The Mayor of Rwamagana District, Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi has told students currently in their end of year holidays and the youth in general that honoring allegiance to their nation should be defined by actionable participation in security and development activities.
He made the remarks while addressing youth over the weekend, shortly after a ‘special Umuganda’ for the youth held in Bwinsanga Cell of Gishari Sector.
Majority of those that attended Umuganda were students who are in their holidays and members of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP). During Umuganda, students renovated five houses of needy people and also constructed latrines for them.
“You should be the eyes and ears of security and development programmes in your neighborhoods and stand up against anyone or anything that can affect the safety and wellbeing of your families and communities,” Mbonyumuvunyi said.
He appealed them to stay away from abusing drugs and all sorts of unlawful acts and be of value to their respective families.
He observed that one of the ways youth end up in drug consumptions is through peer pressure and urged them to “refrain from going to bars and night clubs where you are likely to be tempted into consuming substances that may land you into trouble.”
Mayor Mbonyumuvunyi farther issued a tough warning against people who lure youngsters into malpractices sexual affairs for the case of girls and serving alcoholic drinks to minors, which is punishable by law.
He also reminded them to report poor services and corrupt leaders to supplement the government initiatives against corruption, which he said derail service excellence and development.
While detailing effects of drug abuse, Police’s District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) Inspector of Police (IP) Marie Gorette Uwimana said; “Youth constitute the biggest number of people who abuse drugs yet they have the ability to fight the vice, this is why we are urging you to come on board and we collectively eliminate these drugs.”
“The consequences of abusing drugs and becoming an addict go way further to affect other sectors like education, health and internal security where drugs lay a foundation to other crimes such as domestic violence, robberies and homicides,” IP Uwimana said.