The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, on Tuesday received a team of African Union observers who are in the country for the presidential election.
Gasana briefed the delegation, led by the former interim President of Mali, Dioncounda Traore, on the security situation in the country and reassured to them of “peaceful, safe, and smooth elections.”
He explained that the police has put in place a security plan for the entire electoral period – before, during, and after the elections – and informed the observers that thus far the campaign has been without incidents. He reassured them that the elections will be conducted in a secure environment.
“We drew a whole security plan at the national level to ensure that the process is not disrupted,” Gasana said.
The police chief also informed the delegation that the mission of the police during the elections is to secure poling centres, to escort electoral materials, and to provide security to officials of the electoral commission, election observers, and the general public.
“We have successfully secured all campaign venues, ensured security of candidates and their entourage, and safety on the road as part of our overall mission,” Gasana said, adding that overall security is a collaborative effort with other security entities, and the public.
Traore for his part remarked that the AU observer mission in Rwanda is a duty that is informed by African solidarity, and said that the prevailing security situation is satisfactory and that Rwanda offers a great example to other African countries in terms of election preparedness.
“We know, and the world knows, that Rwanda is safe; Africa has a lot to learn from Rwanda. We all know Rwanda’s past and where you are today,” he said. “It is proof that Africa can do things on its own.”