At least 25 Rwandans who had been trafficked abroad were successfully rescued by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in 2019, according to the institution.
RIB Secretary General Col. Jeannot Ruhunga made the revelation at the ongoing RIB’s second leadership retreat for criminal justice practitioners taking place in Nyamata, Bugesera District between August 9-11 2019.
Col Ruhunga said that in a span of one year and a few months, RIB achieved a lot including building the capacity of its staff.
However, it was noted that there are still a lot to do in terms of finding equipment to be used in investigating crimes affecting national economy and sexual violence.
He noted that currently, the way RIB is performing is thrilling compared to the short period of time it has been in existence.
“In just one year and a few months that we have been around, we made significant progresses and we are optimistic for further improvement,” he said.
RIB announced that among other things, it is proud of having built its staff’s capacity in both knowledge and equipment.
Currently, RIB has 140 motorcycles, 29 cars, 598 computers as well as other equipment to assist criminal justice practitioners in their work.
Additionally, the institution has a dash board system enabling it to monitor border flows.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Busingye Johnston, who was the guest of honour, urged the criminal justice practitioners to ponder how Rwandans can change and have a mindset that “fears committing crimes”.
“We wish to combat crimes in a way that builds the culture of lawfulness. A Rwandan national or foreigner has to make sure that they do not commit crimes in Rwanda or elsewhere which may affect the country,” he said.
Busingye said it is sad that the number of people being jailed is higher than the number of those being released while they should be at par, or those going to jails fewer than those released.
Meanwhile, Busingye lauded the criminal justice practitioners for their dedication and requested them to keep up the good work.
He also reminded them that discipline in their responsibilities is essential for achieving their goals.
He noted that their wish is that no criminal justice practitioner should take bribes but that it happens anyway.
However, Busingye said the fact that those who are caught taking bribes are sanctioned doesn’t put the blame on RIB as an institution.
According to RIB, so far 28 criminal justice practitioners have been caught in bribery and other disciplinary cases all of whom were brought to book.