The mayor of Rusizi District, Frederick Harerimana has called for the general understanding and protection of the rights of children and instilling Rwandan values among the young generation as a measure to prevent them from engaging in inappropriate behaviours and criminal acts.
The mayor made the call on September 25 as he addressed the residents, majority the youth, in a community policing exercise organized by the District Police Unit and local authorities to cement the ideal of partnership.
He noted that shaping children and imparting Rwandan values in them starts with knowing and protecting their rights.
This early stage preparation, he noted, gives them the first line to positively determine and face the future, and makes them resistant to unlawful acts like abusing drugs and falling prey to evil minded people that would want to divert and engage them in criminal activities.
“Children should be in school, protected from exploitative activities and this requires parental care, guidance and support,” Harerimana said.
The District Police Commander, Chief Supt. Urbain Mwiseneza commended the role of the residents in fighting and preventing crimes noting that the “success of community policing in the district is because of the ownership of the community.”
He urged them to maintain and strengthen the spirit of partnership through information sharing on drug dealers and other individuals suspected of engaging in unlawful activities.
The event was also characterized with a friendly football match between the DISTRICT Police Unit and AJEKA, a group of youth Muslims.
It was followed, later in the day, by a walk from Rusizi Bus Park to the stadium, which was both a sports and community policing exercise that brought together about 2000 people including residents, police and other security organs, local leaders and partners, among others.