘Automated Drivers’ Testing Centre’ slated to be operational in the near future; body-worm cameras for road safety evidence-based investigations and Integrated Intelligent Traffic Management System.

IGP Gasana appreciated the existing cooperation between the two police forces in terms of sharing security issues and experience.

“The existing cooperation has helped to lay strategies to find a common way of responding to cross-border and transnational organized crimes,” IGP Gasana said.

Earlier on, another bench markingwas vmade by Uganda’s Police Chief and his delegation at Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) where he was shown the international telecom gateway verification centre, which verifies the amount of communication that enters Rwanda on real time basis.

The system helps to check and verify the declarations of mobile telecom operators.


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