RNP News

Monday, 16 April, 2018


[PHOTOS]: Collective efforts required in addressing effects of Genocide – Dr Bizimana tells Police Officers

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) Dr Jean Damascène Bizimana on April 11, delivered a lecture to over 500 police officers and spoke at length about the preparation of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, right from the colonial period to its execution and its current effects and the role of security organs in prevention and handling effects of the Genocide.

Dr Bizimana’s lecture to officers at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, was in line with the 24th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi where he pointed out that the Genocide affected all Rwandans and “to overcome the effects will take a long time though there is need for collective efforts.”

He shared with them the background, preparation, and execution of the Genocide and emphasized on how the genocidal regime invested in brainwashing, training and equipping the killers. Read more

[PHOTOS]: CAR President pays tribute to Genocide victims

The President of Central African Republic (CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera, on April 7, joined the Rwandan military and Police peacekeepers as well as the Rwandan community in his country in activities to mark the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

In his commemoration message delivered by the Prime Minister Patrice Sarandji, President Touadera, who lit the Flame of Remembrance and laid wreath in honour of over one million innocent lives killed in a period of one hundred days, said that “this is an example of the failure of the international community.”

“Every time we meet here to remember, our memories are refreshed by failures of the international community in Rwanda in 1994. We also look back and imagine what would have happened if peacekeepers in our country [CAR] decided to abandon us… we would also be in the same situation like Rwanda,” Sarandji said

He thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for their role in restoring peace and security in CAR. He further called for teamwork of all peacekeepers under MINUSCA and said that his country will always be part of Rwanda to remember those that perished and to ensure that such never happens again.

The commemoration was also attended by the President of the National Assembly and the cabinet of CAR, MINUSCA Force Commander and Police Commissioner, peacekeepers from other countries as well as the Rwandan community in CAR.

The Deputy Representative of the UN-Secretary General to MINUSCA, Kenneth Gluck, said that despite the tragic history, Rwanda managed to rise against all odds, guided by her spirit of unity. Read more

Genocide ideology cases significantly down – Police

The security situation across the country was generally calm during the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda National Police spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege, has said.

CP Badege said that the commemoration week was marked with mass participation in commemorative events and security organs ensured that security was well maintained at all sites.

Normally, cases of genocide ideology are widely reported during the commemoration period but according to the spokesperson, these cases keep dropping each year, “an indication that there is hope that at one point there won’t be a single case.”

“Most of the cases we recorded were verbal in nature against genocide survivors and a few physical cases…Some of the cases have been transferred to the prosecution while others are still being investigation. Notably in all these cases is that ,90% were utterances which is different from last year’s situation where we received a big number of cases coming from text messages or social media,” said CP Badege.

The spokesperson however said that there was no case of murder related to genocide ideology reported during the commemoration week. Read more

Police urges public transporters to be mindful of safety as students return to school

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has urged public transporters, head teachers and parents to facilitate and ensure safety of students as they start returning back to school this weekend.

According to the Ministry of Education, the second term of the academic year 2018, kicks off on Monday next week but students will start heading to school this weekend depending on the proximity of the schools.

Speaking about Police’s preparations to oversee students’ return to school, the Traffic and Road Safety Department spokesperson, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, said; “Transportation of students should be done in a smooth manner with no interruptions or setbacks. Transporters shouldn’t violate road safety standards like over speeding to scrambles for students, which can result into accidents.”

“As an institution charged with public safety, RNP is mandated to ensure that students travel back to school safely as well as other passengers proceed with their businesses without major interruptions,” said the spokesperson. Read more

Man arrested with 1900kgs of untagged minerals

Police is Rubavu District is holding Samuel Habimana on charges of transporting untagged minerals and attempting to bribe police officers.

Habimana was arrested on Monday as he transported 1,900 kilograms of Coltan in a Toyota Land Cruiser with plate number RAB 551K.

He was intercepted around Gisenyi Sector in Rubavu District and according to police, Habimana failed to produce documents allowing him to trade in minerals.

 “When Habimana was asked to produce a license allowing him to trade in minerals and why he was transporting untagged mineral, he resorted to bribing police officers with Rwf300,000 but they arrested immediately,” said the Western Region Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira.

It is alleged that Habimana had illegally acquired the minerals and was taking the mineral to Kigali where he was to sell them. Read more

 Ruhango: Two arrested in a teacher recruitment scam

Police in Ruhango District are holding two men on suspicion of involvement in bribery recruitment scheme to enlist teachers for jobs in deferent primary schools.

 According to the Southern Region police spokesperson Chief inspector of police (CIP) Emmanuel Kayigi, the two suspects, Erneste Niyomugabo and Jean Pierre Ribanje, were arrested on April 12, for their alleged involvement in the recruitment scam.

“We sought the duo after investigations revealed that Ribanje received Rwf 400,000 in two   installments from Niyomugabo an official in charge of primary and nursery education in Ruhango District,” said CIP Kayigi.

“Niyomugabo claims that he gave a total of Rwf 400,000 as a bribe to Ribanje so as he can add him on the list of the employed secondary school teachers.” Read More

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