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Gatsibo: Local leaders Urged to tighten Control on crimes

The newly elected local leaders in Gatsibo District have been reminded to spearhead the fight against crimes in their respective areas.

Speaking to about 200 local leaders in Muhura Sector, Inspector of Police (IP) Rogers Rwakayiru noted that Gatsibo still experiences common tendencies of drug abuse, domestic and gender based violence and child abuse, among others.

“We have seen a significant impact of community policing spearheaded by local leaders in identifying and reporting crimes in the past where wrongdoers have been arrested and illegal or stolen items recovered, and we expect you, as new leaders, to strengthen the partnership with police and the people to leave no room for criminality,” IP Rwakayiru said.

The committee of leaders at the Village and Cell levels constitutes the Community Policing Committee (CPC) charged with spearheading the fight against crimes through strong collaboration and cooperation with the people and police, sharing timely information on detected illegal act.

Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts of the Eastern Province are considered as the major entry routes for banned gin including Kanyanga, Chief and Zebra waragi, and Blue Sky, among others.

The contraband are categories as narcotic drugs under the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda.

Its article 24 states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption, shall be considered as narcotic drug.”

Meanwhile, IP Rwakayiru enlightened the new local leaders of the emerging threats of trafficking in human beings and prevalence of child abuse which should also be given special attention.

At least seven victims of human trafficking have been rescued in the last two years, including foreigners intercepted transiting through Rwanda.

The meeting also tackled issues of sanitation and hygiene, malaria and corruption.

Reacting on corruption, he said, the vice has been detected among local authorities and urged them to distance themselves from all forms of malpractices.

“Local leaders provide a platform for crime detection and source of criminal information in areas of their responsibility.”

Rwanda National Police, with its zero-stance to graft, established an anti-corruption directorate under the department of Inspectorate of Services and Ethics; a disciplinary unit charged with taking varied actions against officers caught in such and other malpractices that are contrary to the norms and doctrines of the force.

An anti-corruption and public embezzlement unit which detects and investigate cases of government officials involved in embezzlement of public funds and corruption, all geared towards protection of public resources and promotion of quality service delivery.

By Robert Muriisa, RNP

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