[PHOTOS]: Gatsibo: Crime-free village residents on capacity building tour
A delegation of 30 residents of Kagarama, a crime free village in Nyamirama Cell, Gitoki Sector in Gatsibo District, on Thursday conducted a tour in the City of Kigali in a bid to further upgrade their understanding in the implementation of the community policing initiatives.
The delegation headed by the vice mayor of Gatsibo in charge of Social Affairs, Theogene Manzi, included the village leader and his committee, elders and the youngsters.
Kagarama has not registered a crime in the last three years, thanks to the initiatives by the residents in partnership with their village leaders.
They visited the Rwanda National Police Headquarters in Kacyiru, where they were received and briefed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana.
The tour was on the invitation of RNP to appreciate their community policing efforts and also to give them more skills in crime prevention.
IGP commended their overall commitment in crime prevention and making their village an example of community policing.
“You set a clear picture of what community policing means and how it impacts on the wellbeing of the communities,” IGP Gasana said.
He explained that security organs cannot effectively fight criminal activities without partnership with members of the general public, and urged them to keep the spirit, endeavor to always share the skills with the other villages to ensure the communities safe communities.
The Police Chief pledged that the force will build a village office in Kagarama to supplement their community policing efforts.
Late last year, RNP connected all the 153 households that constitute the village, with solar energy valued at a tune of over Rwf13 million, as a reward for their outstanding implementation of the community policing concept.
Meanwhile, the delegation later visited the Campaign against Genocide Museum at the Parliamentary Building and Kigali Convention Centre.
At the parliament, they were given a grand tour of the museum where they were given an overview on the liberation struggle and the capture of Kigali as well as how RPF- Inkotanyi stopped mass killings in Kigali during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Patrick Bimenyimana, the village chief of Kagarama, thanked RNP for the support adding that the tour enlightened them further and a huge motivation for them to draw more commitment to further make other communities safe and secure.
“In the first place, we put much efforts to fight drug abuse, which was the source of so many other crimes. The success in fighting drugs became a major milestone in preventing many other crimes like domestic and gender based violence, fightings and theft,” Bimenyimana said.
Kagarama has active community policing committees, Irondo (community night patrols), all the 609 residents are organised in clusters - with each cluster composed of 15 households; all children supposed to be in school are known, and indeed all in school; 100% covered with medical insurance; all households are organised in cooperatives and meet at least twice weekly under Umugoroba w'ababyeyi to discuss community issues.
The vice mayor, on his part, said: “The fact that Kagarama village has been crime free for the past three years gives us a great lesson and their good example is making some impact to other villages, with some neighbouring villages taking learning from them and it’s also paying off.”