Tag: Rwanda

African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

African Union unveils new Pan-African passport

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—National leaders at the African Union summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, last week were presented with a prototype of the long-awaited Pan-African passport. “We’ve been overwhelmed by requests and enquiries of other ministers, officials and African citizens to share in this privilege of holding an African passport,” said AU Commissioner Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. It is hoped […]

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Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

Rwanda genocide survivors, their gift to all women, seen in new film

(GIN)—The outlines of the Rwandan genocide are known by many. The time it took place (April to July 1994), the troubling silence of the international community, the number of those brutally murdered (as many as 800,000 mostly of the Tutsi minority and some Hutus) and the ever-debated questions—what could turn a people against their neighbor […]

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Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—Candle lighting, a minute of silence, the laying of wreaths and other memorial ceremonies will be held this week when Rwanda recalls the genocide in 1994 that took 800,000 lives. It is also a time for diplomats and local leaders to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards […]

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New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Kenya’s tea planters are in for a much-needed lift with or without caffeine as trade with one the world’s 10 biggest tea-consuming nations comes on line. East African tea exports to Iran are expected to jump more than fivefold by 2019 as trade with the Persian Gulf nation normalizes after western sanctions are lifted, a […]

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Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—After 21 years, 93 cases and $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wound up business at year’s end with one final case. The judges deliberated on an appeal sought by Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former minister for women’s development, her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and four government officials.  Their convictions, which they sought to […]

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Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—In a setback to the international community which lobbied heavily for a “no” vote, Rwandan citizens overwhelmingly gave a thumbs up to a third term option for President Paul Kagame. Kagame, now completing his second term, was previously unable to seek an additional term according to the constitution. The head of the National Electoral Commission […]

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Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—Rwandan President Paul Kagame showed a flash of indignation this week at negative reactions coming from foreign allies to his plans for a third term in office which would give him almost a quarter of a century at the nation’s helm. “They tell us we should have the right to make our own choices, but […]

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Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—Citing a crackdown on opposition members, including assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture, President Barack Obama ousted Burundi from a preferential trade pact with the U.S. known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), effective Jan. 1. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama said Burundi had failed to institute the rule of law and political […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a “president-for-life,” Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda […]

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