Senate approves Rwanda Investigation Bureau law

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 29 November 2016 saa 05:28
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The law defining responsibilities of Rwanda National Police has been revised and left duties of investigations on terrorism acts in the hands of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).

The extraordinary cabinet meeting of 13th September 2016 confirmed the changes where after RIB was established to operate under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice.

The senate yesterday confirmed that President Paul Kagame requested the revision of the law n°46/2010 of 14/12/2010 granting RIB the powers and responsibilities of investigating and performance of duties formerly carried out by the police CID.

The Bureau is specifically in charge of crime intelligence, trends of crime, criminal investigations, judicial police which normally handles filed cases and transfers them to the prosecution, and the capacity of getting necessary information and treat them accordingly.

Senator Michel Rugema, chairperson of the foreign affairs, cooperation and security committee which assessed the draft law explained that the reforms considered responsibilities of police that were related to investigation department which have been assigned to RIB.

“The article regarding activities of police was also revised where three sections including ‘preserving security in courts, collaboration with police from other countries to counter cross border crimes and interconnecting activities of the investigation executed by other bodies’ were removed because they fit in the new established body (RIB),” he said.

The new law defines added police duties like; keeping security of infrastructures and government buildings, supervising buildings and any place where a crowd is gathered, vehicles and boats, checking on arms and in refugee camps, providing licensing to people in need of registering a private company seeking to offer security services along helping citizens in activities of keeping security.

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Senators in parliament yesterday