Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, officially bid farewell to 111 officers, who were retired from active service, last week.
The retirees include two Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), 27 senior and 82 junior officers.
Among those retired are eight women officers.
The official send-off party was held at the RNP General Headquarters in Kacyiru, and presided over by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye.
Present was also the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and DIGPs; Dan Munyuza of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel.
Minister Busingye thanked the retirees for their patriotism and distinguished service to their country, urging them to exhibit the same discipline in the new life.
He further paid tribute to those, who took part in the country’s liberation struggle and the contribution of each and everyone in building a professional Police force.
“We are here to honor your contribution and bid you farewell in a dignified manner that befits your service,” said Minister Busingye.
He added that their retirement is only “suspension of active service” adding that the “mission continues.”
Busingye further urged them to join hands with other Rwandans to serve the nation in other capacities to continue to drive the country’s transformation process.
IGP Gasana said that the officers served their country well with integrity, and that they are retiring with dignity.
The Police Chief reiterated their “exemplary service” and acknowledged individual and collective contribution to peace, safety and security and the overall service delivery of the force.
“Rwanda National Police recognizes the journey moved, the hurdles faced and challenges overcame together,” IGP Gasana said.
“We will certainly continue to count on you in other policing capacities…calling on you when need arises and tapping on your knowledge,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of the retired officers, Assistant Commissioner of Police (rtd) Elisa Kabera, acknowledged the support of the RNP leadership and the country in general, and for having faith in their abilities.
“Today brings mixed feelings,” said ACP Kabera.
“To us, this is a moment of joy in that when someone retires, they have achieved something in their life… they have contributed and overcome a lot, but of course you feel sad when your leaving your family,” Kabera said.
He noted that the occasion was an emotional moment adding that “we have so many fond memories that we will forever treasure.”