Security is the foundation of everything - President Kagame
The President of the Republic of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame has said that security is the foundation of everything, noting that when it breaks down, it leaves huge costs, loss of life, destruction of trust with-in society and public institutions and economic stagnation.
The Head of State made the remarks on November 2 while officiating at the start of the four-day 84th Interpol General Assembly in Kigali.
While expressing Rwanda’s appreciation for the solid cooperation with the international police over the years, President Kagame noted that Rwanda has experienced the worst of such inhuman forms where the “country’s security forces at the time were at the forefront of the genocidaire machinery.”
He commended Interpol’s efforts in tracking down fugitives wanted for genocide in Rwanda, and “helping to deliver justice for the victims and survivors, even though there remains much work to be done.”
“Many more of these fugitives are still at large and we will have to continue working with Interpol and international community to ensure justice is done,” the Head of State said.
“In the last 21 years, Rwanda has worked to build effective citizen-focused government institutions, one of them notably is Rwanda National Police which this year marks its 15th anniversary. Today, this young police force working closely with communities provides one of the most secure environments in the world where Rwandans can pursue social economic transformation. Rwanda National Police is also able to actively contribute to Interpol’s mandate of a safer world,” he said
“Globalization presents many opportunities for progress and development but more connected world also bring with it increased risks of crimes that cross national jurisdications. Because of the very nature of these crimes, no country can deal with the challenges alone… we must work closely together. This is where Interpol excels,” he added.
He recognized Interpol’s adoption to changing times, capacity for information sharing and concerted action, which he said compliments bilateral and regional efforts, and helps eliminate the gaps that might aid international crimes to flourish.
“By cultivating the shared values and norms of law enforcement, Interpol makes the world a better place,” he noted, adding that by embracing communication technology and global capacity building partnerships, Interpol adds value to the work of police officers around the world.
“The structure of Interpol itself recognizes that each member has something to contribute to all the others. This allows police authorities to interact with each other directly from a foundation of trust.”
The Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana outlined capacity building, joint exercise plays and joint operations as key areas where cooperation between RNP and Interpol has flourished in the past years.
Interpol supported RNP to equip Rwanda’s borders with the I-24/7 communication tool, which connects all the 190 member countries to access timely vital information on wanted criminals, stolen items, lost, forged and stolen documents.
This cooperation, IGP Gasana said, has seen over 36 cases of human trafficking involving 153 victims handled since 2009, 10 drug traffickers arrested, 20 vehicles stolen from neighbouring countries intercepted and dozens of fugitives wanted for their roles in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi apprehended.
He thanked President Paul Kagame for his “personal engagement, guidance and support to the success of the assembly.
The President of Interpol, Mireille Ballestrazzi said that the international police body must introduce measures in order to remain at the heart of police cooperation and that governance further plays a major role in the management of strategic and financial risks.
Reacting on the theme of the assembly – Interpol 2020: Policing Global Threats in a Dynamic Environment – Ballestrazzi said, it will strive to find the strategic roadmap of the organization… a roadmap that is strong, efficient and transpired and positioned to respond to the evolving needs of the police community.
Jurgen Stock, the secretary General of Interpol praised Rwanda’s good governance system that revived the once ruined country and her dynamism in international policing.
Rwanda National Police’s innovative practices of E-policing and Isange One Stop Centre, Stock said, should be a learning experience for other forces.
During the four-day event that brings together about 1000 delegates from Interpol member states including Police Chiefs, participants will discuss varied issues related to responding emerging security threats that include terrorism, cybercrime, drug and human trafficking.