The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, on October 13, inaugurated the newly constructed Eastern region Police headquarters built under the ongoing Rwanda National Police (RNP) infrastructure development programme.
The one-storey facility located in Rwamagana District was built in a period of 12 months at a tune of over Rwf577 million. The 36-room block including two conference halls will accommodate the regional offices, the District Police Unit (DPU) of Rwamagana and Kigabiro Police Station.
The event was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, DIGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda; Brig. Gen. Gashayija Bagirigomwa, the Eastern Province Reserve Force commander; Col. Jean Bosco Rutikanga, who represented the division commander, and the executive secretary of the Eastern Province, Jean Marie Vianney Makombe and mayors in the province, among others.
In his remarks Minister Busingye noted that by bringing all services together, it will improve service delivery, save time and resources that the people were otherwise braving to acquire the scattered services.
He further noted that Rwanda’s success lies in the visionary leadership under HE President Paul Kagame; the commitment and partnership of institutions and the citizens to utilize the “little resources” to realize the set goals.
“We are not achieving all this because Rwanda is rich; it’s because Rwandans are rich in their way of thinking and doing things, their willingness and focus to results, even doing more using less resources at our disposal,” Minister Busingye said.
He commended RNP for its “actionable infrastructure development programme” defining it as a “milestone” through which it also constructed its General Headquarters, Kigali metropolitan block and the head offices of the Southern region.
He also hailed the existing partnership between RNP and local government especially districts, which is defined under the agreement that binds both entities in community policing and human security as well as developmental activities.
“This kind of partnership is the real definition of good governance where all institutions work together, and involve the people for the wellbeing of every citizen,” the Minister said.
Minister Busingye, however, called for strengthened efforts against crimes such as drug abuse and cattle theft that are still prevalent, especially in the Eastern Province.
He warned of “severe consequences” against anyone that will be caught in illegal dealings noting that they are currently reviewing the penal code to ensure that the gravity and impact of the offences match with the penalties.
The executive secretary of the Eastern Province, Jean Marie Vianney Makombe appreciated the existing partnership between the province and the police in crime prevention and implementation of government development programmes to uplift lives of the people.