The Governor of the Northern Province, Aime Bosenibamwe said that implementation of security and development initiatives lies in the hands of leaders at all levels and that reluctance is an unacceptable, luxury that gives room for malpractices that undermine development.
The Governor made the remarks on September 9 in Gakenke District as he chaired a provincial security meeting that drew all local leaders from the Village to the regional level.
It was also attended by the Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Eugene Nkubito and the Regional Police Commander (RPC) Chief Inspector of Police (CSP) Sam Rumanzi and representatives from faith-based organizations, among others.
Top on the agenda was to discuss on the role of the local leaders in the aspects of security and Irondo (community night patrols) in particular, sanitation and hygiene and thorough follow up on smooth implementation of development programmes, among others.
Governor Bosenibamwe noted that security is portrayed in every aspect and development adding that specific initiatives like Irondo give meaning and value to developing communities.
“The success of these initiatives and programmes to spur safety, security and development depends on you as grassroots leaders; how you work with the people and security organs as teams,” Bosenibamwe said.
He also hinted on the issue of radicalization and challenged the leaders to be close to the people, show them the right path, always update and be accountable to them.
CSP Rumanzi emphasized that both security organs and local authorities share responsibilities in the country’s development, which beams on the foundation of security.
“Community policing is equally for you to implement, it’s constitutionally in your powers as well. It has made impact in the last 16 years but there is still more to be done to prevent the young generation from the scourge of drug abuse, fight abuses women and children still face and other malpractices that affect the people’s well-being,” the RPC said.
The Northern region still faces challenges of drug trafficking and abuse illicit gin, especially in the districts of Burera and Gicumbi where the vice is considered to be still high.
Last month, 3060 litres of crude gin commonly known as Kanyanga, 651 cartons of Chief and Kitoko Waragi and 19680 sachets of Blue Sky seized in varied operations in Gicumbi, were destroyed.
CSP Rumanzi noted that exchange of information in real time holds the power for timely response, arrest of criminals and prevention of crime.