Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
A UN tribunal has agreed to review its appeals judgement against a former Rwandan minister found guilty of genocide crimes, a case blocked for months by the detention of one of the court's top judges. In a statement released Monday the UN's Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals said in a rare legal move it would review its ruling convicting Augustin Ngirabatware for his role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. Ngirabatware, planning minister at the time of the genocide, was found guilty of inciting, aiding and encouraging militiamen in his home district of Nyamyumba in northwestern Rwanda to kill their Tutsi neighbours. He was sentenced in 2012 to 35...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
oundation of mutual respect, shared values and an unshakable commitment to democracy and development. President Lungu said the two countries have shown strong commitment to working together to achieve progress in regional economic integration, peace security and stability. The President was speaking during a state banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame who arrived yesterday for a two day State visit. There is need for African countries to work closely to reform the African union to make it more responsive to challenges of the time and the future, Mr. Lungu said. He said Zambia will cooperate fully in the important discussions which will yield vital recommendations to reform the African union (AU ). He added that...
(The Associated Press 06/19/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's ruling party on Saturday chose longtime President Paul Kagame as its candidate for the August election, where he is expected to face a handful of challengers who either represent small parties or are independent. Kagame, who has ruled this East African nation since 2000, was elected unopposed by Rwandan Patriotic Front members. Out of 11 registered political parties, nine have said they would back Kagame instead of fielding their own candidates, drawing criticism from the opposition. In the 2010 election the president won with 93 percent of the vote. The 59-year-old Kagame's decision to pursue a third term comes after the country's...
(Voice of America 06/19/17)
KIGALI, RWANDA — Rwanda's ruling party on Saturday chose longtime President Paul Kagame as its candidate for the August election, where he is expected to face a handful of challengers who either represent small parties or are independent. Kagame, 59, who has ruled this East African nation since 2000, was elected unopposed by Rwandan Patriotic Front members. Out of 11 registered political parties, nine have said they would back Kagame instead of fielding their own candidates, drawing criticism from the...
(AfricaNews 06/19/17)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been unanimously nominated for re-election in the country’s forthcoming presidential polls slated for August. The decision was made by 1929 members out of 1930 eligible voters at his RPF-Inkotanyi party’s congress on Saturday 17th of June. He agreed to run in the contest and to continue to lead the country to more prosperity, peace, and stability. “Now that you brought me here to accept it, I will give it and you my all. I will...
(AFP (eng) 06/15/17)
A former Congolese rebel commander told war crimes judges Wednesday the "horrific events" he saw during Rwanda's 1994 genocide shaped him to vow to do everything he could to prevent "it happening again". Almost two years after his trial opened, Bosco Ntaganda took the stand for the first time expected to talk about events in 2002 and 2003, when his rebel forces rampaged through neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo's gold-rich Ituri province, murdering and raping civilians and plundering their possessions...
(The East African 06/06/17)
Rwanda's independent presidential aspirants are protesting alleged intimidation and harassment of their supporters by government agents, saying this could undermine the credibility of the August 4 polls result. On Thursday, Diane Shima Rwigara told reporters that up to 10 of her representatives had been arrested and threatened with "treason charges" but later released with no charge. The EastAfrican has seen her complaint letters to the police and the National Electoral Commission (NEC), citing local authorities and security operatives as being...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
Rwanda's media regulator has said the election body does not have the mandate to regulate social media use by presidential candidates, a measure seen as an assault on free speech. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) ruled last month that once campaigning starts on July 14, any social media updates by presidential candidates must be submitted to them for pre-approval. However, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) which oversees the media, said in a statement late Wednesday that the NEC had...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Western diplomats in Rwanda voiced their concern on Tuesday over an order that presidential candidates must submit their social media messages to the country's election commission for pre-approval before dissemination. "We are all concerned about this recent development and I think it is important to really understand what is behind this very, very serious limitation on the freedom of expression," said US ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles. The envoy was speaking at a panel on human rights organised by the European Union...
(AFP (eng) 05/30/17)
There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates. "We are asking (candidates) to present us their messages, their drafts" to verify that they are not against the law," electoral commission head Kalisa Mbanda told AFP on Monday. The measure, published in the government gazette earlier this month, will be effective as from the start of the official campaign on July 14 and concerns "messages, photographs and other campaign material" published on social networks.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(APA 05/08/17)
The reforms aim to make the African Union, AU, more efficient politically, operationally and financially, so that the African multilateral organisation is better positioned to meet its mandate to member states and African citizens. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, his AU reform advisory team and close to 40 African Ministers of Foreign Affairs met Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda, to discuss the implementation of the African Union (AU) reforms adopted in January 2017. This is according to a press release distributed...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/04/17)
An independent woman candidate announced on Wednesday she would challenge President Paul Kagame, joining two other candidates hoping to defeat him in August elections after 17 years in office. Diane Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, said she would work to eradicate poverty, injustice and promote freedom if elected. She does not belong to any political party. Kagame is widely admired for restoring stability to the East African nation after its 1994 genocide, presiding over rapid economic growth and a relatively corruption-free...
(Xinhuanet 04/28/17)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday toured a model rural settlement project in eastern Rwanda. The Ntebe model village, in Rwamagana district, brings together communities where they can work together in sectors such as agriculture and share yields and profits, with easy access to schools, health centers, water, power and sanitation infrastructure, Rwanda's Minister of Local Government Francis Kaboneka said. Desalegn arrived in Kigali on Thursday on a three-day state visit. Rwanda and Ethiopia are expected to sign a...
(The New Times 04/27/17)
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in Kigali Thursday morning for three-day official visit. The premier was welcomed by President Paul Kagame, First Lady Jeannette Kagame and other senior government officials. He is scheduled to visit Rwamagana District, where he will tour a model village. He will later in the evening attend a State Banquet hosted by President Kagame, and First Lady. Rwanda and Ethiopia identified new areas of cooperation at the second Rwanda-Ethiopia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), a technical...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/17)
New Chinese ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei, Thursday presented his credentials to President Paul Kagame. Presenting his credentials to Kagame, Ambassador Rao Hongwei conveyed to President Kagame the cordial greetings and good wishes of Chinese President Xi Jinping. He spoke highly of Rwanda's great accomplishments achieved in national building and reconciliation. "There is a deep traditional friendship between China and Rwanda and a strong bond between our two peoples. In recent years, through mutual understanding and sincere cooperation, the two sides enjoy stronger political trust, rapid growth in economic and trade cooperation, and closer people-to-people ties." Rao said.
(The New Times 03/31/17)
Rwanda and Egypt have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen bilateral cooperation in combating crime. Rwanda’s Prosecutor General Jean Bosco Mutangana signed the deal alongside his Egyptian counterpart, Nabeel Ahmed Sadek, on Thursday in Cairo. It was signed on the sidelines of the on-going African Prosecutors Association (APA) executive and strategic committee meetings, in which the National Public Prosecution Authority of Rwanda holds the position of Vice President. Mutangana told The New Times that the MoU is the beginning of cooperation in criminal matters between the two institutions.
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame hailed Rwanda-Israel friendship Sunday in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. He was the first African head of state ever to address the pro-Israel forum that brings together thousands of activists, experts and elected officials. “My message today is simple: Rwanda is, without question, a friend of Israel,” said Kagame,who is credited for putting an end to the 1994 genocide in his country. In a refence to the genocide perpetrated...

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