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Rwanda Police Chief Visits Troops In S. Sudan

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, who is in South Sudan on an official visit, on Tuesday, June 8, visited Rwanda Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingents conducting their peacekeeping operations in the Juba, and commended them for the resilience in their ambassadorial duties.

Two contingents, FPU-2 and FPU-3 of 160 officers each, are deployed in the Capital Juba under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where they perform various peacekeeping duties such as patrols, escort, protection of civilians in IDP camps, humanitarian assistance as well as other community policing and human security activities for the local population and South Sudan Police.
Rwanda FPU-1 of 240 officers is deployed in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

“I am happy to find you safe and healthy, and your country thanks you for your contribution towards restoring peace and security for the wellbeing of the people of South Sudan,” IGP Munyuza told the peacekeepers.

As some of them are nearing the end of their mission, he observed, the remaining period might seem to be challenging but urged them to maintain the discipline, teamwork, respect for superiors and to continue working well with the people of South Sudan until the very end when they will go back home after a successful tour-of-duty.

Rwanda and South Sudan, IGP Munyuza said, enjoy good relations in different sectors of security and development and that the two Head of States set a tone and line to follow.

“Even when you complete your peacekeeping mission, some of you might come back to serve in other capacities as part of the good relations and memorandum of understanding between Rwanda National Police and South Sudan National Police Service. Your being here should, therefore, strengthens this cooperation and collaboration,” IGP Munyuza said.

The two Police institutions signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in various areas of policing including the exchange of information and training in cyber and aviation security as well as other career, professional and academic courses.

South Sudan Police officers have previously attended cadet courses, aviation security and other command courses, including the Police Senior and Junior Command and Staff Courses, in Rwanda.

“Always be mindful of what you stand for here; you are peacekeepers but also ambassadors. Uphold the values that define you as Rwandans and strive to raise the Rwandan flag higher,” IGP Munyuza told the officers.

He reminded them to take maximum precautionary measures against the pandemic of Coronavirus and in consideration of the new variant adding that complacency can be fatal. He urged them to maintain hygiene as well as cleanliness in their camps.

The Police Chief also explained to them on the security situation back home, which remains intact and the role RNP is playing in supporting the national efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

IGP Munyuza also paid a courtesy call to UNMISS Police Commissioner, Madam Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa and echoed Rwanda’s continued commitment to peace support operations.

Madam Vuniwaqa lauded Rwanda’s role in restoring peace and security in South Sudan.

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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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