Congo Brazzaville officials visit RNP

Two officials from the National Commission against corruption in Congo Brazzaville yesterday visited the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali, and commended the force for its effective approaches in fighting graft and gender-based violence.

Two officials from the National Commission against corruption in Congo Brazzaville yesterday visited the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali, and commended the force for its effective approaches in fighting graft and gender-based violence.

Led by Dr. Bernard Tchikaya, a commissioner in the Congo anti-graft docket was received by Assistant Commissioner of Police Damas Gatare, Commissioner for Public Relations and Community Policing and other senior officers, who briefed them on the RNP initiatives against corruption and gender based violence (GBV).

The initiatives include the establishment of the anti-corruption commission, the anti-GBV and child protection desk which was decentralised to the district level, force disciplinary unit, online registration of driver’s licence seekers, anti-GBV medical wing, Isange One Stop Centre that offers free services to victims, internal audits and Ethics centre.

The Ethics Centre located at the Police headquarters, was established in 2012 to maintain professional standards, values and norms of officers and employees of other public and private companies, among others.

It trains over 300 people, both police officers and civilians annually.

“We came here to learn from Rwanda’s best practices. Rwanda Police is ranked one of the leading forces in Africa that have succeeded in fighting corruption and it’s the leading force trusted by the citizens, and this takes a lot, which we can learn,” said Dr. Tchikaya.

The latest Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) report by the World Economic Forum ranked Rwanda the best country in Africa and 21st globally where citizens trust and rely on Police services to enforce law and order.

The same report also ranked Rwanda the most secure and with the least incidences of crime and violence that impose costs on businesses in Africa.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.

“It’s commendable how Rwanda Police works with other institutions to fight corruption; the country also has good policies in responding to graft and GBV, which we can adopt back in Congo,” Tchikaya added.