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AMISOM troops in a joint patrol with Somalia National Army

In Kinigi, hospital unhealthy http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-session-handler.php a low lying village north of Rwanda that overlooks the twin volcanic mountains of Bisongwe and Sabinyo, unhealthy medicine http://chanceandhydrick.com/wp-admin/includes/bookmark.php thousands of local people waved flags with Rwandan colours as the nation celebrated the 11th gorilla naming ceremony on Saturday.

Amidst the cold weather in the hilly district of Musanze, http://curaacufeni.com/wp-includes/date.php the popular habitat of mountain gorillas, foreign visitors, dignitaries, government officials and the press poured into the open field.

Queues held on for long due to heavy security checks by security personnel.

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Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame arrived on his second Kwita Izina since 2005 as the crowd cheered him.

Dressed in a black jacket and a cap labelled ‘Kwita Izina’, the President moved around the field waving and shaking hands with people.

This year, 24 baby gorillas from different families were given names.

People dressed in black gorilla outfit imitated the endangered mammals as they groaned and beat their chests.

The ceremony has often used this symbolically since the baby gorillas cannot physically be present.

The Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta was among those who gave names to the 24 gorillas including others like wildlife researcher Dr. Allan Carlson and popular Rwandan singer Knowless Butera.

“I name this gorilla ‘Icyifuzo’ which means ‘wish’. And I want to wish him a very bright future” said Dr. Carlson who like the other namers was dressed in a white shirt, green robe and held a walking stick with yellow and green designs.

Other names given to the gorillas included ‘Guhuza’ to mean ‘come together’.

President Kagame waves at the crowd upon arrival at Kinigi

President Kagame waves at the crowd upon arrival at Kinigi

Kagame speaks out

Speaking to over 20,000 people who attended the naming ceremony, President Kagame hailed the communities and partners for playing a central role in the conservation of mountain gorillas.

“Conservation efforts have shown that the first beneficiaries of protecting the environment are citizens. We want to be the ones leading our development and lift ourselves out of poverty. This event is about local communities being the first to benefit from resources,” said Kagame.

The President also went on to note that tourism has been significant in alleviating poverty within communities.

He said government’s decision to give 5 percent of the revenues collected to the communities was aimed at enabling these communities to benefit directly from natural resources.

Kagame placed emphasis on the need for the citizens to liberate themselves from poverty which he said wasn’t new to Rwanda.

Kwita Izina is a popular event in Rwanda

Kwita Izina is a popular event in Rwanda

“We have lived in poverty and we don’t need to be taught that development is good for us. I don’t agree with the narrative that natural resources are a curse. We are determined to get our people from poverty.”

Yamini Karitanyi, the Chief Tour Operator at Rwanda Development Board said the gorilla population is on a rise and very soon they will no longer be referred to as endangered.

In a bid to publicize Rwanda’s conservation and tourism, Kritanyi said RDB facilitated a week long familiarization trip for international media, travel writers and tour operators.

About 500 foreign guests from more than 26 countries in and outside Africa were present at this year’s Kwita Izina.

The event also showcased Rwanda’s culture through traditional and contemporary performances.

Popular Rwandan singer Knowless Butera announcing the baby gorilla she named

Popular Rwandan singer Knowless Butera announcing the baby gorilla she named

The AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Jonathan Rono has visited Janaale, side effects http://celiac-disease.com/wp-includes/update.php in the Lower Shabelle region, cost http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/class-wp-role.php where he reiterated the need for continued cooperation from local populations to enable AMISOM provide the assistance they need, http://collegenotester.com/applications/vanilla/modules/class.categoriesmodule.php for total liberation from Al Shabaab terror.

He was speaking as he interacted with the troops and toured the scene of the recent battle in which AMISOM troops engaged Al Shabaab militants.

12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in the attack.

General Rono described the troops’ response to the attack by the militants as impressive and their resilience in the fight for peace in Somalia commendable.

“I want to pass my condolences to our dear colleagues, the brave soldiers whom we lost and some injured, giving their input for the problem that this country is facing,” said Rono on Saturday.

“Personally I came to condole with them and to encourage those who are still on the ground and I must say I was very impressed with what they did. I think the soldiers fought their fight well and I must commend them,” he said.

Gen. Rono further noted that such callous attacks will not deter AMISOM from fighting to attain its mandate, to support the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali people in restoring lasting peace, freeing them from the hand of terror perpetuated by Al Shabaab militants.

“We are here for a purpose, we are here to assist Somalia, to have a peaceful life and we are asking the local people to be with us, to work with us to help them,” he observed.

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“Because within us here we are living within a community of our Somali people who have been harassed for so long and we are getting the same harassment. I think it will not be long, we will not stop at anything except to see that people here remain at peace and that our soldiers perform their duty and go back well.”

The Force Commander further cautioned against Al Shabaab propaganda, continued spread of lie meant to depict the situation in a negative light.

He pointed out the Janaale bridge, which the militants claimed had been blown away, but is currently being used by both the area residents and the military.

He was accompanied by the AMISOM Uganda Contingent Commander Brig. General Sam Kavuma, AMISOM Chief Security Officer Col (Retired) Peter Chegge, Deputy Chief Information Officer Ezra Kukundakwe and Chief Logistics officer Col. Gerbilkebedi Regassa, among others.


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