Rwanda National Police (RNP) joined residents of Gakenke District in a monthly community work – Umuganda – on Saturday which was characterized with both environmental protection and anti-drug abuse activities.
Shortly after Umuganda in which at least 3000 trees were planted in Kageyo Village of Rusagara Cell in Gakenke Sector and 11 hectares of terraces constructed, hundreds of residents gathered to witness the public destruction of illicit drugs seized in varied operations.
The destroyed narcotic drugs valued at about Rwf900, 000 included banned illicit gin Kitoko, Kanyanga and Blue Sky.
The activities were attended by the district vice mayor in charge of Social Affairs, Catherine Uwimana, Commissioner for Logistics in RNP, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) David Butare and the District Police Commander, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Jean Bosco Minani, among others.
About 112 families were also given heifer under the government One-Cow-Per-Household programme.
The vice mayor appealed to the beneficiaries of heifer to take good care of them to change their lives, but added that such human security programmes are meant to improve their social welfare free from crime.
She noted that as the government strives to further improve their wellbeing, they should as well be at the centre of fighting anything that can affect their development including illicit drugs which she observed that they have wrecked families while children have become addicts and engage in other criminal activities like theft after dropping out of school.
The DPC, on his part, thanked the residents for their partnership through community policing and timely information sharing, which led to the seizure of the poured illicit gin in the last one month.
“We need to build on that and create a firm bond that can’t be easily penetrated by drug traffickers, makers, sellers and even abusers,” CIP Minani told the residents.
He urged them to work with Police as agents of safety and security in their communities.