The recently created Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has received its first staff numbering up to 463 in a major transfer from Rwanda National Police as reflected in cabinet resolutions on Wednesday.
According to a statement, members of the cabinet approved the Prime Minister‘s Order determining modalities of transfer of 463 personnel and assets related to criminal investigation from Police to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).
In August 2016, government reorganised the Police breaking away the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and created a new independent entity RIB.
At that time the Internal Security Minister told journalists that the new changes were aimed at removing conflict of interest which was emerging in some cases.
“Previously a police officer that committed a crime would be investigated by their colleagues. This was a problem. “The investigations agency should be independent,” the minister said then.
Meanwhile, similar changes were also effected on the Police training college that was elevated to operate separately and became the Rwanda Law Enforcement Academy – operating under the ministry of Justice.
According to Justice Minister Johnston Busingye, under the new changes, rendering justice will speed up – unlike in previous situations where investigations and eventual prosecution had to go through various agencies.
Col. Jeannot Ruhunga, the pioneer Secretary General of RIB said, “when the economy is growing , there is a new dimension of crimes. Creation of RIB is supposed to address the new nature of crimes and alot of other illicit activities including fraud, cyber crime, terrorism and more that the CID was not capable of handling.”
The new RIB boss is deputised by Issabelle Kalingangabo a lawyer by profession.
In Photo (Justice Minister Johnston Busingye addressing police officers)