Rwanda and Uganda Police chiefs yesterday met in Kabale, Uganda to review the implementation of the existing partnership agreement between the two forces, and agree on the development of joint initiatives that will help them manage and respond to security challenges along the Northern Corridor.
Ensuring 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 co-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.
The two forces also agreed to continue the process of rolling out community policing models along the common borders and develop capabilities through training, sharing experiences and best practices and conducting joint coordinated operations within respective common borders.
Gasana commended the 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.
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,” Kayihura said.
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 forces are also set to establish border posts at Rwempasha, Kazinga and eight other identified crossing points.