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Kagame Appoints His Son As Board Member Of Rwanda’s Development Board

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President Paul Kagame has appointed his First Son, Ivan Cyomoro Kagame (30), as a board member of the Rwanda Developed Board (RDB).

His appointment was announced after a cabinet meeting convened on monday May 18.

A complete RDB Board of Directors includes; Itzhak Fisher (Chairman), Evelyn Kamagaju (Vice Chairman), Alice Nkulikiyinka (member), Diane Karusisi (member) Ivan Kagame (member), Eric Kacou (member), Solange Uwituze (member), Liban Soleman Abdi (member) and Faith Keza (member).

RDB was set up in 2008 by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof.

The First Son is going to have his first glimpse into the affairs of state.

Ivan Kagame, an ardent consumer of The Economist, describes himself as “Young, forward-thinking entrepreneur”.

In 2016, Ivan Kagame posted on his Linkedin page in defense of Rwanda’s Development agenda saying that like himself, young African business leaders have a vision for propelling change on the continent.

“We know that being a successful role model is an important part of this process. While now a private investor, during both my academic education and my professional education in private equity and financial services, I benefited immensely from exposure to thought-leaders and exceptional mentors,” he said in his post.

Further in this post that sheds light into his professional person, Ivan Kagame said that he strongly believes that anyone with the advantage of a great education and dedicated mentorship has a responsibility to share knowledge with his or her peers.

“As the old adage goes, to whom much is given, much is expected,” Ivan Kagame said four years ago as Rwanda was preparing to host the World Economic Forum.

The new member of this elite RDB Board of Directors advocating or education and healthcare as rights, rather than privileges, for all people.

“I recognise the essential role of economic development, fuelled by technology and renewable energy, in providing African governments with the resources and tools to ensure a level and expanding playing field. Such an environment should reward innovative endeavour while providing the maximum opportunity for young entrepreneurs to follow in their role models groundbreaking footsteps,” he said.

In the corridors of Power

For a man who had maintained an exclusively private lifestyle and away from the prying lenses of media, his arrival in government is definitely going to be felt in various forms.

Political scientists consider the presence of Ivan Kagame at RDB as an essential asset in giving the institution a high-level face-lift.

Despite holding a cabinet seat, and business credentials obtained from running his private businesses, RDB has been added an extra enviable power status.

The presence of Ivan Kagame in government will have an effect on several centres of influence within the government.

For many, with his proximity, the First Son will be perceived as an express highway to the President.

For those that had been perceived to be brokers in the bureaucratic corridors of power, or the gatekeepers, will definitely scale down because of an inevitable option for Ivan Kagame; a natural, dependable and trustable link.

Social Media Presence

Ivan Kagame joined Twitter in 2010 but was last active in 2016.

With this new appointment to the Board of Directors at RDB, there may be a renewed interest in the use of Twitter where he enjoys 39,200 followers.

With only 138 connections on linkedin, he describes himself as a Private Investor in Private Equity and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Managerial Economics acquired from Pace University and an MBA from the University of Southern California, USA.

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  1. Joseph Nyok

    May 19, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Congratulations brother now the test is yours do your best to the people of Rwanda and also extend your hands in promoting and advocating for the rights of youth of Rwanda and Africa at large. Congratulations once again and good luck. South Sudan.

  2. Juve

    May 19, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thats how things go

  3. Sindikubwabo Alfred

    May 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Congratulations

  4. Patrick Musonera

    May 19, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Full support!

  5. Lushinga Pervious

    May 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations African brother.

  6. Mukoya Aywah

    May 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Good example to others. This means we’ve got to take part in nurturing our children’s talents and making sure they succeed in academics to save mother Africa.
    Nevertheless, nepotism is meandering in our African continent, worst indeed. In Uganda, Kenya, we are experiencing this and must stop if we take a step forward in bringing up intellectual children and not to give birth without successful plans. Thanks.
    Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪.

  7. Fabien DUSENGIMANA

    May 19, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats and good luck on this task truly we are by your side
    I promise you that I will always remember you on all my prayers like how I did before so that God will guide all your feet steps.
    By loving heart
    Fabien

  8. Mercy Chikowore

    May 19, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    This is really a good example to other leaders out there. As a leader you should be able to think outside the box because this will shape the leaders of tomorrow and promote youth arch rivals.

  9. Daniel Limbu

    May 19, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Congratulations Mr Ivan Kagame for being appointed to RBD.As a young Rwandan and well educated you have the role to play for your country.Bring up your ideas in the government.Tanzania

  10. Nzitatira Mbonyinkebe Nicodemus

    May 20, 2020 at 2:17 am

    congratulation Mr Ivan Kagame and good luck in your responsabilities given by your father,do them with wisdom and humanism,God bless you .Lauyer Nzitatira Mbonyinkebe Nicodemus, Kigali Rwanda(a court Baillif)law firm Nyamirambo40,tel:+250788696981

    • Leon Ndacyayisenga

      May 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Congrats brother, may God help you !

    • Fred Mugeni

      May 20, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Congs to Ivan. I love him. Yicisha bugufi yahawe indero ikwiye. Ni umuhanga kandi ni Rwiyemezamirimo ukiri muto. Komera Mwana w’U Rwanda isuku igira Isoko.

  11. Martin Amesho

    May 20, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Congratulation my brother it’s a good example in Our mother land Africa.

  12. Gama

    May 20, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations, but keep on reading between lines

  13. Beryallen

    May 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

    U welcome brother

  14. Gatera grace

    May 20, 2020 at 9:52 am

    As Rwandans we’re happy for you brother Ivan, go then participate yourself and i enjoying how you deserve it . Congrats#

  15. ABDISALAM YUSSUF

    May 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

    CONGRATULATIONS IVAN TO BE APPOINTED AS BOARD MEMBER OF RWANDA DEVELOPMENT BOARD. I HOPE YOU WILL WORK VERY WELL BECAUSE YOU ENERGETIC YOUNG EDUCATED BRAIN WHICH WE NEED YOUR GENERATION ALL IN AFRICA TO.LEAD EVERY SIDE OF OUR ECONOMIC.WE AFRICANS HAVE A VERY FERTILITY LAND WITH MANY KINDS MINERALS RESOURCES BUT STILL OUR PEOPLE ARE IN POVERTY.WE HAVE TO CHANGE OLD LEADERS WE WANT TO BE LEAN BY NEW EDUCATED GENERATION. THANKS.AM FROM SOMALILAND IN THE HORN OF AFRICA.WORKING IN UNITED KINGDOM

  16. Ngoga

    May 20, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations brother and good luck in your new responsibilities

  17. Souleman Abdillah Mnyambo

    May 20, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Mr President has shown Africans the way somebody can peacefull change a nation of the hatred citizens to the most economically stable one.
    Obviously we know,that you won’t let him down,Wish you all the best in building not only Rwanda but entire EAC!!

  18. UMUTESI

    May 20, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Oooh Cong’s Mr. Yves. Uzagere ikirenge mu cya muzehe wacu. Uzabe intwari mama! Imana yo mu ijuru izakujy’imbere kibondo. Izagufashe kuzuza neza inshingano Papa yagushinze.abanyagihugu bazakugiririreho umugisha. Bravooo

  19. Ibraimo Assane

    May 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Parabéns Ivan, entretanto, lembro do seu próprio ditado “Como diz o velho ditado, a quem muito é dado, muito é esperado”. Isso pelo facto da sua nomeação ser considerada nepotismo, então dê o seu melhor e nos orgulhe.

  20. Larry OLUFEMI OLATOYINBO

    May 20, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Congratulations Ivan,u be a big roll to play in Africa,just like your father is doing,I once visited Rwanda, it’s such a wonderful and people,God bless President Kagame

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    October 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, on Tuesday, March 9, briefed 240 police officers set to be deployed for peacekeeping duties under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The pre-deployment briefing of the hybrid Formed Police Unit-One (FPU-1) contingent was held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

The contingent commanded by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Faustin Kalimba, will replaced the same number in Malakal, Upper Nile State where they will be largely charged with protection of civilians in internally displaced camps, UN personnel, security of key installations and humanitarian assistance, among others.

IGP Munyuza urged the officers to use their experience and the high level of training acquired to execute their peacekeeping mandate effectively.

He further reminded them that they will work with other peacekeepers from different countries and they will have to exercise respect of diversity.

“Learning will be continuous throughout your tour-of-duty, use your experience to build on what your predecessors achieved, cooperative with other peacekeepers in the mission area and respect the people under your protection as well as their culture,” IGP Munyuza emphasized.

He urged them to keep up the good conduct and protect the image set by previous contingents adding that ” you are representing your country, be at the best of your performance.”

“Your country and Rwanda National Police in particular, have full trust in you, resilience and sacrifice are key. Remember, your conduct and professionalism will depict the image and values of Rwandans, ensure your performance is exceptionally good and maintain the same spirit to the end of your mission,” said IGP Munyuza.

The Police Chief reminded them that Rwandan peacekeepers are defined by their professionalism, discipline, teamwork, integrity, values and alertness, and urged them to keep the momentum to “maintain and protect the image and reputation.”

He emphasized that respecting each other and their superiors in particular, discipline, hard work, teamwork, dignity and respect for diversity are strong guiding values and principles which will help them towards mission excellence.

IGP Munyuza appealed to the officers to maintain the spirit of supporting others and to engage in human security activities with the local people they are mandated to serve.

‘’Participating in human security activities is our culture as Rwandans, you should not only conduct peacekeeping duties just to maintain peace and security. It goes beyond that as our tradition to work towards the overall wellbeing of the people,” IGP Munyuza said.

As the wolrd is still faced with the pandemic of COVID-19, the Police Chief reminded them to always observe all health guidelines including wearing face masks, avoiding shaking hands, washing hands and practicing social distancing, among others.

This will be the sixth rotation of FPU-1 hybrid since the first one was deployed in South Sudan in 2015.

It is also one of the three Rwandan FPU contingents currently deployed in South Sudan.

Currently, RNP maintains over 1000 police peacekeepers in various UN missions, including six contingents serving in UNMISS and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

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The Standard Gauge Railway from Mwanza to Isaka in neighbouring Tanzania will be constructed by two Chinese Companies that have won a lucrative tender for this job.

Prof. Palamagamba Kabudi Tanzania’s foreign minister said on Thursday during a presser on the eve of the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to Tanzania.

The Mwanza-Isaka railway stretch will cover a distance of 341 kilometres and construction is estimated to cost TShs3 trillion will be handled by China Civil Engineering Construction (CCEC) and China Railway Construction Company (CRCC).

The Tanzanian government through the Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) is constructing a 2,561Km SGR network that links Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kigoma, Katavi and neighboring countries of Rwanda, Burundi Uganda and DRC.

The over Sh7 trillion project is being implemented in phases with the first round covering 202km between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, was initially scheduled to be ready by November 2020 but heavy rains disrupted construction works.

Construction of the first and the second phase is being undertaken by Turkish construction company, Yapi Markez.

The first phase will have six main stations at Dar es Salaam, Pugu, Soga, Ruvu, Ngerengere and Morogoro, with the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro stations being the largest.

The second phase which is under implementation involves 422km between Morogoro and Makutupora in Singida with the project set to be completed within 36 months at a cost of $1,924 billion.

The railway is East Africa’s fastest and will use electricity to move trains will travel at 160km per hour and transport 10,000 tonnes of freight which is equivalent to 500 cargo trucks.

Upon completion, the SGR project is expected to payback the investment value after 15 years.

In October 2020, Tanzania government signed $60 million (about Sh138 billion) contract with a South Korean firm to supply trains for the standard gauge railway (SGR).

 

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President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in this week’s election against Joe Biden, as the Democrat contender gained ground in tight contests in some key battleground states.

With his pathway to re-election appearing to shrink, Trump has advanced unsupported accusations of voter fraud to falsely argue that his rival was trying to seize power. Thursday’s moves amounted to an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process.

“This is a case when they are trying to steal an election, they are trying to rig an election,” Trump said from the podium of the White House briefing room.

The president’s remarks deepened a sense of anxiety in the U.S. as Americans enter their third full day after the election without knowing who would serve as president for the next four years.

His statements also prompted a rebuke from some Republicans, particularly those looking to steer the party in a different direction in a post-Trump era.

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Neither candidate has reached the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. But Biden eclipsed Trump in Wisconsin and Michigan, two crucial Midwestern battleground states, and has been inching closer to overtaking the president in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where votes are still being counted. It remains unclear when a national winner will be declared after a long, bitter campaign dominated by the coronavirus and its effects on Americans and the national economy.

On Wednesday, The U.S.set another record for daily confirmed cases as several states posted all-time highs. The pandemic has killed more than 233,000 people in the United States.

Rising tensions

Biden spent Thursday trying to ease tensions and project a more traditional image of presidential leadership. After participating in a coronavirus briefing, he declared that “each ballot must be counted.”

“I ask everyone to stay calm. The process is working,” Biden said. “It is the will of the voters. No one, not anyone else who chooses the president of the United States of America.”

 

Biden’s victories in the upper Midwest put him in a strong position, but Trump showed no sign of giving up. It could take several more days for the vote count to conclude and a clear winner to emerge. With millions of ballots yet to be tabulated, Biden already had received more than 73 million votes, the most in history.

Trump’s erroneous claims about the integrity of the election challenged Republicans now faced with the choice of whether to break with a president who, though his grip on his office grew tenuous, commanded sky-high approval ratings from rank-and-file members of the GOP.

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Trump’s campaign engaged in a flurry of legal activity to try to improve the Republican president’s chances, requesting a recount in Wisconsin and filing lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia. Judges in Georgia and Michigan quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits there on Thursday.

Trump has held a small edge in Georgia, though Biden has been gaining on him as votes continue to be counted. The same is true in Pennsylvania, where Trump’s lead had slipped to about 22,000 votes — and the race is destined to get tighter.

One reason is because elections officials were not allowed to process mail-in ballots until Election Day under state law. It’s a form of voting that has skewed heavily in Biden’s favour after Trump spent months claiming without proof that voting by mail would lead to widespread voter fraud.

Mail ballots from across the state were overwhelmingly breaking in Biden’s direction. A final vote total may not be clear for days because the use of mail-in ballots, which take more time to process, has surged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump campaign said it was confident the president would ultimately pull out a victory in Arizona, where votes were also still being counted, including in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous area.

The AP has declared Biden the winner in Arizona and said Thursday that it was monitoring the vote count as it proceeded.

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