Stakeholders’ consultative workshop on service delivery for fair Justice , Organised by RIB in partnership with LAFPublished on: 5/10/2018

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Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) will establish a framework for partnership with development partners, civil society and private sector to identify areas of cooperation. This was among the resolutions adopted at a one day consultative workshop with representatives from civil society and other stakeholders on how RIB can perform better on its mandate.
Under the theme “Synergy and Professionalism, a sustainable path for Fair Justice,” the workshop that took place on Thursday aimed at fostering coordinated strategic actions, enhancing collaboration among stakeholders, share ideas and knowledge to generate strategies for partnership frame work.
Key priority areas identified for cooperation by RIB for quality service delivery include improved usage of Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS), building modern criminal record system, specialized investigation on high-tech crimes, corruption and related offences among others.

LAF Executive Director – Me Andrews KANANGA giving out his Opening remarks.

According to Andrew Kananga, the executive Director of Legal Aid Forum, CSOs are well placed to provide grass root feedback about the acceptability appropriateness of government policies and promote change.

“The arrest and detention of a citizen is one of the most legitimate powers of RIB, however, if that power is abused or inadequately implemented, citizens’ human rights are violated and the economic prosperity of the country can suffer,” he observed.
Addressing participants, Col. Jeannot Ruhunga, the Secretary General for Rwanda Investigation Bureau said that technological advancement, increasing globalization and exponential growth of global markets have “created opportunities for criminal activities often with low risk of detection and using new forms of anonymity.”

RIB Secretary General - Col. Jeannot RUHUNGA giving out his Opening Remarks.

“Crime is continually evolving and adapting. While organized crimes, illicit drug trafficking and terrorism have been of concern for the past two decades, other forms of criminality are coming to the fore such as cyber-crime, exploitation of children, human trafficking among others,” he observed.
Col. Ruhunga called for strong cooperation and partnership among stakeholders at national, regional and international levels for the young institution to achieve its core mission of preventing, detecting and investigating crime in a professional, efficient and effective manner.
Panel discussions at the event focused on the role of civil society organizations in crime prevention, the new developments in the justice sector and the importance of synergy for transformation changes for better services.

Justice Minister Johnston BUSINGYE during his Opening remarks.

Rwanda’s Justice Minister Johnston Busingye who was also the guest of honor reiterated government’s commitment to tackling criminal threats as a priority, emphasizing the need for effective service delivery in the justice sector through close collaboration with all stakeholders. He also commended RIB for the progress made so far.
“In an effort to dispense justice to citizens, Rwanda Investigation Bureau must work closely with partners including prosecutors, courts, legal practitioners, correctional services, civil society, media and ordinary citizens.” he noted.

"Criminal threats to our society constitute a challenge that we must meet effectively at all costs. New challenges demand new responses," he added.
Participants recommended that RIB develop a strong communication strategy with the view to change citizens’ perception for confidence building and trust in investigation agencies and in the decisions of the justice system especially in case of detention and release.

Collectively with stakeholders, RIB also resolved to establish programs for community engagements for timely information sharing on crimes, enhance inter-regional partnership that incorporates modalities to combat cross border crimes and boosting the capacity of detectives for professional investigations.

Other different Justice Players participated in this Workshop.

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