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People Violating Covid-19 Measures Drastically Drop By 50%

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The number of people violating the national directives designed to fight and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 has reduced by 50.2 percent, according to the Rwanda National Police (RNP) report.

The reduction is attributed to the new directives by the Cabinet meeting held on January 4, which among others, directed closing of businesses by 6pm.

The RNP report compares enforcement operations conducted across the country between December 29, to January 4, and those conducted from January 5-8.

A total of 48,263 violations were registered in the first week compared to 24,026 recorded between January 5-8, according to the report.

In the week leading to January 4, a total of 46, 947 pedestrians were caught without face masks and disregarding physical distancing compared to 23,647 related violations registered between January 5-8.

At least 616 vehicles, 415 motos and 285 bicycles were also impounded in the same week during operations to enforce the curfew, wearing of face masks and social distancing.

However, between January 5-8, the number of vehicles, motos and bicycles impounded reduced to 162, 177 and 40, respectively.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that the number of violators reduced after the Cabinet resolutions of January 4, 2021.

“For example, more  than 6,700 pedestrians were apprehended across the country, on average per day previously but since January 5, the number of violators has reduced to 5,900 on daily average.

The same goes to the average number of vehicles impounded previous which reduced from 88 to 40 per day; motos from 59 to 44 per day; and bicycles from 40 to 10 on daily average,” CP Kabera said.

This impact, he said, is largely influenced by the closing of businesses at 6pm coupled with the strong partnership in enforcement between the Police, community patrols, Dasso, youth volunteers and local leaders.

CP Kabera urged the general public to adhere to the directives adding that “individual and collective responsibility in compliance and reporting violators will go a long way to support national efforts in combating the pandemic and saving lives.”

As of Friday, January 8, Rwanda had recorded 9,368 COVID-19 cases of which 6,940 had recovered as well as 115 fatalities related to the pandemic.

 

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Kagame Calls On Men To Stop Violence Against Women

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Men with masculine behaviors that hinder the development of women as well as their empowerment must stop it, President Kagame told a gathering in Kinshasa, DRC on Thursday.

“We must act to tackle the structural impediments and deep seated norms that fuel harmful masculinities, and cultivate positive notions of masculinity. Gender equality is much more a moral obligation. It is a right that cannot be abridged,” President Kagame said at the conference on gender, violence against women and girls and men’s conference on positive masculinity, joining other African Heads of State and Government.

He said men are the authors of violence against women and girls. Men should reverse the behaviors by taking a responsibility to speak and take action against the violence of women as well as changing their mindset.

“We must commit to tackling the negative mindsets in some men and boys that normalize violence against women and girls. Working together, we can end this scourge. Men have a special responsibility to speak out and take action,” he said.

He noted that a strong legal framework that promotes women empowerment and gender equality would be vital for women empowerment agenda to be effective.

“Women’s empowerment should be anchored in strong legal and policy framework.”

According to the UN Women, one of the key consequences of gender-based violence (GBV) in Rwanda is the drastic increase in teen pregnancies.

UN Women reports that teen pregnancies increased from 17,000 cases to 23,000 teen pregnancies in 2019.

The UN Women also adds that there are a number of unreported cases due to a culture of silence at community levels combined with patriarchal social norms and cultural beliefs.

“Thank you President Tshisekedi for the invitation to attend this very important conference on gender,violence against women and girls and the role of men in ensuring that violence against women and girls is eliminated. Africa has a role to play,” Kagame said.

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Rwanda Army Gets 1000 More Advanced Infantry Soldiers

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Close to 1000 RDF soldiers including Junior officers and other Ranks completed a 6 months Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) at Nasho Basic Military Training Center, in Kirehe District.

AIT is designed to enhance skills of ordinary infantry to enable them effectively perform infantry tasks while fulfilling RDF missions.

The graduation ceremony was presided over by the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jean Bosco Kazura on behalf of the RDF Commander in Chief, President Paul Kagame.

In his remarks, the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jean Bosco Kazura commended the graduates for their milestone achievement, commitment and discipline. He also appreciated the leadership of the training centre including instructors who work day and night to build their competencies and skills to be effective leaders and soldiers in their respective roles.

The overall best officer, 2nd Lieutenant Fred Rugamba said that the knowledge acquired will help them to fulfil their responsibilities.

“As a serving officer, I  was able to acquire additional skills that will enable me to serve my institution and country better,” he said.

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Israel Donates 20 Cows To Vulnerable Families In Rwanda

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The Israel Embassy in Rwanda, on behalf of the Israel’s agency for International Development, MASHAV, on Thursday, November 25, donated cows to 20 vulnerable families in Rulindo District, Northern Province.

This is in line with the government of Rwanda’s Girinka program also known as ‘One Cow Per Poor Family’, initiated in 2006.

The event was held in Rusiga sector, and was attended by the Ambassador of Israel to Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam, the Acting Mayor of Rulindo District, AlBashir Bizumuremyi, representatives of security organizations and beneficiaries of the program among other attendees.

In his remarks, Ambassador Adam underscored that Israel is pleased to support Rwanda’s existing efforts to promote Rwandans’ welfare.

“Israel is happy to support Girinka program initiated by H.E President Paul Kagame. We realized that a cow is one of the most sustainable support you can give, because the beneficiary is able to get milk and fertilizer, and can make money out of it. This is the third time we are donating cows, and we are looking forward to continue doing so,” he said.

He added: “The support is yet another sign of existing good relations between Israel and Rwanda.”

In 2020 and June this year, Israel donated 40 cows to families in Nyamasheke and Gisagara Districts.

According to Girinka program, a beneficiary receives a heifer, raises it and when she gives birth, the first female calf is given to another poor family and the process continues.

This said, Bizumuremyi underscored that the 20 cows are a significant contribution to existing efforts.

“A cow is a sign of prosperity and wealth. We are grateful to the Israel Embassy for this support, because it contributes to the existing efforts by the Government of Rwanda to improve citizens’ social welfare,” he said.

So far, as per the statistics of Rulindo district, 10264 residents of the district have benefited from Girinka Program.

Beneficiaries speak out

Honorine Mukeshimana, a resident of Gako cell, Rusiga sector in Rulindo district is one of the beneficiaries. She explains that the cow she received will help her to cater for her families’ day-to-day needs.

“My three children will no longer miss milk on the table. Also, as a farmer, the problem of lack of manure will be no more. My harvest is going to increase, and hopefully I will be able to not only feed my home, but also sell my produce,” she said.

This was also reiterated by Innocent Niringiyimana, a father of three who resides in Kirenge cell.

“This is a dream come true. I am very grateful to the Israel Embassy in Rwanda and our government for this program. My family and I are going to make sure we take care of this cow so that it helps us to develop ourselves,” he underscored.

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