Kicukiro cyclists speaks out on partnership in crime prevention
The cyclists also pins the progress partly on lessons acquired on road safety where they say police has equipped them with knowledge on how to abide by traffic rules and respecting all road users. They made the revelation during a meeting held with the Kicukiro District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) Inspector of Police (IP), Hamdun Twizeyimana and local leaders. The meeting drew 567 commercial cyclists operating in Kanombe Sector. According to the head of the cyclists’ cooperatives operating in Kicukiro, Vedaste Singirankabo, “police has so far reached out to all the 2300 cyclists operating in Kicukiro district and we are so far benefiting from the knowledge that we acquired.
Today, we have managed to transform over 95 percent of our cyclists to becoming members of anti-crime club.” He went on to say that since cyclists reach as far as possible during their work, they have the ability to report crimes in the quickest time possible. “Whenever we find someone abusing a child, a woman or engaged in any form of illegal activities, we immediately inform the police on its toll free numbers so that an intervention is made. This has also helped in preventing most crimes in our area from happening.” One of the cyclists, Charles Twajemahoro said that besides teaching them about road safety and crime prevention, police conducts frequent follow up to ensure the message they delivered was clearly understood.
“As part of ensuring public safety, all our members must be registered and have identifications allowing them to operate. We have also joined several police initiatives like Rwandan Youth Volunteers in Community Policing Organization (RYVCPO)” he said. In a related development, during the meeting IP,Twizeyimana and the Executive Secretary of Kanombe Sector, Marie Rose Nirera, tutored the cyclists on the dangers of drug abuse and their role in ensuring road safety. At the end of the meeting, 209 cyclists committed to joining RYVCPO.