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Kagame Unleashes RIB, Police To Interrogate Minister Gatete

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The road leading to President Paul Kagame’s country home is pressed with humble marram branching off at Nyagatovu village along the Kigali-Kayonza highway. It has been like this for many years lined with acacia trees.

Kagame does not mind driving on this dusty bumpy and sometimes slippery road to his Muhazi lakeshore country home. As head of state he has been considerate enough not to demand for a tarmacked road for reasons that the country doesn’t have enough resources to accord him preferential treatment.

But for Infrastructure Minister Claver Gatete dust is not something he would tolerate around his home and would do anything within his reach to fight dust or mud around his private palace at Gishushu, Remera in Kigali.

One day, Minister Gatete called the Vice Mayor of the City of Kigali and instructed him to install humps in front of his house along a new road. The road, almost one Kilometer, also happens to have been built under his instructions.

Going by current market estimates, a tarmacked road can cost up to US$1 million and would require serious bidding.

For Gatete, it only required a phone call to the city mayors and have him drive smoothly to and from his luxurious palace, an act that has outraged the President.

President Paul Kagame on Friday chaired the Extended National Executive Committee (NEC) convened at the RPF party headquarters in Rusororo, Gasabo district. One of the key issues discussed was the sophisticated corruption among public officials.

The President mentioned names of officials involved in shameless scandals including; Infrastructure Minister, Clever Gatete, former Governors Emmanuel Gasana, Jean Marrie Vianney Gatabazi, Dr. Diane Gashumba, Robert Nyanvumba and General Patrick Nyanvumba among others.

Apart from manipulating the system to have a tarmacked road by his house and instructing sidewalk pavers extended into his private compound complete with identical humps, Minister Gatete continues to appear in more scandals.

For example, Minister Gatete is said to have illegally and single handedly awarded a tender to a Kenyan Company known as ‘Out Of The Box’, to supply a software to manage government properties by the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA).

This deal is worth Rwf263 million and was awarded to the Kenyans with ease moreover against the advice of the tender committee at the RHA.

While at the RPF meeting, President Kagame asked Minister Gatete whether he knows a company called ‘Out Of The Box’.

Gatete first said he didn’t know it.

However, the President was not ready to let go. He wanted answers from Minister Gatete and continued cross-examining him.

“Do you know the company or you don’t?” the President asked. “I don’t know the company your Excellency,” Gatete responded in a very timid voice.

The President asked the IGP, Dan Munyuza to step forward and share the details, because Gatete was adamant.

The IGP explained that after Minister Gatete had failed to convince the RHA tender committee to single source the Kenyan company, he flouted the tendering procedures and wrote to the Minister of Finance to authorize payment of the firm.

Sticking to their position, RHA team told Gatete that there are Rwandan companies capable of providing similar services and there was no basis for hiring a foreign firm moreover at such a colossal cost.

Gatete did not want to hear such arguments from RHA- he ignored them.

The IGP testified that Gatete’s letter to the Finance Minister in December 2019 bore his explanation that it was ‘a matter of national interest’.

Kagame turned to Gatete. “I asked you if you did not know about the company. You said you don’t” the President said.

“Now I remember your Excellency,” Gatete responded, trembling and panicking.

“Then, why did you have to lie,” the President insisted.

“I am sorry your Excellency,” Gatete pleaded as the entire hall was dead silent watching how the President was grinding a super minister that once passed as clean.

President Kagame warned him not to proceed with his apologies, because, apparently, according to the President, he has warned him many times and that he kept apologising in the same manner.

Before the case of the Kenyan firm, Kagame asked City Mayor, Pudence Rubangisa and his Vice, Eng. Evaritse Nsanzimana, if Gatete is the one in charge of City, asking them to narrate the circumstances in which Minister Gatete would give orders, warning to lock them up if they lied to him.

“Can Gatete do what he wants,” the President probed the two officials and how the Minister would instruct them to commit an offense.

“Why don’t you have the guts to question?” Kagame pressed harder, wondering if the Engineer is such a fool to be given orders in such a manner. “I don’t know why he didn’t ask you to build him a house.”

Kagame sent the three men back to their seats and picked on other corrupt officials in the room. “It is not over,” he warned.

In the meantime, Gatete could soon be jailed or be fired for his involvement in another scandal involving Christian Rwakunda, Permanent Secretary (MINIFRA), Godfrey Kabera, Director General of National Development Planning at MINECOFIN, Eric Serubibi, Director General, Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA).

The case is now in the courts of law. The suspects are accused of collectively buying a building from a city businessman at an astronomical price of about Rwf10 billion and without going through competitive bidding.

The President told RPF leaders that Gatete connived with PS Caleb to offer the owner of the house more than he had actually asked for; about Rwf7. 5 billion.

“You are a danger to yourself let alone to all of us,” the president told him, and ordered the Police and RIB to interrogate him this coming Monday and submit a report.

“I will decide what to do moving forward,” Kagame said. “I am tired.”

Sheikh Abdul Karim Harelimana, a senior cadre promised the President of the party’s support in the fight. “We are behind you,” he said, of which the President was happy to acknowledge that indeed the support is needed.

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Rwanda Police Chief Briefs 240 Officers Ahead Of S. Sudan Deployment

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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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Chinese Companies Win Tender to Construct Railway From Mwanza to Isaka 

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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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Trump Attacks Election Integrity As Biden Nears 270 Electoral College Votes

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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.

Electoral college magic number

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.

Lawsuits and late mail-in ballots

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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