Kagame praised as police lights up villages with solar

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has connected 105 homes of Rukore Village in Mbuye Cell, Kibirizi Sector in Nyanza District to solar-powered energy systems as part of the ongoing social protection and human security programmes to mark the force’s 17th anniversary under the flagship of the ‘Police Week.’

The official lighting up of the homes was held on Saturday in an event presided over by the Southern Region Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gilbert R. Gumira along with the Mayor of Nyanza, Erasme Ntazinda and several other officials.

Prior to the handover of the solar systems, Police in partnership with the residents also made bricks for the construction of 30 toilets for the vulnerable families and constructed roads that connect Rukore village to other neighbouring villages.

Addressing hundreds of residents, ACP Gumira thanked them for their role in policing.

“All these activities are in line with the government programmes of improving social welfare. Improving the wellbeing of the people goes with crime prevention. Night light contributes to preventing crimes sometimes committed under darkness,” the RPC said.

“Ensure proper management of the infrastructures you have received and make them productive and beneficial to the entire community.”

ACP Gumira reminded them of their role in community policing saying that since they have electricity, they can charge their cell phones and always make instant calls to the police whenever there is need for intervention to a crime.

Mayor Ntazinda told residents that Rwanda’s leadership is always committed to ensure that their welfare is improved and appealed to them to forge a close partnership with security organs in order to ensure that Rwanda becomes a crime-free nation.

All residents who spoke at the event sent out their appreciations to President Paul Kagame and attributed the new achievements to him.

Part of the ongoing Police Week activities is to connect over 3500 homes to solar powered energy systems including health centers in remote areas as well as construction of toilets for needy families, and clean water among many other activities.