The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Johnston Busingye yesterday addressed the Senior Management of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) in a meeting held at Police General Headquarters, Kacyiru.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana, and the Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General, Isabelle Kalihangabo on the part of the Ministry of Justice.
Senior Management of the Rwanda National Police included the Inspector General of Police, CG Emmanuel K. Gasana, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, DCG Dan Munyuza, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel, DCG Juvenal Marizamunda, Heads of Departments, Schools Commandants, Regional Police Commanders, Directors and Specialized Unit Commanders.
In the first meeting following the Ministry of Justice’s tutelage of Rwanda National Police (RNP), the Police Chief welcomed Minister Busingye and introduced him to Police leadership and its operational framework.
In his address, the Minister commended Police organisation, functioning and level of professionalism.
He encouraged the force to enhance capacity building based on historical values it has exhibited in the last 16 years of its existence.
“Although I still need to know a lot in terms of policing, the level of capacity and professionalism in law enforcement I see now is quite impressive,” Minister Busingye told the meeting.
He embarked on the purpose for Police reforms that are geared towards addressing global sophistication both in public demand and contemporary crime landscape.
“We need to be advanced in ensuring quality investigations and accountability due to the nature and importance of the services delivered to the general public by law enforcers. Advanced planning is very crucial for effective policing and this is what is required of you,” said Minister Busingye.
The Justice Minister also informed the meeting that the ongoing structural reforms will address the issue of specialization and division of labour while institutions will work to complement each other.
He pledged his full support to ensure that the reforms are completed in the quickest time possible to achieve the aimed purpose.
Precisely, the Minister spoke in strong terms against corruption.
“Corruption is one of Africa’s biggest problems that cause lack of independence, provide gaps for external interferences, weakens institutions of governance, impends on law enforcement and rule of law. I want us to confront and decisively combat it.”
Minister Busingye later held separate meetings where he addressed the top leadership of both RNP and Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) and discussed on fast-tracking reforms that concern the two institutions which both fall under the Ministry of Justice.
The reforms are in line with the implementation of the decision by a Cabinet meeting of August 10 that approved Institutional Re-arrangement of RNP and RCS and changed their tutelage making the Ministry of Justice the caretaker of the two institutions.