270 students join youth crime preventers’ organization
The students, all in their senior six vacation and currently attending a civic education programme – Ingando – at Gakoni Polytechnic, joined the organization on January 13.
Steven Rugengamanzi, the coordinator of RYVCPO in Gatsibo, who welcomed the new members, thanked them for “choosing wisely” saying that this is a big boost their community policing initiatives.
The organisation which has about 10000 youth members countrywide including students and teachers, had only 70 members in Gatsibo.
“We, in this organization, live and lead by example and that’s what is expected of you,” Rugengamanzi told the new entrants.
“We all have a common course, to build a crime free society and we can only achieve this if also refrain from any unlawful act and sensitize others,” he added.
One of the new members, Innocent Niyonsenga, said: “As the youth, we should take the lead to build a Rwandan society of values where crime is a taboo.”
“I chose to join the organisation of crime preventers to fight and prevent crimes like drug abuse, in a team work spirit,” Niyonsenga said, calling upon fellow youth to actively be part of the “focused team.”
Inspector of Police (IP) Roger Rwakayiro, the District Community Liaison Officer of Gatsibo, while speaking to the students, urged to be defined by good conduct.
“By joining hands with your fellow youth, it should show impact. What you do wherever you go, you are expected to show a difference while spreading the gospel of community policing,” IP Rwakayiro told the students.
He urged them to be keen on fighting drug abuse, which is still high and affecting the youth.
He told them that drugs like kanyanga, chief waragi and other illicit drinks are classified as narcotic drugs due to their health effects to the users.
Growing, selling, transformation, transportation, storage and consumption of narcotic drugs are prohibited under article 593 and punishable, under article 594, with a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.
Article 24 of the law on narcotics, states that “any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol, and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption, shall be considered as narcotic drug.”