The iron sheets are meant to roof toilets for the identified disadvantaged families. This falls under the RNP sanitation and hygiene programme.
The Governor of Southern Province, Alice Kayitesi presided over the handover of the roofing iron sheets on Thursday, September, 23, in an event that was held in compliance with the national Covid-19 prevention guidelines.
Present was also the Southern Regional Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Claude Tembo and local leaders.
Governor Kayitesi urged the beneficiaries to use the iron sheets for the intended purpose to improve home and community hygiene.
"We commend our Police for this human security initiative to improve the welfare and particularly the hygiene of the people because poor hygiene can also be a security concern if not given due attention. Loof your toilets and put there doors to prevent related diseases," Governor Kayitesi told the beneficiaries.
She urged them to work hard, form cooperatives and send children to school.
ACP Tembo told the residents that sanitation and hygiene equally provide a foundation for good health and security.
“Rwanda National Police has provided these roofing iron sheets to promote hygiene and good health. Without hygiene, you are insecure," ACP Tembo said.
He urged the them to continue to partner with the Police in fighting and preventing crimes through information sharing on wrongdoers or unlawful acts.
“Kivu sector is close to Nyungwe forest and criminals might try to use it to cause insecurity. When you see or suspect anyone, be quick to report them to security organs," the RPC told the residents.
Charles Mbarubukeye, a 54-year local resident and one of the beneficiaries, thanked RNP for being people-centred to improve their wellbeing.
“We were using unroofed toilets and this was a health issue to us. It was also hard to use the toilet when it is raining," said Mbarubukeye.
"We know our role to collaborate with security organs through sharing information to report criminals. Ensuring security is also our responsibility," he added.