Busingye Commends Media Professionalism, Calls for Partnership in Presidential Election Process

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The Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, has said that for the forthcoming presidential campaigns and elections to be calm and incident free.

The Minister of Justice and the Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, has said that for the forthcoming presidential campaigns and elections to be calm and incident free, ever Rwandan including the media, need to come on board and work together as a team through information sharing on anything that derail the process.

The Minister was speaking, yesterday, while officiating at the Police-Media Interaction session, held at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru.

The meeting was also attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana, Deputy IGP in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza; the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Charles Munyaneza; the Executive Secretary of Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), Emmanuel Mugisha; members of the media fraternity and other senior police officers.

The Police-media interaction session winded up the regional tour where similar sessions were conducted under the theme: “Strengthening Partnership for Quality Services Delivery.”

Its main purpose was to discuss and draw collective measures to serve the overall interests on the public.

Minister Busingye commended RNP for organizing the Police-media interaction sessions, and called for more collaborative efforts between the Police and media as well as the public to particularly ensure that, the forthcoming presidential campaigns and elections are conducted in a safe and secure environment.

“The election preparations are meant to ensure that rights of everyone are fully respected, and security maintained through collaborative efforts among all actors including the general public,” Minister Busingye said.

In particular, he said, the partnership between Police, media and NEC is very essential saying that it “illustrates the overall picture of the required security in the country particularly during election campaigns period.”

“In the last 23 years, elections have been conducted in a smooth, calm and peaceful manner. We expect this same spirit,” said the minister.

He commended professionalism the media in Rwanda continue to exhibit, and challenged them to maintain and build on it.

While reacting on foreign media that continues to paint Rwanda’s media as weak, the Minister said: “This is wrong; today we have the most professional media that is diverse, well informed, and serving the interest of the people.”

“We live in times of dynamism, political maturity, optimism and hope for all,” he added.

IGP Gasana reassured that RNP is more than prepared to ensure the elections are conducted is conducted in the usual peaceful and secure environment.

He said that the force has put in place different measures to tightly maintain the security of Rwandans and foreigners at all time, and the whole electoral process in particular including safety of all the disadvantaged groups, and controlling the increasing traffic-flow.

 

He appealed to the media and the general population in general to avoid and report all rumors intended to undermine peace and security especially during forthcoming presidential campaigns and elections.

 

NEC Executive Secretary, Charles Munyaneza, urged media to be more professional and responsible in covering presidential campaigns and elections.

 

“The media has a responsibility to inform citizens about elections and campaigns; however, this has to be done in a more professional manner and in accordance with the law,” Munyaneza said.

 

He also asked members of the media fraternity to avoid anything that could create confusion and anxiety among the citizenry.

 

The Executive Secretary of RMC, Emmanuel Mugisha, also urged journalists to be very sensitive to avoid stories fueling hatred and violence during the presidential campaigns and elections.

 

He also reminded them to have identification on them at all times whenever they are covering elections.

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