The Rwanda National Police and the City of Kigali launched the fourth edition of the Security and Hygiene Campaign in Kigali City planned to run until the end of May 2015. This campaign is conducted on annual basis with an explicit aim of promoting and ensuring security, hygiene and sanitation in all areas of Kigali City. Launched on November 19, 2014 at Nyamirambo National Stadium, this exercise focuses on mobilizing citizens of all districts of Kigali City towards accelerating and maintaining security, hygiene and sanitation around Kigali City. The launch was presided over by the Mayor of Kigali City, Fidele NDAYISABA and the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. GASANA and among the guests was the Executive Director of SFH Rwanda.
In the previous editions of this campaign, all activities conducted revolved around collectively fighting human trafficking, drug abuse among the youth, gender based violence and hygiene and sanitation related activities.
Generally and in addition, this fourth edition, activities will also seek to tackle challenges like noise pollution, fire outbreaks through installation of fire extinguishers on commercial buildings and other public places, initiating security awareness campaigns, timely information disseminations and sharing, restructuring of Community Policing Committees structures and tightening night patrols, as well as improve conditions promoting sanitary practices. Also it seeks to rehabilitate sex workers, hawkers, beggars – by facilitating them to join development associations and cooperatives.
During the event, Mr. Fidel NDAYISABA-Mayor ok Kigali declared that SFH Rwanda a specialized organization in health issues will be part of team. “We welcome you as a new partner and key player in the crusade of improving welfare and other sanitary practices in Kigali City. You now join a strong team and we hope that you will bring on board new tactics to tackle health related issues not only on Hygiene, but also in Family Planning, Nutrition, Malaria and HIV-AIDS preventions and the like.
He further said that security and hygiene are the source of social economic development. He recommended that key players of this campaign should therefore give this exercise value to continue make Kigali in particular and Rwanda in general, safer and cleaner.” He added: “Security and social economic development move hand-in-hand; we need to ensure security and development apparatus. Though this is a competitive exercise, players should ensure quality.”
Fidel Ndayisaba, the Mayor of Kigali City commended the existing partnership between Rwanda National Police and the general public through community policing and supporting community development, and added that the cooperation between the Force and the City will continue to strive to make Kigali safer and hygienic.
The Mayor said: “These (security and hygiene) are two main factors which add value and improve quality of life, and we should stick to them.” He also thanked the RNP for its continued good cooperation and for living up to its policing mandate to ensure safety and security in the country.
The Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. GASANA, said that Rwandans need to reflect on the positive impact created by previous editions of the campaign. “Security and hygiene have both improved tremendously – this is a norm that we should be proud of and maintain. We need to keep up our efforts, work together and broaden this campaign,” IGP GASANA said.
He also called for cooperation and trust between security institutions, local leaders and the public to ensure a successful exercise.
As a result, the campaign will see at the end, best performers among sectors, waste collection companies, transporters, artists and journalists recognized and awarded for their role in supporting and promoting hygiene and security in the city.