Brown extols Rwanda on growth, Darfur

FOREIGN RELATION - The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has praised Rwanda’s economic development programmes. Brown was meeting President Paul Kagame at his Downing Street offices on Wednesday, during the latter’s five-day visit to the United Kingdom. The president concluded his UK visit...

Saturday, October 6, 2007, 12:00 AM

Murigande optimistic on France talks

FOREIGN RELATIONS - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Charles Murigande, has expressed optimism about the on-going talks between Rwanda and France aimed at restoring diplomatic relations severed last year. Murigande said yesterday that the fact that both countries are members of the UN whose...

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 12:00 AM

Congolese in court over illegal entry

A Congolese national was recently arrested in Rubavu District, Western Province for entering the country illegal. Patia  Mwendanga was arrested by immigration officials at a border post, two years after he had been expelled from the country. Mwendanga was on August 30, 2005 declared ‘persona...

Thursday, October 4, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kagame defends Cameron’s visit to Rwanda

LONDON - President Paul Kagame has defended the recent visit by the United Kingdom’s opposition leader, David Cameron, to Rwanda at the time when his constituency was hit by floods.Cameron’s visit to Rwanda in July coincided with floods that devastated his West Oxfordshire constituency, leaving...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 12:00 AM

Gen. Kabarebe in DR Congo

KIGALI - The Chief of General Staff (CGS) Gen. James Kabarebe arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Capital, Kinshasa yesterday to attend an extraordinary Tripartite Plus military chiefs meeting. The meeting is under the auspices of the Tripartite Plus Joint Commission (TPJC) which brings...

Monday, October 1, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rwanda sends proof of competence to ICTR

TRIBUNAL - The Government has sent a document containing proof to show the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) that it has the capability to handle cases from the UN tribunal. This comes after the tribunal requested Rwanda to prove its capacity to try one Fulgence Kayishema, an ICTR...

Monday, October 1, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kagame meets British investors

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - President Paul Kagame yesterday met a host of British businessmen to whom he outlined choices that Rwandan leadership had taken over the last 13 years, guided by a clear vision of development.  During his luncheon remarks at the London school of Economics, Kagame...

Monday, October 1, 2007, 12:00 AM

Ngoga upbeat on Genocide suspects’ hearing in the UK

The first phase of the on-going hearing for the extradition of four Rwandan Genocide suspects ended yesterday at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom (UK). Three of the four suspects; Charles Munyaneza (Kinyamakara), Celestin Ugirashebuja (Kigoma) and Emmanuel Nteziryayo...

Friday, September 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

Be professional, jurists urged

KIGALI - Prime Minister Bernard Makuza yesterday appealed to jurists to execute their duties with utmost professionalism to ensure that Rwandans get justice. He was giving a keynote address at the swearing-in ceremony of a military high court judge, military and civilian prosecutors.“The judiciary...

Monday, September 24, 2007, 12:00 AM

Lawyers salute new position on bar law

KIGALI - Members of the Kigali Bar Association have welcomed the new position by the justice cluster to revise the law governing the body. This comes after Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama announced the government‘s move to return the much contested law to the debating table before being sent...

Saturday, September 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

Lawyers acquaint themselves with international law

The Minister of Justice has called upon lawyers to better understand the international law as Rwanda prepares to receive key Genocide suspects from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Tharcisse Karugarama was yesterday opening a one-week workshop by members of Kigali Bar...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 12:00 AM

Nyabihu rains: Death toll rises to fifteen

Five more people were yesterday found dead, raising the death toll to fifteen in the aftermath of Wednesday’s heavy rains that hit Nyabihu District in Western Province.Earlier, ten people had been pronounced dead after torrential rains, lately pounding the East African region, ravaged the districts...

Saturday, September 15, 2007, 12:00 AM

Ex-WB project staff under probe

Prosecution is investigating three former senior employees of the Multi-Country AIDS Programme, (MAP) over alleged tendering irregularities.The anomalies were first raised by the Office of the Auditor General during its 2006 report. The trio, Viateur Musabyimana, Charles Gakwavu and Alfred Karumeyi...

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 12:00 AM

Court rules on Munyeshyaka and Bucyibaruta

PARIS - The Paris Chamber of Instruction will today decide whether Fr Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and Laurent Bucyibaruta should be extradited to the ICTR, according to reports.The duo, wanted for Genocide crimes, was re-arrested last Thursday after being released in July on grounds that the...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 12:00 AM

No extension for new ID registration

KIGALI - The Secretary General in the Ministry of Local Government Eugene Balikana has dismissed rumors that the deadline for the registration exercise of the new national ID card would be extended. “According to the reports we have received from different parts of the country, the turn-up was high...

Sunday, September 2, 2007, 12:00 AM

FDRL rebels levy taxes on us – Congolese leader

A Congolese political leader has said that militias of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDRL) are levying taxes on Congolese citizens in eastern DRC.  “We are deeply concerned with the current situation….these militias are now imposing taxes on us and they are the ones...

Sunday, September 2, 2007, 12:00 AM

More 800 Rwandan troops for Darfur

KIGALI - The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) have offered yet another battalion of 800 troops for the new hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. Rwanda already has close to 2000 military men and officers in region where about 200,000 people have died and another 2.5...

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

DR Congo to renew FDLR operations

KIGALI - Military chiefs from four regional countries have recommended that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) renews military operations against Rwandan rebels on their territory. Meeting under the auspices of the Tripartite Plus Joint Commission (TPJC), the army commanders...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 12:00 AM

FDLR concerns high as army chiefs meet

REGIONAL - Military chiefs from four regional countries are meeting in Kigali as part of their continued search for a consensus on what measure should be deployed to rout negative forces in the region. The two-day meeting started with Rwanda urging delegates to establish reasons why ex-FAR/...

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:00 AM

Tripartite Plus: Army chiefs meeting today

REGIONAL - Military chiefs from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are from today meeting for two days in Kigali. The meeting is one of the components of the US-facilitated Joint Tripartite Plus Commission (JTPC) which brings together the four countries.Military...

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:00 AM