Why SA should suspend diplomatic relations with Rwanda

By David Himbara   Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on March 12 South Africa had evidence linking the three expelled Rwandan diplomats to “illegal activities.”  The activities in question included yet another attack on the exiled former Rwandan army chief of staff Kayumba Nyamwasa. There is nothing new about Rwanda’s illegal activities in foreign countries, including South Africa. The initial and widely known case was that of Seth Sendashonga, who survived an assassination attempt in 1996 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Sendashonga was Rwanda’s minister of interior who went into exile in…

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Power is dangerous unless you have humility

A Conversation with Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa By: Jennifer Fierberg After a long flight to Washington DC, Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa sat down with this writer for an exclusive two-hour interview. Upon meeting him, one can immediately sense that Mr. Ayabatwa is a humble man with an obvious desire to improve the business community of Africa as well as empowering the lives of Africans through support in their business ventures.  He is a soft-spoken man with a welcoming smile that never left his face no matter the topic. Mr. Ayabatwa is retired…

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The dangers of doing business in Rwanda, foreign investors beware!

By: Jennifer Fierberg TheConstitution of the Republic of Rwanda makes for good reading and at first glance, one feels hope and prosperity for the landlocked country of Rwanda. However, once one embarks on further research of how these amendments are put into practice it is a quick lesson in the saying “not worth the paper it is written on.”  For example, the constitution declares there is freedom of speech, freedom for political groups to exist and protection of human rights. Anyone who has researched issues on Rwanda knows that these three…

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