The mayor of Musanze District, Jean Damascene Habyarimana has called upon leaders to be vigilant and “security sensitive” in their duties.
He also urged them to sensitise and involve the people in issues of security and development.
The mayor made the call on January 29 while officiating at a district security meeting that had been convened to review the security status as means to draw further strategies to
The mayor made the announcement January 29, during a security review meeting in Busogo Sector.
It was attended by representatives of security organs, and local leaders.
He noted that the role of local leaders and that of security organs compliment each others in making the people safer from all sorts of crimes, and poverty.
“If people are venturing their money in trafficking and selling narcotic drugs, they are actually admitting poverty and insecurity in their families when the drugs are seized or when children become drug addicts and dropout of school, and engage in other criminal activities,” the mayor said.
He also noted that excessive drinking can as well be a factor that retards family development because of being “economically unproductive.”
Mayor Habyarimana emphasized the need for strong collaborative efforts to prevent occurrence of crimes rather than dealing with the consequences.
“This is possible where leaders, security organs and the people work together through information sharing.”
Inspector of Police (IP) Viateur Ntiyamira, who commended the existing partnership with different stakeholders, called for proper records of new members in their respective communities, which helps to locate suspected criminals.
The meeting resolved to strengthen community policing initiatives like night patrols, and real time information sharing on individuals suspected to be involved in unlawful acts, among others.