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Kagame Acts as Tour Guide in The Royal Tour Movie
The documentary film “Rwanda: The Royal Tour” premiered this week in Chicago, followed by screening at the legendary Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The evening was attended by President Kagame accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame.
Also present was the documentary’s creator, Peter Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor.
The two engaged in a question-and-answer session with the audience after film’s screening.
The film features Greenberg’s weeklong travels through Rwanda, led by President Kagame showcasing the visual diversity that Rwanda has to offer.
Together, the two went gorilla trekking through Volcanoes National Park, jet-skied in Lake Kivu, explored Nyungwe Forest National Park on an elevated canopy walkway, and saw a variety of wildlife during a safari through Akagera National Park.
The Rwandan government says it is witnessing exponential growth in its tourism revenues – from $200million in 2010 to above $400 million in 2016.
Addressing a packed house at the Guggenheim, President Kagame observed: “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to be Peter Greenberg’s guide in this film, and to show a wider audience what Rwanda has to offer.”
President Kagame went on to say, “the goal of tourism and conservation in Rwanda is not only to increase visitor and revenue numbers but also to ensure that the benefits are both sustainable and shared by all our people.”
Greenberg noted, “What an amazing transformation Rwanda has had as a country, and what a special opportunity for me — and my audience – to see Rwanda through the eyes of its President.”
“Rwanda: The Royal Tour” premieres in Rwanda this Friday, 27 April 2018, at 19:00hrs on Rwanda Television.
Uganda,-South Sudan Police Strengthen Ties
The Inspector General of IGP Martin Okoth Ochola and his South Sudanese counterpart Gen Majak Akec Malok have agreed to strengthen ties to share intelligence and intensify the fight cross border crime.
Gen Malok led a delegation of police officers from the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) to the police headquarters in Naguru on Wednesday where they met with Ochola.
“It gives me a lot of pleasure to host and welcome the delegation from the South Sudan National Police Service that has specifically come to visit us today, the first time the new management is meeting the new South Sudan police,” IGP Ochola said in his opening remarks.
He said the two forces have continued to collaborate in different areas in terms of training, information sharing, intelligence and other operation fields adding that for the record over 8,000 cadet officers from South Sudan National Police Service have been trained in Uganda.
He said Uganda police have sent a number of trainers in different areas of specialization to help in building of different competencies and skills in South Sudan.
“Consequently we must open our doors and hearts to multinational and bilateral police cooperation because crime knows no boundaries and with this kind of meetings I hope we can achieve a lot,” said Ochola, adding, “The only way to win against criminals is solidarity between the law enforcement agencies through sharing information between countries.”
Gen Malok praised Uganda for the hospitality and warm welcome the country has accorded to them.
“We are very delighted to come to Uganda as an infant country to discuss important matters. You have been supporting us during our struggle for the liberation of our country,” Malok emphasised.
“We have to share information on issues that are related to human trafficking, terrorism, organized crimes, training and capacity building, investigations, Counter intelligence and Gulu- Nimule-Kampala highway security.”
Kenyatta Leads Initiative to Make Tennis a Public Sport
Government has started an initiative to make tennis a public sport available for Kenyans from all walks of life, President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed.
The President said Kenya will follow the example of the United States where many tennis champions honed their skills in public courts rather than exclusive clubs for the well to do.
The President made the statement when he held talks this evening with officials of Ministry of Sports, International Tennis Federation, African Tennis Confederation and Tennis Kenya on the construction of a tennis training centre worth Sh700 million at the Kasarani Sports Complex.
The National Training Centre, which will also host the International Tennis Federation training centre for Africa, will be the second of its kind in Africa and is bound to put Kenya at the apex of international tennis.
The other ITF training centre in Africa is in Morocco but the Kenyan one will have the distinction of being at a high altitude.
The new facility will make Nairobi a hub for tennis in Eastern and Southern Africa. The centre can also be a source of huge revenue from sports tourism when it hosts tennis features.
President Kenyatta said Kenya is a sporting nation but so far little efforts have been made to make tennis a public sport.
“Tennis has not been available to our people. We want to make it a public sport that is open to the people. The talent is there but it is facilities that have been lacking,” said the President.
The President said the Government has already allocated Sh30 million to start the construction of the facility and more is expected to be allocated through the next budget.
The Government has allocated 10 acres of land at the Kasarani Sports Complex for the construction of the training centre and the National Youth Service as well as the Ministry of Sports are contributing to its development.
The President said he will urge the Kenyan private sector to support the development of tennis as a public sport.
“Making tennis a public sport will inspire the youth and that is what is important for us,” said the President.