Rwanda enrols street kids to fight crime


Former street children in Bugesera District have formed an anti-crime club through which they will reach out to other children that could be still engaged in unlawful activities.

The club composed of 60 youngsters was formed on January 29 during their meeting with police.

The former streets children are currently at Gitagata rehabilitation centres.

The youth said that their main focus would be to get their fellow youngsters from streets or in other illegal activities like drug abuse.

Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwiragiye, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Bugesera, thanked the youth for the initiative and pledged Rwanda National Police’s support to make their club successful.

“Your determination to form this club will be the power to your success…always  know that police will be here to support you. As a team, no doubt your policing activities will impact on others to build a crime-free society,” said AIP Uwiragiye.

He urged them to respect rules governing the rehabilitation centre, respect their superiors and desist from anything illegal they could be involved in, especially abusing drugs.

Josée Uwajeneza, the director of Gitagata rehabilitation centre, said that the youth have been shown change during their stay at the centre, and thanked the youth for their initiative to form an anti-crime club.

He urged them to heed to Police’s advice and to always call police, should they witness or encounter anything illegal or suspicious.

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