Gakenke: campaigns against drug abuse in full force
Students, motorcyclists, church goers, police officers and different local leaders holding posters with information against drugs made a journey in the fighting of drugs among youth on Thursday 14th.Feb.2013.
This journey started in Gakenke trading center towards Nemba Play ground in Nemba sector and such journey were done in all sectors of Gakenke district in a way to sensitize people to fight drugs.
Through songs, drama, poetry and preaching, the youth mainly the students in primary and secondary schools were taught how to prevent drugs usage and the dangers of drugs to their lives and also to give information to concerned councils in eradicating misuse and trading of drugs.
Apart from affecting people’s lives, drugs cause insecurities especially with drug users do rape and defile children and create violence in their homes.
“Drug abuse is the main cause of many different crimes we receive in the Police force like defiling children, raping women, violence and others” says the prosecutor in the Police force in Gakenke district AIP Damien Rwema.
Drugs also delay the development of a family because with parents as drug abusers, they cannot work for the development of their families or even pay for their children school fees.
“Youth should take the first step in fighting drugs for they are the future of Rwanda, they should work hard to develop the country instead of using or dealing in drugs” says the vice mayor for social affairs in Gakenke district Zephyrin Ntakirutimana.
“Money got from selling local brew or heroin cannot provide for you or your families. Money can be achieved in different ways, one can go into agriculture, animal husbandry, in trading but not in dealing in drugs that affect negatively the lives of people and everyone involved.” Zephyrin Ntakirutimana went on to explain.
Before the many youth, 122 liters of Local brew Kanyanga was spilled, 20kilometers of heroin worth Rwf1.8 million caught in different periods were burned.
Delphine Uwamahoro a student at ES Nyarutovu says after understanding the dangers of drugs, she will never taste them and she will always be on a lookout for her friends and schoolmates.
Emmanuel Nshimiyimana a resident of Nemba sector is sure that drugs lead youth into sexual promiscuity, theft and other crimes.