Investors welcome move to scrap work permits

KIGALI - Local investors have welcomed the recent government decision to initiate a process of removing work permit fees on foreign professionals. Speaking on Monday night after meeting President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro, the investors said that the move will allow them to import foreign...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 12:00 AM

MP pinned on death of colleague’s husband in ‘94

Senator Anastase Nzirasanaho has appeared before a Gacaca court for alleged complicity in the killing of Dr Theoneste Gafaranga during the 1994 Genocide. The late Gafaranga was the husband to Astelie Nyirabenda, a member of the lower chamber of Parliament. Nzirasanaho appeared before the Gacaca...

Monday, December 3, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rwanda coffee centre underway

VILLAGE URUGWIRO - Global leading coffee company Starbucks is to set up a coffee farmers’ support centre in the country next year.This was announced by visiting Starbucks Chief Executive Officer, Howard Schultz yesterday after meeting President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro.“We have already hired...

Saturday, December 1, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Belgium military to cooperate in engineering

The Belgian Chief of Defence Forces General August van Daele has said that talks between the Rwandan and Belgian military are underway to extend their cooperation to the field of engineering. Gen Daele disclosed this yesterday shortly after meeting President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro. “...

Friday, November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

French writer face prosecution over revisionism book

After almost two years of procedural legal battles between Rwanda Genocide survivors and French national Pierre Pean, the Paris prosecution has finally ruled that it will bring criminal charges against the author. Pean is accused of having promoted racism and divisionism in his book, ‘Noirs...

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 12:00 AM

Agric. takes centre stage at donors meet

KIGALI - The government and its development partners have agreed on empowering the agricultural sector to achieve sustainable growth. The decision was reached after this week’s two-day annual conference which ended yesterday at Serena Hotel in Kigali. The conference also saw the launch of the...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

Focus on infrastructure development – Kagame

KIGALI - President Paul Kagame has said that infrastructure projects should top the agenda at the ongoing seventh Development Partners’ Meeting at Kigali Serena Hotel. He was yesterday opening the two-day meeting bringing together top government leaders and development partners including UN...

Monday, November 26, 2007, 12:00 AM

Chissano receives cash prize for relinquishing power

World leaders last evening showered praises on former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano as he received the first ever Ibrahim Prize worth $5 million during a ceremony held in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. It has two entitlements – $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life. The...

Monday, November 26, 2007, 12:00 AM

Fourty lawyers pledge loyalty

JUDICIARY - Kigali Bar Association on Friday, November 24 registered fourty new lawyers, making the number of the learned friends 306, the highest in the history of the Rwandan Law Society. The lawyers took oath before a panel of three High Court Judges presided over by the court’s President,...

Saturday, November 24, 2007, 12:00 AM

Survivors block Rusesabagina lecture

Rwandan Genocide survivors have successfully blocked a planned public lecture at a Belgian University by people in it calls Genocide revisionists.Louvain Catholic University was due to host a conference on ‘Hotel Rwanda’, a controversial movie, which critics say dramatised the 1994 Genocide in...

Thursday, November 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

ICTR asks France to prosecute Fr Munyeshyaka, Bucyibaruta

ARUSHA - The Arusha-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (ICTR) has requested France to try Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and Laurent Bucyibaruta, two Genocide suspects arrested in France.Tim Gallimore, the spokesman of the ICTR Prosecutor confirmed the decision which was taken on Tuesday...

Thursday, November 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kalisa case: Board member seeks constitutional redress

KIGALI - A member of the board of directors of the former Bank of Commerce, Development and Industry (BCDI) has petitioned Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the summonses issued by a judge to the board. Alfred Mutebwa is one of the nine members of the board of BCDI, now Ecobank who...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 12:00 AM

Forty lawyers’licenses canceled

JUDICIARY - Forty lawyers have had their practicing licenses revoked by Kigali Bar Association after violating various regulations governing the body. According to the chairman of the Bar, Gatera Gashabana, most of the disbarred lawyers were sacked for failing to pay their annual contribution to...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kagame calls for 24hr cargo transport in EA

KAMPALA - Border posts of East African states should operate 24 hours to help spur sustainable development in the region, President Paul Kagame has said. Kagame, who was speaking last evening at the ongoing Commonwealth Business Forum held in Kampala, Uganda, said that such unlimited operation can...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rugambarara gets 11-year jail term

ARUSHA - The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Friday sentenced former mayor of Bicumbi, Juvenal Rugambarara to eleven years in prison.The sentence came after Rugambarara entered a plea bargain with the UN-tribunal’s prosecution by pleading guilty to a single count of...

Sunday, November 18, 2007, 12:00 AM

Itorero Ry’igihugu launched

IN a bid to re-introduce traditional methods in mitigating Rwanda’s socio-economic challenges, President Paul Kagame on Friday launched ‘Itorero Ry’igihugu’ an informal education system.From this traditional school, people will be discussing issues like national unity and other social problems...

Saturday, November 17, 2007, 12:00 AM

Court okays suspect transfer to ICTR

The Paris Appeals Court on Wednesday ordered for the transfer of Dominique Ntawukuriryayo, a former leader in the Southern province, to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).The former sous-prefet of Gisagara in the then Butare prefecture is held responsible for the killings of...

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rwanda ready to face rights body at ICTR

Following recent claims by Human Rights Watch that Rwanda does not have capacity to try Genocide fugitives who may be extradited from different countries, Kigali insists its ready to prove its capacity before a UN Genocide court.“We are ready and waiting for Human Rights Watch to make a submission...

Thursday, November 15, 2007, 12:00 AM

Biruta, Makuza repay varsity loans

KIGALI - Senate President Dr Vincent Biruta and Prime Minister Bernard Makuza are among former beneficiaries of government university education loan facility who repaid the money as a recovery process got underway yesterday. Biruta and Makuza presented cheques worth Frw480, 000 each to Education...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 12:00 AM

Students’ loan recovery starts

KIGALI - The long-awaited exercise to recover billions of Francs that were loaned to university students kicks off today at Kigali Serena Hotel.And government expects at least Frw15 billion to be recovered in the process, according to Students Financing Agency of Rwanda (SFAR).The SFAR Director...

Monday, November 12, 2007, 12:00 AM