HRW appeals for action as Rwanda cracks down on dissent

HRW appeals for action as Rwanda cracks down on dissent

Rwanda has been arresting and threatening political opponents since President Paul Kagame was re-elected in August, in a repressive response detailed on Friday by the Human Rights Watch organization. “The Rwandan government’s crackdown shows that it is unwilling to tolerate criticism or accept a role for opposition parties, and it…

Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara

Rwanda: Police confirm arrest of Rwigara

Police in Rwanda have confirmed the arrest of former presidential aspirant Diane Shima Rwigara, and say Rwigara and two family members were taken to the Criminal Investigation Department for questioning on Monday. The Rwandan National Police say warrants for Rwigara, as well as Anne and Adeline Rwigara, were applied after they…

In Kagame’s Rwanda, the bold presidential bid of Rwigara ends

In Rwanda, three candidates seeking to stand for the presidential election on August 4 have been disqualified, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) said, as it announced the final list on Friday. That list of candidates includes incumbent President Paul Kagame, who is expected to win a third seven-year term after…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Rwanda: Kwibuka observance recalls 1994 genocide victims

Rwandans on Friday honor the memory of the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of more than 1 million people. The “remember, unite, renew” theme of the Kwibuka observance begins with President Paul Kagame lighting the Flame of Remembrance, with daylong events planned at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Memorial –…

Kagame announces bid for third term

Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, has announced that he is planning to run for re-election in 2017. Kagame is seeking a third term after a constitutional referendum approved the modifications that will enable him to run for three more terms which means he could stay ruling Rwanda until 2034. Initially, the…

Rwanda: Kagame’s strong rule endures

President Paul Kagame’s Rwanda has defied international pressure and followed in the footsteps of other countries in the region by changing the constitution – enabling the former rebel commander and leader of the ruling party holds onto power. Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni scrapped term limits in 2005 and recently, Burundi President Pierre…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

President Paul Kagame and Rwanda: A beacon of hope or a pack of mirage?

In Rwanda, the world witnessed one of the greatest man-made disasters in our modern history. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans lost their lives in the 1994 genocide leaving the country and the international community in disarray. But twenty years after, the narrative of Rwanda has changed. From a war torn country, it…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.