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CORONAVIRUS: Police arrest four COVID-19 escapees in Rwanda

CORONAVIRUS: Police arrest four COVID-19 escapees in Rwanda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, RWANDA
Rwandan police on Thursday arrested four people who had escaped from a COVID-19 treatment centre in Eastern province. The quartet, who contracted the disease and were receiving treatment at the centre set up at a secondary school in Ngoma district, escaped on Wednesday evening after breaking iron window bars, the Ngoma district police said in a statement. Security organs and local leaders worked together to locate their whereabouts and arrested them following a tip-off from people who saw them, the statement said. Security officers and medics are tracing their likely contacts, including their families, according to the statement. The police urged those who could have had contact with the quartet to come forward for tests and due treatment to prevent the spread of the pandemic....
CORONAVIRUS: Rwandan Rugby receives support to fight Covid-19 pandemic

CORONAVIRUS: Rwandan Rugby receives support to fight Covid-19 pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, RWANDA
The aid from Rugby Africa Solidarity Fund was used by Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) to procure both medical and food supplementsKIGALI, Rwanda, July 5, 2020/ -- Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) (http://www.RwandaRugby.com/) has received financial aid to support their respective clubs, referees, players and coaches in order to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.The aid from Rugby Africa Solidarity Fund was used by RRF to procure both medical and food supplements that were distributed at Nyamirambo Stadium on Friday 3rd July.All Rwanda Rugby Federation club members including coaches and referees received relief which included food packages, personal protective masks (for each player), both hand sanitizers' and disinfectants for hand washing and cleaning of Rugby jerseys and balls.Tharcisse Kaman...
UGANDA: Another Ugandan shot dead at Rwanda border

UGANDA: Another Ugandan shot dead at Rwanda border

AFRICA, CRIME, RWANDA, UGANDA
KABALE – A Ugandan businessman was on Monday shot dead by Rwanda security forces in Rwerere parish, Burera district, about 5km from the Uganda-Rwanda border. Warren Musekura, a resident of Kagogo village Bigagga parish Butanda sub county Kabale district, was reportedly killed while smuggling match boxes into Rwanda. The brother, Sidini Muhereza, confirmed the news, saying that fellow traders close to the border had informed him about the incident. However, he demanded that the deceased’s body is returned to Uganda for burial. “We appeal to the Rwandan government officials to handover the body of our deceased relative for a decent burial. The deceased has a wife and 5 children,” Muhereza said on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Kabale District chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa...
AFRICA: Rwanda confirms first COVID-19 death.

AFRICA: Rwanda confirms first COVID-19 death.

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, RWANDA
KIGALI — Rwanda has on Saturday May 31 recorded the first coronavirus death. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased is a 65-year old truck driver who was residing in a neighbouring country. “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote As of May 30, 2020, the coronavirus tally of confirmed cases in Rwanda stands at 359 of which 250 have fully recovered and discharged from the hospital. The active cases according to latest update stand at 108. So far Rwanda has eased a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, ...
AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested this month after more than two decades on the run, told a French court on Wednesday that the international charges against him were lies. Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. He is accused of bankrolling and arming the ethnic Hutu militias which killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over 100 days in 1994. Asked if he understood the charges, Kabuga told the court through an interpreter: “All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them.” Kabuga was arrested in a Paris suburb on May 16. His lawyers told the court he should be released under court supervision because of his age and ill-health, and that the results of a DNA test ...
AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
The 84-year-old had been on the run for so long that the international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 genocide had ceased to work. But he was eventually hunted down last weekend to a hideout in a suburb of the French capital - thanks to an investigation relaunched by Serge Brammertz, a UN war crimes prosecutor heading the body which handles outstanding war crimes cases for Rwanda and Yugoslavia. "We knew already a year ago that he was very likely to be in the UK, France or in Belgium and we concluded only two months ago that he was in France," the chief prosecutor for the UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals' (IRMCT) told the BBC. "The French authorities located the apartment in which he was hiding, which led to the oper...
Kagame appoints son on Rwanda Development Board

Kagame appoints son on Rwanda Development Board

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA
KIGALI - RWANDA/---- Controversy has arisen in Rwanda after President Paul Kagame appointed his First Son, Ivan Cyomoro Kagame, 30, as board member of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). His appointment was announced after a cabinet meeting that was convened on Monday May 18. Currently, the complete RDB Board of Directors includes; Itzhak Fisher (Chairman), Evelyn Kamagaju (Vice Chairman), Alice Nkulikiyinka (member), Diane Karusisi (member) Ivan Kagame (member), Eric Kacou (member), Solange Uwituze (member), Liban Soleman Abdi (member) and Faith Keza (member). RDB was set up in 2008 by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof. Analysts however contend that it is now time for the First Son to have his first gli...
Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots arrive to screen Rwandan patients

Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots arrive to screen Rwandan patients

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA
KIGALI, RWANDA May 20, 2020/ -- Five humanoid robots have been delivered to Rwanda where they will assist in coronavirus screening, deliver food and drugs to patients, as well as act as video-conferencing links between patients and doctors. Each robot has been given Rwandan name - Akazuba, Ikizere, Mwiza, Ngabo and Urumuri.Their main purpose is to reduce health workers' exposure to Covid-19 patients, Rwanda's Health Minister Daniel Ngamije told the BBC."We need additional robots for other duties like disinfection in public space and we are working to get them," he added.The robots are manufactured by a Belgium-based company. Rwanda's health ministry says the units have a number of abilities, including: Screening 50 to 150 people per minuteRecording and storing patient dataAlerting h...
Children of Rwandan genocide fugitive Kabuga led police to Paris-area hideout

Children of Rwandan genocide fugitive Kabuga led police to Paris-area hideout

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, France, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, RWANDA
French intelligence agents spied on the children of Rwanda’s most-wanted genocide fugitive to track him down to an apartment in a Paris suburb and end a 26-year-long manhunt, the head of the police unit who arrested Felicien Kabuga said. The inquiry gathered pace in March after an intelligence sharing meeting between investigators from France, Britain, and Belgium, home to some of Kabuga’s children, as well as Europe’s Europol law enforcement agency and a team from a U.N. tribunal. The coronavirus lockdown paralysing most of Europe meant many investigations were put on hold, allowing a focus on Kabuga’s file, said Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie’s Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity. The dragnet subsequently closed in on one of the alleged chief financiers ...
Coronavirus: Rwanda donates COVID-19 testing device to Central African Republic (CAR)

Coronavirus: Rwanda donates COVID-19 testing device to Central African Republic (CAR)

AFRICA, central african republic, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA
The MINUSCA Rwanda Contingent has donated a COVID-19 screening device to the Central African Republic (CAR). The machine will accelerate testing of suspected cases of infection as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country reached 94 over the past few days. The device – valued at approximately USD 200,000 – is used for molecular diagnosis of COVID-19. The process involves the testing of oral swabs to confirm infection with the coronavirus disease. The equipment was handed over to the National Biology Laboratory of Bangui on 17 April 2020. It will help ramp up the CAR Ministry of Health’s efforts to identify infected people in order to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. “Our laboratory was not equipped to deal with the proper handling of COVID-19 ...
Rwanda Rugby Federation Supports clubs in light of COVID-19

Rwanda Rugby Federation Supports clubs in light of COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, RUGBY, RWANDA, Sports
The support were given to players through their clubs such as Kigali sharks RFC, Lions de Fer RFC, Resilience RFC,Muhanga Thunders RFC, Puma Kamonyi RFC, Burera Tigers RFC Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) Rwanda Rugby Federation donate Food today to support most vulnerable players across all active clubs in the country due to covid -19 pandemic. The Rwanda Rugby Federation supported this category of players with basic food stuff  as way to help players to overcome the effect of Covid -19 lockdown as many players lost their jobs and were unable to earn as they would normaly. The support were given to players through their clubs such as (Kigali sharks RFC , Lions de Fer RFC, Resilience RFC,Muhanga Thunders RFC, Puma Kamonyi RFC, Burera Tigers RFC )and  Clubs will di...
Army: Rwandan President dismisses too army officer

Army: Rwandan President dismisses too army officer

AFRICA, ARMY, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, SECURITY
KIGALI — President Paul Kagame has sacked Minister for Internal Security over corruption related concerns. Gen. Nyamvumba is the former Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF). He has served in the position of Minister of Security for less than a year. The sacking of Gen Nyamvumba was announced by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente in a latter dated Monday April 27. Gen Patrick Nyamvumba “pursuant to the consitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015, especially in its articles 116, today April 27, 2020, His Excellency The President has removed General Patrick Nyamvumba from his duties as Minister of Internal Security owing to matters of accountability under investigation. General Nyamvumba reports back to RDF headquarters pending further decision”...

Africans react to made in Rwanda cars

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, TECHNOLOGY
A video was visualized on Twitter posted by the twitter handle @AfricanFactsZone which revealed Police Cars Made in Rwanda by Rwandans. According to the video circulated round, claims that Rwandans have began making their cars. The tweet got the internet agog as people from all over africa responded saying that the cars were not made but assembled in Rwanda. Others influencers shared their view with proof of cars actually made and manufactered in Africa by African Nations e.g Innoson Motors Made in Nigeria , Kantanka Vehicles Made in Ghana as many others follow etc. However, the video shows Volkswagen unvieling manufactured police cars for Rwanda National police that was assembled in Rwanda by Rwandans. The company came into the nation in 2018. Volkswagen set up a $20 million...
Coronavirus – Rwanda: Update COVID-19

Coronavirus – Rwanda: Update COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, RWANDA
Seven (7) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 1275 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to a hundred and eighty-three (183). To date, eighty-eight (88) patients have recovered and been discharged, including one (1) in the past 24 hrs. The number of active cases is ninety-five (95). This increase of new confirmed cases reflects a rise in cases of cross-border truck drivers and their assistants. All active cases are in isolation in stable condition.   The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed, especially frequent hand-washing, physical distancing and staying at home. In addition, face masks must be worn in public and multi-family compounds. Withholding information r...
Coronavirus: Rwanda registers new 7 cases

Coronavirus: Rwanda registers new 7 cases

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, RWANDA
Seven (7) new coronavirus cases were identified yesterday on Wednesday 1st April 2020, bringing the total to eighty-two (82).One (1) traveller who had arrived from Dubai One traveller who had arrived from UK, two travellers with frequent travel in the region, and three contacts of previously confirmed positive cases All new cases have been isolated and the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management. All patients are under treatment in stable condition in designated health facilities. The majority are asymptomatic, and no patient is in critical condition.Heightened vigilance continues to be required. The enhanced prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must be rigorously observed. Any Rwandans or legal residents returning to the country will b...
Rwanda provides food to its people amidst the Covid-19 lockdown

Rwanda provides food to its people amidst the Covid-19 lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, RWANDA
As the deadly Coronavirus pandemic is rearing its ugly head the world over, many countries have been compelled to enforce drastic measures. Rwanda was the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to impose a total lockdown. But in imposing these measures, the country has not forgotten about its vulnerable members of the population. The Rwandan President Paul Kagame has announced a social protection plan that will support the vulnerable across the country during the lockdown period. He ordered free door-to-door food distribution for the most vulnerable since the country is in the middle of a lockdown. He is also planning to provide essential services such as the supply of water and electricity for free so that people do not face challenges in acquiring these. He made the food distribut...
A renowned Ugandan photojournalist arrested in Rwanda

A renowned Ugandan photojournalist arrested in Rwanda

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, MEDIA, Politics, RWANDA, SECURITY, UGANDA
Ugandan photojournalist Tony Babara commonly known as Natty Dread is held up behind bars in Rwanda after being arrested by the authorities. He was arrested last month on Valentine’s Day (14th February) in the capital Kigali. Natty has been behind bars since February 14. He is said to have traveled to Kigali for a concert by Caribbean legendary Zouk band Kassav on Valentine’s Day. Kassav, is considered the most famous in the history of the Zouk music genre. The group performed at The Kigali Conventional Centre with first lady, Janneatte Kagame in attendance.  “Natty Dread was arrested on February 14 on drug-related offenses. His file is with the prosecution and you can contact them for more information,” said Michelle Umuhoza, Rwanda’s Investigations Bureau spokesperson “Y...
UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
A team of Ugandan lawyers has petitioned the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga seeking parliament intervention into failure by Uganda Law Council to issue them with legal practicing certificate of eligibility because they did their legal practice in Rwanda. According to lead petitioner, Wahab Kasimu, about 200 Ugandans are suffering consequences of having their Diploma in legal practice (an equivalent of a diploma at Uganda’s Law development Center) from Rwanda and are now denied opportunity to practice their profession from Uganda. While handing in their petition to the Speaker, Kassim said that although the team studied their first degree in law from Ugandan universities and later pursued a Diploma in Legal Practice in Rwanda, the Uganda Law Council has refused to reco...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighboring countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting early this month organized by President João Lourenço and it was agreed that the two leaders meet today at the Katuna/ Gatuna border point. On Friday afternoon, delegations from both countries led by Presidents Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame from Rwanda met at the Katuna border point for the fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit and signed the extradition treaty. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Angolan President João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, his DRC counterpart. An extradition treaty allows one sovereign jurisdiction to make a formal request to another sovereign jurisdiction for criminals who have run to another ...