Police in Rulindo District, on October 12, held a meeting with about 60 commercial motorcyclists in Ntarabana Sector and discussed joint measures against crimes, mainly against illicit drugs.
The motorcyclists are members of COMOCYA cooperative.
The commercial motorcyclists resolved to be community policing agents especially reporting drug dealers.
They also formed an anti-crime club to effectively coordinate their efforts against the vice.
The meeting was also attended by local leaders.
Benoit Kagenza, the head of COMOCYA, said: “As people in transport business we feel so proud to be part of ensuring safety and security of our country.”
He added: “This is what has pushed us to form an anti-drug club and we are going to make good of it to create impact.”
He, however, appealed to members to desist from acts of excessive drinking, abusing or facilitating drug dealers and value their business profession.
On several occasions , commercial motorcyclists have been arrested transporting drugs or drug dealers although on other occasions they have apprehended or reported drug dealers.
Kagenza reminded them of internal repercussions to anyone caught in such high impact crimes including expelling them from the motorcycle transport business.
“It is also our internal rules not to tolerate our members involved in criminal activities like trafficking and selling drugs,” Kagenza said.
Emilien Mutuyeyezu, the Executive Secretary of Ntarabana Sector, commended them for being being part of the country’s security and development.
“Rwanda has made development strides due to security… it is this security that you and other people in the business community are able to run their businesses day and night without fear and feeling safe,” said Mutuyeyezu.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Sam Ngororano, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Ngororero, thanked the motorcyclists for forming the anti-crime club.
He told them that the effectiveness of the club will depend on “individual and collective responsibility.”
The DCLO also reminded them that ensuring security includes respecting traffic rules and regulations, and riding responsibly to prevent accidents and loss of lives.