Police forces from Rwanda and Uganda met in Kabale, Uganda to discuss ways of strengthening existing partnership between the two forces and to jointly tighten security in the Northern corridor.
The integration of the East African Countries such as Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya has prompted forces to revise better ways of addressing security challenges in order to attain goals set by region for the integration success.
On August 3, 2014 the police to reviewed the implementation of the existing partnership agreement between the two forces and agreed to develop joint initiatives including exercise plays to manage and respond to security challenges.
The move to ensure security along the Northern corridor including the flow and safety of traffic is among the resolutions agreed upon by the two institutions in a meeting chaired by the Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Ugandan counterpart Gen. Kale Kayihura.
It was also attended by heads of various police departments in the two forces and local leaders from Kabale and Kisoro districts.
It followed two others also held in Kabale and Kigali respectively, last year.
The two Police forces also agreed to continue the process of rolling out community policing models along the common borders develop capabilities through training, sharing of experiences and best practices and conduct joint coordinated operations within respective common borders.
Others include cooperating in combating human trafficking and the influx of illegal cross-border and capacity building in other varied policing domains.
IGP Gasana commended the commitment achievements so far registered by the two forces.
“We have to pursue collective security to ensure safety and peace in our countries and we have to live up to the values intended to ensure a peaceful environment,” IGP Gasana noted.
He observed that police forces are currently confronted by modern organized crimes like terrorism, cybercrime, trafficking in persons and ideological crimes which require collective approaches to combat them.
Gen. Kayihura also highlighted the existing challenge of unregulated movement of people across common borders.
“Effective systems should be established to know and monitor the movement of people across borders,” Gen. Kayihura said.
Last year’s meetings also followed two others held in Uganda and Rwanda in May and August 2012, respectively, which recommended cooperation in key security areas such as exchange programs and best practices, training, joint operations and timely exchange of information.
Plans are also underway to jointly procure and establish scanners at Gatuna and Cyanika border points and deploy sniffer dogs at all outlets.
The two Police forces are also set to establish border posts at Rwempasha and Kazinga border posts and eight other identified motorable crossing points.