Muzungu made the remarks on Wednesday in Mahama Sector while addressing grassroots leaders. The meeting was also attended by residents of the nearby cells of Munini and Mwoga.
The Mayor reminded the leaders that community policing acts as a link between them, residents and the people.
“Security is the responsibility of everyone… it is a shared obligation by every Rwandan but as leaders, it lies in your tasks to guide the people in all aspects of development and security,” Muzungu said.
He urged them to be close to the people, understand their challenges, resolve their misunderstandings and disputes, and guide them to where their wrangles can be addressed without resorting to violent conflicts.
The mayor further reminded them to actively engage the residents for identify and report people involved in trafficking, making and selling illicit drugs, which he said they influence conflicts in families.
“You cannot expect peace and development in a family that is characterized with conflicts. As grassroots leaders, you have a primary responsibility to identify these issues, intervene to settle the community problems or refer them to the right person to help them. If it is a security issue, police or any other security organs should be informed in real time,” Muzungu said.
He appealed to the youth to desist from illegal acts like consuming or dealing in illicit drugs.
Community Policing spearheaded by grassroots leaders, is a philosophy premised on Police Public Partnership and characterised by proactive approaches and activities that combine awareness campaigns against crime with human security initiatives which create opportunities for Police- Public interaction.
It helps to uplift the quality of life for the communities and addresses concerns that would otherwise give rise to security issues and crime.