The Japanese ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Rwanda, Ogawa Kazuya and officials from Transparency International (TI) commended the Rwanda National Police for its outstanding work to ensure safety among Rwandan residents.
The officials made the remarks while visiting the Inspector General of Rwanda National Police Emmanuel Gasana on August 13, 2013.
During the discussions with IGP Gasana, Amb. Kazuya thanked Rwanda National Police for its outstanding work to ensure the safety of people living in Rwanda.
“We are pleased that Rwanda National Police is sending police men and women to peacekeeping operations all over the world and it has been appreciated and recognized internationally for its efforts and quality services in missions,” Amb. Kazuya observed.
The officials also discussed various issues including security.
The IGP and TI officials also discussed, among others, matters related to fighting corruption. Rwanda National Police and Transparency International have a long standing memorandum of understanding to jointly fight graft.
“We came in support of our work…to discuss the job we are jointly doing,” Paul Banoba, TI Regional Coordinator, said.
“The relationship is strong and Rwanda National Police is certainly doing a great job to fight corruption. The indicators we are seeing, there is recognition of a problem but there are also very specific measures that the police and its leadership have put in place to address the problem, which are beginning to show results,” Banoba noted.
He added: “We are glad that Rwanda National Police has recognized and taken corruption as a threat to development and security and taken measures to address it.“
“We are quite happy as an institution working with Rwanda National Police on this issue, we are happy with the seriousness with which they have taken to address that matter,” Banoba reiterated.
Marie Immaculee Ingabire, chairperson of TI-Rwanda, noted that Police is the best performer in fighting graft “though on the individual basis there are cases of corruption.”
“We therefore came to see how to strengthen our partnership because we are in the same front and same struggle; so we have to be close and strengthen our cooperation,” she explained.