Local leader urged to fight drugs
Police in Gatsibo district blames use of illicit drugs for hiking crimes like assault, domestic violence, child abuse, theft and domestic and gender-based crimes.
Inspector of Police, Canisius Rutikanga, and District Community Liaison Officer outlined illicit brews like Kanyanga, Chief Waragi as some of the illegal substances whose fight should be given much emphasis.
IP Rutikanga challenged the local leaders to actively involve and work with residents to detect, fight and prevent crimes, saying that reluctance to act has cause issues of increased school drop-outs and unwanted pregnancies as other consequences of consumption of illicit drugs.
The issue of drug abuse is expected to feature in most of the discussion during this 2014 Police Week celebrations and preps ahead of the liberation day on July 4.
It is believed that awareness programmes in communities, on radios and during special occasions like ‘community policing and Police Week’ impact on the mindsets of drug abusers and the public in general to stamp-out this vice.
The force has since been engaged in breaking the supply chain by mapping-out individuals and groups involved in this crime. The public in various parts of the country have been vital in this campaign, which led to the arrest hundreds of dealers, most of whom have been prosecuted and drugs such as cannabis and illicit brews seized and destroyed.
Article 598 of the penal code stipulates that, any person who manufactures, sells, prescribes a drug, harmful products, cosmetics or body hygiene and other herbal substances prohibited in healing practice, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of Rwf1 million to Rwf5 million or one of these penalties.