Kagame: Rwanda Among Safest Countries in the World

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has praised the country’s security organs particularly police for creating a secure environment to spur economic growth and development.

“Security is the foundation for everything. When it breaks down, clinic the costs are huge: loss of life, more about destruction of trust within society and in public institutions, and economic stagnation,” said Kagame on Monday.

The President was speaking at the official opening of the 84th session of the Interpol General Assembly in Kigali.

The two-day held under the theme: “INTERPOL 2020: Policing Global Threats in a Dynamic Environment” brought together over 1000 delegates.

The participants include heads and representatives of law enforcement institutions and agencies from 190 member countries including Chiefs of Police, prosecutors, heads of regional and international police organisations and senior government officials to discuss a range of policing and security issues.

In his speech today, Kagame recalled how Rwanda “experienced the worst of this in Rwanda where the country’s security forces at the time were at the forefront of the genocidal machinery” in which one million people, mainly Tutsi, were exterminated.

Kagame addressing the gathering

Kagame addressing the gathering

However, said Kagame, “In the last twenty-one years, Rwanda has worked to build effective, citizen-focused governance institutions. One of them, notably, is the Rwanda National Police, which this year marks its 15th anniversary.”

He added: “Today, this young police force, working closely with communities, provides one of the most secure environments in the world, where Rwandans can pursue socio-economic transformation.”

Kagame paid a tribute to Interpol for facilitating the arrest of genocidaires hiding in different parts of the world.

“Allow me to express our sincere gratitude to Interpol for your efforts in tracking down fugitives wanted for genocide in Rwanda, and helping to deliver justice for victims and survivors – even though there remains much work to be done,” said Kagame.

The function attracted police and security chiefs from different parts of the world

The function attracted police and security chiefs from different parts of the world

“The world could learn a lot from how Interpol has conducted its affairs: quietly, effectively and collaboratively.”

Discussions at this year’s meeting will address some of the most pressing cross-border challenges faced by police today such as terrorism and foreign terrorist fighters; organized criminal groups behind drug trafficking and people smuggling, and the different facets of cyber crime.


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