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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:12/03/2020

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Narcotic drug trafficking and use of illicit brew and theft cases were among the most common crimes reported in 2019 according to the Rwanda National Police.

Drug abuse is a growing source of insecurity and conflict in Rwanda. It undermines young people’s personal development and their ability to play an active role in society, and can therefore hinder social cohesion and, in the long run, economic development.

Villagers in sectors along Rwanda-Uganda border live in fear. Gangs of men have been left to maraud the area as they go about their business smuggling Kanyanga, a crude alcohol, into Rwanda.

The decentralized debate of “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru”  ( Club de la Presse) of Sunday 8th March 2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star) took place in GICUMBI district, CYUMBA sector. The topic of the talk show was "strategies to fight against drugs trafficking ".

The key questions were:

  1. What measures have been taken to eradicate the use of these drugs, mainly liquors reputed to be very alcoholic called "Kanyanga" and other drugs which come from neighboring countries?
  1. How do drug traffickers cross the border to Uganda while it is restricted by Rwanda government?

The invitees :

  1. Vice Mayor Gicumbi district in Charge of Economic affaires
  2. RIB Representative
  3. Cyumba sector Executive Secretary 
  4. Citizens

Cyumba citizens confirm that there are drug trafficking activities especially much known alcoholic liquor called Kanyanga. Citizens say that the traffickers of this drug are trafficking in illicit substances; most say that Kanyanga is often imported overnight from the neighboring country Uganda by the consequence of unemployment (poverty) which generally includes the youth.

RIB also explained that this drug causes physical or mental disturbances by which may sometimes consumers may lose their lives.

According to the Vice Mayor, the district of Gicumbi has a lot of kanyanga traffickers because it is located approximately on the Ugandan border where they easily trade in liquors, including kanyanga, in the open air.

Citizens said that the momentum of kanyanga trafficking has been lowered by border crossing restrictions; however they argued that the Kanyanga business owners are “big fishes” who sell it in Kigali.  Citizens role is just transport it from Uganda

The RIB staff said that through investigation they managed to get the list of big fishes behind the drug trafficking and their cases will be handed to prosecution.

They argued citizens to not cross the border illegally and promised them to continue help them find job opportunity in Rwanda.

RIB and the Vice Mayor concluded the program by calling for the collaboration of the population and local leaders to fight drug abuse, either Kanyanga or any other drug, in order to save the lives of many people, especially young people, who endanger their lives through drug use.

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