Fifty-two coordinators and members of the executive committee of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing, yesterday, held a one day retreat to deliberate on various issues related to social protection.
The retreat held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru was presided over by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana.
It was also attended by the National coordinator of Youth Volunteers, Justus Kangwagye, and the National Electoral Commission coordinator in Nyarugenge and Kicukiro District, Rutikanga Jean Bosco.
Held under a theme: “Engaging the youth to promote service delivery”, the retreat mainly deliberated on crime prevention, service delivery, role of community policing and social protection.
IGP Gasana commended the youth for their significant role in fighting and preventing crimes, but reminded them that the “journey is still long and continues. ”
“Rwanda National Police values the role the youth play in activities of security and development; the country sees you as the future of this nation and that is a task you have to practically carry on in building a crime free nation,” IGP Gasana said.
He urged them to be the eye, ears and voice for justice, service delivery, accountability and transparency in their communities.
The Police Chief asked them to tirelessly continue collaborating with Police and other security organs in bringing to justice criminals and achieving the national vision.
Kangwagye, on his part, said “the most important factor in ensuring change is not the number of members but having focused members that are up to task.”
He pointed out that even those who liberated the country were not big in number but few organised people with determination.
There are over 102000 members of the youth volunteers’ organization countrywide, who include secondary and university students, and those who have so far graduated.
It was created in 2013 by the youth themselves with an aim of contributing to the socio-transformation by fighting and preventing crimes in partnership with police and local authorities.
Rutikanga, on the other hand, appealed to them to play a big part in the democratic process especially in the forthcoming elections.