The Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazayire has said that the concept of neighbourhood watch was developed as an ideal for social cohesion, which should be owned and implemented by everyone.
The Governor was speaking on Wednesday in Ngoma District where she addressed about 2500 residents in Jarama Sector.
“When your neighbor is facing security challenges, harboring a criminal or involved in unlawful acts, consider it your responsibility to report such families. The unlawful activities in your neighbour’s house can be a security issue in the whole community,” the Governor said.
“If one person is selling narcotic drugs and distilling psychotropic substances, users will be a menace and a threat to the entire society, and fighting and preventing this is your responsibility.”
She urged them to fight corruption, report leaders who abuse office and other injustices that are either left unreported or attended to by responsible leaders.
The District Police Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Janvier Mutaganda, outlined drug related crimes, theft; domestic and gender based violence, child abuse and sexual abuse as some of the common crimes in Ngoma, which should be given attention to fight them.
With Kirehe District, which neighbours Ngoma and considered a major transit route for cannabis, Ngoma is viewed as the transit line to other parts of the region and Kigali.
The DPC, who commended the residents for the existing partnership in identify the routes and reporting dealers, urged them to double the effort to make it impossible for the traffickers to carry out their criminal activities.
On Tuesday, residents of Mutenderi sector also in Ngoma reported a ring of drug traffickers, who were arrested the following in Rwamagana District, where at least 300kgs of cannabis were recovered and four suspected traffickers arrested.