Rwanda ponders suing Spanish judge Merelles

KIGALI - The Government may lay formal charges against Spanish judge Andreu Fernando Merelles for illegally indicting Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) officers, Justice Minister and Attorney General Tharcisse Karugarama said on Tuesday. “There is a universally agreed upon procedure of how indictments...

Thursday, May 1, 2008, 12:00 AM

Nigerian war college students here

KIGALI - Twenty five senior officers from the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College arrived in Rwanda yesterday for a 6-day study tour, Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) spokesman Maj. Jill Rutaremara has said. The officers who are undergoing a course at the Nigerian college come from four...

Monday, April 28, 2008, 12:00 AM

Rwandans in the Netherlands turned away from international conference on ethnic grounds

Rwandans in the Netherlands have called the Hague-based Peace Palace a sanctuary for the Tutsi Genocide deniers. This emerged after several Rwandans who had earlier been confirmed to attend the International Conference on Peace and Development in the Great Lakes Region were yesterday barred from...

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 12:00 AM

Genocide fugitive arrested in Germany

A Genocide fugitive was Wednesday arrested in Germany, the first arrest to be made by the European country. Onesphore Rwabukombe, a former Bourgmestre (Mayor) of Muvumba commune, now eastern province, was arrested in reaction to an Interpol red notice following an International Arrest Warrant...

Friday, April 25, 2008, 12:00 AM

No one forced judicial reforms on us – Ngoga

Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga has said that Rwanda was not coerced into making the judicial reforms by anyone. He said this yesterday while presenting Rwanda’s position on the transfer of cases from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to Rwandan jurisdiction for trial. During...

Thursday, April 24, 2008, 12:00 AM

Quest to transfer genocide trials to Rwanda begins today

KIGALI - Rwanda will today present its case to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) when the court sits to hear arguments on the possible transfer of Genocide suspects to Rwanda for trial. A reliable source at the ICTR told The New Times Wednesday that Rwanda’s Prosecutor General,...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008, 12:00 AM

AU ministers condemn foreign indictments

ADDIS ABABA - African ministers of Justice and Attorneys General have slammed the recent indictments issued by foreign judges to African leaders saying it was an attack on the sovereignty of states. This was declared on Friday in a meeting they held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. "The abuse...

Monday, April 21, 2008, 12:00 AM

Talks to try Burundian Genocide suspects begin

KIGALI - Burundian nationals who committed Genocide may after all not get away with it thanks to ongoing talks between authorities in both countries. The Office of the Prosecutor General has said that they were in the middle of a process to charge some Burundian suspects and that a significant...

Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:00 AM

Play more active role, Kagame tells teachers

KIGALI - President Paul Kagame has called upon teachers to play a more significant role in the socio-economic transformation which has been adopted by the country. He said this yesterday while officially closing a two-week solidarity camp for all primary and secondary school teachers countrywide....

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Three KIM students discharged as driver’s case goes to prosecution

KIGALI - Three students of Kigali Institute of Management (KIM) who sustained injuries when a speeding minibus rammed into a Genocide commemoration procession last Thursday, have been discharged from Kigali Central Hospital (CHUK). Another, identified as Clementine Mukasekuru, is still hospitalized...

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Major crackdown

The Office of Prosecutor General has arrested fifteen people accused of causing huge losses to a number of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs). The development was announced on Monday by the Prosecutor General, Martin Ngoga, who said that the former managers were arrested over the last four days. He...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

Cabinet thrilled by Kagame’s peace award

VILLAGE URUGWIRO - The Cabinet yesterday was overjoyed when it welcomed the recent award that was given to President Paul Kagame in the United Arab Emirates. It was the first time the Cabinet had met since the president received the Innovation for Peace Award, which was given during the 2008 World...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

Fallen politicians honoured

Politicians who were killed during the 1994 Genocide were honoured yesterday during a ceremony that was held at Rebero Hill in Kigali City. During the function that was presided over by Senate president Dr Vincent Biruta, various speakers said that it was because of people them that the country had...

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

IBUKA wants Burundian Genocide suspects prosecuted

The President of IBUKA, a Genocide Survivors’ umbrella organization has called for the prosecution of Burundian nationals who participated in the 1994 Genocide. He made the call yesterday during the official function to end the national mourning week, a function that coincided with honouring...

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

Mauritian to lead Rwanda’s Commercial High Court

A Mauritian has been appointed to lead Rwanda’s newly established Commercial High Court while several of his countrymen are expected to preside over other lower commercial courts, a senior official in the judiciary has said. Anne Gahongayire, the Supreme Court Secretary General, said Thursday that...

Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM

IBUKA reacts angrily to Genocide site explosion, calls for tougher measures

KIGALI - Genocide survivors through their umbrella body, IBUKA, have reacted angrily to the Thursday night incident at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. A grenade was hurled at the security quarters of the Gisozi based centre Thursday night, killing a police constable and seriously wounding another...

Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM

Envoy raps international community over Genocide

The Rwandan Government envoy to the International criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Aloys Mutabingwa, has said that the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda would never have occurred had there been the will by the international community to stop it. He said this in Arusha, the seat of the tribunal,...

Friday, April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM

Judiciary not an isolated organ – Kagame

KIMIHURURA - President Paul Kagame Thursday said that the Judiciary was not an isolated organ. He was presiding over the launch of the 2008 Judicial Year at Parliamentary Buildings, Kimihurura. "It is instead one of the strongest pillars on which we shall rely on in the realization of Vision 2020...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 12:00 AM

Presidential advisory council meets in Kigali

KIGALI - In his relentless efforts to accelerate socioeconomic development in Rwanda, President Kagame pursues all avenues. It is in this context that his Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) met in Kigali on 5-6 April 2008. This was the second meeting of the PAC – following the meeting held in New...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

Kagame meets new Monuc boss Doss

VILLAGE URUGWIRO - The new Special Representative of the United Nations to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Alan Doss, yesterday met President Paul Kagame for the first time since his appointment early this year. After the meeting that took place at Village Urugwiro, , doss who also...

Sunday, April 6, 2008, 12:00 AM