Kigali City Mayor, Pascal Nyamulinda has called for local leaders and the public to reinforce police efforts against illicit drugs.
Nyamulinda made the call on Tuesday, during an event in which drugs valued at about Rwf100 million was disposed off, in Nduba Sector of Gasabo District.
About 900kgs of cannabis and 2200 litres of contrabands including crude gin, kanyanga were seized in several Police operations around Kigali in the past three months.
The Mayor observed that the concept of community policing fulfils the joint ideal of security and hygiene, which binds both Rwanda National Police and the City of Kigali to make the capital safe and clean.
“The wellbeing of the people is what we all strive for as leaders and police; together, we need to empower and educate the people to equally be custodians of the law, report wrongdoers and ensure that development programmes are effectively implemented,” he said.
“These drugs are not given for free… dealers buy them with money that should be invested in legal businesses. These are Rwf100 million that people just wasted in criminal business, which is more than enough to start a legal and big business,” he added.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rogers Rutikanga, commended the public for the continued collaboration through information sharing on suspected drug dealers and crime in general, warning those who do not.