[PHOTOS]: Umuganda: RNP join communities in environmental protection activities
Rwanda National Police (RNP), yesterday, joined communities in different parts of the country in planting trees and other environmental conservation activities.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda headed about 200 Police officers to join residents of Jali Sector, Gasabo District to plant over 16, 000 trees in hilly areas to fight soil erosion.
They also planted fruit trees in communities and in homes in particular, to supplement the national efforts against poor feeding.
The RNP countrywide tree planting exercise that started last year is part of its five year plan to plant at least 27, 000 hectares of trees in a period spanning five years – 5, 000 hectares of hilly areas and 22, 000 hectares on agroforestry land.
So far, about 100, 000 trees have been planted in different parts of the country.
While addressing residents, shortly after Umuganda, DIGP Marizamunda thanked them for the existing partnership in policing.
"The ideology of community policing has played a major part in making our country safe and secure for all, people go around their businesses feeling safe but this challenges everyone to stay put; don't lean back," DIGP Marizamunda said.
He added: "Security is a wide aspect that also involves fighting poverty, improving the social welfare of the people and protecting the ecosystem including planting trees to fight soil erosion and to mitigate climate change. This is why Rwanda National Police is engaged in such human development activities."
The mayor of Gasabo, Stephen Rwamurangwa thanked RNP for joining them to plant trees, adding that community development activities have built a strong bond between the people and their police to fight crime.
He urged the residents to protect the planted trees but also to plant others in their homes and gardens.
The Deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye also joined motorcyclists and residents of Nyarugunga Sector in Kicukiro District to clear shrubs in Nyandugu gardens.
In his message, DIGP Namuhoranye appealed to motorcyclists to respect traffic rules and to ride responsibly on road to prevent causing or involving in fatal accident.
Motorcyclists are the majority involved and cause of accidents.
"Life is valuable, so ride safely. You wake up in the morning going to work develop yourselves but not to die, and so are those you transport and other road users," DIGP Namuhoranye told motorcyclists.
In Ruhango District, police officers also joined residents of Mwendo and Bweramana sectors to construct a bridge that connects comunities of Saruheshyi and Rwinyana cells of the two respective sectors.
The bridge was destroyed by floods recently.
Other activities in different parts of the country included laying ground where classrooms will be constructed and laying bricks for the construction of houses for disadvantaged families, among others.