South Sudan to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Rwanda
The IGP of South Sudan Police inspecting the Guard of Honor at Police Headquarters (Photo: RNP Media Center)
The Inspector General of South Sudan Police Acuil Tito Madut is in Rwanda for a three-day visit aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two police Institutions, in an attempt to combat border crimes and promote bilateral cooperation mainly in capacity building.
Madut paid a courtesy call to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana yesterday at Rwanda Police Force (RNP) headquarters in Kacyiru.
The visit follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two heads of Police institutions on both May 23rd and 29th this year.
General Madut noted that, it is a great opportunity to partner with Rwanda National Police because of their vast experience that normally manifests in the way they professionally respond in maintaining peace not only in Rwanda but also in other countries in the world.
The two IGPs during a meeting with Senior officers from both parties (Photo: RNP Media Center)
“The visit is important because it is meant to enhance and move quick implementation of the bilateral agreement. The aspects which were not accomplished have been ironed out.”
“The agreement needs to be blessed by our political leadership and implementation will start immediately,” added Madut.
IGP Emmanuel K. Gasana lauded his South Sudan counterpart for honoring Rwanda National Police (RNP) invitation which he said is aimed at making a follow up of the implementation of recommendations signed previously by the two law enforcement institutions.
“This is more less a diplomatic security, so I look at this situation as a win-win situation because both nations have come far and are trying to build their capacity in combating criminality,”
As far as we are concerned, we believe in pursuing to the end, we believe in actions and we hope we will go down into actions; that is the tactical part,”
“We are being challenged as Police chiefs to cross check up and down in our structures and find gaps that are still occupied by those actors who I can label to be enemies or criminals of the states,”
IGP of South Sudan Police pose for a group photo with the Commandant PTS Gishali with Senior officers and staff (Photo: RNP Media Center)
“I hope this visit will go all the way to enhance and cement our relationship. I believe that you will try to interact with our Police and find out the common solutions to the crimes such that we can pursue our MOU without any hindrance,” added Gasana.
According to Madut, the republic of South Sudan became independent last year and it is a young country emerging out of conflict.
“The Police services needs to be trained and it is in this aspect that South Sudan Police Force approached their brother Rwanda to assist in training its Police force such that they can be able to stand the ground, manage and discharge all the duties required of it,” added Madut.
South Sudan Police service being a member of the Police regional grouping, EAPCCO and also a member of Interpol, it was found needful to enter into a cooperation pact with Rwanda National Police to assist in training their Police force.
“The agreement has many areas of cooperation like combating border crimes, national crimes, organized crimes, exchange of information and training areas such that the best practices with Rwanda National Police are imparted to South Sudan Police,”
Other areas of cooperation include training in road safety, basic investigation, advanced investigation, intelligence basic, IT and communication skills, public order management, junior supervisory course and training of trainers.
According to Madut, South Sudan Police Force will not send their Police officers to be trained here in Rwanda because of logistic costs but trainers will be selected from Rwanda National Police to give necessary training to their South Sudan counterparts over a period of time.
“This will make South Sudan Police cope up with the emerging crimes and also cooperate with the Police in the region in order to bring stability to the region and allow South Sudan citizens to move freely doing their business,” added Madut.
Madut and his delegation later visited Zigama Credit and Savings Society (CSS) and Gishali Police Training School.
He will wind up his visit with a tour at National police Academy-NPA Musanze.