Eighteen Senior Command and Staff Course students have graduated from the Musanze National Police College, with Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Management.
This year’s cohourt, the 7th, brought together 30 participants from nine countries namely; Nigeria, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Namibia and Rwanda, the host.
The college commandant, CP Christophe Bizimungu, said that the course covers strategic command and professional policing, executive leadership as well as strategic management.
It also offers a master’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation.
CP Bizimungu noted that senior police commanders working in a contemporary policing environment need to have adequate knowledge in command functions and strategic leadership, as well as a deep understanding of the evolving security threats.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dan Munyuza, who was the guest of honour, said that considering the contemporary nature of human interactions that have transcended the limits of individual nation states, “I strongly believe that cooperation is key in addressing all transnational and globalised crimes most of which are technology-based.”
He added that this course has been an opportunity for the participants from various countries to share experiences and good practices in addressing issues like drug-trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism and other human security challenges.
“This is an important moment and milestone you have achieved in your career. It is my sincere pleasure to recognise your tireless efforts exhibited in furthering your policing careers,” IGP Munyuza told the graduands.
One of the best students, CP Charles Mutua from Kenya, who was awarded for outstanding performance, said that the award goes to all of his colleges as participants in that course, because they worked as a team and gave their best in whatever they did.
“I took it upon myself to make sure that I did what we were supposed to do and did it to the best of my capability,” he said.
Mutua added that he is taking a lot of lessons from Rwanda to Kenya in terms of policing, governance, as well as leadership.
Prof. Philip Cotton, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Rwanda, who conferred the Master’s Degree, congratulated the graduands for their “commendable achievement”, that came through their personal efforts but also “the support from family and friends, and your colleagues and tutors.”
“You have already demonstrated that you have the potential for leadership and the capacity to contribute to finding solutions to challenges in society,” Philip said.
He urged them to exercise their knowledge and skills with supreme humanity.