The city if Kigali and Rwanda National Police on Tuesday launched the seventh edition of the “Security and Hygiene” campaign, with cleaning activities, in cooperation with Kigali City residents.
The official launch of the two months campaign took place at Muhima, in Nyarugenge District. Organizers say the motive of the campaign to bring various players on board to strengthen security and hygiene.
Under the theme ‘Keeping Kigali City Clean, Green and Safe,’ the Mayor, Pascal Nyamulinda said that “Security and hygiene are two winning cards that add value and improve the quality of life…we need to make this a culture not just a practice.”
In addition, Nyamulinda reiterated the City’s endeavors to continually promote the health and safety for all residents, which is critical in providing a harmonious environment for the overall development of the City, residents and non-residents.
While addressing the citizens, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana commended existing partnership between RNP and City of Kigali in ensuring that the capital safe, green and clean, which are all aimed at advancing socio-economic development.
“Security and hygiene are the source of development. We should, therefore, give this exercise value to continue making Kigali safer and cleaner.”
“We have together achieved a lot in the last six similar campaigns that have contributed to the safety and welfare of city residents; however, we are still faced with challenges that are related to drug abuse, underage abuse of alcohol, child related crimes and traffic accidents…but we will continue putting much efforts in addressing these issues,” said the Police Chief.
The campaign, which has been made competitive, will see the best performing sector and districts will be awarded with trucks and motorcycles.
During this hygiene and security campaign, the City of Kigali in collaboration with RNP shall ensure Kigali residents and non-residents are well conversant with their role as regards keeping their City clean, green and safe.
The activities are planned in three phases: The first phase will be more on mobilization and sensitization of the communities, and will focus on communal in solid waste management, rehabilitation and creation of water channels and protection wetlands and the environment in general.
The second phase will focus on security, and will include enforcement of actions that will be taken in areas where standards are not respected. Here, awareness and strict inspections will be carried out, and penalties imposed to those that do not comply with hygiene and security standards in the City of Kigali.
The third phase will focus on capacity building for the hygiene companies, NGOs and beneficiaries sensitizing them to ensure they fully comprehend their role following the City’s standards of hygiene and security.