The mayor of Gatsibo district Richard Gasana has hailed the existing partnership between the muslim community, the district and police in community policing and development activities but appealed to leaders of the Muslim community in the area to remit the message to all their followers as means to collectively fight and prevent crimes.
The mayor made the call on August 7 during a meeting with 195 leaders of the muslim community in Gatsibo.
The District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police (SP) Eric Kabera also attended the meeting.
The mayor appealed to them to always pass on the message to their followers and encourage them to actively take part and own community development activities like implementation of Imihigo – performance contracts.
Supt. Kabera urged them to be an eye for their neighbours in their respective societies and share timely information on any criminal or unlawful act.
He noted that some people have either interpreted Islam wrongly or hide behind it to conduct criminal activities like terrorism across the globe and urged them to guide their followers towards the right path by campaigning against radicalization.
Sheikh Djumaine Kamanzi noted that it is in their roles as well as religious leaders to nurture a focused community, a reason they also donated Rwf6 million to support the vulnerable families in the district.