Rwanda rejects British demand to release imprisoned former military officers

KIGALI, Nov 7 (NNN-Xinhua) — The Rwandan government refused to intervene in a criminal case involving two detained former Rwandan military officers in a letter responding to British lawmakers’s request to release them.

Col. Tom Byabagamba, former bodyguard of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara, former Rwandan defence attache to Britain, were convicted by a military court in the capital city Kigali in 2016 and were sentenced to imprisonment of 21 and 20 years respectively for inciting the public against the government and the country’s leadership.

Rwanda Launches 35-Million-USD Dry Port

KIGALI, Rwanda, Oct 22 (NNN-XINHUA) – Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, officially inaugurated a dry port, Kigali Logistics Platform, Rwanda’s largest inland cargo handling facility, in the capital city of Kigali, as the landlocked country bids to become a regional logistics hub.

The platform also hosts a 2,500-square metre bonded warehouse of Rwanda Digital Trading Hub of Alibaba Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), Yiwu Global Innovation Centre.

Rwandan senate elects new president

KIGALI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's Senate on Thursday elected new president following a swearing-in ceremony of 20 new senators.

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame officiated the ceremony held at the parliamentary building in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, sitting along with the outgoing Senate president Bernard Makuza, Chief Justice Sam Rugege and Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente at the platform.

Members of the two parliamentary chambers, the 26-member Senate and the 80-member lower house Chamber of Deputies were seated.

Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — One afternoon last month, a young woman with a tablet computer sat next to Alphonsine Umurerwa on the living room couch, asking questions, listening carefully.

She learned that the woman’s 23-year-old daughter, Sandrine Umwungeri, had been very sick for about a year, gradually becoming so weak she stopped leaving their tin-roofed home in a hilly section of Rwanda’s capital city. The family thought she had malaria.

Medicines from a local pharmacy didn’t help. In March, she died.

Rwanda welcomes first group of African refugees from Libya

27 September 2019; AFP: A group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Kigali from Libya, the UN said, the first in what could be thousands of people being helped to flee the conflict-torn country.

The move follows a pledge by President Paul Kagame in 2017 to offer a "home" to Africans after reports emerged of the torture, sexual violence and forced labour they suffer in Libya.

100 Corpses Of 1994 Rwandan Genocide Discovered In Kigali

KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept 25 (NNN-XINHUA) – Local Rwandan residents, discovered 100 corpses of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in the capital city Kigali, a local official said.

Residents have started retrieving the unidentified corpses in Nyarugenge district, a suburb of Kigali, since Friday, after getting information from a genocide survivor, who lived in the area during the 100-day tragedy, an executive secretary of Rwezamenyo Stella Mbabazi told Xinhua.

Rwanda buries remains of nearly 85,000 genocide victims

5 May 2019; DW: In a ceremony in Kigali on Saturday, the remains of 84,437 people murdered in the Rwandan genocide were laid to rest at the Nyanza Genocide Memorial.

The burial came a month after the country commemorated the 25th anniversary of the massacre. The newly found victims were among more than 800,000 people, mostly belonging to the Tutsi minority ethnic group, who were massacred over 100 days by Hutu extremists and militia forces bent on eradicating them.

Macron orders probe into France's role in Rwanda genocide

5 Apr 2019; DW: French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday announced the creation of a commission tasked with investigating France's role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The presidency tapped several historians and researchers for the commission, saying they "will be tasked with consulting all France's archives relating to the genocide … in order to analyze the role and engagement of France during that period."

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