Rwandans have so far demonstrated exemplary obedience of the law during the festive season; the Spokesman of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege said yesterday.
Speaking to The New Times about the country’s current security analysis, Badege said that the country has so far been calm and attributed this to diligent compliance with the law by the citizenry.
“The security situation is good. It’s calm and so far, people are enjoying Christmas responsibly. We thank the population for their partnership, positive attitude,” he said.
He called for consistency in obeying the law especially those related to traffic to avoid road accidents.
“We urge Rwandans to maintain this attitude and avoid drunk driving and over speeding, to remember to fasten their seatbelts and to avoid using their cellphones while driving,” he said.
“These joyous moments, if not controlled can also trigger tragedy; we used various communication platforms including social media and telecommunications messages reminding people to take safety first and to enjoy responsibly minding the beliefs and peace of other people, which is paying off,” he added.
The RNP spokesperson urged the public to “keep the good collaborative efforts” to ensure incident-free festivities.
“Security begins with an individual,” he said.
“If you are drunk don't drive or ride because that would be suicide and exposing other people either in the car or on road, to danger”
He also reminded the general public to take safety precautions in their homes as they leave to enjoy the festivities especially at night, adding that wrongdoers sometimes take advantage of such seasons to break into houses to steal.
Badege further appealed to organisers of music concerts, churches, bars and night spots and other people holding celebrations, to regulate their noise not to affect the peace, beliefs and rights of others.