The Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazayire has called upon grassroots leaders in Gatsibo District to drive the idea of community policing and inclusiveness in security and development activities.
While addressing about 500 leaders including district authorities, executive secretaries of sectors and cells, civil society and heads of hospitals and health centres in Gatsibo, on March 15, the Governor said that in implementing national development programmes, security such take a centre stage as a breeding ground for reaching the targets.
Others participants included sector advisory councils, women and youth forums, and elders.
The meeting was also attended by the Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dismas Rutaganira.
“Whereas we need fast development, we also need sustainable security to ensure sustainable development. That, therefore, equally becomes the responsibility of every Rwandan – not only security organs – and as leaders, you are expected to guide the people towards that path,” Governor Kazayire said.
She hinted on the menace of drug abuse, which she said, affects the development and wellbeing of families.
Drugs constitute the majority crimes in Gatsibo, especially illicit gin banned in Rwanda, due to their harmful alcoholic content.
ACP Rutaganira embarked on the importance of real time information sharing, which he said is one of the effective means to prevent crime and bring to book wrongdoers.