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Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame  2015-02-27
A popular Rwandan singer is jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government.
Life sentence for Rwanda's genocide-era justice minister upheld  2015-02-27
By Clement Uwiringiyimana NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rwanda's high court on Friday upheld the life sentence of the s genocide-era justice minister, who was convicted six years ago for her role in the 1994 slaughter that killed 800,000 people. Agnes Ntamabyariro is the only senior official in the former government to have been brought to justice in Rwanda. Others were tried by the International Criminal ...
Thousands of Central African refugees face hunger in DR Congo: MSF  2015-02-27
Thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees are threatened by malnutrition in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where they have sought refuge, a medical charity said Thursday. CAR is struggling to recover from the coup that ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 and triggered a wave of deadly sectarian violence between the country's Christian and Muslim populations. "The ...
Burundi inflation slows to 3.5 pct y/y in January  2015-02-26
Burundi's inflation eased to 3.5 percent year-on-year from 3.8 percent in December, helped by a fall in costs for furnishings and household equipment, official data showed on Thursday. Price inflation for furnishings and household articles fell to 9.9 percent in the year to January from 10.5 percent in December, Burundi’s Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said in its report.
Rwanda sees bigger budget deficit in 2014/15, cites aid delays  2015-02-26
By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda has proposed budget revisions for 2014/2015 making its deficit 66 percent bigger than forecast at 295.6 billion Rwandan francs ($431.53 million) due to delays in some aid, the finance minister said. Foreign aid accounts for almost 40 percent of Rwanda's budget resources, although the east African nation is trying to reduce aid dependency of its ...
Burundi tea revenues rise 2.4 pct in 2014 on good weather  2015-02-25
Burundi’s tea export revenues rose 2.4 percent in 2014 from a year before due to favourable weather that helped increase the harvest of the commodity, it said on Wednesday. Tea is Burundi's second-largest hard currency earner after coffee and supports some 300,000 smallholder producers in the landlocked central African nation of nearly 10 million people. Export earnings rose to $21.3 million ...
Rwanda's Bank of Kigali posts 21 percent rise in FY profit  2015-02-22
Rwanda's Bank of Kigali has reported a 21.3 percent rise in full-year pretax profit to 22.8 billion Rwandan francs ($33.3 million). Net interest income at the bank, the largest by assets in the east African country, climbed to 39.3 billion francs in the year through December from 35.2 billion a year before, it said on Friday.
Kirusa Partners Airtel Rwanda for Its Popular InstaVoice Celeb and Sports Services  2015-02-20
Kirusa, the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets, today announced the launch of its popular social media services, InstaVoice Celebâ„¢ and InstaVoice Sportsâ„¢, on Airtel ...
Burundi president fires newly-appointed intelligence chief  2015-02-19
Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has fired his intelligence chief less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential decree. Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who previously served as ambassador to Kenya, was appointed head of intelligence in November. Burundi's presidency was not immediately available for comment. Rights groups have criticised what they call a ...
Thousands rally after Burundi journalist released  2015-02-19
Vast crowds singing and dancing filled the streets of Bujumbura a day after Bob Rugurika, director of the popular independent African Public Radio (RPA), was released from prison on bail. "I'm 50 and I have never seen such a crowd in the streets," said Fabian, a teacher, saying the only event comparable in size he could remember were celebrations for Burundi's first elected president Melchior ...
Celebrations as Burundi radio boss freed on bail  2015-02-18
A Burundi court on Wednesday released on bail a radio station director accused of "complicity" in the murder of three Italian nuns, his lawyer said. The arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of the popular independent African Public Radio (RPA), sparked protests by civil rights activists and fellow journalists.
Burundi warns campaigners opposing president's possible third term  2015-02-16
Burundi's president will bid for a third term in June elections if selected by his party, his spokesman said Sunday, defying campaigners who say such a move would violate the constitution and risk violence. President Pierre Nkurunziza will stand if selected to run by his ruling CNDD-FDD party "in compliance with the constitution" said spokesman Willy Nyamitwe. The group called for the president ...
Congo spurns U.N. support for campaign against Rwandan rebels  2015-02-16
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has spurned a United Nations offer of support for a military campaign against Rwandan Hutu rebels inside the country, and criticised international interference in its affairs. U.N. peacekeepers were due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but suspended cooperation last week because two ...
DR Congo shuns UN support for rebel offensive  2015-02-16
The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Sunday it had rejected United Nations support for a joint offensive against Hutu rebels in the country's restive east with a warning against international interference in its affairs. The UN said Saturday it was pulling out of the operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an ethnic Hutu militia based in eastern Congo ...
Burundi launches inquiry into reports of rebel executions  2015-02-13
Burundi on Friday launched a probe into reports that security forces last month executed at least 47 rebels who had surrendered, amid warnings of violence ahead of upcoming presidential elections. "I have set up a judicial commission of inquiry... to shed light on the allegations of extrajudicial executions," Attorney General Valentin Bagorikunda said, giving officers a month to investigate. HRW ...





News from Africa
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2015-03-04
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2015-03-04
Rival to Burundi's president escapes from jail - ministry 
2015-03-03
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