The just appointed Botswana High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya Mr Andrew Sesinyi paid a courtesy call to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr Phemelo Ramakorwane at Police Headquarters yesterday (24/04/2023).
Welcoming Mr Sesinyi, the Acting Commissioner congratulated him on his recent diplomatic appointment as the Botswana High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya and accredited countries of Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
Mr Ramakorwane stated that Botswana Police Service (BPS) has over the years established close collaboration with sister police organisations, both in the region and beyond, in strategic areas such as capacity building, training, mutual operation, and technical support.
The Acting Commissioner said that early this year, the BPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rwanda National Police (RNP) and it is envisaged that a similar exercise will be instituted with the Kenya Police when all protocols have been finalised.
He further stated that BPS is a member of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) which was established to tackle transnational Organised Crime, including the dismantling of criminal syndicates and arresting of wanted fugitives.
“Kenya and other countries continue to benefit from the training offered by the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Gaborone, which is a police training institution jointly funded by Botswana and the United States Governments. A sizeable number of law enforcement officers from Botswana have also enrolled in various specialised courses,” he said.
Mr Ramakorwane pledged BPS unwavering support to Mr Sesinyi as he embarks on his Ambassadorial duties to progress Botswana’s interests abroad.
For his part, High Commissioner Sesinyi thanked BPS for the warm welcome and commended them for the collaborations that they have made throughout the continent. He said he is pleased with the inroads BPS has made with Rwanda as it is a country where they can learn a lot in terms of Human Resource Management and Tourism.
He said he is happy that the MoU between the BPS and RNP will be extended to Kenya Police as this would make it easier to fight transnational organised crimes.