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UNMISS Police Commissioner Commends Rwandan Peacekeepers For ‘Dedicated Service’

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Police Commissioner, Madam Unaisi Bolatolu-Vuniwaqa, has thanked the Rwanda Formed Police Unit Three (FPU-3) contingent serving in the world’s newest nation for their dedication and selfless peacekeeping services amid the challenges brought about by the pandemic of COVID-19.

Madam Vuniwaqa made the remarks on Thursday, June 3, while visiting FPU-3 camp, in Juba, where she met and briefed officers of the contingent.

“This is an important FPU for the UNPOL component; we had challenges of the COVID-19 including the recent surge at the beginning of the year. Thank you very much for the contributions… the work that you have been conducting as a contingent amid these challenges,” Madam Vuniwaqa said.

She added: “I know this is not an easy time to be deployed in any peacekeeping mission, largely due to the challenges of COVID-19 that we are going through, apart from other usual challenges of peacekeeping. You left your loved ones and families back home to come and assist the youngest nation here in South Sudan.

I know at this time, we also worry about our families and loved ones back at home because of the challenges of Covid-19, but I know you are professional peacekeepers, that despite the challenges we are facing, we are here to give 100% in terms of our contribution to United Nations mission here in South Sudan.”

At the camp, the Police Commissioner was received by the FPU-3 contingent commander, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jeannette Masozera, who briefed her on the various peacekeeping operations the contingent conducts as well as other human security activities conducted with the local Police and communities.

“I have been briefed on the various activities that you have been conducting ever since you came to this mission and the individual implored Umuganda.

Thank you for bringing to South Sudan the concept of cleanliness from your country. I have visited Kigali in a beautiful country… thank you for sharing these good practices with the people of South Sudan,” the Police Commissioner said.

She urged them to “continue with the good work until the very last moment” when they return back home.

“I wish you all the best, enjoy your deployment, and I know that with all the support you will get from the leadership here in UNMISS, you will be able to deliver successfully until the very end of your mission.”

SSP Masozera thanked the Police Commissioner and the entire UNMISS leadership for the support, which she said helps them to deliver.

She said that the contingent remains dedicated to its UNMISS mandate and always ready to take up any assigned tasks to restore peace and security for the people of 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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