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 –…

Presidential politics in Rwanda: a threat to stability?’

New Year’s Day saw President of Rwanda Paul Kagame signify a dramatic shift in his country’s political landscape. In a televised address at midnight President Kagame confirmed he would run for a third consecutive presidential term in the election due to be held in 2017. This announcement followed on from…

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.

Do Rwandans really want the presidential terms limits changed?

Rwandans living in the diaspora took to the polls yesterday to vote on the proposed amendment to the constitution whilst voting for those residing in the country will be taking place today. The constitutional amendment, if it goes through, will allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. Currently the…

Rwanda’s lower house votes to amend term limits

The lower house in Rwanda’s parliament voted on Thursday to enable President Paul Kagame to extend his rule over a second term in the country which is due to end in 2017. If he is voted in he will be able to govern until 2034. However, the draft amendments to…

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.