Security is everyone’s responsibility: ACP Nkwaya argued COPERU Members
The Southern Region Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Francis Nkwaya has told the residents of Ruhango that security is the responsibility of everyone.
He urged them to be mindful of the safety and security in their localities by working as a team with all security and governance entities to detect and report any suspected unlawful act for immediate response and crime prevention.
The RPC made the call on May 27 in Ruhango District in a meeting that brought together about 500 residents of Mbuye Sector.
This was shortly after a community exercise that brought together police, local leaders and residents organized in a cooperative – COPERU – to rehabilitate sand mining pits in Mbuye and Kinazi sectors.
ACP Nkwaya observed that our country is safer and secure, but added that “we can’t lean back.”
“You equally have a duty to fight anything unlawful by providing information on anything that violates the rights of people’s wellbeing,” he said.
“Security provides a platform for the success of families and communities and ensuring it should as well be the responsibility of all Rwandans,” he added.
He also challenged them to also be active in the government development programmes like Umuganda – monthly community work and subscribe to public medical insurance scheme – Mutuelle de Sante.
“The success of community policing initiatives like Irondo – community night patrols – depends on how effective each one of you plays his or her part. The repercussions of insecurity affect all.”
COPERU cooperative is composed of the majority former wrongdoers including drug dealers and abusers.
One of the members, Bihoyiki Kalisa said: “Before joining this cooperative, I was a menace to the community as a thief and drug addict but today I am a respected person and working tirelessly to change my life in all aspects.”
Another member, Florentine Mukagasigwa said: “Because of this cooperative, women in this area also have a say in the community because we now know our rights and our role in development.”
Meanwhile, ACP Nkwaya urged other people still involved in unlawful and criminal activities like drugs and theft, to follow the lively example of COPERU members.
He further urged them to conserve the environment while fighting illegal mining activities, among others.