The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana, on Thursday, urged commercial motorcyclists operating in Kayonza, Rwamagana and Nyagatare too be part of the fight against crime.
IGP Gasana also emphasized on being professional commercial motorcyclists by respecting road safety standards and not facilitating or abetting criminality.
“Professionalism goes with respecting your life, the life the person you are carrying and all those using the road,” he said.
Majority road accidents are said to be caused or involve motorcyclists.
The Police Chief further appealed to them to be responsive in matters of addressing community issues as well as development activities.
“When you work together as a team you will achieve a lot fast… good conduct and team spirit are vital factors towards success,” he said
He also reminded them of their community policing duty in identifying, fighting and preventing crimes, emphasizing the proactive ideal of information sharing on any possible threat to safety and peace.
“The issue of illicit drugs is a big threat to human security, both physically and in terms of health,” he said, urging them to report anyone including some commercial motorcyclists involved in drug related crimes.
Although some motorcyclists have in some occasion reported suspected drug traffickers, they have also been arrested transporting drug dealers or being hired to traffic narcotics, or being the dealers themselves.
Present was also Eng. Emmanuel Asaba Katabarwa, the head of Transport in Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Fred Mugabo, the vice president of Ferwacotamo, the federation of motorcycle cooperatives in Rwanda.
Katabarwa also advised the taxi moto riders to join cooperatives as means to acquire services including acquiring a transport authorization permit.
On his part, Mugabo warned motorcyclists against engaging in malpractices adding that “community policing and development is part of our day-to-day duty.”
“Integrity means running your business in a more professional manner but also joining security organs in fighting drug abuse and other illegal businesses including smuggling.