As community policing continues to be the face of prevailing security , law and order in the country, residents of Kayonza District say it has helped them to deal with the issue of illicit drugs which was once the major source of conflicts in the area.
On August 8, about 1800 litres of ‘Magwingi’, a locally made illicit brew were destroyed in Gihinga Cell of Rwinkwavu Sector in presence of local residents, local leaders and Police.
The illicit drinks had been seized in a public-backed police operation in Gihinga where two suspects - Jean Baptiste Kazamarande and Emmanuel Nsekanabanga were arrested red-handed.
Inspector of Police (IP) Viateur Gakara, the station commander of Rwinkwavu, while speaking shortly after the destruction exercise, thanked the residents for their strive to ensure safety and security in their localities.
“As you have witnessed today, such illicit drugs can be the source of poverty in that you invest in an unlawful business and when caught, you are imprisoned and these psychotropic substances destroyed,” IP Gakara said.
Any person who, unlawfully, makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances within the country, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5 million, according to article 594 of the penal code.
The same article further states that any person, who consumes, injects, inhales, anoints him/herself with or makes any other unlawful use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of one to three years and a fine of up to Rwf500, 000.
“We are aware of the tricks users, makers and traffickers use and we advise them to refrain from this criminal business because there is no mercy to whoever will be caught,” he added.
Claude Bizimana, the executive secretary of Rwinkwavu reminded the residents that security is the source of the current level of development in the country and challenged them to strengthen their partnership with Rwanda National Police to sustain what has been achieved and report anything that is likely to breach security.