The Commander General of Carabinieri – the Italian Police – Lt. Gen. Tullio Del Sette, yesterday, visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) where he was received by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana at the General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
Carabinieri is the National Gendarmerie of Italy, policing both military and civilian populations with over 200 years of service.
IGP Gasana and Lt. Gen. Tullio discussed modalities of enhancing the relations between the two police forces following a bilateral agreement signed mid-last month.
Speaking during the meeting, Gen. Tullio said: “We look at Rwanda as an exemplary and resilient country; we are happy to cooperate in policing. The Italian Police is looking forward with great attention to relations with Rwanda National Police.”
The January bilateral MoU signed in Italy, confirms the parties’ desire to strengthen cooperation in the fields of training and exchange of best practices especially in the priority fields of counter terrorism, public order management, traffic and road safety, Peace Support Operations, and cybercrime investigations.
IGP Gasana said that under the existing partnership, experts from the two police forces will work together to come up with actionable activities including training that will be conducted both in Rwanda and Italy.
“We are happy that we are engaged in this bilateral cooperation, we are also opening up to cooperation with EAPCCO region with a view of pursuing collective security and capacity building,” said the Rwandan Police Chief.
The meeting was also attended by Italian Ambassador to Rwanda, with a residence in Uganda, Domenico Fornara, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, the Consul for Rwanda in Milan, Enroco Lilian Morra, RNP Deputy IGPs; Dan Munyuza of Operations and Juvenal Marizamunda of Administration and Personnel, among others.
Lt. Gen. Tullio also paid a courtesy call to various Rwandans officials, paid homage to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi at Kigali Memorial Centre-Gisozi; visited various environmental protection activities including Virunga National Park, to explore Rwanda’s environmental conservation.