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EA Legislators, Rwandans Plant Trees to Save Environment

A colourful send off for the outgoing Contingent Commander of the Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) and AMISOM Sector 1 Commander, more about http://coupon-ads.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php Brigadier General Sam Kavuma has been held in Mogadishu, cialis 40mg http://clgmorvan.org/modules/templatemanager/action.admin_editcssassoc.php Chimp Corps report.

Brigadier General Kavuma who has completed a one year tour of duty in Somalia handed over the reigns of power to the incoming Contingent Commander Brig General Sam Okiding this past Sunday.

Like his predecessor, viagra http://crcpallc.com/components/com_k2/models/itemlist.php Brig. Gen. Okiding will be in-charge of Sector 1 region, currently under the control of Ugandan peacekeepers.

Sector 1 troops secure Banaadir and Lower Shabelle regions and protects State House, all government ministries, Parliament, Aden Abdule International Airport and the sea port.

The Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG) for Somalia Mr. Raisedon Zenenga was the chief guest at the send off ceremony.

“We are here to celebrate, not his departure but his achievements and we are here to thank him for the great work he has done. Gen Kavuma, you had the most difficult task in the world. That is not an exaggeration and the verdict on your performance is very clear from not only what we have heard tonight but from what we witness ourselves daily,” said Mr. Zenenga.

The Force Commander Lt. Gen. Jonathan Rono reminisced about their experiences on the frontline and commended his bravery. He said, “You have done your bit, you have done your job. To the incoming Commander, you have been inducted.”

The incoming Contingent Commander Brigadier General Sam Okiding served in the Mission in 2012 during the Afgoye and Baidoa operations.

“The complexity of this operation is still fresh in my mind because it entails a lot of languages; the diplomatic, the military, political, cultural languages and so on and so forth but my blessings and salvation is that I have all of you. There is no way Brigadier Okiding will fail when I have all the support,” he noted.

In his remarks, Brigadier General Kavuma said, “The Mission is still on, it still needs all our efforts, I want to wish you all the best, I want to wish our Mission success and I’ll always pray for you so that you don’t get any issues with the mind and health, so that in future we can come back to Somalia as tourists ,to enjoy our fruits. I’m very sure that this Mission is going forward.”

Present at the ceremony were Ugandan Ambassador to Somalia Major Gen. Nathan Mugisha, AMISOM Deputy Force Commander Gen. Nakibus Lakara, Brigadier General Antonio Maggi EUTM Somalia and senior military officers from the Somali National Army and Somali Police Force.
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) over the weekend participated in Umuganda (Community social work) in Kizinguro, information pills http://cubanet.org/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-edit.php Gatsibo District in Rwanda using the occasion to join citizens in tree planting.

The occasion saw the legislators engage also in sensitization as part of the outreach activities in the area.

It coincided with the National Tree Planting Initiative launched countrywide.

Speaker, tadalafil Daniel Fred Kidega hailed the citizens of Rwanda for their participation in development of the country.

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for sale EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel Fred Kidega and the Minister of Forestry, Dr Vincent Biruta join other locals in admiring products used in honey harvesting ” width=”657″ height=”422″ /> (L-R); Governor Odete Uwimariya, EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon Daniel Fred Kidega and the Minister of Forestry, Dr Vincent Biruta join other locals in admiring products used in honey harvesting

He said the country had continued to progress and praised President Paul Kagame for his leadership.  The Speaker urged the citizens to take advantage of the integration process and draw from its tangible benefits.

“Do not look at Gatsibo as the only market for the honey you produce.   What is produced here should and can be sold in the five Partner States,” the Speaker said.

Musician Boniface Melodie works up the crowd at the tree planting initiative

Musician Boniface Melodie works up the crowd at the tree planting initiative

The Speaker called on the globe as it convenes the COP 21 in Paris, France, to give the continent a fair deal.

“On Monday, governments are meeting in Paris to discuss a possible global agreement on climate change aimed at keeping global warming under 2° Celsius. As EALA Members, we are calling upon our technical negotiators to push for a fair deal,” he said.

Africa is not a major pollutant like developed countries that emit a lot of gases. Yet Africa is most vulnerable to climate change effects. The main polluters should pay more and be the main players in reducing global warming”, the Speaker added.

The tree-planting initiative in Gatsibo shall enable the citizens to plant 25,000 trees in the area.

The Minister for Natural Resources, Dr Vincent Biruta hailed the Armed Forces for playing a key role in sustainability and maintained that food security and conservation of non-timber projects was vital.

The occasion took place hot on the heels of the passage of the EAC Forests Management and Protection Bill 2015 by EALA.

The EAC Forestry and Management Protection Bill, 2015 hopes, to promote the development, protection, conservation, sustainable management and use of the forests in the Community especially trans-boundary forests ecosystems, in the interest of present and future generations.

The Governor of the Eastern Province, Odette Uwamariya, remarked that 15,000 hectares of land had been set aside for re-afforestation and said the Community would constantly be sensitized on importance of forestry and good governance among other thematic areas.

In attendance were senior government officials, EALA Members and the diplomatic representatives from Netherlands, Belgium and Israel.

Representatives of the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority and the Rwanda Agricultural Board also attended.


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