Sunday 20 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 08/18/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwandan President Kagame struck a defiant tone in his inauguration speech on Friday after criticism by international rights bodies over his re-election this month. Kagame won 98.8 percent of the vote in Aug. 4 poll after the election board disqualified one of the candidates who had hoped to run against him. "Every attempt that was made from within and especially from outside to denigrate the process and glorify the old politics of division, only made Rwandans more defiant and more determined to express ourselves through the vote," Kagame told thousands of people packed in a football stadium to watch the ceremony. "Our experience is that we will be vilified anyway no matter...
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in Friday for a third term in office after a crushing election win that rights groups criticised over irregularities and voter intimidation. Nineteen African heads of state were present at the ceremony which took place in front of a packed crowd in the national stadium in Kigali, entertained by a military parade and drummers. The 59-year-old Kagame, who was re-elected with nearly 99 percent of the vote, took a swipe at critics who regularly highlight repression and lack of freedoms in the tiny east African nation. "Every African country has to contend with efforts to force us to live on someone else's terms," he said. "They demand we replace systems that are working well...
(News24 08/18/17)
Kigali - Rwandan President Paul Kagame is being inaugurated after winning re-election with nearly 99 percent of the vote. Friday's ceremony is being attended by many African leaders. The longtime president had described the Aug. 4 election as "a formality" while campaigning. The East African nation has virtually no political opposition, and critics accuse Kagame of being intolerant of dissent. He denies it. Kagame has been de facto leader or president since the end of the 1994 genocide. Because of...
(The Associated Press 08/18/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame was sworn in for a third term Friday after winning re-election with nearly 99 percent of the vote. Many African leaders attended the ceremony in the capital, Kigali. The longtime president had described the Aug. 4 election as "a formality" while campaigning. The East African nation has virtually no political opposition, and critics accuse Kagame of being intolerant of dissent. He denies it. "It's a day of gratitude and I will continue...
(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...
(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 08/16/17)
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.
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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)...
(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...
(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....
(AFP (eng) 08/05/17)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame sailed to a third term in office with a tally hovering around a whopping 98 percent of votes, partial results showed Saturday. 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. With 80 percent of results counted, Kagame had secured some 5.4 million votes, far more than the 50 percent plus one...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Rwandan election officials tallied votes on Friday from a presidential poll expected to hand strongman Paul Kagame a massive victory and third term at the helm of the east African nation. "Kagame, Paul. Kagame, Paul," read out election officials from the vast majority of ballots at one polling station as counting began after a peaceful day of voting across "the Land of a Thousand Hills." The electoral commission's Charles Munyaneza said the process had seen "no major problems" and turnout...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Rwandans began voting Friday in a presidential election widely expected to return strongman Paul Kagame to office for a third term at the helm of the small east African nation. Some 6.9 million Rwandans have registered to vote in the poll which pits Kagame, 59, against two little-known candidates seen as unlikely to pose any threat to his Rwandan Patriotic Front's tight control of the country. At a school in the capital, Rwandans waited patiently to cast their ballots, many of them praising Kagame for his leadership since he halted the 1994 genocide. "We don't lack anything with him (Kagame).
(The Associated Press 08/04/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwandans voted in an election Friday that the country's longtime president was widely expected to win, while the foreign minister mocked the head of Human Rights Watch and asked if he was "off your medication again." President Paul Kagame, who won the 2010 election with 93 percent of the vote, told a rally in July that "the day of the presidential elections will just be a formality." Polls closed in the afternoon and provisional results were...

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