The vice mayor of Rutsiro District in charge of economic development, Innocent Gakuru, has urged residents to join efforts in combating all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Abuse.He said that such crimes affect the dignity and rights of people, and retard human development.
The vice mayor made the remarks on April 11, while addressing residents of Kivumu sector, shortly after a communal exercise in Kabujenje Cell where they splayed crops against fungal diseases that affect mainly maize crops.Gakuru said stopping violence against women and children requires concerted efforts by reporting such human rights violations.
He went on to appeal to residents to report to authorities any act of GBV and Child abuse before becoming fatal.“We call for ownership and and partnership in fighting for the dignity and protection of women and children and restore their rights” he said.
He also asked the over 100 residents who turned up for the activity to desist from indulging in consumption and trafficking of illicit drugs because the conduct is harmful to human live and criminal.“Drug abuse and excessive consumption of alcohol has been reported as a leading cause of GBV and child abuse” he noted.
During the meeting, the District Police Commander (DPC) Superintendent of Police (SP) Boniface Kagenza explained on various illicit drugs in the country and dangers associated with their consumption including mental ailments and prison terms.
He said that most assault cases recorded at police stations around the district are related to domestic violence and such conflicts “emanate from use of psychologic substances.”