Ugandan website restores trashed story alleging Rutabana is dead

The managers of a Ugandan-based website SoftPower News happen to be facing total confusion and backlash after publishing on their website a story claiming that Benjamin Rutabana, a French citizen is dead. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days after he had landed in the country for a business trip. In the story dated August 30, 2020, they claimed to have interviewed a Rwandese army deserter who allegedly told them he had witnessed the killing of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana in cold blood. “I received Rutabana and saw everything. I…

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Ugandan website pulls down story alleging Rutabana was murdered

SoftPower News, a website based in Uganda has pulled down a story in which they alleged to have interviewed a Rwandese army deserter who allegedly told them he had witnessed the killing of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. The website managers found themselves in a situation where they could not keep the story online after International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), a US-based human rights firm contacted by Rutabana’s family to help trace his whereabouts, trashed the story as fake, baseless and diversionary. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days…

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina charged in Kigali, to answer 12 charges

Paul Rusesabagina, the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda hero, appeared in a court in Kigali on Monday for a pretrial hearing. He was brought to the Kagarama Primary Court in a detention van at about 9am, wearing a mask, a checkered jacket, a cream shirt, and khaki trousers amid tight security. Mr Rusesabagina only spoke to his lawyers as journalists flanked him inside the court to take pictures and videos. Presiding Judge Dorothy Yankurije read out a list of 12 charges against him including terrorism, murder, financing terrorism, forming terror groups, and arson. His lawyers requested the court to release him…

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New exclusive findings on Benjamin Rutabana’s disappearance on Ugandan soil

An American human rights organization, International Relief and Human Rights Initiative (IRHRI), hasn’t called it quits in the search for the whereabouts of French citizen Benjamin Rutabana. Rutabana, a French citizen of Rwandan origin, disappeared on Ugandan soil in September 2019, a few days after landing at Entebbe International Airport. His disappearance still baffles his family, about a year on, and that’s the reason they approached IRHRI to help by applying their expertise and resources to locate Rutabana’s whereabouts. After launching its investigations and involving into other rigorous processes including among others, a court hearing, IRHRI has since established that…

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US explains position on the UN General Assembly resolution on the Rwandan genocide

Since the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda and the establishment in 2003 of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda,” April 7 has become a solemn day to commemorate the more than 800,000 men, women, and children whose lives were lost during 100 days of unspeakable violence; the United States joins consensus with the entire UN General Assembly to support the continuation of this “International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda” so that each year, we may continue to honor the victims and the survivors who carry the memories of these atrocities….

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Domestic violence claims lives of four men in northern Uganda

Local leaders and residents from Sebei Sub-region, Nothern Uganda have expressed concern over rampant cases of domestic violence during the Covid-19 lockdown. According to police, four men have since been reportedly killed by their spouses in the last two months over domestic brawls in different sub-counties. More than 15 children have also been abandoned by their parents amid the rising cases of child abuse, according to the district community development officer of Kapchorwa, Ms Harriet Aseko. The Sipi regional police spokesperson, Mr Fredmark Chesang, confirmed the cases but said they have arrested the accused women on allegations of killing their…

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Kenyan husband arrested for attempting to seal up his wife’s vagina with super glue

A Kenyan husband who allegedly attempted to seal up his wife’s sexual organs with super glue because he believed she was having four affairs, has been arrested. Named locally as Dennis Mumo, 36, the husband reportedly told officials he discovered messages his wife had been sending to men on social media, including nude photos. Whenever Mumo left his hometown of Kitui on business, he claims his wife was arranging to meet with other men. Before his last business trip to Rwanda, Mumo is accused of applying superglue to the unnamed woman’s genitalia leaving her in excruciating pain and requiring medical…

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Prosecutor seeks transfer of Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga to UN custody

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga could be held initially in The Hague rather than Africa due to coronavirus travel restrictions after war crimes investigators requested his transfer into UN custody from France, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Kabuga, 84, was detained in a Paris suburb on Saturday after a quarter century on the run. He was the most high-profile fugitive of the UN tribunal which tried suspects related to the 1994 massacres in Arusha, Tanzania. It closed years ago, but a successor body still operates there and in the Netherlands. “We already requested his transfer,” prosecutor Serge Brammertz said…

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French trial for Rwandan genocide suspect delayed to 2021

The genocide trial of a French-Rwandan former hotel driver, scheduled for September in Paris, has been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus lockdown, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday. Claude Muhayimana, formerly a driver at a hotel on Lake Kivu in western Rwanda, is accused of transporting Hutu militiamen to sites where massacres were carried out. His trial — the third in France over the 1994 Rwandan genocide — will now take place from February 2 to 26, said the source. Muhayimana faces charges of complicity in genocide and “aiding and abetting” crimes against humanity. The charges…

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How Rwandan genocide fugitive managed to run businesses in Kenya

For several years, the government was cagey about businesses associated with Mr Felicien Kabuga, the suspect who was arguably Rwanda’s richest man at the time of the genocide. At some point, the former Attorney-General, Mr Amos Wako, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, were taken to task by a Kenyan court to explain why it was unable to trace whoever was running Mr Kabuga’s business empire. In its response to court, the administration of Mr Daniel arap Moi claimed that Kenya Trust Company (KTC) Limited, which was collecting hundreds of thousands of shillings every month from apartments…

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