Police join Nyanza residents in tree planting exercise

Some of the officers and residents of Nyanza during the Umuganda exercise. Courtesy.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Saturday joined residents of Nyanza District in a monthly communal work (Umuganda)where they planted about 6000 trees on a 22-hectare agroforestry land

The trees were planted in the villages of Ngorongari and Kabuzuru in Kibinja cell, Busasamana sector.

Participants also created terraces on seven hectares to fight soil erosion.

The communal exercise was dedicated to raising awareness against cyber related crimes, human and drug trafficking.

Marizamunda addresses residents after the exercise. Courtesy.

Tree planting falls in one of the RNP human security activities. The Force has so far planted about 500 hectares of trees in different parts of the country.

It also plans to plant at least 50763 of trees across the country in the next two years as part of the implementation of the national afforestation programme.

While addressing over 2500 Busasamana residents, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda commended the existing police-public partnership in all spheres of community policing.

“The experience has proved that working together against crimes and human security activities is inevitable if we have to sustain safety and security of our communities and the country towards sustainable development,” DIGP Marizamunda said.

He observed that the country has registered great achievements in security, justice, social welfare and technology.

“This rapid development, however, may come with its security challenges largely facilitated by technology; computers and smartphones have become major tools for criminals,” he said.

He added: “Human trafficking is real; there are also other people who try to defraud people through mobile services.”

He also talked about the pressing concern of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, calling for strong partnerships to break chains of supply, and preventing other crimes like theft, domestic violence, child abuse and school dropouts which are partly influenced by drugs.