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Ethiopia Military Introduces Rank Of Field Marshal

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Ethiopia has introduced into its Military the rank of Field Marshal for the first time.

The Ethiopian National Defense Force is the military force of Ethiopia with a total of 162,000 active personnel operating on a budget size worth U$520 million.

As of Saturday January 8th, Abiy Ahmed Ali the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and commander in chief of the Ethiopian armed Forces presided over a ranks promotion ceremony in Addis Ababa capital.

Army chief of staff General Berhanu Jula has been promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and becomes the first military officer in Ethiopia to attain the rank.

“PM Abiy Ahmed Ali presided over the ENDF rank promotion ceremony. Ethiopia has today introduced the title of Field Marshal General and awarded the rank to Gen. Berhanu Jula, in light of his extraordinary acts in the face of a national crisis,” twitted the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

“Today President Sahle-Work has awarded 4 full Generals including General Abebaw Tadesse, who was victim of forced retirement during TPLF era. 14 Major Generals are also upgraded to Lieutenant General rank.”

“In addition, 24 Brigadier Generals are have also become Major Generals, while 56 Colonels are upgraded to Brigadier General rank,” according to the state broadcaster ETV midday report.

According to the Prime Minister the ranks are awarded in appreciation of their accomplishment on the ongoing war with the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), which began the war by attacking the military base of Ethiopia in Tigray region on November 3, 2020.

Reports suggest that the November 3, 2020 attack of TPLF which is admitted by their own officers was aimed in overtaking the heavy artilleries of Ethiopian Army and advance to the capture Addis Ababa and overthrow the democratically elected Government of Ethiopia led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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Rwanda Holds Dialogues With EU, €260M Committed

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Six major European countries held a uniquely designed meeting with Rwandan government officials on Tuesday to discuss EU-Rwanda partnerships.

Officials say it’s a regular political dialogue (as per Art. 8 of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement).

The dialogue was frank and constructive and offered both sides the opportunity to discuss in detail issues of mutual concern and perspectives for addressing these matters in the context of the EU-Rwandan partnership. 

Both sides took stock of the full width and breadth of their relationship and discussed a broad range of domestic and international issues, ranging from Covid response, economic development, governance and fundamental freedoms, reconciliation to regional and continental relationships, including the perspectives for further EU-Rwanda cooperation. 

The meeting also presented the opportunity for the EU to announce the formal adoption of its 2021-27 country strategy and multi-annual indicative programme for Rwanda, with an initial allocation of €260 million for 4 years until 2024.

Cooperation will be focused on the areas of Education, Skills and Jobs for Youth, the Green deal for development and Political and Economic Governance.

The political dialogue was co-chaired by the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta, and the Ambassador of the European Union, Mr Nicola Bellomo.

The government was also represented by the Ministers of Health, Finance and Economic Planning, Justice, National Unity and Civic Engagement, Trade and Industry, the CEO of RDB, the CEO of RGB, the DG of the Rwanda FDA, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Defence. 

On the EU side participated the Ambassadors of Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia and Sweden.

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Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania Conduct Progress Tour at Rusumo Falls Dam

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Emmanuel Gasana the Governor  of Rwanda’s Eastern Province together with the Regional Commissioner Kagera Region (Tanzania) and the Governors of Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces of Burundi on Tuesday jointly visited the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project’s to see the progress of the works set to complete this year 2022.

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project was launched on the 30th, March, 2017 with an installed capacity of 80 MW (Run of River Scheme at 1320masl) that will be shared equally among Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The transmission lines will extend from the power generation plant to Gitega in Burundi, Kigali in Rwanda, and Nyakanazi in Tanzania.

This project will develop renewable hydroelectric power as part of a broader program to support sustainable management of the Kagera River Basin and promote growth and poverty reduction.

The project upon completion will facilitate increased economic activities, private sector development, and investments in social infrastructure and services through improved access to electricity.

The project is worth US$340Million and US$128Million that have advanced to the countries as a loan from the World Bank and African Development Bank for the implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric project and the Power transmission lines respectively.

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFP) is a hydropower project under joint development by the Governments of Republic of Burundi, Republic of Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania through a commonly owned Rusumo Power Company (RPCL).

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Uganda Spy Chief Gen. Kandiho Fired, Sent To Juba

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has summarily fired his spy chief Maj.Gen Abel Kandiho and sent him to neighbouring South Sudan as Uganda’s envoy. Maj. Gen.James Burungi has been appointed to the helm of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) .

Discussions between President Paul Kagame and Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Keinerugaba could have led to Kandiho’s exit from the prestigious powerful spy chief docket in Uganda.

Kandiho has featured in various reports linking him presiding  over the arbitrary arrest, torture and cruel treatment of Rwandans on Uganda soil and most of whom have died, suffered gross injuries and gradually dumped at the border.

The good old days when Kigali and Kampala enjoyed warm sisterly relations completely ended during the burgeoning reign of Kandiho that had catapulted the chieftaincy of military intelligence (CMI) into a much feared intelligence agency openly supporting the Rwandan enemies especially Rwanda National Congress, the FDLR and other insignificant Rwanda enemy cells in Uganda.

Kandiho’s departure reflects what President Kagame may have candidly presented to Gen. Muhoozi has Rwanda’s concerns to Kampala establishment.

However, an individuals departure from the helm of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) may not be enough for Kigali as proof of improved relations because the shuffling at CMI has been regular yet the sufferings of Rwandans in Uganda has not subsided.

Uganda Spy Chief Kandiho Secretly Meets Kayumba Nyamwasa

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