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Rwanda, Burkina Faso Police Chiefs hold bilateral meeting in Kigali

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Felix Namuhoranye, on Tuesday, November 21, received his counterpart of Burkina Faso, Controller General Dr. Roger Ouedraogo, at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters, Kacyiru for a bilateral meeting to build stronger policing relations between the two Police forces.

The Director General of Burkina Faso Police Force is in Rwanda for a week-long visit aimed at strengthening Police cooperation.

IGP Namuhoranye thanked his counterpart for visiting Rwanda adding that it has provided an opportunity for Rwanda and Burkina Faso Police forces to exchange ideas and share experience on different areas of policing.

"Rwanda National Police was established 23 years ago, only 6 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Our policing journey may not be long, but we have been able to establish systems upon which Rwanda’s safety, security and development are premised," IGP Namuhoranye said.

He added that the RNP has invested more in training, acquiring policing equipment and operational capabilities necessary to ensure security in Rwanda and in other countries such as Central African Republic, South Sudan and Mozambique, where Rwanda has deployed Police units.

"Our countries face many common challenges that require close and mutual partnerships," IGP Namuhoranye said.

The visit, he reiterated, lays a foundation  and strategies of working together towards mitigating law enforcement challenges. 

He further said that Rwanda has consistently demonstrated its readiness to engage in meaningful security partnerships, both regionally and internationally, which has so far produced tangible benefits.

Controller General Ouedraogo thanked Rwanda for the warm reception. 

"We have come to learn from Rwanda's policing, which is exemplary. We want to pick a leaf from it's contribution to the country's security and development," Dr. Ouedraogo said.

He added: "We have so far witnessed some of the community development activities that Rwanda Police engages in together with the citizenry; how the Police works with the people in security matters."

The Burkina Faso Police Chief also visit various RNP departments and units, including training schools and college.