Kagame Graces Colourful Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda

The namers walk past people dressed like gorillas in Rwanda on Saturday (Photos: Paul Ampurire/ChimpReports)

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has scoffed at haters whom he said are wasting their time in criticising the training of crime preventers, find Chimp Corps report.

Kayihura said he was proud of the work done by crime preventers adding no one can stop him from training them.

“I am proud of the work they do and pledge total support to them all over the country. They have helped us avert demonstrations in universities by alerting us before students cause havoc, viagra ” Kayihura said while addressing crime preventers during the security awareness week at Kyambogo University on Saturday.

“That’s the basis of building the country and all developed countries have gone through such including the Americans and China.”

The police boss said the sacrifice made by people such as crime preventers has led to transformation of developed countries and that Uganda is not committing any crime by emulating them.

“Even if I had died, more about I would be happy for such great efforts and sacrifice in developing the country. In fact when we went to the bush we were not Mother Teresa but rather had the love for our country. It’s the same way those soldiers who died last week in Somalia. They should be celebrated as heroes,” he cautioned.

Critics claim crime preventers are being trained to brutalise the government’s opponents in the 2016 elections, a charge Kayihura denies.

Government maintains crime preventers are non-partisan and only complement the work of security organisations in preventing crime.

The police chief said crime preventers have helped link police with local communities which he said has helped in fighting crimes throughout the country.

“They have helped promote and build a strong system throughout the country. We (police) now have a harmonious relationship with university students unlike before where they used to see us as enemies and threw stone at us,” Kayihura added.

Kayihura further urged police officers to maintain cordial relations with the public to effectively combat crime.
In Kinigi, sale a low lying village north of Rwanda that overlooks the twin volcanic mountains of Bisongwe and Sabinyo, erectile 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, more about 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.

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


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