UN Security Council backs ICGLR on Congo

The UN Security Council has voiced its support of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in its efforts to find a lasting solution to the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, The New Times has learned.The members backed the regional peace plan following a...

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

DRC Crisis: Rwanda makes case before UN sanctions committee

RWANDA last evening appeared before the UN’s DRC Sanctions Committee to officially present its rebuttal to allegations by a UN Panel of Experts (GoE) that Kigali was backing the M23 rebels who are fighting the Congo government.“We will officially present our case. Maj Patrick Karuretwa...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Regional defence ministers meet in Goma

Defence ministers sitting on a seven-member committee set up last week by a regional Heads of State and Government Summit are set to embark on their assignment today when they meet to try and find a lasting solution to the skirmishes in the Congo. The talks will take place in Goma, the capital of...

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda responds to new DRC rebel support claims

The Government of Rwanda this week accused the UN Group of Experts (GoE) on the Congo of “bad faith” following the publication of a new document linking Kigali to the M23 rebels, who have seized parts of DRC’s eastern North Kivu province.The GoE is led by Steve Hege, widely viewed...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

Are the UN experts credible?

The credibility of some members of the UN Group of Experts for Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been questioned after it emerged that the Group’s coordinator, Steve Hege, has, for long, sympathised and advocated for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).The FDLR...

Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda submits rebuttal to controversial UN report

Rwanda, on Monday submitted to the UN sanctions committee its rebuttal on allegations contained in an addendum to a Group of Experts report that claims Kigali is backing the M23 rebels, who have, over the last two months, seized parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Last week,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

US Embassy says Ambassador Rapp was misquoted on Rwanda

The United States Embassy in Kigali has said the media reports suggesting that senior Rwandan officials faced possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged support to DRC’s M23 rebels were inaccurate. The reports, initially published in The Guardian of the UK,...

Friday, July 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Kagame appoints Maj Gen Kamanzi as new Army Chief

The Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), President Paul Kagame, yesterday appointed Maj Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi as the new Army Chief of Staff, replacing Lt Gen Caesar Kayizari, who had held the position since April 2010.Maj Gen Kamanzi, who was until yesterday the Commandant,...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Regional ministers call for FDLR disarmament

Foreign affairs ministers and representatives from 11 countries that constitute the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) have called for “renewed focus on strong and decisive action against the FDLR who remain a threat to Rwanda as well as to Rwandophone and other...

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

DRC rebel defectors deny Rwanda links

Several young men who turned up at a UN base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after allegedly defecting from a  breakaway faction of the Congolese army, calling itself M23, have refuted media reports that Rwanda was behind their conscription.They were responding to questions from...

Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Kabarebe, Kayonga head to Goma as tensions mount

Rwanda will today send yet another high-profile delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for further bilateral talks even as Kigali has openly expressed frustration that Kinshasa had undermined ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the renewed crisis in the country’s east...

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

AU deliberates on DRC

Members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union on Thursday discussed the current crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a call to the rebels to lay down their arms and pursue their “concerns through political channels.”Meeting at the AU...

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t slams UN report on DRC

The Government has dismissed reports allegedly contained in an internal UN document claiming that Rwanda is supporting the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, described the reports as “categorically false and...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gacaca ‘achieved its mission’

The Gacaca justice system delivered its intended objectives and was the right solution for the complex nature of the cases related to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, according to a report released this month by a London-based think tank.Published by the Africa Research Institute, the report,...

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Bashir sends message to Kagame as Khartoum-Juba tensions mount

Sudanese President Omar el Bashir has sent envoys to Kigali to deliver a message to his counterpart, President Paul Kagame. Both the Sudanese embassy in Kigali and Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs and Cooperation minister Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed the development to The New Times last evening.The...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, DRC defence and security chiefs hold talks in Kigali

A high-powered Rwandan military team held an overnight meeting with a seven-member Congolese delegation in Kigali on Thursday as both sides continued talks aimed at finding immediate peaceful resolution of the renewed conflict in eastern DRC, it has emerged.The Rwandan side was led by the Minister...

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, DRC military chiefs meet over clashes

The Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Forces, Lt Gen Charles Kayonga and his Congolese counterpart, Lt Gen Didier Etumba, Wednesday met at the border district of Rubavu as Kigali sought a peaceful resolution to the escalating security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...

Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:00 AM

New model mooted for youth economic empowerment

As the world marks the May Day today, Rwandan bureaucrats are mulling over a better scheme that can genuinely help turn the country’s young population into entrepreneurs and a skilled workforce. The Ministry of Youth and ICT has already developed a framework on how the country can best...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t committed to entrepreneurship – Kagame

The Government of Rwanda will continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that all Rwandans with good ideas can become entrepreneurs, President Paul Kagame has said. The pledge is contained in the President’s Labour Day message to Rwandans on the day the nation joins the rest of the...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t committed to entrepreneurship – Kagame

The Government of Rwanda will continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that all Rwandans with good ideas can become entrepreneurs, President Paul Kagame has said. The pledge is contained in the President’s Labour Day message to Rwandans on the day the nation joins the rest of...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

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