[PHOTOS]: EAPCCO GAMES: Rwanda wins 46 medals
The third edition of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) concluded Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya with Rwanda winning 46 medals in total.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza joined Chiefs of Police from other EAPCCO member states at the closing of the annual games.
Seven out of 14 EAPCCO member countries participated in this year's games.
Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Amb. Raychelle Omamo.
Rwanda, which came second after Kenya in the general classification, won 27 gold medals six silver and 13 bronze.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) scooped a gold medal in handball discipline; best overall in Karate with 12 gold medals, four silver and four bronze.
RNP also topped the Taekwondo discipline with eight gold and two silver in Kumite, three gold in Kata as well as two trophies for the two categories.
In football, RNP scooped silver as well as bronze in athletics and shooting.
While speaking at the official closing of the Games, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Defence, Amb. Raychelle Omamo emphasized the importance of EAPCCO and sports in particular in bringing together regional law enforcement organs against threats to development, freedoms and wellbeing of the people.
"Sports is a unifying factor for law enforcement institutions to share security information as one team to guarantee safety of the people," Amb. Omamo said.
Rwanda will host the fourth edition of the regional law enforcement tournament, next year.
Amb. Omamo said that such sports activities also provide room for learning from each other and wished Rwanda the best in preparation for the next edition.
"Promote peace through sports. We hope in future to combined military and police games as we jointly form a strong bond and concrete ground for sustainable security as a pillar for sustainable development," she noted.
EAPCCO chairman, Lt. Gen. Adil Mohamed Ahmed Bashir, Sudan Police Chief, observed that the bloc's games will "keep growing from strength to strengthen to achieve EAPCCO objectives."
"Games enhance interaction and friendship among law enforcement agencies and enable officers to experience the rich diversity; sports enhance community policing and respect of rules, and EAPCCO is committed to maintain this spirit of togetherness in pursuit for a common ground against transnational and organized crimes," Lt. Gen. Adil said.
He added: "Crime knows no frontiers, it has become a sad global reality whose negative effects are frequently witnessed. As a result we are obliged as law enforcements to counter this phenomenon... cooperation is the way to overcome national, political and geographical barriers through exchange of criminal intelligence and support each other in the fight against transnational and organized crimes."
The games are in line with the vision of EAPCCO Chiefs of Police, and it was adopted during their 12th AGM in 2007 under the theme: "Sports for strengthening regional cooperation and integration in the fight against transnational and organized crimes."