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Uganda Has Agrees To Temporarily Host 2,000 Afghan Refugees

Uganda Has Agrees To Temporarily Host 2,000 Afghan Refugees

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Esther Anyakun, Uganda’s state minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, says President Yoweri Museveni told her to make preparations to host 2,000 refugees from Afghanistan. She says Uganda acted at the request of the United States government. “They have requested us to host 2,000 refugees. We are expecting them to be brought in shifts of 500. So, UNHCR secured Imperial hotels in Entebbe as a transit center for them to first of all arrive and be screened,” she said. U.N. High Commission for Refugees Uganda representative Joel Boutroue also confirms the decision to receive the Afghan refugees. “We welcome that of course. And again, the generosity of the Ugandan government. And what we are doing, is we are preparing in terms of, with the office of the Prime Minister receiving...
Uganda Airlines mess & Museveni’s fishermen, a country run like a kiosk

Uganda Airlines mess & Museveni’s fishermen, a country run like a kiosk

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Last week, Uganda got yet another embarrassment when the Uganda Airline plane got stranded at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam due to lack of fuel leaving passengers stranded for hours. This incident follows sacking of the top management of Uganda airlines three months ago on allegations of corruption & mismanagement! It also follows the sacking of Junior minister for Transport Monica Azuba and appointing one Byamukama Fred in the recent "recycling" sorry reshuffle by Gen Museveni! These scandals or blunders come less than two years since this national carrier was revived after spending decades in limbo. This is on top of losses amounting to 15 billion that the airline faced in 2018/19 and another loss of 102 billion in 2019/20 as unearthed in the Auditor Gener...
Rwandan Genocide Suspect Kabuga to be Extradited to The Hague

Rwandan Genocide Suspect Kabuga to be Extradited to The Hague

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A UN judge on Wednesday ruled that Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga, who has been in a French jail since May, should be sent to a detention unit in The Hague ahead of his trial.  “I hereby amend the arrest warrant and order of transfer,” Judge Iain Bonomy said from Arusha, Tanzania. “I consider that there are exceptional circumstances and that it would be in the interests of justice [to send Kabuga to The Hague].” The decision means that Kabuga, 84, is likely spend at least several months in The Hague and be brought before an international judge there for an initial appearance in his war crimes case, rather than in Tanzania as originally planned. UN prosecutors accuse the former tea and coffee tycoon of bankrolling and importing huge num...
Tutsi community in DR. Congo at Risk, being targeted by anti-Rwanda hostility

Tutsi community in DR. Congo at Risk, being targeted by anti-Rwanda hostility

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Gathered in the hollow of a remote valley in eastern DR Congo, women on one side and men on the other, around 500 people attended the funeral of Bonaventure Kinyegeria, a Congolese cattle raiser murdered by militiamen. The armed attackers killed Kinyegeria near the small territory of Minembwe in the highlands of South Kivu province on October 6, making off with his cows. The daylight raid may have been over cattle, but it was also tied in with a local conflict spurred by a reawakening of deep-seated distrust of Rwanda by many in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kinyegeria, 56, was one of the DRC's Banyamulenge community, which has distant origins among Rwanda's minority Tutsi people. But when it comes to their nationality, the Banyamulenge are categorical: "Congolese, and...
Rwanda to start Growing Cannabis, what it means to her Economy.

Rwanda to start Growing Cannabis, what it means to her Economy.

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Some know it as cannabis, while others know it as marijuana or weed, especially because it has been trendy in pop-culture music and because it has been immortalized in western films. Whatever you call it, cannabis is the world’s most popular drug and is the highest value therapeutic crop known at the moment, despite being illegal in many parts of the world. It wasn’t until Monday, October 12, that a cabinet meeting approved guidelines that allow the growing of cannabis in Rwanda, which drew mixed opinions from people. Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry and it’s believed to be the world’s most valuable cash crop from the absolute value perspective. One study, which analysed data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as well as UN World Drug reports, estimat...
IMF Gives Rwanda $16 million debt Relief

IMF Gives Rwanda $16 million debt Relief

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Rwanda is set to benefit from a $16.9 million debt service relief from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an initial period of six months, the Fund has said. This is the second debt service relief to Rwanda by IMF. It is part of the Fund’s efforts to pause collection of debts from a number of countries to help them deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  By not servicing its debt obligation for several months, Rwanda will have more capital available to invest in affected sectors of the economy as well as improve capacity to respond to the pandemic. The $16.9 million would have been paid in servicing debt owed to the IMF for six months from October 14, 2020 to April 13, 2021. Subject to the availability of resources, debt service relief could ...
Three Rwanda Genocide Suspects Arrested, Charged in Belgium

Three Rwanda Genocide Suspects Arrested, Charged in Belgium

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Three people accused of involvement in the Rwanda genocide were arrested and charged in Belgium with serious abuse of human rights, the spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said on Saturday. The identities of the three suspects were proven by witness testimony gathered in Rwanda by an investigation by Belgian authorities. The prosecutor's office, however, gave no further details about the three suspects. Eric Van Duyse said one of the suspects was under electronic surveillance while the other two were in detention. "Two were arrested Tuesday in Brussels and the third Wednesday in Hainault (province)," Van Duyse said. "All three have been charged with serious human rights abuses," He added. According to Van Duyse, a dossier compiled by the investigating m...
Protais Mpiranya; The Last High-ranking Rwanda Genocide Fugitive

Protais Mpiranya; The Last High-ranking Rwanda Genocide Fugitive

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Accused of commanding a presidential guard implicated in high-profile murders during the Rwandan genocide, Protais Mpiranya is the top priority for investigators following this year's arrest of a fellow alleged war criminal. On the run for 20 years, charged with war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, Mpiranya is the most sought of the six remaining fugitives indicted by an international tribunal into the 1994 slaughter which left some 800,000 dead. He was second on the wanted list until the arrest of alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga near Paris in May. France's top appeals court ruled Wednesday that Kabuga, who had evaded capture in several countries, should be transferred to a UN tribunal in Tanzania to stand trial. But Mpiranya, who is believed to be arou...
Uganda to Help Build Roads Inside Congo, Citing Trade Goals

Uganda to Help Build Roads Inside Congo, Citing Trade Goals

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Uganda's government said Tuesday it would help finance projects to surface over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of road inside neighbouring Congo as part of plans to boost trade between the countries. Uganda will contribute about 20% of the project value while the rest will be met by Congo's government in an envisaged public-private partnership, Ugandan Works and Transport Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala told reporters. Such an arrangement is unheard of in a region where governments struggle to expand road networks within their borders. Despite its vast size and wealth of natural resources, Congo remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Eastern Congo is particularly plagued by rebel violence. "There is always a first time for everything," Wamala said. "This is a joint project b...
France to Rule on Fate of Alleged Rwanda Genocide Financier

France to Rule on Fate of Alleged Rwanda Genocide Financier

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A top French appeals court is to rule Wednesday on whether alleged Rwandan genocide financier Felicien Kabuga will stand trial in France or face a UN tribunal in Tanzania. Kabuga, who is 84 according to officials but claims to be 87, was arrested in May at his home outside Paris after 25 years on the run. The 1994 Rwanda genocide of some 800,000 people by Hutu extremists targeted rival Tutsis as well as also moderate Hutus. Once one of Rwanda’s richest men, Kabuga is alleged to have funnelled money to militia groups as chairman of the national defence fund. He is also accused of setting up the Interahamwe militia that carried out massacres as well as the Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines whose broadcasts incited people to murder. A French court ruled in June that Ka...
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