Rwanda: Police radio project in jeopardy as IGP appeal to cabinet

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By Robert Mugabe

Radio equipment are in the country, Rwanda utility Agency RURA had accepted automatically to grant a frequency, an American consultant who trained police officers in basic journalism skills to do the job has been paid after accomplishment of the contract. But the project is in dilemma.

Bad news for Police was that the radio project has been turned down by Prime Minister himself one week ago. A Kenyan tutor had also trained men in blue uniform to fight a mind battle to win minds and hearts of Rwandans behind the microphone.

In the Police structure that had been adopted by the cabinet some time back, the radio appears somewhere. However, PM has turned down the project citing “economical reasons”

After getting harsh no from Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi on the idea of establishing the FM radio; now Police boss IGP Emmanuel Gasana is taking the matter to the cabinet.

A highly placed source in the office of the Prime Minister has intimated to Great Lakes Voice that PM refusal is based on the economic reasons. “PM believes the radio will need staff and budget which is adding more burden to the government in terms of expenses,” said the source

After push for Rwanda Broadcasting Agency to change from a state broadcaster to Public broadcaster, state institutions are pushing to own their airwaves. The Parliament has already established radio called “Radio Inteko”

Media owners have been complaining of competing with the state media where they claim unfair competition.

“The radio Project is still there. We’re in administrative issues.” Supt. Theos Badege told Great Lakes in the phone interview without giving details.

Sources at the Police headquarters say IGP has prepared a document to present his argument to the cabinet to acquire an FM radio which officials in Police says will help in community policing.

It’s not clear where the radio equipments would go if PM Habumuremyi’s idea of banning the radio would go or what will it be used.

Rwanda Police has visual Production at the headquarters premises, Radio and TV Rwanda airs the talk shows without any problem. It’s not clear why Police need a Radio.

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