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Kagame Tells Locals To Stop Running To Other Countries After 72 Rwanda Nationals Were Arrested And Deported

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President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has urged Rwandans to demand for services they need from his government instead of crossing boarders to seek greener pastures in other countries.

Kagamsaid this at the launch of a multi-billion model village in rural Horezo, Muhanga district in Rwanda’s Southern Province. The multi-billion housing project is seated on 156 hectares with 25 units of four houses each hosting over 100 families.

The $21 million model village also has schools, hospital and sporting facilities among others. In his statement, Paul Kagame said, “access to electricity, water and other services provided for by the government is your right, you should hold us accountable and demand that we deliver.

Do not accept to pay anyone a bribe because delivering and serving you is our duty.

We will try our best to provide what you want –schools, hospitals, water, and electricity. In fact, you should be asking us to provide these basic needs if we don’t provide them on time because it is your right to demand them,” Kagame said.

“For citizens that continue to travel long distances and cross borders to look for services, it is our responsibility to ensure that we do everything we can to be able to provide what you need near you.

There is no border you can cross and get better services than what we can provide here, whether it is healthcare or education. We shouldn’t be crossing borders for any reason,” Kagame further said.

Kagame’s statement comes shortly after 72 Rwanda nationals were arrested Lukiga – Uganda and deported.

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Rwanda Government Critic Diane Rwigara Acquitted

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Diane Rwigara is a prominent critic of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame

A Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery.

Ms Rwigara was imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential elections against the long-standing incumbent Paul Kagame and the 37-year-old opposition leader faced up to 22 years in prison for charges she said were politically motivated.

A three-judge panel told a packed room all the charges were “baseless”. Since her arrest, Ms Rwigara’s family have been subject to interrogations and their family assets forcibly auctioned. “I am very happy with the verdict,” said Ms Rwigara,who has been out on bail since October. “I am continuing with my political journey because there’s still a lot that needs to be done in our country.”

During the hearings, the businesswoman asserted that Rwanda’s economy was mainly controlled by the governing party’s elite. “Everything I talked about in the past has not been resolved. There are still many political prisoners in the country,” she told journalists after the high court ruling.

Ms Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his party’s unyielding grip on power since it assumed control after the country’s civil war and it’s a big win for the young opposition leader. Diane Rwigara always maintained that the accusations against her were politically motivated.US politicians and human rights advocates urged the court to drop the charges and it did, citing lack of evidence.

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War Is Wasteful, You Can’t Develop – Museveni Lectures Kiir And Machar On New Peace Agreement

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President Museveni has thanked South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his colleague Riek Machar for leading the people of South Sudan into a new journey of peace by signing a peace deal.

The President, through his Facebook page this morning said that the grinding stone that the people of south Sudan carried for over five years has now been put down.

“Attended the Peace day celebrations in Juba, South Sudan yesterday and like to thank you very much for attending to logic in the end and signing. The grinding stone that the people of South Sudan have been carrying has now been put down. I am sure this is the end of the conflict in South Sudan. War is wasteful. South Sudan has lost a lot of development time. In 2005 during the interim period, Juba was a very small town near the river. Now it has grown wide. If we had not had this war between 2013 – 2015, there would have been even greater development.

Make covenant like the one Israel made with God. War should never be used again to solve political arguments between brothers and sisters. Political arguments can be solved by discussions or free and fair elections. It is ideologically incorrect to use war for an argument. Also make sure state institutions are national to build people’s confidence,” the President said.

He added, “Uganda will continue to support South Sudan as we look forward to the concretization of the truly powerful ceremony as witnessed in Juba yesterday and want on to thank President Bashir who took the last initiative in peace making. I am glad we have done it. I am happy you shunned foreigners who want to establish hegemony over Africa by using weak enemies to divide us. Foreigners wanted South Sudan to become a vacuum like Libya and Somalia. Somalia is now coming up.”

By Remmy Atugonza

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Return Home And Rebuild Your Country – Museveni Tells South Sudanese

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President Museveni has urged South Sudanese in Uganda and abroad to return to their country and embark on the process of rebuilding it.
Mr. Museveni arrived in South Sudan Capital-Juba, ahead of the peace day celebrations following a new peace deal signed between former Vice President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir last month to end conflict. Immediately after landing at the Juba international airport, Mr. Museveni told media that he believes with this peace process, the refugees can return home and participate in rebuilding their country.
“The long South Sudan conflict has had a huge effect on trade and people at large, for our country specifically, export revenue to South Sudan reduced by $500m, while more than a million South Sudanese have sought refuge in Uganda,” he said.

Riek Machar after stepping on South Sudan soil

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba today after more than two years after he fled to the neighbouring Congo when the 2016 peace deal collapsed and invoked fierce fighting that left hundreds of people dead.

He later traveled to South Africa until September this year when him and President Salva Kiir signed a new peace deal in the latest attempt to end the five-year war. Machar is set to be reinstated as vice president under the terms of a recently signed peace agreement.

This will be the first time President Salva Kiir meets former ally turned bitter enemy.

President Museveni being welcomed by South Sudan president Salva Kiir

The two South Sudanese leaders were set to join regional leaders for the ceremony, including the presidents of Sudan and Ethiopia who helped bring about the peace agreement and it was not clear how long Machar would remain in Juba following the peace ceremony as his aides are worried about his safety in the city.

South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar then his deputy of plotting a coup and the conflict has split the country along ethnic lines and seen mass rape, the forced recruitment of child soldiers and attacks on civilians. It has caused one of the world’s deepest humanitarian crises.Several ceasefires and peace agreements have so far failed to end the fighting that has killed an estimated 380,000 people, uprooted a third of the population, forced nearly two-and-a-half million into exile as refugees and triggered bouts of deadly famine.

By Remmy Atugonza

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