The Governor of the Eastern Province, Odette Uwamariya has attributed Rwanda’s development to sustainable security and urged residents in the region to preserve it.
The Governor made the remarks on August 24 while addressing about 1500 residents of Kageyo, Gitoki and Gatsibo sectors in Gatsibo District.
The meeting was also attended by the Eastern Province Regional Police Commander (RPC) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Emmanuel Karasi and representatives of other security organs and local leaders.
The meeting dwelt most on the issue of cattle theft in the region, and the need to forge strong partnership to fight and prevent all sorts of crimes.
“Our peace, development and all that has been achieved is attributed to stable security that we are currently enjoying throughout the country and it’s within our responsibility to preserve and promote it. Theft of cattle is one of the security issues affecting farmers and which should be fought by everyone,” Governor Uwamariya said.
During the same meeting, Rwanda National Police (RNP) paraded 20 suspects who were arrested in connection with cattle theft.
ACP Karasi reminded residents of their role in information sharing.
“Whenever you encounter or suspect someone of being an offender, you should hurriedly inform us…it’s through information sharing that we managed to arrest the 20 suspects that you have seen,” ACP Karasi said.
He, however, went on to sensitize residents against drug trafficking and abuse pointing out illicit gin as the most drugs in the district that should be fought.
“We are aware of all tricks and routes that smugglers use and basing on such information we have been able to arrest some of the people involved due to information we get from some of you. I urge you all to work as a team and join the police efforts through information sharing to break chains of drug traffickers.”