Over 300 traders operating in Musanze town have been urged to take part in community policing and crime prevention activities.
The call was made by the District Police Commander (DPC) Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Jean Claude Kabandana during a meeting held on November 10 in Muhoza sector and brought together traders and local leaders in the district.
Among the local leaders that attended the meeting included the vice mayor in charge of social affairs Marie Claire Uwamariya who told traders that security is a pillar to sustainable development and that businesses can’t prosper where there is insecurity.
“We must work towards sustaining the security we have and keep close with security organs,” said the vice mayor.
CIP Kabandana told traders that cooperation in crime prevention is key in ensuring public safety and urged them to enhance their involvement in community policing activities like night community patrol commonly known as irondo.
He told them that although RNP has the mandate to protect business community and Rwandans at large, everyone’s involvement is equally crucial.
“Strategies like Irondo seek to engage residents and traders in addressing the factors that contribute to crime and disorder – and it is the reason why the business community should cooperate with police, through delivery of timely information, in ensuring that these strategies work efficiently,” said CIP Kabandana.
He also warned the business communities against suspects who pretend to be traders yet in reality are criminals who deal in human trafficking, drugs smuggling and other vices.
“You must be vigilant against criminals who infiltrate the business community. Always be on the watch and sensitize your fellow traders about the dangers that such people pause to the socioeconomic development of our country,” he said.
One of the traders, Faustin Mushakamba, commended RNP for ensuring that security and order are enforced, which enables genuine traders to conduct their businesses profitably and sustainably.
“We have a high level of peace in Rwanda and this has enabled us to conduct our businesses profitably. But we will not take this for granted as traders, and we should always cooperate with Police if there is any of our colleagues we suspect of conducting illicit activities,” he urged.
Participants in the meeting also deliberated on how to come up with effective mechanisms to contribute to security around their premises including periodic campaigns aimed at promoting law and order.