About 300 commercial motorcyclists operating in Bugesera District, on August 19 held a meeting in which they discussed and laid internal arrangements to reinforce crime prevention strategies and issues related to promote road safety.
During the meeting held in Nyamata Sector and attended by Police officers, the chairman of the motorcyclists’ cooperatives COTAMOBU, Eugene Havugimana warned of “appropriate action” against defiant members who breach road safety standards resulting into accidents.
“If we don’t exercise vigilance, we find ourselves abetting crime transporting thieves or illegal goods; trafficking illicit drugs or drug traffickers should not define our business profession. We are all aware of our role in community policing and that binds us to provide information on any person involved in unlawful acts”. Havugimana said.
His counterpart of Icyerekezo-Ruhuha, Jean Damascene Harerimana also appealed to members not to be swayed away by the desire for money to facilitate criminality or put their lives at risk over speeding to scramble for passengers.
Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Cyprien Uwitonze, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Bugesera, who also attended the meeting, thanked them for the zeal to support community policing activities and challenged them to value their lives whenever they are riding.