A football tournament dedicated to raising awareness and fighting illicit drugs, radicalization and extremism in Nyabihu District ended on October 28 with Mukamira Sector beating Jomba Sector 4-0 in the finals.
The final match was also attended by the district mayor Theoneste Uwanzwenuwe, the District Police Commander (DPC), Senior Supt. Victor Rubamba and officials from national secretariat of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) headed by Jean Bosco Mutangana.
Addressing over 1000 spectators majority the youth, shortly after the match, mayor Uwanzwenuwe noted that football presents the best example of partnership and teamwork required in the development of the country and fighting crimes in particular.
“Partnership presents a platform for success; the same spirit and teamwork used in football is equally the same attitude needed to join efforts with police and other security organs to identify criminals, share information with the police as means to promote safety and security as the pillar to development,” Uwanzwenuwe said.
He further urged them give a deaf ear and report anyone that would try to lure them into criminal activities.
The DPC noted that although drug related crimes are on the decrease, they still account for the most crimes committed and urged them to share information on the makers of illicit brew and traffickers of cannabis.
“You represent the biggest percentage as the youth; be agents of change and actively and collectively be part be community activities in your communities. Your home and your neighbourhood shouldn’t be a hideout or operation for criminals like drug dealers and extremists,” he noted.
All teams, he noted, they are winners for the intended campaign and appealed to them to shift the competition to crime detection and prevention.