Will Rwandans allow Kagame to Circumvent Democracy….again

ON RWANDA’S PRESIDENTIAL TERMS LIMIT IN THE 2003 RWANDAN CONSTITUTION AS AMENDED: There is no legal instrument or methods to circumvent the terms limit save for a coup which would suspend or abrogate the Rwandan Constitution in its entirety. A systematic move to drop presidential terms limit, to allow the incumbent to run for the same office after his two constitutional terms expires in 2017, is gaining momentum in Rwanda. Top Kagame regime officials are on a crusade to popularize their plan to drop term limit from the constitution. No…

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THE RECENT GOVERNMENT OF RWANDA ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH IS DISTURBING

By: Dr. Charles Kambanda Edited By: Jennifer Fierberg On June 2, 2014, the Minister of Justice – on behalf of the government of Rwanda (GoR) –  issued communiqué “assessing” Human Rights Watch (HRW) activities and conduct in Rwanda. The GoR broad accusations against HRW fit in five categories: (1) HRW is a tool for some unnamed “authorities” to which HRW pays allegiance; HRW is not independent. (2) HRW breached the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  between the GoR and HRW; HRW acts and/or reports on issues beyond the MoU (3) HRW…

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Arms Embargo on Rwanda is of Paramount Necessity

Mandatory United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Rwanda is of paramount necessity. By Charles KAMBANDA A general and complete UNSC arms embargo on all deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Rwanda is the ideal remedy to save millions of innocent civilians in Rwanda, DRC and Rwandan’s neighboring countries. A mandatory arms embargo on Rwanda is the only viable alternative to coerce Rwanda to change its behavior in the interest of international peace, security and deter General Paul Kagame’s acts of aggression on Congo. First, Rwanda has terrorized Congo for…

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The law of the jungle

PRESIDENT KAGAME’S CRUSADE TO CONFISCATE RWANDA’S MAJOR COMMERCIAL CENTER: Legal opinion By: Charles Kambanda The Union Trade Center (UTC) is Rwanda’s largest shopping mall. UTC Ltd. Is the sole owner of UTC mall; Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa is UTC Ltd. major shareholder. The mall is valued at $20 million (USD); it is the major commercial center in Rwanda. Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa was the major single local funder of the guerrilla war that brought Kagame to power. Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa was also the major local investor in Rwanda after the 1994 until…

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Rwanda’s incongruous response to Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete proposal for a political solution to the Congo crisis

By: Professor Charles Kambanda Edited by: Jennifer Fierberg The Addis Ababa Peace Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo signed in February of this year highlighted that the UN intervention brigade meant to take on all armed groups in DRC must be backed by a politically sustainable strategy. At the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity, celebrated in Addis Ababa, the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete underscored the necessity of talks between the governments of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo with the armed…

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Victoire Ingabire spends her third Christmas behind bars

 Report by Ann Garrison of San Franciso Bay View Transcript: KPFA Evening News, broadcast Dec. 25, 2012 KPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: And this is KPFA, 94.1 Berkeley, KPFA, 89.3 Berkeley and KFCF, 88.1 Fresno, Pacifica Radio for Northern and Central California. This program is the Evening News. I’m Anthony Fest. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Rwandan American Charles Kambanda, a law professor at St. John’s University, about the significance of the Ingabire case not only in Rwanda but also in the country’s war ravaged neighbor, the Democratic Republic…

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IS RWANDA’S CUT-THROAT LEADER ABOUT TO LEAVE POWER?

The wary blur of President Kagame’s 2017 promise to relinquish power   By: Charles KM KAMBANDA, PhD A Rwandan newspaper, the Chronicles, reported that the former rebel leader and all-powerful iron-handed leader of Rwanda said, “I will not be around as president come 2017”. On the issue of whether or not President Kagame will amend the constitution allowing him to remain in power. The Chronicles quoted President Kagame  saying, “…on this issue, I am  almost taking it personal with people who keep asking […] you are going to change the constitution,…

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