Nyamasheke: Vice mayor urges grassroots leaders on creating crime-free village
Strengthened partnership between residents and local leaders in the implementation of community policing initiatives will make it hard for lawbreakers to penetrate such concrete bond to implement their evil plans, the vice mayor-Economic Affairs of Nyamasheke District, told village chiefs recently.
Josue Michel Ntaganira, who was addressing Village Chiefs from the sectors of Kagano and Kanjongo, observed that creating crime-free villages becomes easy where residents and local leaders have the same understanding and approach through enhanced night patrols and neighbourhood watch.
Creating crime-free villages headlined the just concluded community development activities, which was part of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) 18th anniversary.
At least five out of 30 identified crime-free villages were awarded with a fully-equipped office constructed by RNP. Thirty identified crime-free villages, one in every district, will also get a similar office.
Ntaganira challenged them to make use of Umugoroba w’ababyeyi, a social cohesion forum that brings together elders and parents, to address issues affected their families and communities.
He, however, thanked them for the work done in the implementation of national development programmes, but added that the social development activities will not be sustained in an environment of criminality. He singled out drug trafficking and abuse, domestic and gender based violence, child abuse and corruption as major factor that affect human security, service delivery and development.
“We have seen other villages where residents that have turned it around from a high crime to a free-crime society; it only requires similar understanding and approach,” the vice mayor said.
Inspector of Plice (IP) Philippe Abizeye, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Nyamasheke, also emphasised timely information sharing on anything illegal or criminal for quick response.
“A village is small to know new people, conflicting families and drug dealers and abusers,” IP Abizeye said, urging them to always feed the police and local leaders with such information to intervene and address such issues or arrest suspected criminals.