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Briefing: Kagame Speaks on Succession; AIGP Fred Yiga Retires; Katumbi Returning Home

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I am Not Selecting a Successor – Kagame

Kagame welcoming YPO leaders

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, 61, has ruled out selecting a successor, saying the right person to take over from him will emerge on their own.

Kagame, who took office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned, had earlier declared he would not seek a third term in office.

But this changed after a referendum and constitutional amendment paved way for his reelection in 2017. The revised constitution allows him to remain in power until 2034.


Interacting with members of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) from Australia on Tuesday, Kagame was asked about his succession plan.

He responded: “The most important thing for me is not to look around and anoint somebody.”

“We invested in education, health to be able have a pool from which there will emerge people who are capable. Not someone I have assigned, but somebody emerging in their own right,” he emphasised.

YPO is the largest global network of business leaders with over 27,000 members across 130 countries.

Kagame said as a leader, he remained a keen observer of the country’s growth trajectory.

“I am here for Rwandans and with Rwandans to build something. When you are building something, you are interested in the progress of it, and sustainability of it,” he noted.

Kagame told his guests that his leadership is inclusive. “Bring in everyone. Stay the course. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t be discourage when you hit roadblocks. Just know there is a way to either go around or through. That is what I have learned. If you do this, you have a chance to succeed.”

Exclusive: AIGP Fred Yiga Retires From Police

Fred Yiga

Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola on Tuesday relieved AIGP Fred Yiga of his duties as Director of Interpol of Uganda Police Force, Chimp Corps report

In a message released last evening, the IGP accepted Dr Yiga’s resignation to retire and ordered him to hand over to his deputy identified as Senior Superintendent of Police Oyo Nyeko.

Last month, this investigative website reported the expiration of the director’s contract which he reportedly requested to be renewed for only one year by top authorities unlike other directors.

It is said the International Police boss opted for an early retirement from the force after serving for over twenty years in various capacities.

His retirement is the first amongst the 19 senior police officers at the rank of AIGP and member of police council whose contracts expires next year.

The outgoing boss has served as Director of Interpol since 2017 when he was appointment by former police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, replacing AIGP Asan Kasingye.

Amongst the notable positions held by AIGP Yiga include Police Spokesperson in 2006 before moving to South Sudan where he served as assistant inspector of Police under United Nations Mission (UNAMIS)

Also while in Sudan Mr Yiga also served as UN police commissioner and technical advisor for South Sudan’s interior minister.

When he took over as Director Interpol, he promised to maintain integrity of the Uganda police force before the international community and strengthen information sharing about criminal activities within and across the border.

However, the newly appointed Acting Director Nyeko will be deputized by SCP Charles Birungi who was in a recent shakeup transferred from welfare and production to the directorate of Interpol.

Congo’s Controversial Politician Moise Katumbi Returning Home

Moise Katumbi (Internet photo)

Former presidential hopeful and wealthy Congolese businessman Moise Katumbi is returning to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on May 20, 2019, a move that would mark an end to his three-year self-imposed exile.

Katumbi, also a former governor of the mineral-rich southern Katanga province, left DRC in May 2016 following sharp disagreements with his former comrade and President Joseph Kabila.

He was accused of hiring foreign mercenaries, accusations that compelled him to cross through Namibia enroute to Brussels.

His attempts to return to DRC to participate in the recent general elections did not bear fruit as authorities blocked him at southern border with Zambia border.

Katumbi told RFI and France 24 on Tuesday that his main objective is “to console families who have lost relatives in recent violence in the southern city of Lubumbashi.”

President Felix Tshisekedi recent sent travel documents to Katumbi in Brussels after dropping charges against the businessman.

Katumbi owns Katanga’s most popular football team, TP Mazembe. It remains unclear if he is still popular in the area which was recently split into four provinces.

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