IGP urges heads of motorcycle cooperatives on stronger partnership in fighting crime

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On 7 April 2017 saa 09:05
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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana held a meeting with heads and security personnel of motorcycle cooperatives, yesterday, and challenges them to streamline their services and their role in combating crime.

In a meeting held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, the Police Chief reminded them that their services are in the interest of the people and development but not to sabotage the well being of the people.

“Security is integral in your business, and your business should in the same way be integral to safety and security of the people,” IGP Gasana said, urging them to identify and report either their members or other individuals that could be involved in criminal activities.

This is in reaction to some incidents where motorcyclists have been reported and arrested in various criminal activities including trafficking narcotic drugs and transporting suspected thieves and stolen equipment.

Some motorcyclists have also been found without driver’s license or forged license and transport authorization permit, while others operate on their own defying the standards of operating in cooperatives.

While commending them for the existing partnership in policing, the IGP challenged them to professionalize their business, ensure every motorcyclist has and moves with all the required documents, maximum respect for traffic rules and regulations and in compliance with the law; and timely information sharing on anyone that could be involved in unlawful activities.

According to Pascal Baranoga, the head of COTAMOGI of Gikondo in Kicukiro District reiterated the importance of such a meeting noting that they gain new ideas on how to streamline the operations of their cooperatives and members.

“The reality is most drugs here in Kigali are transported by motorcyclists, which is unfortunate. Between December last year and February this year alone, we worked with the police and seized about 1000kgs of cannabis in Gikondo. Majority of these drugs were being transported by motorcyclists,” said Baranoga.

“This is partly why as COTAMOGI; we have since decided to expel members who are caught in such criminal activities. In the last five months, we have dismissed four of our members. The problem is that when you expel such members, they join another cooperative. We should harness our actions against such individuals, where possible, ensure that they are indefinitely suspended from this business and their driver’s license revoked,” he said.