President Paul Kagame warned Rwanda National Police (RNP) to strive for a more improved and stronger force, arguing that as they enter 2018, they shouldn’t expect to face easier challenges than they have before.
“The ending year has not been an easy one for anyone. And we shouldn’t expect 2018 to be any less challenging,” he said in his New Year Message.
“As we have seen time and again, global and regional dynamics always tend to evolve in ways that bring new security challenges, some of which need to be confronted at very short notice, with discernment and decisiveness. This calls for your constant focus and vigilance.”
The president further urged them to aim for the highest possible standards in the performance of their service to the peoples of Rwanda, to further command trust and respect they have earned over the years.
“As we conclude the year 2017, we have a timely opportunity for introspection as well as forward thinking on the core purpose, context and significance of your service to our Nation,” the message reads in part.
He observed that throughout the year, at home and abroad, police officers have continued to “serve with relentless commitment, and distinction” to provide security and public order to the citizens and residents of Rwanda.
“Here at home, your fellow citizens and residents have continued to enjoy the peace, safety and stability that enabled the socio-economic progress the country has continued to record amidst challenging circumstances at the regional and global levels,” President Kagame said.
Beyond our borders in peace operations, the Head of State said that the officers have continued to serve with “trademark steadfastness and professionalism, saving lives and contributing to peace and stability where they lack the most. This is why many of you are not able to be with your loved ones during this festive season. Your noble sacrifice does not go unnoticed.”
He also thanked them for being “powerful Ambassadors of Rwanda,” and consistently representing the best principles and values the country stand for, and sharing these values to other people abroad in “true Rwandan spirit.”
He noted that Rwandans have come to always expect the best and that the fruits of their service to the nation “should never be taken for granted,” attributing it to the results of collective efforts and personal sacrifices for all.
While the future cannot be predicted, the President said, the people of Rwanda can be assured of one fact; the same values and convictions that have enabled the country to overcome countless challenges, strengthened by the experience, skills, knowledge and assets we have continued to acquire over time.
These, he added, will ensure that threats are overcome to further preserve the safety and security of the people in Rwanda.