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Police Urges Public To Be Vigilant during This Rainy Season

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) urges the general public to be vigilant and respect weather advisories to prevent falling victim of disasters, especially in this rainy period.

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that some people become victims due to “lack of compliance” to weather and disaster advisories or trying to force their way through flooded areas.

“Avoid driving or passing through floods, adhere to the Police instructions especially in areas affected by floods, follow any issued advisories, either issued by Rwanda Meteorology Agency or Rwanda National Police. Forcing your way through these floods can be fatal like we have witnessed in the past,” CP Kabera said.

He further advised motorists against using some routes, which are impassable due to life-threatening floods and roads blocked by trees.

CP Kabera advised the public to always heed the weather warning and Police instructions and “avoid areas with potential danger during heavy rains.”

The spokesperson further advised people against using bridges as shelter, to prevent being washed away by floods and struck by lightening.

“Take shelter in safer places but not under bridges, water channels or trees. Don’t be a bystander; your call could save someone’s life. Don’t undermine floods; find safer places when floods start entering your house especially when it’s raining heavily.”

CP Kabera also called for timely information sharing on disasters like floods, landslides, trees falling in middle of the road and other places where it affects movement or posing threat to people’s lives, for quick response.

For disaster response, the public are urged to always call 112 (emergency), 111 (Fire and Rescue Brigade), 113 (traffic accidents), 110 (Marine security), 0788380953, 0788311224 and 0788311155.

Road safety tips for motorists

The rainy season is here. Whereas this is a good sign to some people like farmers, it can be a hazard for motorists if no precaution is taken.

It is always advisable to take extra caution when it is raining or after it has rained. Besides dealing with heavy downpour, drivers also have to contend with likely strong winds, which call for one to exercise caution when driving in such weather.

In case you are driving or riding in the rain, it would be safer to anticipate how to deal with wet roads as well as poor visibility that characterize such weather; as usual your car should be in good condition with head and tail lights, brakes, turn signals, and windshield wipers working. Ensure that tyres are in good shape and properly inflated to contend with the slip.

Turn headlights on when it’s raining to challenge the low visibility and fog, and to signal the equally affected motorists coming from behind and those from the opposite direction.

As usual, drive in your lane, go slow, give each driver space, don’t enter flooded roads, stay alert and pull-over where necessary; exercise extra caution when overtaking because heavy rains and fog can affect your visibility.

When driving under such weather conditions, you don’t have to move at 40km/hr or 60km/hr just because the traffic signpost grants that speed; it comes back to your individual responsibility to set your rules below the set maximum speed as the weather dictates. Be a responsible driver or rider and always take safer decisions when on road.

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Rwanda Police Chief Concludes Visit To Malawi

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) have reaffirmed their commitment to jointly build capacities in counter-terrorism and to fight motor-vehicle theft.

These are some of the resolutions adopted on Friday, July 30, as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza concluded his official visit to Malawi at the invitation of his counterpart, Dr. George Kainja to further enhance partnership in national and regional security.

The two forces also agreed to further build their capacities through shared advanced training, establish or strengthen victim support units and to bolster the canine unit including bleeding of sniffer dogs.

IGP Munyuza’s visit to Malawi followed the visit of his counterpart, Dr. Kainja to Rwanda in June as the two Police Chiefs continue to spearhead the implementation of the cooperation pact signed between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) in March 2019 to formalize cooperation and collaboration in sharing intelligence, tracking and exchange of fugitives, training as well as fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, among others.

During his week-long visit to Malawi, IGP Munyuza also toured some of the MPS facilities including Zomba Police College in the Eastern region, South-West Region Police headquarters in Blantyre Province, and Limbe Police Station.

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Saad Toma Named General Manager, IBM Middle East & Africa

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IBM announced today that Saad Toma has been named General Manager of IBM Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Mr. Toma succeeds Takreem El-Tohamy, who has been appointed General Manager, Global Strategic Sales at IBM.

Mr. Toma brings deep industry, services and technology expertise and over 30 years of experience at IBM working across multiple geographies.

He will be responsible for IBM’s overall business operations across Middle East, Africa and Turkey, driving business growth and client satisfaction.

“Saad is a highly respected leader with a reputation for developing high-performing teams and being a true partner to our clients, helping them with their transformation journeys,” said Marta Martinez Alonso, General Manager, IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“I would like to thank Takreem for his role in driving IBM’s business and footprint in Middle East and Africa over the past decade and wish him success in his new role.”

Mr. Toma previously led IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) business in MEA from 2011 until 2016.

Prior to his appointment as General Manager, IBM MEA, Mr. Toma most recently held the position of General Manager, GTS for Asia Pacific (APAC) where he was responsible for guiding clients on their digital transformation journeys through Hybrid Cloud, Data and AI.

During his tenure at IBM, Mr. Toma has held several leadership roles including Global Chief Operating Officer of GTS, in which he was responsible for the management of GTS business operations and adopting a more cognitive business model in support of IBM’s clients’ needs.

“We are at a pivotal point in shaping the future of our industry. Technology adoption is not only vital to a successful, more competitive business but a key driver to economic development and growth,” said Saad Toma.

“I am privileged to lead IBM Middle East and Africa and, together with my colleagues, work with governments and clients across the region to help them leverage IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI solutions, services and our ecosystem partners to transform and drive innovation.”

Both appointments are effective immediately.

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Rwanda Police Chief Visits Malawain Police College

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, who is in Malawi for the bilateral visit, on Wednesday, July 28, visited Zomba Police College in the Eastern region. Earlier on Tuesday, the Police Chief also visited the South-West Region Police headquarters in Blantyre Province.

The tour is part of the week-long visit aimed at strengthening cross-border cooperation between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) as entailed in the Memorandum of Understanding binding the two Police institutions signed in March 2019 in Lilongwe.

The MoU specifies partnership in joint areas of training, operations, tracking and exchange of criminals, combating terrorism, drug trafficking, cybercrimes, information sharing on fugitives and other security related matters.

During the bilateral meeting with his counterpart of Malawi, Dr. George Kainja, IGP Munyuza said that the two Police forces have made “strides including holding bilateral meetings, exchanging information, learning from each other and sharing expertise to jointly confront common threats affecting safety and social wellbeing of people in our two countries and our regions at large.”

“In the face of prevailing global and regional security threats, we value Malawi’s efforts on bilateral and multilateral stages to seek sustainable solution to security challenges in the region and beyond.

Rwanda stands together with Malawi and all other African countries’ resolve to end the unnecessary and destabilizing negative forces on our continent particularly violent extremism,” IGP Munyuza said during the meeting.

The host, Dr. George Kainja said that the cooperation is even more important in the context of Islamic insurgency that is terrorizing Mozambique.

“The Malawi Government in General, and the Malawi Police Service in particular will ensure that all efforts to defeat this insurgency are supported. In addition, the security apparatus of this country is working tirelessly to ensure that our country is not used in any way by elements bent on destabilizing the region,” Dr. Kainja said.

 

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