The District Police Unit (DPU) of Muhanga has started an anti-crime awareness campaign in all schools in the district as part of the package for the students prior to breaking off for holidays.
The campaigns aim at sensitizing students against sell or use of illicit drugs, radicalization and extremism, and enlightening them on the global threat of human trafficking so as they can as well pass on the message to their peers and relatives.
The Mayor of Muhanga, Beatrice Uwamariya and the District Police Commander (DPC), Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Jean Baptiste Karega met with over 800 students of Acodes and ES Buringa secondary schools.
“Collaboration is one way we can collectively avoid cases of radicalization from rooting in our societies; wherever you encounter or suspect situations leading to radicalization or extremism, quickly inform the police or other nearby security agencies…that is community policing that you equally stand for,” Mayor Uwamariya told students.
The DPC, on the other hand, told students that to preserve the safety and security Rwanda and the citizenry enjoy today, it requires everyone to be actively part of it.
“Security of this country starts with you as an individual; if you are safe, then commit yourself to ensuring the safety of your neighbour, friend and your compatriots. You can only achieve that by working closely with security organs and reporting suspicious security threats,” said CIP Karega.
He noted that radicalism tendencies should not be confused with Islamic religion, urging the students to distance and report anyone that attempts to lure them into extremism.
Elsewhere, the Vice Mayor Innocent Kayiranga along with Inspector of Police (IP) Alfred Nshimiye, also engaged about 820 students of College St. Joseph where they echoed the same message.
According to the DPU of Muhanga, similar campaigns will be extended to all schools in the district before they close for the holidays.