Thirty senior police students from nine African countries currently attending the fifth intake of the ‘Police Senior Command and Staff Course’ at the National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District, have started study tours aimed at linking theories to realities on ground.
The officers are from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda, the host.
They started the internal study tour on Monday with focus on the Justice Sector, visiting the Ministry of Justice prior to continuing their tour in the Office of Ombudsman later in the day.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, who received the students, gave them a detailed lecture on “the role of justice as a pillar to peace and security.”
The Minister also gave an insight into the judicial reforms that Rwanda embarked on after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and attributed much of Rwanda’s progress in the justice peace and security dockets to home-grown solutions.
Minister Busingye also spoke about the role of law enforcers in ensuring justice and emphasized their “importance in shaping public safety in any society.”
Commissioner of Police (CP) Moses Kafeero Kabugo from Uganda, said: “The knowledge we have acquired will not only help us in class and completion of this important course, but also in our day-today work as law enforcers, in decision making and effective implementation of policies and laws.”
At the Office of Ombudsman, students were briefed on its operations especially in fighting corruption, which also lies in their duties as law enforcers.
The one year professional and career course also offers a Master’s in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation, and Level 7 certificate in strategic leadership and management.
CP Felix Namuhoranye, the Commandant of NPC, said: “The highest rated police course aims at imparting to participants knowledge and skills in relation to Strategic Command and professional policing, Executive Leadership as well as Strategic Management.”
“After students are equipped with theoretical knowledge, they go out to make a comparative analysis of the practices on ground. This strategic level provides them with ability to influence security policies and improves their understanding of the evolving policing landscape,” the Commandant added.
The students are scheduled to visit twelve institutions in the sectors of justice, governance, security, foreign policy and economic development.