HRW report: Rwandan forces are engaged in ‘cold-blooded murder’

Rwandan security forces have executed at least 37 suspected criminals without trial, including people found illegally crossing the border, despite the fact that they were all guilty of minor offenses. That’s according to a 40-page report released Thursday by an international human rights NGO. The “‘All Thieves Must Be Killed’:…

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

Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

Rwanda-Burundi tensions reflected in war of words over food

The English-language New Times in Rwanda on Saturday described the Burundi government’s refusal to accept humanitarian aid because the food was grown in Rwanda as folly and “misplaced obstinacy.” “It is those kinds of immature politics we are witnessing across the border that has destroyed many countries,” the news outlet…

PASET forum on advancing STEM education wraps up in Nairobi

About 200 experts and policy decision makers wrapped up a conference on science and technology in Nairobi on Friday.  Kenya hosted leaders from 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa who connected with their counterparts from China and other “innovation nations.” The Partnership for Skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’s…

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 –…