One of the residents raised his concern after his home was looted, his clothes stolen and the next day he caught one of the patrollers wearing the same clothes that were stolen. He then proceeded to gently ask for the night patroller to hand back his clothes but the patroller refused. He instead took a pellet of Marijuana, placed it in the villager’s pocket and took him to the station saying he was caught in possession of drugs.
Luckily, neighbors of the victim witnessed the scene and defended him as he was being held at Rwezamenyo Police Station. Uwase Hadidja who witnessed the incident told the police that the coat the night patroller was caught wearing was indeed his neighbors’ and that the night patroller should have responded to it.
In Ntwari Village, Rwezamenyo sector particularly, the night patrollers have been accused of being behind robberies countless times. Biziyaremye Olivier begged the authorities to train the night patrollers on a specific code of ethics to observe while they are on duty.
“The authorities should first make a background check on who they are hiring as a night patroller because in most of the cases, they hire people with questionable reputation and enable more robberies.”
Kabiligi Yusuf, head of the night patrolling team in Nyarugenge district told IGIHE that the suspected patroller was immediately arrested.
“We established the night patrol team to solve the problem of rampant crime but due to unsatisfying reports where patrollers were accused to steal citizens, we are planning training on the code of conduct they need to observe while on duty.”
Uwamwiza Chantal, the Executive Secretary of Rwezamenyo sector said the trainings for night patrollers will begin this year.
“We plan on addressing the problem of petty crimes and robberies as soon as possible through effective training of night patrollers and encouraging citizens to participate in crime-solving.”
Rwezamenyo and Nyamirambo residents suggest that training night patrollers is the fastest way to restore public order.