Rwanda National Police Hosts Ugandan Young Professionals

mind geneva; font-size: small;”>The students are pursuing a degree in Mass Communication were received by the Inspector General of Police, view Emmanuel K. Gasana.

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He explained to them the core values, mission and vision of the force, its priorities which include police-public centred policing – community policing – building the force’s capacity and capabilities, international cooperation, welfare, e-policing and fighting corruption.

“We are serious and strong on corruption because it is a threat to security too. Nations have fallen because of corruption,” the IGP stated.

Rwanda police has established an anti-corruption, unit, Police Disciplinary Unit (PDU) and conducts internal audits, among others, to fight corruption out of their country.

Ugandan young professionals at the police headquarters (Photo: RNP Media Center)

Speaking at the meeting, Andrew Mwenda, the head of the group, said the students came to see how Rwanda is “reconstructing a state to ensure that it’s able to serve the interests of the citizens.”

He commended the road traffic-flow controls and smartness of police and military officers.

“In all aspects of Rwandan life, you can clearly see that there is an effort to ensure that public institutions are managed in a manner that is efficient and clean,” said Mwenda.

He further elaborated that the primary failure of Africa has been a failure of social organization. Africa was not defeated because it has inferior technology.

“Africa’s failure emanates from the inability to build public institutions and by trace them with public policies that can ensure that their systems and processes are done in a routine manner to produce the same outcome,” he said.

He added: “Rwanda is the first post-independence state in Africa after Botswana to build public policies and political institutions that can “mediate the relationship between the state and the citizen in an equitable matter.”

Mwenda also observed that children from peasantry and rich families in Rwanda have equal chances like in acquiring scholarships and health services, which is not the case in some other countries.

“It is purely on the basis of need, no political connection,” he observed.

Currently, 95 percent of students, who acquired scholarships, come from peasantry families.

“Whenever I come to Rwanda, I feel extremely proud that we have a government in Africa that has ensured that even an ordinary citizen has a say,” he noted.


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