Between May and June this year, Rwanda National Police (RNP) donated free Solar Power system to close to 3400 households - mainly those in remote areas in different parts of the country.
Among the beneficiaries are residents of Gatare Village in Nyakariro Sector in Rwamagana District. Four months down the road, residents of Gatare village speak highly of the impact from the solar power connectivity.
In Gatare Village, RNP donated solar power systems to 108 households.
Speaking at townhall meeting that attracted about 2,000 residents, Concilia Kabarinda whose home was among those connected and was also given a cow, said the Rwanda National Police has made her dreams come true.
The 57 year old widow, a mother of two children, said she’s no longer categorized in the class of the poor.
“Look now, I have electricity and this cow, I have started enjoying the results of RNP compassion. I am able to get manure which is a booster to agricultural produce. Benefits will multiply seven folds, when this cow produces and I have started to drink milk,” she said.
Another beneficiary of RNP’s Solar Power project, Callixte Mutezimana, said criminality in Gatare village was high and criminals took advantage of darkness to steal people’s goats, sheep and pigs.
“Lights are everywhere in villages, theft that targeted our animals have significantly dropped because they (criminals) are scared of getting identified due to the lights that makes it easy them to be visible even at night.” Mutezimana said as he thanked RNP.
Francois Uwizeyimana, the executive Secretary of Gatare Village, also said that the Rwanda National Police free solar power connectivity eased communication since people no longer need to walk long distances to charge their cell phones, which he said helped them to communicate with authorities especially security organs in case they need quick intervention.
With eased mode of communication, people’s lifestyle has tremendously improved and residents say, a lot more are yet to be achieved.
In a related development, during a townhall that was presided over by RNP spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege along with the Rwamagana District Mayor, Rajab Mbonyumuvunyi and the the Eastern Region Police Commander ACP Dismas Rutaganira, residents of Gatare Village vowed to play a personal and collective efforts that would in the see Gatare village become a crime free village.
Uwizeyimana said the leadership has devised some strategies to prevent criminal activities particularly the use of illicit brews and gins like kanyanga - a crime mostly committed in this place according to him.
He further added that, they will put much efforts raising awareness among residents, enhancing neighborhood watch, commonly known as Irondo and sharing timely information with security.
In his address to residents, ACP Badege, explained that the recent RNP initiative to donate Solar Power to residents is part of the force’s priority to improve welfare of residents.
He appreciated resident’s commitment and efforts to prevent crimes and consequently hit the target to make Gatare village a crime free village and challenged them to ensure that they become a crime-free village.
ACP Badage further urged them to walk the talk and put much focus on crimes like narcotic drugs and GBV.
“Crimes like defilement and drug abuse, not only frustrate basic human rights, but the vices also hold back the country’s progress,” said ACP Badege.
The Mayor of Rwamagana District, Mbonyumuvunyi, commended the overall existing partnership of RNP with residents, in not only in security matters but also nation building.
“Over the past years, residents of Gatare Village lived in isolation due to a lack electricity, but people are able to freely work and move around even at night. This is a sign of development,” the District Mayor noted.