Eastern Province: Governor challenges Nyagatare residents against drug abuse, GBV

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 27 January 2017 saa 12:40
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The Governor of the Eastern Province, Judith Kazayire has called upon residents of Nyagatare District on to desist and report anything that would lead to domestic and gender based violence, which are still common in the district.

While addressing the residents on Wednesday in Nyagatare Sector, the Governor noted that most of such criminal acts are committed by people under the influence of drugs, which they should give emphasis to partner with the police to apprehend anyone still involved in drug-related crimes.

This was during a one-day consultative meeting committed to solving issues faced by the communities in Nyagatare.

Present was also the Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Dismas Rutaganira and other security organs’ representatives in the region.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to fight human rights violations of gender and domestic violence. The country counts on you in each and every aspect of security and development,” the Governor said.

She urged them to always report anything illegal, criminal or suspicious to police adding that by establishing Police stations in each and every sector, some of which are constructed by the people themselves, Rwanda National Police is bringing services closer to the communities for their own safety and quick response.

The Governor went on to tell those present that the region still faces cross-border criminal acts especially those related to Kanyanga and other banned gin, and cattle theft.

She urged residents to form a strong partnership with the security organs with an objective of bringing to justice those thought to be engaging in these illegal acts.

Kazayire warned that investing in illegal trade like narcotics is a huge loss both individually and to the economy of the nation because people involved in such criminal acts, when arrested they are charged with heavy fines or long-term imprisonment while seized drugs are destroyed.

The Governor further warned against anyone who shields criminals engaged in criminal acts and cautioned commercial motorcyclists against transporting illicit drugs and drug dealers.

It’s said that most traffickers of illicit gin and cannabis use motorcyclists especially at night to transport the illegal goods from one place to another.

“There is a need for strong partnership amongst residents especially in strengthening night patrols, identifying families with conflicts and help them settle disputes,” she said.

She reminded them of the importance of community policing saying that it is a proven way of preventing crimes before they happen.