Followers of ADEPR church in Rubavu District have committed to equally hold the mantle against crimes.
They pledged the commitment on August 13 when about 1500 members of ADEPR majority the youth, organized and held a walk which they directed to fighting and preventing drug related crimes.
Whereas the youth are the most majority group said to be involved in drug related crimes, Rubavu is labeled the major route for illicit drugs in the Western Province.
The walk against drug abuse started in Mutovu Cell of Bugeshi sector and ended at the sector headquarters in Kabumba cell where messages of community policing were delivered by various officials.
The campaign follows another one organized and conducted by the same church last week.
Rev. Pastor Pierre Clavère Akoyiremeye of ADEPR Rubavu, in his message, said that the church will carry on with the awareness by engaging its members to be the minds of change and crime prevention.
He noted that as Christians, they are required to stay out of trouble or any unlawful act.
As religious leaders, he noted that it is equally their duty to ensure that there is “peace and harmony among God’s sheep.”
Inspector of Police (IP) Solange Nyiraneza, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO of Rubavu, appealed to couples and families to refrain from domestic wrangles, which she said is one of the factors that contribute to school dropout, street children and drug abuse due to lack of parental care and follow up.
She thanked the ADEPR church for their partnership in anti-crime awareness and prevention and appealed to members to make a different in this fight.
- Rev. Pastor Pierre Clavère Akoyiremeye of ADEPR Rubavu speaking to residents of Rubavu during the campaign.