Rwanda—On Friday, February 25, a group of Zimbabwean senators paid a visit to the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, where they were welcomed by Inspector General of Police Dan Munyuza.
Senators from the Zimbabwean Parliament’s Thematic Committee on Peace and Security visited RNP to learn about Rwanda’s internal security administration, including community policing and participation in peacekeeping deployments.
Charity Manyeruke, the Zimbabwean ambassador to Rwanda, and Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza, the Deputy IGP in charge of Administration and Personnel, were also present at the meeting.
Munyuza gave them an overview of the RNP’s history from its inception 21 years ago, emphasizing the force’s dedication to sharing information about Rwanda’s path to long-term peace and stability.
RNP was formed in June 2000 after the merger of three agencies: the Gendarmerie, which was under the Ministry of Defence, the Police Communale, which was under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Judicial Police, which was under the Ministry of Justice. The goal was to create an organized, well-coordinated, and professional police force capable of dealing effectively with security challenges.
“RNP began with a force of 3,000 personnel and has since increased its capacity and capability by more than five-fold. RNP, in collaboration with other government agencies, has been at the forefront of ensuring that Rwandans are safe, secure, and involved over the years. “Through community-centered policing, the RNP has implemented a ‘all-inclusive’ approach to people’s protection,” IGP Munyuza remarked.
“The strategic guidance from President of the Republic, H.E Paul Kagame, to RNP has been that, in order for a country to thrive and progress, its citizens must be involved in policy formation and implementation at all levels,” he continued. This is why, in the battle against crime and keeping Rwanda safe and secure, we have always cooperated with the people.”
RNP has been at the vanguard of ensuring security not just at home, but also overseas in peacekeeping missions, according to IGP Munyuza.
The RNP is now serving in four peacekeeping missions: the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Abyei, and Haiti, as well as a counter-terrorism unit in Mozambique.