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EAST AFRICA: Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top spy chiefs.

EAST AFRICA: Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top spy chiefs.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Ugandan and Angolan officials were stunned last Friday after the Rwandan team demanded that President Museveni fires his top security chiefs, including Brig Abel Kandiho and Col Kaka Bagyenda, as part of the conditions for normalizing relations between the two countries. Uganda and Rwanda officials last Friday met in Kigali in fulfillment of the Luanda protocol that aims at normalizing tensions between the two countries. The meeting was also in preparation of the border meeting between President Museveni and his Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame that is expected this Friday at Katuna/Gatuna border. Uganda was represented by Minister Kutesa, Minister Jeje Odongo (Internal Affairs), Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Director General of External Security Organisation Joseph Oc...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees  13 more Rwandese nationals.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees 13 more Rwandese nationals.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various crimes. On Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa presided over the handover of 13 people to Noel Mucyo, the First Counsellor at Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to make it 24 people who have been released and handed over to Rwanda this year. Speaking at the function, Kutesa said this was part of the Kampala establishment’s efforts to normalize tensions with their brotherly neighbours which have not been at their best for the past two or so years. “The withdrawal of the charges from these people does not in any way suggest that they are innocent . It is simply done for government to facilitate the peace pro...
EAST AFRICA: Officials of Rwanda, Uganda meet in Kigali.

EAST AFRICA: Officials of Rwanda, Uganda meet in Kigali.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
The Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda today met in Kigali Rwanda for the third time time. "The Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda meets for the third time today at Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Kigali,” the ministry tweeted on its handle. The committee was established in August last year in Luanda. The last meeting, which took place in Kampala last November, hit a dead end after delegates disagreed and referred the issues to President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. Mr Museveni and Mr Kagame met three weeks ago in Angola and agreed to meet again on February 22 at Katuna border.
EAST AFRICA: Missing Ugandan is deported from Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Missing Ugandan is deported from Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
The Rwanda government has deported Ugandan IT expert Ivan Peter Egessa two months after he was arrested and detained in Kigali. Rwanda intelligence officials on Thursday, February 13, 2020, drove Egessa to the Ugandan border at Mirama Hills in Ntungamo district with an order declaring him an unwanted immigrant. “Take note that you are declared a prohibited immigrant in Rwanda within the meaning of articles 12 and 15 of the law Nº 57/2018 of 13/08/2018 on immigration and emigration in Rwanda,” a deportation order issued by Francois Regis Gatarayiha, Rwanda’s Director General of Immigration and Emigration, read in part. Egessa, a software engineer, went missing on December 8 last year in Kigali, with his family saying they had tried and failed to locate him through the Rwan...
EAST AFRICA: Rwanda’s Trinity bus catches fire, passengers flee – Uganda

EAST AFRICA: Rwanda’s Trinity bus catches fire, passengers flee – Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
A bus belonging to Trinity Express, a Rwandan based travel company on Tuesday morning went up in flames in Mpigi. All the passengers survived but they lost their property to the fire. The bus registration number RAD 664D from Kigali heading to Kampala went up in flames at Buwama Police Check point. Video footage of the incident shows large flames at the rear of the bus, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. Police suspects the fire started in the engine compartment before it spread to the rest bus. Trinity Express is a Rwanda based company on the international Kigali-Kampala route. It has been growing rapidly over the past few years.
EAST AFRICA: Lighting kills four Rwandan Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

EAST AFRICA: Lighting kills four Rwandan Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

AFRICA, UGANDA
Four mountain gorillas from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda have been found dead inside Uganda’s Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda. According to reports, the gorillas are suspected to have been killed by a lightning strike on February 3. The deceased gorillas include three adult females and a male infant. The Hirwa family of 17 members crossed to Uganda’s Mgahinga national park on August 28, 2019, from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. According to a statement from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), a transboundary organization coordinating the management of natural resources in the Virunga massif, the four mountain gorillas were all from the Hirwa family in Rwanda. Following the discovery of the dead gorillas, GVTC says in the stat...
RWANDA: Meet Mahuku, 100-year-old survivor whose family was wiped out during Genocide.

RWANDA: Meet Mahuku, 100-year-old survivor whose family was wiped out during Genocide.

AFRICA
An introverted man, Paul Mahuku spends most of his day seated on the verandah of a male dormitory in Impinganzima hostel in Huye District. It takes a strong rapport with him to establish a conversation. He usually makes prolonged smiles to strangers he is not comfortable enough to talk to but holds emotional conversations and cracks jokes when talking to people he knows. “My name is not Paul but Pawulo. We only have one Paul in Rwanda,” he jokingly says referring to President Paul Kagame. He lives in Impinganzima-Huye hostel, which accommodates elderly people whose families were completely wiped out by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Mahuku was 74 years old during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and after the killing of all his family, he lived a lonely life un...
RWANDA: Floods, landslides kill 13 in Kigali.

RWANDA: Floods, landslides kill 13 in Kigali.

AFRICA
At least 13 people died in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, in overnight heavy rains and others were injured, government officials said Monday. The East African nation has seen dozens of deaths caused by torrential rains in recent weeks. The latest downpour began Sunday evening, causing flooding and mudslides that swept away 15 houses in the capital and left some roads inaccessible. “We can confirm that the provisional number of those dead has reached 13. Some people who we thought were missing have been found dead and the search continues,” Claude Tuyishime, spokesman of the ministry of disaster management, told The Associated Press. On Jan. 28, heavy rain in Rwanda killed at least three people while destroying farms and sweeping away homes. In December, 12 people were killed...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighbouring countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting on Sunday organised by President João Lourenço for talks. According to the senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama, both heads of state agreed on seeing all prisoners released before a meeting at the Katuna border point. The third quadripartite summit on Uganda and Rwanda in Luanda has ended. Five key resolutions arrived at including the release of prisoners and stopping support for destabilizers,”Wanyama tweeted. He said the two heads of state also agreed to have human rights of each other’s citizens to be protected but also the ad-hoc teams to continue before a meeting between Museveni and Kagame at the Katuna border poi...
AFRICA: Presidents Museveni, Kagame for another meeting in Katuna in 3 weeks Luanda.

AFRICA: Presidents Museveni, Kagame for another meeting in Katuna in 3 weeks Luanda.

AFRICA
President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, will hold another round of talks in three weeks time, at the Katuna border post, as they continue to seek ways of resolving sticking issues between the two countries. The resolution was one of five that the Heads of State arrived at today (Sunday) during the third round of talks in Luanda, Angola. Dubbed the Quadripartite Summit, the talks are facilitated by Angola's President Joao Lourenco, while DRC's Felix Tshisekedi is an observer. Before today's summit, two others were held in July and August last year in Luanda. Today's summit saw the four Heads of State hold an over four-hour closed door session at the Angolan Presidential Palace in the heart of Luanda. President Lourenco, who briefed the media on behalf of the ...
EAST AFRICA: “Ugandan missing in Kigali” a call for change the road rules.

EAST AFRICA: “Ugandan missing in Kigali” a call for change the road rules.

EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
In August 2017, on the 3rd day of that month, Revence Kato-Kalibwani was killed on Parliament Avenue, outside Cafe Javas. You don’t know who he is, do you? I don’t blame you. Uganda does not celebrate her civilian heroes that much. Or the people, who with a rope over one shoulder, back bent forward, are dragging the country into the future with panting sweat on their brow. Kato-Kalibwani was one of them. To this day, we do not know why he died. Or how he died. The only report we have is 1 min, 52 seconds news clip that reported the murder of a man by a mob that accused him of trying to set fire to Cafe Javas. Those who knew the geeky, highly cerebral Kalibwani who helped created the mobile money application software called Adjection, one of the bedrocks of what we use everyd...
EAST AFRICA: “I’m not about to tell Rwandans to go to Uganda”, Kagame.

EAST AFRICA: “I’m not about to tell Rwandans to go to Uganda”, Kagame.

EAST AFRICA
Rwanda president Paul Kagame has told diplomats in Kigali that he is not about to tell his citizens to return to Uganda because he has no control over their safety outside their home country.Addressing more than 60 diplomats at the home of the Presidency in Kigali on Wednesday evening, Mr Kagame said there were still hundreds of Rwandans in Ugandan jails and that telling his people they were safe in Kampala would be a lie. This perhaps gave the clearest hint on the progress of the efforts to resolve the dispute between Rwanda and Uganda, indicating the two countries are far from reaching a resolution. Mr Kagame said: “There is always going to be work to do.”“We have had hundreds of Rwandans arrested in Uganda. And we have raised this matter with Ugandan authorities. We have ...