Kigali, 6 June 2018
A delegation from the Kingdom of Lesotho visited the Ministry of Defence to learn from Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) experience in security structural reforms conducted after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
The Lesotho delegation was welcomed by the Director General of Defence Policy and Strategy in the Ministry of Defence Maj Gen Ferdinand SAFARI, who briefed them the Rwanda Security Sector Reforms effected after the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Gen Safari took them through the process of security sector reforms in Rwanda ranging from the establishment of the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission, the integration of the Military Forces to form the current Rwanda Defence Force; the reform of the law enforcement organs that merged the Gendarmerie, the Police Communal and the Judicial Police to become the current Rwanda National Police; and the reforms of the Justice system especially on Gacaca and other conventional justice. Gen Safari stressed that Security Sector Reforms in Rwanda were based on home-grown solutions addressing security problems brought by the unique situation of genocide against the Tutsi.
The Lesotho head of delegation Mr MAKHETHA MOTSOARI, the Cabinet Administrator in the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho appreciated the discussion they had with the RDF officials and commended the achievements Rwanda has obtained so far in matters related to security. He further mentioned that the Kingdom of Lesotho Government would want to establish deep relationship with Rwanda and learn from the peacebuilding initiatives that enabled the country to achieve so much in all sectors of life.
Apart from visiting the Ministry of Defence, the Lesotho delegation is conducting a benchmarking tour to other Government institutions including the Ministry of Public Service and Labour, the Parliament, the Ministry of Local Government, the Rwanda Governance Board, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.