Commercial motorcyclists in Musanze District have been called upon to actively make community policing and crime prevention in particular, part and parcel of their daily responsibilities.
The call was made by the mayor of Musanze; Jean Claude Musabyimana made the call on September 8 during a meeting with over 300 motorcyclists operating in the district, held at Ubworoherane stadium.
The meeting attended by the District Police Commander, Senior Supt. Felix Bizimana and representatives from other security organs, was meant to woo the motorcyclists to strengthen partnership with security organs through information sharing to fight and prevent crimes.
“Fighting crimes and promoting safety and security is the responsibility of every Rwandan, including the motorcyclists; your strong partnership with security agencies through instant information sharing is vital,” Musabyimana said.
“If you suspect of anyone planning or involved in anything illegal, be it drug traffickers, theft or even extremists, be the first to inform security organs; your partnership with police and the army can make change,” he added.
The DPC, who acknowledged the role motorcyclists play in the national development and security in particular, however, noted that some of their members involve in unlawful activities.
“You shouldn’t give room for such people, who taint your image. Give value to your business, preserve its image,” SSP Bizimana said.
“Insecurity can be manifested in many aspects and road accidents are amongst them; ride carefully, respect traffic rules and regulations and value the lives of those you transport, other road users and even your lives. People are the greatest resource,” he added.
“Development thrives on the foundation of security and so is your business profession. In your associations and cooperatives, you should as well make community policing part of your discussions.”
About 15 percent of the over 1500 anti-crime clubs across the country, are composed of motorcyclists.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) has supported motorcycle cooperatives as part of its human security programme.