A total of 308 police officers have retired from Rwanda National Police (RNP) including two Deputy Commissioner Generals (DCG), the second group to retire from the force.
The retired officers also include eight commissioners, 38 senior officers, 62 junior officers, 156 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and 44 Police Constables (PC).
Among those retired include DCGPs Stanley Nsabimana and Mary Gahonzire and Commissioner of Police (CP) Cyprien Gatete, Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) Dr. Wilson Rubanzana, Sam Karemera, Francis Nkwaya, Joseph Rudasingwa and Jimmy Hodari.
The Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, while delivering the President’s message at the official send-off party of the retired officers at the RNP headquarters in Kacyiru on August 3, commended them for their sacrifice and devoted services to build their country and Rwanda National Police in particular.
“Today, we are celebrating the sacrifices, integrity and patriotism you showcased in the transformation of your country; The President commends you for your sacrifice and commitment in making Rwanda what it is today; whatever you will do after here should continue to depict the image of the country and institution you have built,” the Minister said.
“Your role in building Rwanda doesn’t end here instead you are moving into another category. You are leaving active police to reserve force; you are still part of the winning family and this country still needs your services in other capacities.”
“Always remember that the officers who are in service look at you as their role model and people of integrity,” the Minister said, urging them to use the knowledge, skills and expertise to continue contributing to the country’s development agenda.
The Minister also thanked their spouses and families for their patience, supporting and standing by them during their time in service.
He further thanked RNP for the good policing performance which he said have enhanced safety and security for the country’s development and urged the institution to maintain the spirit of keeping in contact with the retired officers.
Present was also the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, Deputy IGPs Dan Munyuza of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Internal Security, Amb. Valens Munyabagisha.
Nsabimana, who spoke on behalf of the retired officers, thanked Rwanda Patriotic Front and His Excellency the President, Paul Kagame for the “visionary leadership” that made them who they are today.
“This country made us who we are today, we understood Rwandan values and we stood for them; although we are leaving today, Rwanda National Police is still our family that we will continue to be part of in other capacities and ready to serve and use our expertise once called,” Nsabimana said.
He recalled 16 years ago when RNP was created but faced various challenges in building a professional force.
“We believed and we achieved. Today, the force stands firm serving Rwandans and beyond and we are proud to have been part of a focused and result-oriented family which we devote to continue serving even after here.”
The retired officers also received certificates of merit in recognition of their dedication and sacrifice in ensuring safety and security in Rwanda.