Rwandan leader’s would-be rival Rwigara and her mother denied bail

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Oct 23 : A Rwandan court denied bail on Monday to a vocal critic of President Paul Kagame who was barred from running against him in an August election and later jailed on charges of incitement and forgery that are widely seen as politically motivated. Diane Rwigara and her mother, Adeline, […]

Opponent of Rwandan president denies insurrection, forgery charges in court

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Oct 11 : A prominent opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of forgery and inciting insurrection and said she was being prevented from accessing her case file to chart her defence. Any legal misstep in the trial of Diane Shima Rwigara could further mar […]

Rwandan polls open in election expected to hand Kagame third term

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Aug 4 : Rwandan voters queued in long lines today to cast their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is tipped to win by a landslide after 17 years in power. Kagame has won international plaudits for presiding over a peaceful and rapid economic recovery in the […]

Rwandan woman says poised to oppose Kagame in August poll

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, May 3 : An independent woman candidate announced on Wednesday she would challenge President Paul Kagame, joining two other candidates hoping to defeat him in August elections after 17 years in office. Diane Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant, said she would work to eradicate poverty, injustice and promote freedom if elected. She […]

Inmates hurl stones in rare riot at prison in Rwandan capital

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Apr 3 : Inmates protesting living conditions at Gasabo prison in the Rwandan capital of Kigali hurled stones over the prison’s walls today, damaging nearby houses and disrupting traffic, residents and officials said. Rioting began on Friday when the prison, which houses at least 5,000 inmates, caught fire, according to residents […]

Rwanda charges dual British national with treason

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Mar 23 : Rwandan prosecutors charged a dual Rwandan-British citizen of treason today, accusing her of forming an armed group and conspiring to unseat the president. Violette Uwamahoro, the wife of an opposition party youth organiser, was arrested in Kigali on February 14, days after arriving from Britain to attend a […]