Kagame Rallies Intelligence Services to Defend Africa

Kagame urged intelligence agencies to defend Africa's sovereignty

President Yoweri Museveni officially flagged off a contingent of 21 athletes heading to Rio De Janeiro, and Brazil for the ongoing 2016 Olympics at a ceremony in State House, store Entebbe on Saturday.

The president had just returned from Addis Ababa Ethiopia and was accompanied by the first lady who doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni.

The minister thanked the sportsmen for their dedication.

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”We are proud that you will represent the country and the fact that this year, we have a bigger number than before,” Mrs. Museveni said.

She added, “I hope you have practiced enough and will bring back medals for Uganda. As a country, we shall stay behind praying for you as you raise Uganda’s flag internationally in the sports arena.

The team Manager, Domenic Otucet revealed to the president that the country has fielded two in boxing, two in swimming and 17 in athletics.

Four values.

The president explained values of sport to the country and the athletes as individuals.

“Sports has four values both to an individual and to the nation,” he said. “It promotes body fitness, entertainment, training of characters and bringing fame to the  country- like John Akii Abua.”

“Others use entertainment by singing but you as the sports people entertain by display where people see you.”

He further emphasized discipline in order for one to succeed stressed on need to avoid alcohol and prostitution.

“You must observe discipline because discipline in sports is not compatible with alcohol and umalaya. You may end up being sick and a patient instead of being a runner.”
This weekend, help the 13th Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) conference taking place in Kigali, click came to an end.

The convention sought to address the growing threat of abuse on universal jurisdiction against Africa.

With growing insecurity in different parts of Africa, analysts believe collaborative intelligence operations are at the heart of prevention of armed conflicts; resisting negative foreign interference and strengthening security and political stability at a continental level.

Some of the countries in Africa grappling with insecurity include Somalia, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi among others.

Speaking on the importance of intelligence services in national security at the commencement of the Summit, President Kagame affirmed that intelligence services are the custodians of national, regional, and global security.

“Your commitments should be translated into action by disseminating the needed intelligence assessments to the African Union Peace and Security Council, in support of Agenda 2063, which reflects our common good as Africans, rather than narrow national interests,” said Kagame.

He urged African intelligence services to be adaptive to new global trends in regard to emerging threats to national security.

“Africa is part of the global security environment, which is characterised by multi-dimensional interests and threats that evolve rapidly and cut across national boundaries. Terrorism, inspired by very harmful ideologies, and determined to radicalise our youth, is an ever-present danger. So is trans-national crime, such as wildlife poaching, human trafficking, drug smuggling, or cybercrime,” he argued.


CISSA aspires to be the primary provider of intelligence to the policymaking organs of the African Union (AU), thereby strengthening its capacity to deepen and preserve stability in Africa.

President Kagame cautioned that ranks between so-called weak and strong nations had closed due to threats facing them, stressing the need for global collaboration.

“For a long time, some parts of the world seemed more important than others and the lives of the people there, somehow more valuable. International responses generally reflected that unspoken hierarchy. But looking at the global state of affairs today, there is no longer any clear distinction between so-called strong and weak states,” said Kagame.

“We are all affected, and more importantly, everybody has an essential contribution to make in finding solutions. It all speaks to the complex interconnectedness of the world we find ourselves in. The need for more and stronger cooperation across the world is clear.”

The conflicts in Northern Africa and Syria have seen a massive exodus of refugees to Europe.

The western world has as well fallen victim to acts of terrorism inspired by extremist ideologies bred and nurtured in the Middle East and North Africa.

Kagame said CISSA must adapt to these changing realities by sharing information amongst Africa’s respective services and beyond.

“Security is the foundation, of everything else. That is why we will always require intelligence services that are capable, professional and collaborative,” argued the Rwandan leader.

President Kagame further observed that professionalism is what allows security agencies to serve the established constitutional order, rather than individuals and thereby earning the public’s trust.

He said everyone should aim to leave behind intelligence services, from which they have nothing to fear, even after they retire.


He pointed out that accountability for crimes, is a principle that the African Union endorses, without ambiguity but that politicising justice, and deploying it more or less exclusively against one continent, or pursuing it selectively for whatever reason, is not the answer.

It is more rightly seen, as a form of “lawfare”, where international law is abused to keep Africa in a subordinate position in the global order, he emphasised.

President Kagame said that Rwanda like many other countries, had had more than its fair share and that Rwandans did not expect it to stop anytime soon and neither would it ever be acceptable to them.

The function was attended by security chiefs from different parts of the continent.


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