‘I drank toilet water but never let go of my patriotism’

DAVID MUNYURANGABO, 64, was born in Nyanza, Southern Province, before he was driven from the country in early the 60s as a teenager. For many years, Munyurangabo – who is today a commissioner in charge of the Eastern Province in the Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) –...

Sunday, September 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

PL expels Ngirabakunzi, Murashi from parliament

PARLIAMENT - Parliamentarians Elie Ngirabakunzi and Isaie Murashi are seeking a court injunction against a decision by the Liberal Party (PL) to expel them from the Chamber of Deputies. The party president Protais Mitali on Thursday wrote a letter to the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Alfred...

Friday, September 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

Suspended PL leaders turn to courts of law

KIGALI - The five suspended senior members of the Liberal Party (PL) including two lawmakers have threatened to file a legal challenge against the party leadership for being sidelined as the raging infighting seemingly gets out of hand. The squabbles within the party hit rock bottom on Saturday...

Friday, September 21, 2007, 12:00 AM

Weekly ministerial press briefings good, but let nobody abuse them

For the first time Cabinet ministers will start addressing weekly press conferences. By and large, the move is positive and underlines the government’s willingness to open up by embracing the culture of transparency and accountability. Following the historic 2003 multiparty democratic elections...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 12:00 AM

General Karake takes up Darfur hybrid force post

DARFUR -Major General Karenzi Karake has arrived in the Sudanese war-torn Darfur region to become the deputy commander of the 26,000-strong hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping force, a development that has effectively dealt a massive blow to critics of his appointment.Karake arrived at the headquarters of...

Monday, September 17, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kagame clears air on Ntebe country home

KIGALI - President Paul Kagame has said that circumstances under which he acquired his Ntebe farm in Kayonza, Eastern District, were straightforward. Addressing a press conference at Village Urugwiro on Monday, Kagame said nobody was victimised as a result of his acquisition of the 43-hectare land...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 12:00 AM

President speaks on Gen. Kaka, ‘king’ Kigeli

President Paul Kagame has backed judicial proceedings against Generals Frank Rusagara and Sam Kanyemera Kaka. He said the two men were charged with obstructing justice.Both men were arrested last month after they allegedly blocked three police officers from arresting businessman Assonapol Rwigara...

Monday, September 10, 2007, 12:00 AM

Nkunda has legitimate grievances – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that Congolese rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda has legitimate political grievances against the DRC government.Addressing a monthly press conference yesterday at Village Urugwiro, Kagame said Nkunda was protecting a section of Congolese from being exterminated by...

Monday, September 10, 2007, 12:00 AM

Making sense of Kagame’s Malawi visit

Last week, President Paul Kagame had a three-day state visit to Malawi where, together with his counterpart Bingu wa Mutharika, inaugurated Paul Kagame Road in the southern African country’s capital, Lilongwe.There could not have been a more deserved visit by the Head of State than the one to...

Sunday, September 9, 2007, 12:00 AM

PL suspends four senior members

POLITICS - The in-fighting tearing the Liberal Party (PL) apart has resulted into the suspension of the party’s four top leaders who include two MPs. After a heated six-hour meeting on Tuesday at the PL headquarters in Kicukiro, the party’s executive committee voted to suspend MPs Elie Ngirabakunzi...

Thursday, September 6, 2007, 12:00 AM

Minister Mitali vows to fight on

KIGALI - The embattled president of the Liberal Party (PL) Protais Mitali has said that he is not going to bow to escalating calls from some members to quit the party’s most prestigious seat. Mitali is also the minister of Commerce, Industry, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Cooperation. “Why...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 12:00 AM

Govt drawn into PL election row

KIGALI - Wrangling within the Liberal Party (PL) has reached unprecedented levels. Members contesting the August 5 party election yesterday petitioned the Minister for Local Government, Good Governance and Social Welfaire, Protais Musoni, requesting him to dissolve the new party leadership. The...

Monday, September 3, 2007, 12:00 AM

Rwanda backs universal abolition of death penalty

After outlawing death sentence, Rwanda has now rallied behind international efforts to have the capital penalty abolished in all countries. Last month, Rwanda scrapped the sentence from the penal code, which saw over 1,350 convicts on death row survive the gallows with their sentences commuted to...

Friday, August 31, 2007, 12:00 AM

Kagame to be awarded for scrapping death penalty

President Paul Kagame flew to Italy yesterday where he is expected to receive an award for Rwanda’s recent abolition of death penalty. The President will be awarded with “The Abolitionist of the Year 2007” which is presented by Hands Off Cain (HOC) at a high-profile ceremony to be graced by top...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 12:00 AM

Worries as PL squabbles deepen

Senior Liberal Party (PL) politicians are having sleepless nights over the ongoing infighting that threatens to tear the party apart. There are major worries over a sharp split that is rocking the party following this month’s internal senior-level elections, which saw Commerce minister Protais...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

MP Zimulinda cleared

PARLIAMENT - The office of Prosecutor General (PG) has dropped investigations against parliamentarian Jean Baptiste Zimulinda a month after the legislator’s immunity had been lifted. Zimulinda, an MP for PSD party, had been under investigation over suspected forgery involving counterfeit Rwanda...

Monday, August 27, 2007, 12:00 AM

I didn’t read UN report before launch – Musoni

Govt cuts links with editor, UNR donKIGALI - Finance Minister James Musoni has expressed regret for not having read the edited version of the recently released 2007 UNDP human development report on Rwanda before he launched it. The controversial report, ‘Turning Vision 2020 into Reality: From...

Friday, August 24, 2007, 12:00 AM

I made errors in fuel deal – Mitali

KIGALI - Commerce Minister Protais Mitali has admitted that he breached tendering procedures in the now controversial procurement of four million litres of fuel from Kenya early last year. Mitali who addressed a press conference yesterday at Alpha Palace Hotel said the decision to source for a...

Friday, August 24, 2007, 12:00 AM

Now AG takes up Minicom inquiry

PROBE - The Auditor General’s office has started thorough investigations into management of government’s fuel strategic reserves at the Prosecutor General (PG)’s request. The development comes weeks after investigations were launched into last year’s procedures of a multi-billion fuel procurement...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:00 AM

FDLR Colonel returns, admitted in hospital

KIGALI - A senior commander of the Forces of the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) last month returned to Rwanda from the militants’ hideouts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after long illness.Reliable sources say Colonel Denis Murego alias Mbuyi was handed to Rwanda...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 12:00 AM