Minister Shyaka calls for intensified security, hygiene interventions

On 5 August 2019 at 09:29

The Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka has recognized the impact of the joint partnership between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and the City of Kigali in keeping the capital clean, green and safe.

Shyaka was speaking on Saturday at the closing of the 8th edition of the Security and Hygiene campaign, held at Amahoro Stadium conducted by RNP, City of Kigali and its three districts of Nyarugenge, Kicukiro, and Gasabo.

In hygiene, the campaign looks at greening, especially in schools, health centers, roads, and business centers.

In the area of urban security, it focuses on building stronger and functioning community policing committees, community night patrols, fighting narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and domestic violence.

Other areas include fighting noise pollution, serving alcoholic drinks to minors, fire outbreak, public order management and promoting road safety.

The event was also attended by the Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, among others.

Minister Shyaka said that the campaign, which has registered tremendous achievements in aspects of security and hygiene for the city, should be extended to other parts of the country.

‘’The theme—keeping Kigali clean, green and safe—is an impactful campaign which should be scaled up to a ‘clean, green and safe Rwanda, we will support you,’’ Minister Shyaka said.

He observed that this partnership contributed greatly to turning Kigali into one of the cleanest and safer cities world over.

The Minister commended the role of city residents and grassroots leaders in this campaign and urged entities still lagging behind to learn from others to achieve the required standards in all aspects of security and development.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza said that without a healthy population, both security and development can’t be realized. "They are intertwined and that is why this campaign is crucial."

“Emphasis on security and hygiene must start from our villages; remember, social wellbeing requires having safer and hygienic people, who equally play a significant role in detecting, fighting and preventing anything that can affect their wellbeing and the national development agenda,” IGP Munyuza said.

“We need to enhance our individual and collective contributions towards social development initiatives, information sharing especially on high impact crimes and advance anything that contributes to the wellbeing of the people,” he added.

He called for increased partnership in fighting crimes that still exist, such as gender-based violence, trafficking and abuse of narcotic drugs as well as improving road safety.

"To achieve full public safety, development, and hygiene there must be a firm foundation of partnership, information sharing, and timely reporting," IGP Munyuza said.

Best performers recognized
Kimironko trounced the other 34 sectors of the three city districts to emerge as the best performer of the 8th edition of the security and hygiene campaign.

Kimironko received a trophy, certificate of merit and a vehicle— Mahindra double cabin.
Gasabo also emerged as the overall best performing urban district.

Mapambano Nyiridandi, the Executive Secretary for Kimironko Sector said that the vehicle will help them to enhance security and hygiene.

‘’One of the major achievements is citizens’ involvement in security-related matters where there is an impressive change in attitude and participation in public safety initiatives,’’ Mapambano stated.

He added: ‘’Kimironko has about 65, 000 residents of all categories, but they understand their vital role in security.

The given vehicle will help us achieve our aimed goal, which is participating in our security, hygiene and our development as well. We will keep on going forward,’’ Nyiridandi said.

The closure of the 8th edition of the campaign falls with Police Month and marked the end of its third week which focused on environmental protection.

Minister Shyaka said that the campaign, which has registered tremendous achievements in aspects of security and hygiene for the city, should be extended to other parts of the country.