Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Uganda Police Force (UPF), yesterday, held a bilateral meeting to further enhance the existing cross-border cooperation in various policing fields as well as regional and continental issues meant to ensure common ideas on the African continent.
Held in Musanze District in Rwanda, the periodic meeting brought together delegations from the two friendly police institutions.
It follows another one held in February this year, co-chaired by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Fred Yiga.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, IGP Gasana observed that the cooperation between the two police institutions has been significant in fighting cross-border crimes, enhanced good governance and eased the security of cross-border business.
“It was not in vain… we have travelled together in capacity building, crime prevention and responding to crime,” IGP Gasana said.
The meeting also assessed the implementation of the previous resolutions; discussed issues related to the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPPCO) currently chaired by Rwanda.
The meet also focused on how to support the efficiency and effectiveness of the newly created Africa police body – AFRIPOL.
Uganda will take over the flagship of EAPCCO come next month.
AIGP Yiga said that such a meeting is always a “good platform to discuss and address issues affecting our people, and we have made landmark strides to ensure security.”
“It is very impressive where the President of Rwanda asks the people to take their security for granted, and this cooperation is imbedded along those lines of our leaders,” AIGP Yiga said.
“… how we make life and security easy for the people of Uganda and Rwanda to feel confident about their security forces,” he added.
On the issue of Afripol, which has its headquarters in Algiers-Algeria, he said that the all-Africa body is going to coordinate policing on the continent and make all police forces speak one voice on the international fora about issues of crime on African continent.
Uganda’s IGP, Gen. Kale Kayihura is the First Vice President of Afripol.
“The good thing is that EAPPCO has internalized what the issues are in our different countries, but it’s now time for us to share with the rest of Africa through one common voice called Afripol.”
AIGP, however, said observed that cross-border crime is still a thorn in the side citing cyber related crimes and protection of women and girls as some of the issues where Africa will have a common voice and stand.