Clerics renew commitment against drug abuse
Written by: Daniel Tuyizere
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 19:47
Faith-based organisations have renewed commitment to fight drug abuse in the country which they said was a major hindrance to the development of the Rwandan youth.
Stakeholders from various religious affiliations made the remarks during a meeting organized by Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Ministry of Health and Youths on Monday at the Police Headquarters in the capital Kigali.
They came up with eleven resolutions that will serve as blueprint for activities aimed at combating use of illicit drugs. They vowed to raise awareness about the dangers of illicit drugs to individual and society through incorporating the messages in sermons and organizing school outreaches.
Other strategies include: engagement of different stakeholders such as teachers and parents by reminding them of their responsibility to raise children in accordance with societal expectations as well as support the reintegration of addicts into society and others undergoing rehabilitation.
They will, also, set aside a week annually for buttressing the fight against illicit drugs through various activities, including outreaches to communities vulnerable to drug abuse.
Statistics at RNP indicate that at least 18, 383 cases related to illicit drugs have been recorded in the country since 2013, with about 4470 of them registered last year alone, constituting 18 per cent of all crimes registered in the year under review.
More than 4100 drug dealers 3600 of them male were also arrested last year with those aged 18 and 35 years accounting for 71 per cent.