The residents explain that the issue has persisted despite their continued reporting to concerned local leaders.
Nyirabaziruwiha is among affected residents. The gangs demolished her house and uprooted crops. She explains that local leaders requested residents to make a list of suspects but no one has been held accountable.
“They started accusing me of sorcery and destroyed our house. Two days ago, they returned and uprooted crops from the garden. We alerted the sector executive secretary and Police. They called a meeting requesting residents to list the suspected gangsters. They went with lists but nothing has been done yet,” she said.
Cyprien Musabyimana, Bujenje village resident in charge of security matters revealed that the gangsters calling themselves ‘Abareyo’ usually raise money to bail out their arrested ‘members’.
“We have a problem of gangs so called Abareyo who collect funds to release members arrested over criminal acts. They use the money to bribe local leaders who in turn suffocate the complaits. They have even threatened the cell executive secretary,” he said.
The Executive Secretary of Nyamyumba sector, Augustin Murenzi explained that strict measures have been taken in collaboration with security officials to address the problem.
“We gathered for a security meeting to defeat the group destabilizing security. We are aware of it and reassure to have addressed it within a week because we have devised strict measures in collaboration with security, “he revealed.