Weekly Review

ICTR says Kabuga still in Kenya The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Hassan Bubacar Jallow was in the news this week, saying that the notorious Genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga is still in Kenya. This is despite a recent statement by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga that Kabuga left Kenya.
The first ever plane accident that occured at Kigali international Airport on Thursday. (Photo J Mbanda)
The first ever plane accident that occured at Kigali international Airport on Thursday. (Photo J Mbanda)

ICTR says Kabuga still in Kenya

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Hassan Bubacar Jallow was in the news this week, saying that the notorious Genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga is still in Kenya.

This is despite a recent statement by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga that Kabuga left Kenya.

Jallow said at a press conference that investigations by the ICTR and Kenyan police indicate that Kabuga entered Kenya when he fled Rwanda in1994.

Jallow said that despite stating that Kabuga left Kenya, the Kenyan government has failed to provide information and answers to questions regarding the circumstances regarding his reported departure.

Rwandair Aircraft Crashes

A Rwandair aircraft on Thursday crashed into the VIP lounge two minutes after taking off from the Kigali International Airport, killing one passenger.

The unnamed Rwandan passenger died shortly after reaching King Faisal Hospital in Kigali. The afternoon plane was headed for Uganda and had fifteen people on board.
The pilot was among the injured.

The co-pilot was by press time still trapped inside the plane. The plane crash put airport business activities at a standstill for hours.

Rwandair acting CEO, Jack Ekl was reported as saying that the plane, leased from the Nairobi-based Jetlink Express, had technical difficulties shortly after taking off and had requested for an emergency landing.

Rwanda set for commonwealth bid

A decision on Rwanda’s application to join the Commonwealth is set to be reached at the summit of Heads of State and government to be held in Trinidad and Tobago later this month.

Madagascar, Yemen, Algeria and Sudan have also applied to join the association that brings together former British colonies.

The Commonwealth secretary general, Kamalesh Sharma, told journalists in London on Monday that Rwanda’s application had reached the final stage.

MONUC accused of sharing Intelligence with FDLR

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) was in the news for the wrong reasons this week, with reports that they are sharing intelligence information with FDLR rebels.

More reports indicated that the connections go deeper than earlier thought.

A former FDLR insider was quoted in the press, saying that there has been a long time relationship between the MONUC and FDLR leadership both in Congo jungles and European capitals.

The insider who is privy to the dealings both within FDLR and MONUC was quoted saying that FDLR leader Ignace Murwanashyaka, maintains communication with MONUC officers in Kinshasa.

Four Somalis Nabbed at Gatuna

Police is holding four Somalis for illegally entering the country.

The four are currently being held at Remera Police Station awaiting trial.

According to police, three of the arrested were nabbed earlier in the week at Gatuna border while one was arrested in Kigali.

A source at the entry point was quoted in the press as saying that the trio raised suspicion when they tried to bribe a bus conductor into getting them entry visas.

The source said that the trio told police that they were travelling to Burundi where they would catch a flight to Khartoum to pursue further studies.

One of those arrested was carrying a forged South African Passport.

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