The mayor of Rwamagana District, Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi has said told the residents that their wellbeing and development largely depends on their actionable role in being the custodians of safety and security.
He further noted that effective implementation of human security and development programmes necessitates their “ownership” and to be an eye and ears against leaders or people that jeopardize such projects.
The Mayor was speaking on November 16 in Nyagasenyi Cell at a public exercise to destroy narcotic drugs seized in varied operations in the last six months.
At least 115 kilograms of cannabis and 160 of Kanyanga, a crude illicit gin were destroyed. The exercise was attended by police, local leaders, prosecution and thousands of residents.
“These drugs play a big part in impeding the development agenda. It affects the education sector as the addicted youth drop out of school, influences criminality, affects the health sector and the economy through rehabilitation and medical, and actually the level of the household growth is affected in terms of expenses in one way or another to take care of the victim,” Mbonyumuvunyi said.
He urged the residents to break silence on people they suspect to be involved in making, trafficking, selling and consuming narcotic drugs.
Fighting drug abuse is among the priorities of Rwanda National Police (RNP).
The District Police Commander (DPC), Supt. Edward Kiiza urged the residents to be the source of security and development instead of being the source of insecurity that derails fast development.
“Don’t hide drug dealers because the repercussion affects your children and your families,” Supt. Kiiza said.
He also appealed to parents to watch-over their children especially in these holidays to prevent them from peer groups and engaging in unlawful acts.
The biggest quantity of the destroyed cannabis was seized from drug traffickers that were attempting to use the remote part of Rwamagana as the transit route, according to the DPC