Rwandan Nyamwasa murder plot: Four jailed in South Africa

Gen Nyamwasa blames the Rwandan government for the shooting, which it denies   A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda’s former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. The magistrate said the “main culprits” had not been arrested. Several attacks on Rwandan exiles in South Africa have caused diplomatic tensions between Pretoria and Kigali. The Rwandan government…

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Nyamwasa Verdict: “The attempted murder was politically motivated”

The Judge stated in court that the attempted murder of Nyamwasa was politically motivated and emanated from a group of people in Rwanda. By: Jennifer Fierberg In the case of the attempted assassination attempt on Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010, the court has announced its decision today.  The six men plead not guilty to the charge of attempted murder for shooting of Rwandan Army General Nyamwasa.  The court reached the following verdicts:  The Tanzanian who shot ‪Nyamwasa  found guilty of attempted murder, along with three accomplices Alleged mastermind of Nyamwasa’s attempted…

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S.Africa, Rwanda agree to resolve diplomatic row

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame/FILE JOHANNESBURG, Mar 26 – Pretoria and Kigali have agreed to resolve a furious diplomatic row sparked by attacks on Rwandan dissidents exiled in Johannesburg, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday.   Speaking after meeting Tuesday in the Angolan capital Luanda with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, Zuma told public broadcaster SABC that the two leaders had “agreed to share some detailed information and deal with the issues”.The presence of many Rwandan dissidents in South Africa has long been a bone of contention between the two…

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South African Minister Circulates Warning to Rwanda

Pretoria, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) South Africa warned today that this country would prevent by all means illegal activities on its national territory by any foreign Government, a statement interpreted by the media as a warning to Rwanda. Diplomatic relations between both African countries have been tense since the past week, when Pretoria and Kigali decreed reciprocal expulsions of diplomats, twice as much in the case of the nation in the Great Lakes region. On Thursday, national authorities dismissed three Rwandan State representatives and a day later the administration of…

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“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny”

By: Jennifer Fierberg  “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”  On October 25, 2013, former Rwandan Presidential bodyguard and RDF soldier, Lt. Joel Mutabazi, was abducted from a UNHCR safe house in Uganda where he was in hiding from the Rwandan government. He was under the protection of the UNHCR. The main task of the UNHCR is to protect vulnerable citizens from the governments that are trying…

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In The Shadow Of The Baobab: Kagame Blows Cold And Hot On A Third Mandate

Paul Kagame: survived his annus horribilis in 2010 and looks to be preparing to reliquish power under his own terms. In October 1990, after Fred Rwigyema’s death on the third day the struggle to conquer Rwanda, Paul Kagame took over the command over the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and led it to victory in July 1994. He became Vice-President and Minister of Defense in the transitional government installed after the Rwandan genocide. In March 2000, President Pasteur Bizimungu felt that he could no longer contribute to a regime dominated by…

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People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them

By: Jennifer Fierberg Politics in Rwanda is a complex system of denial, propaganda, fear, lies and impunity. In order to remain safe and free from arbitrary persecution opposition groups have to operate outside of the country under the current ruling regime in Rwanda. Many of these opposition groups are infiltrated by agents of the Rwandan Government for a few dollars in exchange for information on the activities of the group. One such person, Nyandwi Salatiel, returned to Rwanda and publicly reported false allegations of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) of…

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“Despotism is a long crime”

Paul KagameIn another interview of President Paul Kagame Time Magazine sat with him and asked him questions ranging from all the current issues the President is dealing with today. Paul Kagame offered very frank answers but one question in-particular stood out like a glaring beacon of admission to a crime.

The world knows His Excellency has many crimes to answer for, despite his denial, but it seems he has given himself up in a very public way. The following is the question and answer that President Kagame gave in response to opposition groups who oppose his rule:

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Will it ever be safe to speak up in Rwanda?

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW It has been another interesting week in the confusion and danger that is Rwandan politics. Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has announced his return to Rwanda to register his party and run for parliament. This move has sparked many online discussions as to his motives, timing and speculations of him being “bought” by the current ruling regime. Mr. Habineza has defended his decision with his desire to be a part of the country he loves and desires to serve. He has…

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Rwanda: A NATION GRIPPED BY FEAR

The following article was written by a credible yet anonymous source. It is part one of two articles that tell the story of what Rwanda is like from the inside. In classic dictatorial fashion, President Kagame has thrown caution to the wind and exposed his fear and insecurities by stripping the families of General Kayumba, Colonel Karegeya, businessman Tribert Rujugiro and others of their Rwandan Passports. These actions have been done out of fear because in true Dictatorial character President Kagame has acted in the following manner:  He has been…

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