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From fear of death to shattered dreams; the story of ex-FLN child soldiers

Faustine Uwimpuhwe stands out among the group of children formerly associated with armed groups – commonly known as child soldiers – currently undergoing a civic education programme. She is among the teenagers undergoing a civic education programme at the Rwanda Demobilisation and...

Friday, November 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Uganda: Death toll climbs to 29 after deadly protests

Reports early Friday, November 20, indicated that the countrywide death toll has climbed to 29 in three days of protests in Uganda triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine. The deaths occurred during security operations,...

Friday, November 20, 2020, 1:35 PM

Rights group in France pushes for Kanziga trial

A rights group in France says it is still baffled by the manner in which Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana, the widow of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who is a wanted Genocide suspect, continues to evade justice. Kanziga is one of the core members of Akazu, a small elite group...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:55 PM

Returnees from DR Congo crave fresh start

They are not only overjoyed to be reintegrated into society, but dependents of ex-combatants who returned from the DR Congo last year on Tuesday, November 17, pledged to work hard and help build the nation. They want to be exemplary citizens, shunning ethnic division because, they told The New...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:04 AM

Will the returnees’ more than 1,400 children go to school?

Innocent Ntakirutimana, 15, a short strong boy, stood out in a group of kids at the end of the gathering during Tuesday’s ceremony at the Transit Centre. Ntakirutimana is the oldest in a family of six children who were all at the camp with their mother. They also came from Kalehe, he said...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:04 AM

Over 1,000 returnees from DR Congo set to rejoin community after civic education

The Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) is on Tuesday, November 17, set to discharge more than 1,000 Rwandans repatriated from DR Congo at the end of last year. The returnees were accommodated at Nyarushishi Transit Centre in Rusizi District where they were taken through...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 2:40 PM

Genocide suspect Kabuga pleads not guilty before UN Tribunal

Genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga appeared, for the first time, before the UN court in The Netherlands, on Wednesday, November 11, where he heard all Genocide his charges read during a live court broadcast. Kabuga, who was present in court with his lawyers, was informed of his rights before the...

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 2:14 AM

Genocide survivors ‘cannot wait’ to see Kabuga in dock

As Genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga makes an initial appearance before the UN court in The Netherlands on Wednesday, November 11, survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which he helped orchestrate, have told The New Times that they cannot wait to see justice served. Kabuga...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 11:13 PM

Sacked Tigray leader seeks AU intervention to stop Ethiopia spiraling into civil war

Debretsion Gebremichael, the sacked Tigray leader, has called on the African Union to intervene and stop Ethiopia from spiraling into civil war, according to latest media reports. Earlier, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abe Ahmed replaced his army chief, head of intelligence and foreign minister, as...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:17 PM

Progress made towards ending prolonged feud between utility body and former workers

The Energy, Water, and Sanitation Workers Union—SYPELGAZ—has told The New Times that there is "good progress" in ending the long-standing feud with the public utility body over compensation arising from splitting the energy and water utility company. The...

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 1:19 PM

Magufuli sworn in as Tanzania's President

Tanzania’s President Dr. John Magufuli was Thursday, November 5, sworn in for a second term following his victory in last week's election where he won 84% of the vote. Magufuli, a former minister of public works, who was first elected as President in 2015, will serve another...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 2:15 PM

Small scale traders, students resume using Gisenyi-Goma border

Small scale traders, students, teachers, and medics traversing the Gisenyi-Goma border connecting Rwanda to neighbouring DR Congo started crossing over for their respective errands on Thursday, November 5, according to sources on the ground. Students can cross into either country but in order to...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 1:20 PM

Ethiopia's PM vows to continue military offensive in Tigray despite international calls for restraint

Reports indicate Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to continue with a military offensive in the northern state of Tigray despite international calls for restraint. This comes after the tension in Tigray heightened on Wednesday when an army base, according to media reports, was...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:18 AM

Rwanda, DR Congo discuss easing cross-border trade

Rwandan and Congolese governors of the neighbouring Western Province and North Kivu Province, respectively, held a meeting Monday, November 2, and resolved to further enhance cross-border trade while also stepping up measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Alphonse Munyentwali,...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 1:19 AM

Kanziga should be in the dock — Genocide researcher

Former first lady Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana and Capt Paul Barril, an ex-French military officer with links to Rwanda, should both be in the dock, according to Genocide researcher Tom Ndahiro. Kanziga is one of the core members of Akazu, a small elite group that orchestrated the Genocide...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 4:27 PM

Agathe Kanziga appears before French court over links to French mercenary

Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana, widow of the genocidal regime’s president Juvenal Habyarimana, on Tuesday, November 3, appeared before a court in Paris for questioning in an ongoing investigation against a former French military officer with links to Rwanda. She was questioned as part of the...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6:06 PM

Survivor: Genocide suspect Mugenzi orchestrated murder of his neighbours

A Genocide survivor who was neighbours with Genocide suspect Joseph Mugenzi during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi has described the suspect as “an evil man” who ruthlessly oversaw the extermination of Tutsi neighbours. They resided in Nyakabanda Sector in Nyarugenge District...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 1:04 AM

29 million Tanzanians head to polls in general elections

General elections are being held in Tanzania on Wednesday, October 28, to elect the President and National Assembly.  About 29 million registered head to the polls to elect new leaders.  Reports indicate that polls opened with voters streaming to polling stations across the country...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 11:29 AM

Biruta: Rwanda fully supports UN reform for efficiency, transparency

Rwanda fully supports the UN reform process launched by the Secretary General in order to make the organization more efficient in its action, more transparent in its management and more responsive to crises, according to Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Vincent Biruta. He said this on Monday,...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:18 PM

Militia leader behind Kinigi terror attacks killed

'Col.' Emmanuel Rugema, a senior commander of the anti-Rwanda militia group who masterminded the Kinigi terror attack on the night of October 3-4, 2019, was last week killed by his own people, according to reports. The Kinigi attack resulted in the death of 14 innocent...

Monday, October 26, 2020, 5:17 PM

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