Kelly Rwamapera

PM tells prosecution to intensify war on economic crimes

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente  has challenged public prosecution to accelerate the preparation dossiers for suspects of economic crimes such as corruption and favouritism.   The premier made the remarks while officiating at the swearing in of seven public prosecutors at his office in...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10:40 PM

Rwanda rotates its police peacekeepers in South Sudan

A contingent of 160 female-dominated police officers on Monday left Kigali International Airport aboard a RwandAir flight for a one-year peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The Formed Police Unit Three commanded by Senior Superintendent of Police,  Jackline Urujeni replaced the maiden female...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 5:53 PM

Rwanda ‘has achieved 80% of UN human rights recommendations’

The ministry of Justice has said that government has so far achieved over 80 per cent of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations on human rights which were adopted in 2015. Justice Minister and Attorney General Johnston Busingye said this in Nyagatare District on Thursday during a...

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

I&M Bank donates heifers to Girinka programme

I&M Bank supported the one-cow-per-family programme, popularly known as Girinka, by donating 17 cows to vulnerable families in Nyarugenge District in the City of Kigali. The donation, delivered on June 14, was handed over to Nyarugenge District vice Mayor in Charge of Economic Development,...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

[FEATURED] ADRA: Supporting Rwanda’s rebuilding effort

In 1999, Yves Dufitumukiza was seven years old and in need of going to school. Dufitumukiza’s father had been killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and was under the care of her widowed mother who had survived and was struggling to make ends meet. Fortunately, the vulnerable...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

City pastor murder: Court orders fresh audit into autopsy report

The High Court in Kigali has directed the Ministry of Health to appoint a team of at least three pathologists to audit the autopsy report on the circumstances under which Maggie Mutesi died in September 2017. The audit was called following the challenge made by her husband, Drake Mugisha, who was...

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

A call for prior sensitisation on release of Genocide convicts

With Genocide convicts increasingly completing their sentences, and subsequently set free, there is need for greater sensitisation of the general public, especially survivors, on how to relate with freed convicts once the latter have arrived back in their respective communities, Ibuka has said....

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Defilement case of acquitted Nyagatare men now goes to Supreme Court

Four men who had been acquitted on charges of defilement are back in court, this time in the Supreme Court. The High Court Chamber of Rwamagana had previously acquitted Thomas Mugabe, alias Mabati, Sostène Ndibwami, Alexis Kagame and David Murekezi, overturning a 2014 conviction by the Nyagatare...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:56 PM

Byabagamba, Rusagara petition Court of Appeal, seek bail

Col Tom Byabagamba, Rtd Brig Gen Frank Rusagara and Rtd Sgt Francois Kabayiza, who were sentenced to lengthy jail terms by the Military High Court three years ago, are back in court. The three men on Wednesday appeared before the Court of Appeal challenging March 2016 verdicts by the Military High...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:02 PM

Ibuka wants to take custody of property for wiped out families

Ibuka, the umbrella organisation of Genocide survivors’ associations, has expressed concern over property belonging to families that were wiped out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which has been grabbed. Some of it, survivors say, has ended up in the hands of those who...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Genocide widows to benefit from new loan guarantees

The National Association of Genocide Widows (AVEGA) and Urwego Opportunity Bank have put together a scheme to help widows of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Karongi District to access cheap loans. Over 400 households are set to benefit from a loan guarantee through the Survivors Fund (SURF...

Monday, May 20, 2019, 1:20 AM

Property of ex-Nyabihu district official auctioned to recover taxpayer’s money

A house and piece of land belonging to the former executive secretary of Nyabihu District, Emmanuel Habyarimana, have been auctioned in a bid to recover funds he embezzled during his tenure in office. Habyarimana was arrested in March 2014 after failing to justify to the Ombudsman’s office...

Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Inmates equipped with various skills to break criminality

Entering Rubavu Prison in Western Province one finds construction works going on as well as education. Storied buildings in the prison were constructed by prisoners themselves, some of whom are civil engineers. Johnston Busingye, the Minister for Justice, said they were committed to give inmates...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 1:28 AM

Over 70% of local disputes are settled through Abunzi, says Busingye

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has said that over 70 per cent of disputes at the grassroots level are settled by community mediators, locally best known as Abunzi.   Civil offences of any value not exceeding Rwf3 million are usually referred to Abunzi, who sit at...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:55 PM

Genocide convict Agnes Ntamabyariro lawyer fined

The Court of Appeal in Kigali has fined senior lawyer Gatera Gashabana for not filing defence submissions in the appeal case of convicted former Justice minister Agnes Ntamabyariro. Ntamabyariro is in the appeal court where she is challenging the life sentence handed to her by a lower court for...

Friday, May 10, 2019, 12:10 AM

Minister Busingye warns court bailiffs against graft

Justice Minister and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, has warned court bailiffs against seeking bribes when executing judgements. He was addressing 156 professional and non-professional bailiffs and notaries who were sworn in on Tuesday at the ministry in Kigali. Court bailiffs are...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:46 AM

Chief Justice calls for decent burial of Genocide victims at Ruhengeri court

Chief Justice Prof. Sam Rugege has called for a decent burial of Genocide victims who were killed at the former Ruhengeri Court of Appeal, currently Musanze High Court, in Musanze District, Northern Province. Prof Rugege made the call Thursday while addressing senior officials from the justice...

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

DNA test false, but he is our son, says family separated in 1997

Eric Nsengiyumva has been looking for his family for years. They were separated at the Rwanda-DRC border in 1997. Nsengiyumva posted images on his WhatsApp status of when he was a toddler—aged around two. Other photos showed him grown up, and another photo of him today.  There was also...

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7:33 PM

Huye’s bricklaying women on hassles and financial breakthroughs

Some of them are single mothers, others widows, and some were once sex workers. Each of these women has a compelling story; one of ache and difficulty, but they have tussled to make ends meet. These women are members of Ingoro Ihuje Ababyeyi, a cooperative in Cyarwa, Tumba Sector in Huye District...

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Nyarugenge mine collapse kills four people, injures two

Four people have been confirmed dead while two others were critically injured in cassiterite mine collapse in Mageragere Sector, Nyarugenge District. The accident happened on Monday mid-afternoon as the six mine workers were going about their daily mining activities, according to the...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 1:31 AM