Transforming Conflict Across Borders – the Case of Rwanda and Tanzania

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IGP Simon Sirro visiting the Regional Centre of Excellence on GBV and Child Abuse

The Inspector General of Tanzania Police Force, Simon N. Sirro, arrived in the country, yesterday, for a four-day official visit that focuses mainly on strengthening existing ties between the two police institutions against cross-border crimes.

IGP Sirro was received at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, by his host, IGP Emmanuel K. Gasana.

The meeting, the third of its kind to be held this year, is in line with the cooperation pact signed in 2012 that seeks to combat cross-border and transnational organized crimes, including drug trafficking and terrorism; building capacity to respond to emerging  security threats; prevention and management of disasters; and ensuring security and road safety along the Central Corridor.

IGP Gasana said that the Heads of State for the two countries have set a stage that defines the pace of police-police cooperation.

“What remains and a task at hand now is how we fast-track our cooperation in the policing journey with collective understanding,” IGP Gasana said.

“These engagements manifest the will our leaders to work together to translate their vision into our missions,” he added.

He outlined capacity building especially through training, exchange of best practices and criminals, embracing technological development as well as taking a tough stand against drug trafficking, as areas of immediacy that sends strong message to criminals.

“The need to maintain homeland security in our countries goes with development. We need to strengthen our cooperation to facilitate fast development and the wellbeing of our people,” he said.

The IGP of Tanzania, on his part, said that increased production and export of the two countries depends on the security, which attracts investment and facilitates development.

“We are gathered here for one thing; security of our people. The transitional flow of people, trade capital and ideas have become larger, and brought many benefits to citizens,” IGP Sirro said, calling for cross-border coordinated efforts, sharing of information and joint operations to protect the law abiding citizens against threats.

He commended RNP and the leadership of Rwanda for ensuring safety and incident-free presidential elections, and thanked Rwandans for exercising their electoral rights peacefully.

The cooperation pact highlights major areas of cooperation including exchange of information on criminals, expertise, and joint training, among others.

Consequently, the two forces have exchanged training programmes, engaged in joint disaster response – in particular when Rwandans were involved in fatal accident in Tanzania few years back – as well as study tours conducted in Tanzania by police students of the Senior Command and Staff Course.

Meanwhile, IGP Sirro later on his first day of the visit, toured various RNP facilities including Isange One Stop Centre, which offers free medical, legal and psycho-socio services to victims of GBV and child abuse; the Regional Centre of Excellence of GBV and Child Abuse; and Police Training School Gishari.



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