Crime & Investigation

Kayihura: Political Protests Feulling Regional Instability


about it geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Gen. Kayihura made the call on March 2 while giving a lecture on the ‘Role of Police to address contemporary violence and public order management, order ’ to 464 students undergoing various professional and academic courses at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.

“Terrorism, violent demonstrations, cybercrime and corruption are affecting safety of our countries and development in general. Police forces should therefore be informed, organized and equipped to prevent such threats rather than dealing with the consequences,” Gen. Kayihura said.

According to a statement from the Rwanda National Police, Kayihura noted that criminal violence and increased urban mass protests have also put to test the current policing architecture, which requires review of tactics.

“If we sleep, we will find ourselves swallowed by bad groups who hide behind curtains of the so called peaceful protests that eventually turn violent. Effective policing must go beyond fighting crime by actively participating in solving problems, the root cause of crime,” he observed.

Kayihura has in recent years managed to thwart attempts by the opposition to overthrow the Ugandan government through opposition political protests, earning blessings from President Museveni and Kampala traders.

However, opposition and human rights groups accuse Kayihura of violating political actors’ civil liberties such as freedom of assembly.

Gen. Kayihura, who is in Rwanda to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) which kicks off on Monday, observed that the use of IDs as travel documents in the East African community (EAC) has eased the movement of wrongdoers and gives forces in the bloc added work to preventing them from executing their plans.

About 150 participants, who include Chiefs of Police, members of IACP and senior Police officers are expected to attend the two-day conference organised by Rwanda National Police and IACP under the theme “Contemporary Policing for a Safer World.”

He said that active participation of various stakeholders at the national level, strong regional and international police institutions are also critical in dealing with cross-border and transnational crimes which also include human and drug trafficking, poaching and communal violence.

Police forces, he said, should strengthen exchange of crime-related information, technical support and sharing of experience and execution of joint operations.

Commissioner of Police, Cyprien Gatete thanked Uganda’s IGP for a rich educative lecture that will help students to execute their duties professionally, when they graduate.


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