EALA Dethrones Uganda Parliament

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested more suspected jihadists operating in the country following the shooting of terror suspect Muhammad Mugemangango on January 24, and Chimp Corps report.

This was revealed by Rwanda CID Commissioner ACP Theos Badege at a press conference at police General Headquarters in Kacyiru on Saturday.

ACP Denis Basabose, this web commissioner for Counter terrorism department and Police Spokesperson, prescription ACP Celestin Twahirwa graced the special presser.

Mugemangango was shot dead as he attempted to flee, after jumping off the police vehicle in what the police now believe was a suicidal escape attempt.

He was on his way back from his residence in Kimironko, where he had led police for search. The suspect had been detained at Kanombe police station.

Mugemangango, 39 years, was an inspector in Rwanda Education Board and deputy Imam of Kimironko mosque in Kigali.

Badege said he had been arrested following information from the public about a terror network he was actively involved in, and recruiting for ISIS.

He further revealed that, “The information and evidence obtained after the arrest of Mugemangango, led to the identification and arrest of several other suspects in connection with the terrorist network.”


The identities of the held suspects were not disclosed to the media.

Badege pointed out that the evidence gathered so far includes “mobilization and jihadist preaching materials, like books, CDs and social network messages.”

Interviews and interrogations conducted, said Badege, revealed that Mugemangango and the jihadist group’s immediate aim was “mobilization, recruitment and facilitating those radicalized to join ISIS other than attacks on Rwanda.”

ISIS has wreaked havoc in the Middle East countries such as Syria and Iraq, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction.

The global terror network is said to be recruiting fighters in Africa and building alliances with other extremist groups.

Badege said the arrested group is “part of the network operating in the region and beyond.”

He further said the suspects against whom the Police have obtained credible evidence will be processed and forwarded to the prosecution in accordance with the law and that those against whom there is no credible evidence will be soon released.

Rwanda Police said information available revealed that some of the suspects are beyond the Country’s borders, on the run.

“The RNP in collaboration with Interpol and police institutions in the region will track them and bring them to justice,” said Badege who also praised the public for the “valuable information that facilitated security organs to detect, arrest   and dismantle the terrorist network at an early stage.”

He added: “RNP reassures the general public that there is no threat to safety and security that has prevails in the Country. The existing cooperation between security organs and the public remains the foundation for homeland security. RNP appeals for vigilance, denunciation of radicalization, timely information sharing and continued partnership.”

East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) dethroned four time soccer champions, advice Parliament of Uganda 4-3 on post-match penalties to win the Inter-Parliamentary Games Football tournament in Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday.

And on Thursday, EALA passed a Motion for a Resolution hailing Members and Staff for their exemplary performance at the 6th Inter-Parliamentary Games Tournament held in Kigali, Rwanda in December 2015.

The Motion which was moved by Hon Bernard Mulengani and seconded by Hon Christophe Bazivamo, lauded the football team for making history.

The Motion recalled that the Inter-Parliamentary Games Tournament have been held six times to date and that it is the first time in the entire history of the Tournament that EALA/EAC wins gold medals and a trophy in football.

It thus congratulated its football team for defeating Parliament of Uganda to be declared the champions.

The Assembly further resolved that it would provide time in every Plenary for its Members and Staff to engage in training and friendly matches since the disciplines have increased.

In addition, and with additional resources, the teams would be involved in other tournaments besides the Inter-Parliamentary Games as a means of enhancing outreach in the Partner States.

Other Parliaments’ football teams are forewarned….that the Assembly further vowed that its football team would go ahead and win the next two subsequent tournaments so that it retains the trophy for keeps.

The Assembly also hailed the EAC Speakers’ Bureau for budgetary support leading to the introduction of additional sporting disciplines including netball, volleyball, golf, tug of war and athletics, while encouraging the participation of all National Assemblies and Parliaments in all games.

The motion congratulated other teams of EALA for significant improvements in their performance and as well as participation of the National Assemblies which was exhibited with high level of discipline.

The mover hailed the Members for their commitment and noted that some continued with much determination even in the face of injuries.

During debate, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo lauded the EALA Speaker for leadership which ensured a successful tournament with all teams exhibiting competitiveness and discipline.

Hon. Joseph Kiangoi remarked the Games had broadened integration as legislators from the National Parliaments and Assemblies take the message to the different constituencies in the region.

Hon. Odette Nyiramilimo requested the Speaker to consider Members with special needs, saying it was necessary to introduce games that are favourable to them. Others who supported the Motion included Hon Isabelle Ndahayo, Hon Frederic Ngenzebuhoro and Hon Pierre Celestin Rwigema.

The EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games is a key aspect of building relations between the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the National Assemblies in the EAC region.

Article 119 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community obliges the Partner States to promote close co-operation amongst themselves in culture and sports, with respect to the promotion and enhancement of diverse sports activities among other areas.

At the Games, Parliament of Uganda won the netball trophy while Parliament of Kenya won the men’s volleyball tournament, athletics (men) and the overall trophy in athletics.

The women’s volleyball trophy went to Parliament of Rwanda.

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