Days of online child predators are numbered in Rwanda after government approved a policy protecting children against cyber criminals.
This comes after a multitude of children reportedly having been exploited by child offenders.
There has been cases of children abused after being rattled by cyber criminals via social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and many others.
This Monday, a cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame approved a child online protection policy for protecting children against risks related to exposure to cyber space.
Many other policies and laws were approved.
See full cabinet resolution below
On Monday 24th June 2019, His Excellency Paul KAGAME, the President of the Republic of Rwanda chaired an extraordinary Cabinet meeting in Village Urugwiro.
1. The Cabinet meeting approved minutes of its previous meeting held on 07/06/2019.
2. The Cabinet meeting approved the following policies, strategies and agreements:
o Rwanda child online protection policy for protecting children against risks related to exposure to cyber space;
o The national cooling strategy meant to phase out use of harmful gases;
o Agreement between the Government of Rwanda and Muganza – Kivu tea factory Ltd on co-management of some state forests located in Nyaruguru District;
o Agreement between the Government of Rwanda and Karongi tea factory Ltd on co-management of some state forests located in Karongi District.
3. The Cabinet meeting approved the following draft laws:
o Draft law governing statutes of judges and judicial personnel;
o Draft law approving ratification of the cooperation agreement between the Government of the Republic of Rwanda and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in the field of communication, information and media;
o Draft law approving ratification of the African Union Convention on cyber security and personal data protection adopted at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea;
4. The Cabinet meeting approved the following Presidential orders:
o Presidential order establishing special statutes governing diplomatic officers;
o Presidential order granting retirement to 7 senior officers and 61 junior officers of Rwanda National Police;
o Presidential order discharging a junior officer of Rwanda National Police on health grounds.
5. The Cabinet meeting approved the following Prime Minister’s orders:
o Prime Minister’s order allocating state land located in Nyamasheke District, Karambi Sector, to Gatare tea company Ltd for tea cultivation;
o Prime Minister’s order granting a leave of absence for non-specific period to Mr. NKURUNZIZA Mark who was chief financial officer in Rwanda Development Board.
6. The Cabinet meeting approved the following Ministerial orders and Instructions:
o Ministerial order granting retirement to 140 non-commissioned officers of Rwanda National Police;
o Ministerial order discharging 8 non-commissioned officers and low-ranking officers of Rwanda National Police on health grounds;
o Ministerial instructions amending the existing ministerial instructions on modalities for negotiation and management of contracts between government and service providers.
7. The Cabinet meeting approved agrément of Mr. GOBOPANG DUKE LEFHOKO as High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to the Republic of Rwanda with residence in Nairobi, Kenya.
o The Minister of Trade and Industry informed the Cabinet meeting that on 6th July 2019, Rwanda will celebrate the international cooperative day under the theme “cooperatives for decent work”. At national level, the day will be celebrated in Rugarama Sector, Gatsibo District, as well as in other districts across the country;
o The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion informed the Cabinet meeting that from 26th to 28th June 2019, Rwanda will host a meeting of Ministers in charge of gender and women promotion in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) at Serena Hotel, Kigali;
o The Minister of Defence informed the Cabinet meeting that from 24th June to 7th August 2019, the 12th intake of Itorero Indangamirwa will be held at Gabiro Combat Training Center;
o The Minister of Health informed the Cabinet meeting of Rwanda’s preparedness to prevent and handle any Ebola threats.
This communiqué was signed by Marie Solange KAYISIRE, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs.