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On Wednesday, 16 March 2011, a Cabinet Meeting was convened in URUGWIRO Village and chaired by the President of the Republic, H.E. Paul KAGAME.
Cabinet expressed their grief for people who lost houses and other property following recent heavy and stormy rains all over the country. Cabinet thanked those who rushed to rescue the victims of this disaster and encouraged them to keep up that spirit of mutual assistance. Request was made to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees to supervise house building for most houses are destroyed because they are poorly constructed and with shoddy materials.
Cabinet expressed grief over Japan’s disasters as caused by earthquakes and tsunami with heavy losses, both human and material, in the north-east. Rwanda Government expressed sympathy to the Japanese Government and to the bereaved families.
1. Cabinet approved its earlier decisions of 11/02/2011, with a few amendments.
2. Cabinet approved the following draft laws:
- Draft law modifying and complementing Law on the Code of Value Added Tax;
- Draft law authorizing ratification of the financing agreement signed in Kigali-Rwanda, on 11 March 2011, between the Republic of Rwanda and the International Development Association (IDA), relating to the Credit of an amount of Twenty Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Rights (SDR 22,300,000) and the Grant of an amount of Forty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Rights (SDR 45,500,000) for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Support-Phase VII;
- Draft law authorizing ratification of the Statutes of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
3. Cabinet approved the following Orders:
- Presidential Order modifying and complementing Presidential Order establishing Prisons and their Mode of Construction;
- Presidential Order modifying and complementing Presidential Order Regulating Official Missions Abroad;
- Presidential Order Integrating Members of Rwanda Defence Forces in Rwanda National Police. Those integrated are :
a) Major Felly Bahizi RUTAGERURA to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the National Police;
b) Captain Egide REKAMBANE to the rank of Superintendent in the National Police;
c) Captain Désiré GUMIRA to the rank of Superintendent in the National Police;
d) Captain Céléstin KAZUNGU to the rank of Superintendent in the National Police;
e) Captain Fidèle MUGENGANA to the rank of Superintendent in the National Police;
f) Captain Kanyamihigo KAGARAMA to the rank of Superintendent in the National Police;
g) 2Lt Rose KAMPIRE to the rank of Chief Inspector of Police.
- Prime Minister’s Order granting a leave of absence for a non specific period to Mrs. KIJE MUGISHA, the Deputy Director of ORINFOR;
- Prime Minister’s Order determining the structure and summary of job positions for Rwanda Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA);
- Prime Minister’s Order determining the structure and summary of job positions and job profile for the National Law Reform Commission, after a few amendments;
- Prime Minister’s Order determining the structure, summary of job positions and job profile for the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, after a few amendments;
- Ministerial Order determining the fees for Coffee Export.
4. Cabinet approved the reviewed structures, summary of job positions and job profile for the Central Government Institutions.
5. Cabinet approved Rwanda’s initial report on implementation of the convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, signed in New York on 10/12/1984.
6. Cabinet approved that celebrations to mark the 17th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi will be held, at national level in REMERA’s Small Stadium and in all villages. This year’s theme is: “Kwibuka Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi: DUSHYIGIKIRE UKURI, TWIHESHA AGACIRO”
In that framework, an exhibition on genocide against the Tutsi and on Rwanda’s progress to rebuild itself will be organised as from 04 April 2011 for a whole month at Remera’s Small Stadium, in Kigali.
7. Cabinet appointed the following staff:
• Within MINAFFET
Mr. KABAKEZA Joseph, First Counsellor to New Delhi, India
Mr. MUDAHERANWA Evode, Second Counsellor to Stockholm, Sweden
• Within MINICAAF
Mr. BAGAYE Emmanuel: Economic Policy Researcher
Mr. RUMONGI Charles: System Administrator for e-cabinet
Mr. NDAHIRIWE Patrick: System Administrator for e-cabinet
• Within Rwanda Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA)
Mr. MUYANGE Yves, Director General
8. In A.O.B:
a) The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning informed Cabinet that MINECOFIN is organizing the Seventh Annual Development Partners Retreat (DPR) which will be held at Rubavu–Lake Kivu Serena Hotel from Thursday 24th to Friday 25th March 2011.
b) The Minister of Health informed Cabinet that on 26th April 2011, there will be launched a HPV vaccination of girls aged 11 and 12 years. This vaccination is aimed at preventing them from infection of cervical cancer. This programme will be implemented over a period of three (3) years.
He further informed Cabinet that strategies for strengthening and sustaining the fight against malnutrition for 2011-2013 has entered its second phase. All 30 districts have been supported to develop their District Plans for the Elimination against Malnutrition (DPEMs) and their activities will be clustered in three key broad programme areas namely; Maternal and Child Nutrition, Community based nutrition programme and Positioning Nutrition in the Social Protection Mechanism of Rwanda.
c) Cabinet was informed that the Government of Rwanda in conjunction with the Commonwealth Secretariat will hold a four day forum on ‘Media and Economic Development in a Globalizing World’ in Kigali, Serena Hotel, from March 29 to April 1, 2011.
d) The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees informed Cabinet that the heavy rains experienced in Rwanda recently have caused a big loss in some parts of the country. Cabinet was informed that the Ministry continues to implement its rescue programme to resettle those affected.
e) The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion informed Cabinet that a new report published by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Children’s Charity Group Plan UK ranks Rwanda the 10th out of the 54 Commonwealth Countries as the best place to be born a Girl.
She further informed Cabinet that Rwanda celebrated the International Women’s Day successfully. Cabinet requested all concerned stakeholders to express their commitment in ensuring that all houses inaugurated during the women’s week are completed. Stakeholders were also requested to continue sensitising girls and women to develop their knowledge in science and technology as it is the right way to decent work and development.
f) The Minister of Public Service and Labour informed Cabinet that the International Labour Day will be celebrated on May 1st, 2011. This year’s theme is “Employment Promotion through Supporting Professional Cooperatives”.
g) The Minister of Youth informed Cabinet that some 80 Youths from East-African Member States and the Democratic Republic of Congo will join the Rwandan Youth in the 17th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.
He further informed Cabinet that youth from CEPGL countries, as from 14 to 19 March 2011, will hold a conference on the theme of their role in promoting peace and security.
h) The Minister of Internal Security informed Cabinet that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), East Africa and Middle East Chapter, is conducting a Retrainer Conference in Kigali, Serena Hotel from 15th - 17th March 2011.
i) The Minister of Forestry and Mines informed Cabinet that from 17th to 18th March 2011, in Kigali is scheduled a conference on “Mineral Certification and Supply Chain: due diligence in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region”. This meeting will assess Rwanda’s progress in Minerals Certification and Traceability.
j) The Minister in charge of EAC Affairs informed Cabinet that from 23rd March to 8th April 2011, the National Parliament will host the 4th Meeting of the 4th Session of the East African Legislative Assembly. The plenary session will be preceded, from 24th to 26th March 2011, by a workshop on the Draft EAC Policy Instruments by the Department of Political Federation.
She further informed Cabinet that the East-African Community Secretariat has planned to hold the 23rd Extraordinary Meeting of EAC Council to consider the Report of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Finance and Administration Committee.
k) The Minister of Justice/Attorney General informed Cabinet that from 28th March to 2nd April 2011, a delegation of Youth from the Netherlands under their organization ”Unity is Strength Foundation” will visit Rwanda. This is the organization that awarded President Paul KAGAME the” Unity is Strength Award”.
l) The Minister of State in charge of Energy and Water (MININFRA) informed Cabinet that on 22nd March 2011, Rwanda will join the rest of the World in marking Water International Day. This year’s theme is “Water for cities: Responding to the urban challenge”.
In recognition of this World Water Day, Rwanda is organising a “National Water Week” from 21st to 27th March 2011. At the national level, the theme is: “Develop and well Manage Water Supply Systems for Sustainable Development”.
This statement was signed by MIREMBE Alphonsine, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry in Charge of Cabinet Affairs For Minister MUSONI Protais.