Gasabo: Students told to stand up against narcotics and child abuse
Over 500 students of Cyuga Primary School located in Jali Sector of Gasabo District were, on Monday, sensitized on dangers of abusing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.
They were also enlightened on forms of child abuse and gender based violence and urged to report any such human rights violations in their homes and communities.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Irene Umuhozari, the District Political and Civic Education Officer (DPCEO) for Gasabo told the students about various forms of child abuse and urged them to stand up for their rights and report all sorts of abuse they experience or witness.
CIP Umuhozari also advised them not to be destroyed by illicit drugs but rather to focus on their education and followed up government programmes especially those dedicated to youth development.
“Cannabis, mayirungi, soothing agents, kanyanga and all gins packed in banned plastic bags as well as other locally made illicit brews are classified as narcotic drugs. Selling or consuming these substances is also punishable by law,” CIP Umuhozari told the students.
Under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, “any person who, in any way, eats, drinks, injects himself/herself, inhales or one who anoints oneself with psychotropic substances, commits an offence.”
It further states that “any person convicted of any of the acts mentioned in Paragraph One of this Article is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years or subject to a penalty of community service.”
CIP Umuhozari appealed to them to desist from such acts and to report dealers and consumers in their communities or at school.
She further asked them to break silence on the abuses they face at home, school or communities. “We urge you to report incidences of gender based violence between your parents or in your neighbourhoods. Child abuse and GBV are human rights violations; they have far reaching on psychological and physical consequences to victims,” she explained to students.
"When parents are conflicting children are affected; lack of parental care, others end up leaving school and abandoning their homes going on streets where they become wrongdoers. Family conflicts are also the cause of criminality. So, report these conflicts so as to address them before they turn violent,” CIP Umuhozari added.
CIP Umuhozari urged them to share information with concerned organs whenever they observe drug dealers, child labor or whenever they see people serving alcohol to minors.