Police and military officers, this Saturday, joined residents of Bumbogo Sector, Gasabo District in a monthly communal work-Umuganda-where they engaged in various human security activities.
Close to 2000 residents of Bumbogo and neighboring communities took part in the monthly exercise.
The Umuganda was marked with the rehabilitating of Birambo-Kinyinya road, which had been affected by the recent heavy rain downpour.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Felly Rutagerura Bahizi, the Central Regional Police Commander, while addressing the residents after the communal exercise, commended the spirit of patriotism and partnership in all spheres of security and development.
The RPC, however, embarked on other aspects such as drug abuse, which also affect and undermine community safety and development.
“Narcotic drugs affect intellect capacity of a person. A drug abuser cannot think straight or even engage into productive activities apart from luring them into committing crimes like theft, children dropping out of school and also becoming drug dealers,” ACP Rutagerura said.
He also noted that some families have broken up and engulfed by internal conflicts because of illicit drugs where especially men come home and start assaulting or mentally torturing their spouses and children.
This, he observed, sometime forces children out of their homes, go on streets, engage in malpractices and criminal acts like abusing and selling drugs and theft as means of survival.
He urged them to report people they suspect to be drug dealers or involved in any criminal activity.
Benjamin Murigande, an official from Gasabo District, lauded the good turn up for the exercise.
He also commended the impact of security organs in development activities.
“This exercise clearly indicates that, people can achieve more when they’re together,” Murigande said in reference of the rehabilitated road that had been made impassable by the rain, which had caused mudslides and blocking some parts of the road linking various sectors and communities.
Murigande further called upon residents to join hands in fighting and preventing child pregnancies and drug abuse.
He further called upon residents in the Sector to embrace hygiene and sanitation.
Jean Christopher Ntamunsi said he was thrilled seeing residents and security organs in Gisasa Village, where the communal work was conducted, working together in community development activities.
“This road has been impassable in the last few days, especially to motorists. Very many people were affected by the rain including the collapse of houses, and I am among the victims; I believe this kind of partnership will also supement the government efforts to support those affected,” Ntamunsi said.