The Northern Region Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bértin Mutezintare met with over 600 commercial motorcyclists operating in Musanze District on December 28 and urged them to be active players in identifying and reporting criminals.
While speaking to the motorcyclists organised in three cooperatives – COTAMONO, COVATRAMO and COTRAMO – at Ubworoherane stadium in Muhoza Sector, he noted that the concept of community policing is theirs to implement as well and emphasized the need for fast information exchange whenever they suspect or witness anyone in any unlawful activities.
He, however, warned them against facilitating criminality especially transporting narcotic drugs or drug traffickers
“In case you suspect either a colleague or a passenger of being involved in a crime, they should report to the Police immediately because ensuring safety and security is everybody’s responsibility,” ACP Mutezintare said.
He reminded them to abide by traffic rules and regulations and refrain from particular acts of recklessness and speeding, which in some cases result into fatal accidents.
“We have witnessed some cases where some of you carry more than one passenger, while others have no driver’s license, motorcycle insurance, operate without helmet or reflector jacket, which should stop,” he said.
He further warned them against drunk-riding and riding under the influence of drugs.
“Roads are public infrastructures and are used by everyone; your lives, passengers and other road users including pedestrians, matter, so you should ride in a way that the lives or others are considered and valued,” he noted.
Safari Muberuka, the head of motorcycle cooperatives in Musanze, said: “We can’t sit back and see what we achieved being destroyed, we must preserve our achievements. This is why we must be part of crime prevention. We are aware of some of our colleagues who abet in theft; we must ensure we report them to the police.”