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Police Backs Down on Besigye’s Bugiri Rally

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has rallied Africa to exploit opportunities brought by technology to stimulate the continent’s economic growth and development, erectile http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-admin/includes/user.php Chimp Corps report.

“Africa’s digital revolution should be a revolution in its real sense, ailment http://davidyoho.com/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php not just good words, http://charlesdunn.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php ” said Kagame on Wednesday morning.

The President said ICT is increasingly making access to world-class education and information affordable to everyone, adding, “Africa can no longer be excluded from globalization.”

Kagame was addressing a high level conference at Kigali Serena Hotel during the Transform Africa Summit.

Under the theme, “Accelerating Digital Innovation”, the three-day summit brings together over 2,500 participants including Heads of State from Smart Africa Member States, Members of UN Broadband Commission on digital Innovation, Top academics, Policy makers and Chief Executive Officers of leading technology companies.

The convention aims at devising new ways to deliver on the Smart Africa promise of raising $ 300 billion in ICT investments in Africa by 2020.

Kagame today emphasised that “Technology is not just about gadgets, but results for citizens,” emphasising, “It can transform the lives of people.”

Praised for providing an enabling atmosphere for the utilization of ICT in Rwanda, Kagame cautioned against taking for granted the existence of technology.


“It doesn’t mean anything will be easy. The existence of technology doesn’t automatically change lives. We can develop our human capital and productivity, using methods that are taken for granted elsewhere,” he advised.

Rugunda speaking at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday
Rugunda speaking at the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday

Rugunda speaks out

Ugandan Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda who is attending the summit said technology can be used to “bridge the skills gap of some our graduates and the demands of the market.”

On the same panel of discussants with Kagame and Rugunda were Mali Premier Modibo Keita and Angolan Minister Jose Carvalho.

Rugunda advised that governments and the private sector should work closely to ensure full access of telephone and internet by citizens.

Emphasising that investment in ICT “produces amazing returns,” Rugunda pointed out that in Uganda, government prioritised private sector partnership and competition to realise affordability and quality of service.”

Rugunda went further to state that Uganda is currently working with her neighbours and partners to address her challenges which include last mile internet connections.


In his conclusive remarks, Kagame said while African countries have the right strategies and plans, technology is first and foremost about people.

“By placing ICT at the core of our transformation agenda, we can make sure that Africa is never again left behind,” said Kagame before reminding the audience that “one Area Network required no investment, just political will.”

Throughout the three days, participants have been sharing experiences and renew their commitment towards accelerating and sustaining Africa’s on-going digital innovation.
Police in the eastern district of Bigiri has unconventionally allowed the Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] leadership to proceed with a rally in the town despite earlier restrictions.

The opposition party presidential flag bearer Col Kizza Besigye  made a “mysterious” entry into Bugiri town, approved http://chat.novaintermed.ro/wp-admin/maint/repair.php dodging heavy police deployment along the road.

Busoga East RPC Ashraf Chemonges had earlier this week warned on different radio stations that FDC’s planned rallies were unlawful as party leaders did not liaise with police as required by law.

Besigye promised victory to his supporters in Bugiri
Besigye promised victory to his supporters in Bugiri

He further warned that any attempts to hold the rallies forcefully would attract the intervention of police as campaign activities have been restricted by the Electoral Commission until the nomination of presidential candidates in November.

Dr. Kizza-Besigye however, here http://contactburlco.org/wp-includes/cron.php who is insistent that as a registered political party, prescription FDC is legally mandated to mobilise without restrictions, lead his team to the Bugiri rally.

Besigye with FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi at the district party offices
Besigye with FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi at the district party offices

This was preceded by opening of the the district mobilization office which was witnessed by the FDC Secretary General Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi and other party leaders.

Later on Police agreed with the opposition leaders to hold their rally in the afternoon, outside of the office and not in taxi park as had earlier been planned.

While addressing the hundreds that showed up, Dr Besigye promised that come next year, the ruling NRM party and President Yoweri Museveni would be booted out of government.

Kids catch a glimpse of Dr Besigye on arrival
Kids catch a glimpse of Dr Besigye on arrival

“We are going to win this election by defying the dictator, not by complying with him,” he said. “He cannot confront people who are determined to reclaim their dignity and citizenship. He cannot defeat an idea of people who are committed.

By publication however, Besigye had not been cleared to proceed to Tororo as per the day’s program.



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