The mayor of Musanze, Jean Damascene Habyarimana, has urged residents of Kinigi Sector to work together to strengthen night patrols and neighbourhood watch to prevent crimes.
While addressing over 800 residents during a meeting held jointly with the district police commander Supt. Aphrodis Gashumba, the mayor said that security requires ownership and partnership and that keeping their eyes and ears open, as well as reporting suspected crime, would ensure safety in their neighbourhoods.
“Safety, security and peace is a responsibility for every Rwandan; that’s why the Neighbourhood Watch and Irondo were developed for us all to own and jointly address security challenges,” Habyarimana said.
Supt. Gashumba reminded the residents that community policing is also a way of bringing households together and to watch out for each other.
“It will be easier to identify likely wrongdoers and it informs the way to prevent a crime,” he said. “Alertness does not mean to fear but to remain on guard.”
He, however, acknowledged the impact of public involvement in community policing activities, which he said have playing a great role in improved safety and security.
Gashumba also appealed to Kinigi residents to avoid family conflicts and to always take their grievances to the concerned authorities like the police, local leaders and community mediators, instead of taking matters in their hands.
He challenged local leaders who attended the meeting to always involve the people in maintaining security and to collaborate in information sharing.
“Security is a fundamental pillar for development that every Rwandan should actively be part of,” he remarked.