Rwanda and Burundi Police Commanders meet
BUGESERA- Following a meeting between police chiefs of Rwanda and Burundi last month in Ngozi, Burundi, Regional Police Commanders from the two states yesterday discussed how to implement resolutions agreed upon.
The Burundian delegation was led by Commissioners of Police, Everest Ndimukwenga from Ngozi Province and Louis Marie Mwumvaneza from Muyinga Province.
The Rwandan side had Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Sam Karemera and Chief Superintendent of Police, Peter Hodari, Regional Police Commanders of Eastern and Sothern Provinces.
The discussion held at Nemba Border Post in Bugesera District, pondered various ways of sharing information to curb criminal activities along the common borders.
Karemera, who chaired the meeting, said that they were motivated by mutual interest to provide security for the citizens who live in the provinces that share the border.
“Our work is to keep law and order. There are cases where criminals escape from their country after causing trouble. There will be weekly meetings between district commanders from both ends to enforce it,” he said.
CP Mwumvaneza said that the neighbouring provinces enjoy outstanding cordial relationships.
He said that the police will involve the local population, so that a sustainable security system is in place.
“Rwanda is doing well with community policing and Burundi is embracing what we call ‘police a la proximite’. The two systems are people friendly,” he said.
Bugesera Mayor, Louis Rwagaju, said that controlling travellers along the porous borders would improve security in his district.
“Most of the criminals we arrest posses no identification. We have several cases of cows and motor vehicle thefts recovered in Burundi and vice versa. So, the dialogue means alot to us,” he said.