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Rwanda Mayors Sign New Performance Contracts Before President Kagame

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President Paul Kagame on Friday presided over the signing of new performance contracts with the mayors from all the thirty districts of Rwanda.

Through these Performance contracts (“Imihigo”) the Mayors detail what the respective district sets itself as targets on a number of governance, justice, economic and social indicators. The objective of Imihigo is to improve the speed and quality of execution of government programmes, thus making public agencies more effective.

Every year, the President gathers with government officials including the mayors to assess their performance. There is naming and shaming including rewarding of the best performers and signing new contracts. The best three performing districts have their mayors taking a photo with the president.

“Signing performance contracts is a very important aspect of our national life. By signing Imihigo, we commit ourselves to meet targets and reach the development Rwanda aspires to,” President Kagame said.

This year, the government officials descended down to Epic Hotel in Nyagatare district for this important Imihigo event that is highly tracked by all Rwandans via radio, Television and social media- all eager to know how their respective districts scored.

Imihigo Signing Ceremony | Nyagatare, 30 October 2020

On Friday, Nyaruguru district, Huye District and Rwamagana district were announced as the best performing districts respectively.

“The three districts that were awarded best performers during the Imihigo Signing Ceremony are Nyaruguru , represented by Mayor Francois Habitegeko, Huye District , represented by Mayor Ange Sebutege and Rwamagana District , represented by Mayor Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi,” the presidency tweeted on Friday.

During the signing ceremony, President Kagame said “Imihigo means that we want to improve the way we work, so as to achieve our targets. We want to live a healthy life, to develop, and we want security. This is what Rwandans expect from us as their leaders.”

The president cautioned that he will not get tired of reminding leaders of what they need to do – it is not a waste of time. “Those at the receiving end of reminders should understand that we have no time to waste.”

In a well packaged counsel, President Kagame observed that there are challenges that are difficult to solve, and there are those that are made difficult because of lack of means. But there are also those that are easy when one has the will – to work, to work properly, to move forward.

“Sometimes it’s an issue with coordination and communication between institutions. Or people who wait for bribes to do what they ought to do. Why would you do that?” the president said.  

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Police Intercepts 88 People At Wedding Reception

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About 88 people have been intercepted at a wedding reception convened at Green Mountain Biking Garden in Nyamirambo a suburb in the capital Kigali.

According to details, the wedding was of a couple identified as Buregeya Saidi Codo (34 yrs) and Nyampundu Thausie.

Other details showed that apart from the bride and groom, the rest of the group did not test for COVID-19 as prerequisite for attending such an event. This is in addition to violation of physical and social distancing guidelines on COVID-19.

As the norm, all the people that have been at the wedding event will spend the whole night at Amahoro Stadium and will be subjected to other procedures.

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Africa Mourns Zambia’s Founding President Kenneth Kaunda

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The government of the Republic of Zambia has declared 21 days of mourning to honour the life of former President Kenneth Kaunda who died Thursday.

According to the Secretary to the Cabinet and Principal Private Secretary to the president Simon Miti said Dr Kaunda died peacefully at 14:30 hours at the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka, just three years short of a century at 97 years.

Dr Kaunda was Born on April 28, 1924.

President Edgar Lungu said during the period of mourning, all activities of entertainment nature will be suspended and all flags will fly at half-mast.

He said through Cabinet Office, Government will guide the public on details of the funeral and burial programme for the fallen former head of State, taking into consideration the COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.

President Lungu has since sent his condolences to the family of Dr Kaunda on behalf of Government and Zambians.

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga, a former diplomat in Dr Kaunda’s government for many years, said he will remember the former President for his passionate commitment to liberate the continent from colonialism.

“His contribution to Zambia, Africa and the world was huge and was regarded larger than life. He mentored and gave me opportunities at a young age of 21 years,” Mr Mwaanga said in a statement.

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New ICC Prosecutor Karim Asad Takes Oath

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The International Criminal Court officially has a new Prosecutor that begun working on Wednesday after taking oath at a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will serve as Prosecutor for a period of nine years.

“I solemnly undertake that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously, and that I will respect the confidentiality of investigations and prosecutions,” Khan declared.

Khan then signed his oath before the ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, and delivered his first remarks as the Prosecutor of the ICC.

“The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday”, stated Prosecutor Khan.

“I am truly and sincerely humbled at my opportunity to serve, and the responsibilities that have been entrusted in me. I will do my outmost to discharge those responsibilities without fear or favour, faithfully and with integrity, and in full conformity with solemn declaration that I have just given”, he added.

Subject to provisions of Article 45 of the Rome Statute, founding treaty of the ICC, the ceremony was held in open court.

The ceremony was presided over by ICC President, Judge Piotr Hofmański.

“While Judges are the ones who ultimately decide on the verdict in each case, it is also true that those cases would never reach the judges without the Prosecutor’s decision to bring them to court,” President Hofmański noted.

He also said that It is the Prosecutor who is responsible for the way in which preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions are conducted, and how evidence for the prosecution is selected and presented.

“On behalf of the Court, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC. As President of the Court, I look forward to working with him to strengthen our joint institution”, he added.

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