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President Paul Kagame has urged Rwanda Defense and Security Forces to remain “vigilant” and “resilient”, prostate warning that 2015 could bring more challenges to the nation, Chimp Corps report.

In a New Year message to the country’s defence forces, Kagame further warned against laxity and indiscipline as Rwanda combats internal and external security threats.

“As we welcome 2015, we look back at yet another year of distinguished service to our nation. Through your dedicated and selfless service, each and every one of you have continued to deliver the most critical service to all citizens and residents of Rwanda: peace and security for our nation; the core foundation on which many achievements and hopes continue to be built,” said Kagame.

“We don’t and should never take this for granted, particularly in the context of increasing threats and challenges we continue to face nationally and globally.”

During last two years, Rwanda increased pressure on the international community to neutralize the FDLR genocidal militia operating across the border in DRC.

UN officials this week said they would not extend the deadline of January 2, 2015 handed to FDLR to surrender arms, demobilize and renounce the genocide ideology.

Should FDLR refuse to disarm, UN said, military action will follow.

The militant group remains a huge security thorn in Rwanda’s flesh.


Kagame said the year 2015 will bring new challenges and opportunities.

“We will undoubtedly be confronted with more threats and hardships; but with our spirit, experience and belief, I am confident that we will continue to prevail,” he added.

He said beyond their core mission, Rwanda defence forces have worked alongside fellow Rwandans in advancing socio-economic development through various initiatives in the areas of education, healthcare, agriculture, and environmental protection among others.

“Through these activities, you have distinguished yourselves as servicemen and women determined not only to protect our people but also work with them in uplifting their wellbeing,” he noted.

“Beyond Rwanda’s borders; your professionalism, discipline and resilience, made a commendable difference as you contributed to global peace and security, serving other people in need through peace support missions,” said Kagame.

He also paid a special tribute to deceased combatants.

“Some of our comrades paid the ultimate price, putting their lives at risk in order to save others’ irrespective of nationality, race or religion. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late comrades who passed away in service of our nation’s values and ideals. Their sacrifices were not in vain; they will be emulated by those still serving as well as future generations,” said Kagame.

“As we begin a New Year, I urge you all to maintain and further improve the standards of professional conduct, discipline and patriotism you have demonstrated in 2014. Above all, I urge you to uphold our most critical attribute; the “Rwandan Spirit”. I want you to preserve the core values that enabled us achieve success to this date: Selflessness, Discipline, Honour, Resilience and Humility among others.”
Exiled rebel leader of the People’s Redemption Army (PRA) Col Samson Mande, side effects has announced he is returning back to Uganda in this year 2015.

Col Mande, pharmacy who first refuted these reports in the media a few weeks ago, troche confirmed yesterday that his homecoming would be this year, “after sorting out a few issues.”

He said he would come back to his country, his permanent home, and that it was his right to do so.

Mande is currently exiled in Sweden where he fled to after his rebel group PRA, which was operating from Eastern Congo and linked to Col Kizza Besigye, was defeated in military operations led by then military intelligence chief, Col Noble Mayombo.

The announcement comes weeks after another exiled head of Intelligence, General David Sejusa returned from exile in London after making serious allegations against the army and his commander in Chief President Yoweri Museveni.

Col Mande, however, holds that Sejusa was and remains President Museveni’s friend who was only on a regime mission England: “He left via VIP and came back via VIP, he engaged in subversive and treasonable acts and no charge sheet has been written, he caused problems to several officers, they languish in jail and he is free. He has ever betrayed people like this so such character adds insult to injury. He has not shown remorse or an attitude of change; I don’t think Sejusa is fighting Museveni, unless you don’t know what fighting means!”

On return, Col Mande faces serious charges related to terrorism, embezzlement and treason at the Court Martial, which offences he says he is ready to take on.

He also declared his lack of interest in contesting for leadership, let alone being part of the country’s politics.

“All I want is freedom, good governance, equal rights and opportunities for all,” he said in an interactive session on social media with his followers.

“One of the things I want to come back to Uganda for is to go to court and clear my name. I am not asking for forgiveness, I have a good case; I am now very healthy and will stand trial and win. I will only be requesting the government to allow due course of justice.”

Reminded by one of the commentators about a one Col Muzoora who was “lured and fooled into returning to Uganda, only to be murdered at his home under mysterious circumstances,” Mande said his case was different.

“I helped Col Muzoora to flee from persecution and go into exile. We took different routes he went to RSA and I went to Sweden. Whatever he did; whatever the deals and how he ended in Uganda I was completely not aware. It’s still a puzzle to me. I will not go to Uganda under cover of darkness or in deals behind doors because that can be very risky. I will come openly and go through the challenges,’” revealed Col Mande.

The former NRA bush-war commander said his return was being inspired by FDC’s former president Col Kiiza Besigye who similarly returned from exile and somehow survived the military courts.

“If Besigye survived; why won’t I? He returned in the open and didn’t need to be cleared by anyone in government. That inspires me that I shall also win, after all I have a good case and I have been consulting very good lawyers here and in Uganda. I have fought and won many battles up to now, I feel like that’s another one I should fight and win.”
Heavy fighting is raging on in the restive South Sudan as rebels and government forces struggle to control key roads and towns, ampoule Chimp Corps report.

SPLA publicist Colonel Philip Aguer revealed that a soldier was Wednesday night killed and two others injured in the town of Nasir following attacks by rebels loyal to former Vice President Dr Riek Machar.

Aguer warned against “further blatant violations of cessation of hostilities agreement” before demanding for an in-depth investigation by regional monitoring body, viagra 100mg IGAD.

The escalation of clashes comes at a time when Machar and President Salva Kiir are being pressured to sign a peace deal and share power.

Machar wants executive powers of a full Prime minister and is opposed to Kiir remaining in office as President, a move rejected by Juba.

Ugandan officials recently said Machar’s demands have since complicated efforts to find a peaceful solution to the war in South Sudan and have warned that African Union could slap sanctions on the country’s leaders.

Aguer said the rebels’ actions should be probed by the UN mission in the country.

The rebels’ spokesperson, Brig Lul Koang says the insurgents acted in self –defence against attacks from government troops.

The fighting continues to push the country to the edge of a hunger catastrophe.

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