KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- Police officers
from Rwanda and Uganda Thursday agreed here to enhance cooperation
against transnational and organized crimes.
The two sides
held a meeting at the Rwanda National Police headquarters, which was
co-chaired by the Inspector General of Rwanda National Police
Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Ugandan counterpart Gen. Kale Kayihura.
The quarterly bilateral meeting explored ways to enhance border
security between the two countries and cooperate in addressing
contemporary crimes, according to officials.
It follows a similar meeting held in western Uganda Mbarara
district in October 2016 which drew 13 recommendations centered
around effective information sharing.
Speaking at the meeting, IGP Gasana noted that Rwanda appreciates
the existing historical, bilateral and brotherly relations between
the two police institutions.
The cooperation involves exchange of information, joint training
of officers, joint awareness campaigns of border communities against
crime, security operations along the Northern Corridor among others.
He called for enhanced cooperation between the two institutions
in the fight against drug trafficking, motor-vehicle theft, economic
and financial crimes, human trafficking and cyber related crimes.
On his part, Gen. Kayihura noted that they remain committed to
strengthening the existing cooperation to keep citizens in both
Generally, security has improved in the region, he said, although
we are still stagnating in some areas of cross border crimes. "We
must optimize the best practices from each other and deepen our
capacities in fighting cybercrimes," Kayihura said.
The meeting agreed to enhance police cooperation, lay strategies
for combating crimes, exchange timely information and lay strategies
against transnational crimes.
It also resolved to ensure timely sharing of information on
criminals involved in production and trafficking of narcotic drugs
and to continue developing capabilities through focused training,
sharing of experiences and best practices.