Traders in Rubavu District have been called upon fighting all tendencies of child abuse and offering of alcoholic beverages to minors.
The call was made by the Regional Police Commander for the Western Province, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Emmanuel Karasi while meeting members of the Private Sector Federation in Rubavu yesterday.
The meeting, which preceded a friendly football match between police in the region and the business community in Rubavu, was held in the context of the ongoing ‘Police Week.’
“We have to protect children from hazardous activities or employing them in your businesses. Equally, owners of bars and night clubs should ensure that children are not served alcoholic drinks or give them access to night spots,” the RPC said.
“Children should be in school but not casual labourers and their rights abused. On the other hand, by offering them alcohol, you are also broking their future. It is the duty of everyone to protect them from any harm,” he added.
He also urged them to desist from any illegal business and fight smuggling and tax evasion.
Dieudone Niyonsaba, the head of PSF in Rubavu, called for drastic action on traders involved in unlawful businesses.
“We all know that alcohol interferes with good judgment, leading young people into risky behavior and making them vulnerable to sexual coercion, kids will also have behavioral problems, including stealing, fighting, and skipping school, these are our children we should protect,” Niyonsaba said.