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Kagame Condemns Massacre of Banyamulenge in DRC

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President Paul Kagame on Friday condemned the ongoing silent killings of the Banyamulenge people in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Observers say this is not just an ethnic problem. It is an international conflict with many interests.

“The Minembwe problem involves different groups from different countries. Each country had to raise its concern and the joint deal was to work on each problem. That if each one worked alone to pursue their own problem, it would not solve anything,” Kagame said on Friday while meeting with the press at his office in Kigali.

Kagame said there have been meetings of national army chiefs and security organs of neighbouring countries and have been working with Monusco so that they can formulate how to work together and address this insecurity in the region.

“The approach was to look at the whole history of this situation and the non-state groups that have been roaming in the region to cause insecurity,” Kagame explained, adding that he welcomed the joint military operations to get rid of all armed groups including foreign ones on DRC soil.

In recent months, an estimated 200000 people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu highlands. The fighting has origins in a long-simmering struggle over land, power, and citizenship descends into village burnings and widespread killings.

Congolese tribes that describe themselves as indigenous; Babembe, Bafuliru, and Banyindu communities are fighting the Banyamulenge, a cattle-herding group of Rwandan origin often derided as outsiders.

Foreign rebel groups from neighbouring counties have also taken sides in the violence, which is centred on Minembwe and Itombwe – remote mountainous areas where many Banyamulenge have lived for generations.

Meanwhile, Uganda’s Allied Democratic Front Rebels have been dislodged from their stronghold bases in Beni territory in DRCongo after heavy bombardment by the Congolese forces.

President Félix Tshisekedi said recently during his visit to Beni that he wants residents of this part of the country to enjoy the festive season in a peaceful and secure manner without fears of ADF rebels that have been terrorizing them.

The Congolese forces said that they are currently in control of ADF positions in the outskirts of Virunga National Park, including Kadowu, Vemba, Kididiwe, Malolu, localities located in the so-called triangle of death.

Sokola 1 military operations spokesman Mack Hazukayi says, “it is so early to talk about a record of operations because the offensives are continuing to accomplish the” I want ” of the head of state, who, during his last visit to Beni launched the want to see the people of Beni spend the festivities of the end of the year in peace and tranquility.”

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Imbuto Foundation To Mark 20 Years With The Theme: “An Edifying Past. An Empowered Future

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This year, Imbuto Foundation will mark twenty (20) years of engaging, educating and empowering communities in Rwanda.

The Foundation will be holding a series of events and activities throughout 2021 to highlight its key areas of interventions and flagship programmes of the past two decades in the fields of health, education as well as youth and women empowerment.

These activities will serve to reflect on past and current contributions that respond to Rwanda’s most pressing needs, and to showcase its vision to become a catalyst for sustainable change.

As this anniversary comes at a time when Rwanda and the entire world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, relevant safety measures have been taken into consideration.

As such, local and international audiences and stakeholders will take part virtually in planned events to learn about the Foundation’s challenges and successes of the past 20 years.

Audiences will also learn about Imbuto Foundation’s vision for the future, and hear from the very people it serves about the impact the Foundation has had on their lives.

Imbuto Foundation was founded in 2001 by Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.

It began its journey with the PACFA programme – Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS – which adopted a holistic approach aimed at providing opportunities to ensure dignified lives for Rwandans by promoting, protecting, and caring for families living with HIV/AIDS, particularly children, youth and women.

This also included women who were deliberately infected by HIV during the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi.

In 2007, PACFA changed its name to Imbuto Foundation as it embraced new programmes and initiatives other than those focussing on HIV/AIDS, and has since emerged as a trusted and committed partner in Rwanda’s development.

Over the past two decades, the Foundation grew to embrace and manage programme portfolios aligned with government priorities in health, education as well as youth and women empowerment.

Imbuto Foundation works in partnership with government institutions, international development partners and organisations, local community-based organisations (CBOs), including youth-led organisations and beneficiary alumni networks.

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Rwanda Receives 240,000 COVID-19 Vaccines

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Rwanda has received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX initiative. About 240,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine arrived in Kigali on Wednesday morning aboard Qatar Airline.

The second consignment with 102,960 jabs of the Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in the evening via a KLM flight also from the COVAX facility, and all through a coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Dr. Daniel Ngamije, the Minister of Health and, Dr. Mwinga Kasonde, World Health Organisation (WHO) Rwanda country representative were at the airport to receive the vaccines, valued at approximately US$720,000, according to sources.

Vaccination will begin on Friday beginning with high-risk groups across the country. The target is to vaccinate 30% of the population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022, according to the Minister of Health.

Dr. Kasonde said that Rwanda has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak with the determination to suppress the circulation of the virus and save lives. “These doses Of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX Facility represent an unprecedented global effort to have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines,” she said.

A complete dose requires two shots. The AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer vaccines will thus cater for 171,480 people identified as priority risk groups, including frontline workers, and those above 65 years old, and some with chronic health conditions.

Germany is the single biggest donor to ACT-Accelerator and COVAX at a tune of with its €2.1 billion.

Dr. Ngamije told journalists that, “We are pleased to receive these first AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines through the COVAX initiative, and appreciate the partnerships with the UN Family, GAVL funders as well as manufacturers that have made this possible.”

Juliana Lindsey, UNICEF-Rwanda Country Representative said that children, women, and men all over the country can be confident that Rwanda has taken its first steps towards recovering from the pandemic.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the vaccines will be dispatched from the Rwanda Biomedical Center warehouse to District Hospitals and then on to all 508 health centres across Rwanda.

Vaccination exercises will take place on Friday in hospitals and health centres, and vaccine recipients will be invited through their respective Districts.

Minister Ngamije cautioned that those vaccinated should continue to observe COVID prevention measures, including masks, physical distancing, avoiding crowded and closed spaces, and hand hygiene.

The health minister also pointed out that the Governmentof Rwanda continues negotiations with multiple partners, including international organizations and other governments, to acquire additional vaccines that will cover more people in subsequent phases.

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South Kivu Security Agents Trained On Human Rights

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A total of 91 officers from different security services in the province of South Kivu have completed training aimed at improving their scope and capacity on human rights, sexual violence, law and criminal procedure as well as on human rights of the arrested person.

The six-day training commenced on Monday and concluded on Saturday facilitated by the Joint United Nations Office (UNJHRO) and organized in collaboration with the Monusco Police, UNPOL.

Participants in this training came from the Judicial Police and the Congolese National Police (PNC), the National Intelligence Agency and the General Directorate of Migration (DGM).

Discussions during this training dwelt on matters related to the work of OPJ, especially on the pleadings they pose.

The trainees made some recommendations during the closing ceremony. These include: creating a mechanism to protect the OPJs from harassment by the military auditors; Facilitate the implementation of continuous refresher training; Establish a schedule of regular meetings and organize legal mornings and meetings with the hierarchical heads of the OPJs.

And finally, ensure regular monitoring of the impact of human rights training through grassroots consultation.

This training was triggered by several cases of denunciations which reached the UNJHRO office and the numerous visits to dungeons and amigos

With prosecutors, the UNJHRO reported on cases of arbitrary and unlawful arrests, failing to respect human rights and the person arrested in terms of pre-trial detention.

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