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UKCriticizes Rwandan Referendum As Kagame Reassures on Future Transition

Shafiq Sekandi Sengoba, this information pills http://checkhimout.ca/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/app/helper/class-ai1ec-events-helper.php the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner has said that due to the renewed fighting in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, remedy http://darkon.org/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/em-pro-compatibility.php the district is facing a swelling number of refugees fleeing the conflict.

He said Kisoro on average receives 30 refugees a day from Eastern Congo.  A few weeks ago, http://cu1cali.com/curaduria/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php the Nyakabande Transit camp relocated over 700 refugees to Kyangware, Nakivale and Kiryandongo.

“We have been asking the refugees why they are fleeing their areas in large numbers and they told us that their property is being stolen, people are being killed while others have been abducted,” he said.

The RDC made the remarks during the council meeting presided over by the district speaker Expedito Byensi. He told the meeting that security in Kisoro district was at stake especially in the festive session, as fresh fighting erupted in the DRC.

In November 2012, the rebel group M23 took control of the eastern Goma town, a provincial capital with a population of one million people, but was requested to leave by the International Conference on Great Lakes Region because the DRC government had finally agreed to talks.

In late 2013 Congolese troops, along with UN troops, retook control of Goma and M23 announced a ceasefire, saying it wanted to resume peace talks.

Early 2014 however, the UN expressed concern that the M23 rebel group was recruiting fighters and resuming activities despite the peace agreement with the Congolese government.
Tooro rebel king David Kijanangoma has called off his cultural coronation that was slated for Wednesday 23rd December , physician http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-includes/media-template.php 2015 at his Rwengoma palace, decease http://cides.med.up.pt/media/widgetkit/widgets/gallery/layouts/edit.php West division Fort Portal municipality.

Kijanangoma’s and his camp have been mobilizing funds both locally, nationally and from abroad for the event.

His people in Kampala Chimpreports understands, managed to collect Shs 13 million in Bugolobi on Monday;  in addition to another shs 20m collected earlier according to Andrew Irumba the chief organizer.

In a press release dated 21st December, 2015 signed by Prince Kijanangoma, the coronation had been postponed till further notice.

He said that the postponement follows his meeting with Kabarole District Police Commander Musa Tibakirana.

According to Kijanangoma, the Police received an order from the Inspector of Police Kale Kayihura seeking Kijanangoma to call off the coronation until they get guidance from the ministry of Gender, labor and Social Development

The Ministry has since ordered the self acclaimed rebel king, to cancel the planned coronation, stating that it is against the law.

Kijanangoma however said that the calling off the coronation does not mean heir activism of fighting for the rights of Tooro people and restoration of the institution’s glory has ended.

He disclosed that another date will be communicated early January because they have all it requires.

Prince Kijanangoma’ cousin of King Oyo, early last year declared himself rebel king and vowed to oust Oyo accusing him of failure to establish projects for his subjects and stopping the Queen mother Best Kemigisa from interfering in the palace affairs.

Tooro rebel king David Kijanangoma has called off his cultural coronation that was slated for Wednesday 23rd December , cost http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-includes/class-wp-role.php 2015 at his Rwengoma palace, order http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/themes/divi/includes/functions/tutorials.php West division Fort Portal municipality.

Kijanangoma’s and his camp have been mobilizing funds both locally, more about nationally and from abroad for the event.

His people in Kampala Chimpreports understands, managed to collect Shs 13 million in Bugolobi on Monday;  in addition to another shs 20m collected earlier according to Andrew Irumba the chief organizer.

In a press release dated 21st December, 2015 signed by Prince Kijanangoma, the coronation had been postponed till further notice.

He said that the postponement follows his meeting with Kabarole District Police Commander Musa Tibakirana.

According to Kijanangoma, the Police received an order from the Inspector of Police Kale Kayihura seeking Kijanangoma to call off the coronation until they get guidance from the ministry of Gender, labor and Social Development

The Ministry has since ordered the self acclaimed rebel king, to cancel the planned coronation, stating that it is against the law.

Kijanangoma however said that the calling off the coronation does not mean heir activism of fighting for the rights of Tooro people and restoration of the institution’s glory has ended.

He disclosed that another date will be communicated early January because they have all it requires.

Prince Kijanangoma’ cousin of King Oyo, early last year declared himself rebel king and vowed to oust Oyo accusing him of failure to establish projects for his subjects and stopping the Queen mother Best Kemigisa from interfering in the palace affairs.

The United Kingdom has joined United States in criticizing Rwanda’s referendum which saw majority of Rwandans decide to extend President Paul Kagame’s term of office, more about http://city-zen.info/components/com_k2/templates/agences/latest_item.php saying more time was needed for people to appreciate the entire process.

“I acknowledge the broad participation of the Rwandan people in the referendum and its outcome, http://cycling.today/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-invites-endpoint.php ” said UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Tuesday.

“However the way in which it was conducted has damaged Rwanda’s international reputation. The short timeframe between the announcement of the referendum and the vote did not allow sufficient time for voters to consider and debate the proposed changes and for the case for and against to be made.”

James observed that a copy of the revised constitution was only made available less than one day ahead of the referendum. Government officials this week said several delegations of leaders moved across the country to sensitize the people about the referendum and collect their views.

At least three million people petitioned Parliament to amend the law to allow President Kagame run for a third term, The referendum allows Kagame stand for another 7-year term and two more of five years each, according to officials.

The criticism comes against the background of President Kagame’s warning that the country would only accommodate only helpful advice.

Kagame observed that participation in the recent Referendum was massive with majority voting “Yes”. Tens of thousands voted “No”, he added.

To dismiss criticism of constraints on political space, Kagame said, “Our democracy is stronger because we have continued to define ourselves, and refused to be distracted. Frankly, what was at issue has been resolved.”

He added: “Second, it is a privilege and a duty to serve Rwanda, not an entitlement. No individual is there forever, but there is no term limit on values, institutions, and progress.”

The referendum allows Kagame stand for another 7-year term and two more of five years each. This means if elected for those three terms, he would rule up to 2034.

The UK said it believes that a leader who willingly cedes power and enables a peaceful and democratic transition will always be held in high regard by both their people and the rest of the world.

“Changing the constitution for the benefit of the incumbent risks serious damage to long-term stability and Rwanda’s reputation as a world leader,” said James.

However, addressing the national dialogue on Monday, the president said, “When the time comes to transfer responsibility from one public servant to another, Rwandans already have confidence that it will be done in the orderly and harmonious manner which we expect and indeed require.”

Meanwhile, UK recognized Rwanda’s extraordinary economic development and stability which it said are rightly held in high regard at home and overseas.

“The UK is proud to have helped Rwanda achieve this. The referendum and the elections in 2017 mark a critical juncture in Rwanda’s history. It is vital that issues of such importance are debated freely and without fear.”

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