US Congress writes to President Kagame over Hotel Rwanda Hero Rusesabagina

The United States Congress members have written to President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda requesting him to return Paul Rusesabagina, a US Lawful Permanent Resident and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, safely to the United States to be reunited with his family. “As Members of the U.S Congress who have a strong interest in US-Rwandan relations, we believe that releasing Mr Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds is both justified and appropriate, since he is a cancer survivor in the midst of the Covid pandemic who suffers from several chronic medical conditions,” reads in part a letter which our reporter…

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87-year-old Rwandan genocide fugitive sent to The Hague

The Rwanda genocide fugitive Félicien Kabuga is now in the custody of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague. The 87-year-old alleged mastermind of the horrific killings in Rwanda in 1994 was temporarily transferred from France on Monday to the UN’s detention facility in the Netherlands. “His initial appearance will be held in due course before a Judge of the Trial Chamber is assigned to his case,” the Mechanism which is based in Arusha said yesterday in a statement. Kabuga, once considered the richest person in Rwanda, eluded arrest for his role in the killings for the…

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Ugandan website pulls down story alleging Rutabana was murdered

SoftPower News, a website based in Uganda has pulled down a story in which they alleged to have interviewed a Rwandese army deserter who allegedly told them he had witnessed the killing of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. The website managers found themselves in a situation where they could not keep the story online after International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), a US-based human rights firm contacted by Rutabana’s family to help trace his whereabouts, trashed the story as fake, baseless and diversionary. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days…

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American rights firm refutes Nyamwasa’s claims on missing Rutabana

American rights firm refutes Nyamwasa’s claims on missing Rutabana The American-based human rights organization, International Relief for Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), has refuted claims by the exiled former Rwanda Defence Force Chief, Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa that he is not in any way involved in the disappearance of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. Rutabana went missing in September, 2019 a few days after arriving in Uganda for a probably business trip. Rutabana, using passport number 16DA52086, left Brussels, Belgium on September 4, 2019 at 21:45 in an Emirates Airlines flight, had a stopover at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates, before proceeding…

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French court rejects new probe of plane downing that sparked Rwanda genocide

French appeals judges on Friday rejected a request to reopen an investigation into the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s president Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the genocide that killed 800,000 people. Families of those who died when Habyarimana’s plane was shot down will bring a challenge to Friday’s decision to France’s supreme court, their lawyers announced. The appeals court in Paris had been asked to revisit a 2018 decision to throw out a probe against nine members and former members of incumbent President Paul Kagame’s entourage in a case that has poisoned relations between the two countries. A plane carrying Habyarimana, from…

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US explains position on the UN General Assembly resolution on the Rwandan genocide

Since the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the establishment in 2003 of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda,” April 7 has become a solemn day to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence; the United States joins consensus with the entire UN General Assembly to support the continuation of this “International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda” so that each year, we may continue to honor the victims and the survivors who carry the memories of these atrocities….

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Domestic violence claims lives of four men in northern Uganda

Local leaders and residents from Sebei Sub-region, Nothern Uganda have expressed concern over rampant cases of domestic violence during the Covid-19 lockdown. According to police, four men have since been reportedly killed by their spouses in the last two months over domestic brawls in different sub-counties. More than 15 children have also been abandoned by their parents amid the rising cases of child abuse, according to the district community development officer of Kapchorwa, Ms Harriet Aseko. The Sipi regional police spokesperson, Mr Fredmark Chesang, confirmed the cases but said they have arrested the accused women on allegations of killing their…

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Kenyan husband arrested for attempting to seal up his wife’s vagina with super glue

A Kenyan husband who allegedly attempted to seal up his wife’s sexual organs with super glue because he believed she was having four affairs, has been arrested. Named locally as Dennis Mumo, 36, the husband reportedly told officials he discovered messages his wife had been sending to men on social media, including nude photos. Whenever Mumo left his hometown of Kitui on business, he claims his wife was arranging to meet with other men. Before his last business trip to Rwanda, Mumo is accused of applying superglue to the unnamed woman’s genitalia leaving her in excruciating pain and requiring medical…

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Prosecutor seeks transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga to UN custody

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga could be held initially in The Hague rather than Africa due to coronavirus travel restrictions after war crimes investigators requested his transfer into UN custody from France, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Kabuga, 84, was detained in a Paris suburb on Saturday after a quarter century on the run. He was the most high-profile fugitive of the UN tribunal which tried suspects related to the 1994 massacres in Arusha, Tanzania. It closed years ago, but a successor body still operates there and in the Netherlands. “We already requested his transfer,” prosecutor Serge Brammertz said…

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French trial for Rwandan genocide suspect delayed to 2021

The genocide trial of a French-Rwandan former hotel driver, scheduled for September in Paris, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus lockdown, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday. Claude Muhayimana, formerly a driver at a hotel on Lake Kivu in western Rwanda, is accused of transporting Hutu militiamen to sites where massacres were carried out. His trial — the third in France over the 1994 Rwandan genocide — will now take place from February 2 to 26, said the source. Muhayimana faces charges of complicity in genocide and “aiding and abetting” crimes against humanity. The charges…

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