The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: UN Security Course Opens in Musanze

Members of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) yesterday begun a two-week course on security sector reforms at the Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze district.

Twenty people will undergo training on the consensus of security from states and governance level to society and individuals as a prerequisite to democracy and accountability.

The training is organised by UNMISS with funding from the UN Institute of Training and Research.

Brig. Gen. Jack Nziza, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Defence, opened the course, reminding the participants that they had a salient role in contributing to security.

"You have the duty to strengthen and transform various institutions to enhance good governance, protection of human rights and citizens' wellbeing while at the same time advancing their dignity," Gen. Nziza said.

He said strong political will, proper planning and use of appropriate strategies are important pillars in reforming the security sector at national level.

Gen. Nziza lectured the participants on the causal agents of conflicts and insecurity in Africa.

"Poor leadership comprising weak and ineffective neo-colonial institutions, lack of ownership of government programmes and parasitic foreign interests ultimately threaten security," he said.

He reaffirmed Rwanda's commitment to contributing towards pragmatic initiatives aimed at enhancing UN staff.

Col. Jill Rutaremara, the Commandant of the Rwanda Peace Academy, said his institution will strive to continuously deliver internationally-recognised courses and programmes.

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