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Briefing: Kagame Strengthens Rwanda’s ‘FBI’; 50,000 Kenyans Working in Somalia

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Rwanda Central Bank Governor Mandate Renewed

Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has renewed the term of office of Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa.

“Thank You Your Excellency Paul Kagame for the continued trust placed in me,” said Rwangombwa upon being informed of Monday’s cabinet decision renewing his tenure.

“I am very humbled by the renewed mandate at Central Bank Rwanda. I reiterate my strong commitment to serve our country under your visionary leadership,” he added.

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Rwangombwa was appointed Central Bank Governor in 2013.

His career started in Rwanda Revenue Authority where he grew through ranks to the Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Operations.

He then joined the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in 2002 as the Director of the National Treasury Department.

Having served as the Ministry’s first Accountant General in 2005, Mr. Rwangombwa was appointed Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury in the same year and in 2009 he became the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

At that time, he oversaw the elaboration and implementation of Rwanda’s first Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS I), under which Rwanda’s economy.

The central bank says Rwangombwa was able to achieve high growth at an average of 8% and poverty was reduced by 12% in 5 years from 2006-2011.

He was voted Governor of the Year 2015 for the Sub-Saharan Region by Emerging Markets.

Rwanda Investigations Bureau Reinforced

President Paul Kagame is strengthening Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) with top officials being appointed to run sensitive departments.

RIB was formed last year, taking over the criminal investigation function from Rwanda National Police.

The body is supervised by Justice Minister, Johnston Busingye, Minister of Justice.

Col Jeannot Ruhunga Jeannot, formerly head of military intelligence, was in 2018 appointed to run RIB as its Secretary General.

His appointment was reaffirmed by Cabinet sitting on January 28, 2019.

The meeting approved Morris Murigo as Head of Inspection and Compliance Department; Mr Jean de Dieu Gatabazi as head of Interpol and Cooperation Department; Dr. Thierry Murangira as Research and Analysis Division Manager; and Ms Christine Kayirebwa as Specialised Crimes Division Manager.

Mr Eugène Kabasha will serve as Intelligence Collection Division Manager; while Mr Jean de Dieu Kabare will take over as General Crimes against State Security and People Division Manager.

Mr Bosco Gahigi is the Intelligence Analysis Division Manager; whereas Liberat Sezibera will serve as Counter-Terrorism Division Manager.

Richard Iyamuremye serves as Economic and Financial Crimes manger and Ms Diane Murekatete will be Investigation Support Division Manager.

Mr Shema Akilimali serves as Cybercrimes Division Manager.

Observers say the decisions mean police will no longer take the lead in counter terrorism operations or even investigate cybercrimes.

“The police will be more preoccupied with law enforcement, managing traffic on the roads and a few other roles. Investigative work will mainly be the job of the RIB which one can say will be the FBI of Rwanda,” said a high ranking officer who spoke to us on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

50,000 Kenyans Working in Somalia

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire |(L) with Kenyatta in Kenya on Tuesday

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has thanked Kenya for being Somalia’s number one strategic partner in the ongoing transformation of the Horn of Africa country.

Prime Minister Khaire said the strong partnership between the two countries is good for the stability and progress of the East African region.

The Prime Minister was speaking Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, when he delivered a goodwill and condolence message to President Kenyatta from President Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia following the recent terrorist attack at Riverside Drive.

Scores were killed when Al Shabaab militants raided a hotel and office complex in Nairobi.

The PM said his country appreciates the key role played by Kenya in the stabilization and reconstruction of their nation.

He commended President Kenyatta, saying he is a true champion of Somalia’s transformation.

“Your Excellency, you are our champion in the transformation of Somalia and we request you to continue leading in the efforts of reconstructing our nation,” said PM Khaire.

The Prime Minister assured President Kenyatta that Somalia stands in solidarity with Kenya in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He said the terror attack at the DusitD2 complex has only strengthened the resolve for the two countries to defeat terrorism and violent extremism.

The Premier congratulated Kenya’s security agents for the swift and professional action that saved lives of many Kenyans and visitors.

He said Somalia is on the positive trajectory as it strives to build on the gains made in securing the nation by the AMISON forces by coming up with a new constitution, getting new currency as well as building strong security institutions which are key to both economic and social stability of the country.

The Prime Minister said Somalia currently hosts over 50,000 Kenyans working in various sectors of the economy, adding that the country has improved its purchasing power and the investment environment through various development programmes.

He said the reconstruction of Somalia has seen its education, health and other community development programmes taking off, giving the country opportunity to negotiate with international lenders such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“The reconstruction of the country and the ongoing programmes in economic development will help us reduce poverty and greatly contribute to our efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism,” the Prime Minister said.

President Kenyatta assured the Somali Prime Minister that Kenya will continue to support international efforts to stabilize and reconstruct Somalia.

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