Saturday 21 October 2017
(The New Times 08/18/17)
German authorities will today extradite to Rwanda a man suspected to have helped mastermind the Genocide against the Tutsi in the former Gikongoro Prefecture, now part of the Southern Province. Jean Twagiramungu was arrested two years ago and has been battling extradition in different courts of the European country until he exhausted all legal means. He was arrested from the German city of Frankfurt, according to prosecution. Speaking exclusively to The New Times Thursday evening, Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana confirmed the development, saying that the suspect was expected in the country late Friday. "We are ready to process him through courts of law as we have done with other suspects. This is a very positive development in efforts to...
(The New Times 08/17/17)
President-elect Paul Kagame will be sworn in on Friday for another seven-year term in office. The oath is part of the ceremony that officially marks the start of a new term for the President. The ceremony will take place at Amahoro National Stadium and will be aired live by the public broadcaster RBA with people also following the proceeding online across the globe. Kagame won the August 4 presidential elections by a landslide, winning over 98 percent of the votes cast. About 20 Heads of State and Government, as well as several dignitaries and thousands of Rwandans are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony.
(The New Times 08/17/17)
The government has called for improved collaboration with religious leaders in bettering the lives of people. Officiating at the launch of a retreat of religious leaders organised by PEACE Plan, an initiative that seeks to involve believers in the task of serving people in the areas of the greatest global needs, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), called for religious leaders' collaboration with the government to improve the social values of citizens and the community in general. He said, "a good leader, needs to be characterised by human values in whatever they do and we expect them to instill these values among members of community. These are the values that the country needs," he...
(The New Times 08/16/17)
Presidents Paul Kagame and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Rwanda and Egypt respectively, have committed to bolster economic ties between their two countries for the mutual benefit of their respective citizens. The two heads of state were speaking after holding talks at Urugwiro Village on Tuesday. President Sisi is on an official visit to Rwanda as part of his four-state tour, which also includes Tanzania, Chad, and Gabon. The two presidents said that their governments will strive to promote trade exchange, joint investments as well as creating linkages between private sectors of both countries.
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(The Associated Press 08/11/17)
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Rwandan refugee has been kidnapped by unknown people in Uganda, the victim's wife and Ugandan officials said Thursday. Rene Rutagungira was known to refugee officials before his abduction in the capital, Kampala, said Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees. Rutagungira had been out drinking with three Rwandan friends when he was kidnapped late Saturday, said his wife, Jasinta Dusangeyezu. Days before he disappeared, a man had unsuccessfully tried to recruit him into a dissident group opposed to the government of President Paul Kagame, she said. "I fear for his life," she said. Rutagungira held the rank of sergeant in Rwanda's military before he retired in 1998. It was not clear when he...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Rwanda's electoral commission on Wednesday confirmed President Paul Kagame's overwhelming victory in last week's presidential election, even improving his score slightly to 98.79 percent. There had been little doubt that the 59-year-old would return to the helm of the east African nation which he has ruled with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide. Preliminary results showed he had won 98.63 percent of votes, handing him a third term in office. The final results showed opposition leader Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party scored 0.48 percent and independent candidate Philippe Mpayimana 0.73 percent. Both candidates conceded defeat this week after preliminary results were released.
(Bloomberg 08/09/17)
Maybe he is. That doesn't bode well for his people or the progress his country has made. This could have been the year that Rwandan President Paul Kagame rode off into the sunset to riches and acclaim. Kagame has been his country's dominant political figure since leading the 1994 military rebellion that halted the genocide by the majority Hutus of his ethnic group, the Tutsis. He was chosen as president by the country's parliament and cabinet in 2000. Then, after a new constitution called for a directly elected president who could serve two seven-year terms, he ran and was elected easily in 2003 and 2010. If he had chosen to step down at the end of that second elected term...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. South Sudan four-year civil war triggered by Kiir's sacking of Machar as his deputy. The men come from rival ethnic groups and the fighting, which has uprooted a quarter of the country's 12 million people, has been largely along tribal lines. The U.N. Secretary General's special...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
The United States said Saturday it was "disturbed by irregularities" in Rwanda's presidential election which saw Paul Kagame celebrate a third consecutive victory with nearly 99 percent of the vote. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US "congratulates the people of Rwanda on their active and peaceful participation" in the poll but added: "We are disturbed by irregularities observed during voting and reiterate long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process." Kagame, 59, returned to the helm of the east African nation which he has ruled with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide with 98.63 percent of ballots cast -- outdoing his tallies of 95 percent in 2003 and 93 percent in 2010. Frank...
(AfricaNews 08/08/17)
International observers have declared the August 4 presidential elections held in Rwanda as valid. According to the African Union, the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in a joint statement, the election won by incumbent Paul Kagame “experienced no serious violations that could influence the voting”. Kagame was declared winner on the night of the election day by the National Electoral Commission with over 98 per cent of the votes counted. Local election observer bodies also declared the polls as free, fair and transparent. The Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) which deployed 42 observers nationwide...
(The New Times 08/08/17)
Friday's presidential elections were conducted in a free, fair and transparent environment that meets democratic and good governance principles both local and international standards, according to Rwanda Governance Board (RGB). The board gave its verdict yesterday having deployed observer teams to witness the electoral process as part of its mandate to promote democratic and good governance principles in the country. Forty-two observers were deployed in all districts across the country to assess the conformity of the electoral process to democratic standards and promotion of free, fair and transparent elections. According to a statement, the RGB observer mission witnessed a calm and peaceful pre-election environment throughout the country. The period was marked by intensive voter education through community meetings such as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
JUBA (Reuters) - About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. Slideshow (5 Images) South Sudan four-year civil war triggered by Kiir's sacking of Machar as his deputy. The men come from rival ethnic groups and the fighting, which has uprooted a quarter of the country's 12 million people, has been largely along tribal...
(The Associated Press 08/08/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda — The United States said Saturday it was “disturbed by irregularities observed during voting” in Rwanda’s election, which longtime President Paul Kagame won with nearly 99% of the vote. A State Department statement reiterated “long-standing concerns over the integrity of the vote-tabulation process.” Kagame easily won a third term in office in what he had called “a formality.” He faces another seven years leading the small East African nation praised for its economic performance but criticized for its silencing of opponents. Electoral authorities said Kagame won 98.63% of the vote. Neither of his two challengers won a full percentage point. The U.S. statement also said it remains “concerned by the lack of transparency in determining the eligibility of...
(Others 08/08/17)
Tea growers and residents in Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts have resolved to begin consuming their own tea instead of imported tea. “It’s unbelievable. We only drink our own tea in hotels in Kigali. A cup of tea costs more in hotels yet I can have the same cup here locally without having to travel” said Emmanuel Nzayisenga one of the tea farmers. For over 50 years tea farmers from Shangi, Ruharambuga, Bushenge, Nkungu, Karengera and Giheke sectors in both districts have been consuming imported tea packed in sachets from Uganda and Burundi. “After considering validity of tea farmers complaints, we agreed that part of processed tea will be sold to farmers and the rest exported as usual,” said Azalias Niyibizi,...
(Others 08/08/17)
Rwanda and Tanzania have agreed to strengthen police cooperation and prevent criminal activities that may destabilize both countries. “The need to maintain security and stability in our nations and region calls for more cooperation in order to stay ahead of criminals,” said Rwanda Police boss, IGP Emmanuel Gasana Gasana today received the Tanzania counterpart, IGP Simon Sirro who both stressed that political will in Rwanda and Tanzania has paved way for the cooperation of the two Police institutions. Sirro, commends Rwanda police and the country’s leadership for ensuring safety and successful presidential elections held on August 4th.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
Rwandans on Saturday celebrated the third term victory of President Paul Kagame who pledged to continue transforming the nation after winning re-election with a record 98 percent of the vote. There had been little doubt that the 59-year-old would return to the helm of the east African nation which he has ruled with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide. "I am very pleased. I had hoped for this victory," said Yvette Uwineza, a 36-year-old computer scientist. "The continuity is reassuring," she said, crediting Kagame with developing the country and creating "a better life for Rwandans." Interim results published by the electoral commission on Saturday gave Kagame an unprecedented victor....

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