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City Tycoon Paul Muvunyi, Co-accused Released




Taarifa can confirm businessman Paul Muvunyi and co-accused are now free. They were released on Wednesday evening.

Prosecution Spokesperson Faustin Nkusi could not pick our phone calls by press time.

Our sources told us that they were released after paying a fine subject to applicable law that paves way for prosecution to terminate criminal investigation and charges against a suspect.

According to Article 25 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Rwanda, for any offence that falls within his/her competence, if the prosecutor considers that the offence may be punishable by a fine, he or she may ask the suspect to choose between being brought before the court or paying a fine without trial, which fine cannot exceed the maximum fine increased by any possible additional amount stipulated by law.

“If the suspect decides to pay the fine without
trial, the criminal action against the suspect is
discontinued. The decision is notified to the victims,” the article states.

The payment of fine does not constitute
admission of guilt. Basically, Muvunyi and the other three are did not necessarily plead guilty to be awared a fine.

The four were arrested on Christmas Eve on suspicion of forgery, according to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) that filed a dossier against them to prosecution.

The law provides that the fine payable be not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million or imprisonment of not less than fives years and not more than seven years.

Sources confirmed to Taarifa that the accused parties in this cases paid Rwf 3 million each.

These provisions are cited in Article 273, Paragaph 3 of law No. 68/2018 of August 30, 2018 determining offences and penalties in general, published in the Official Gazette No. special of September 27, 2018.

Muvunyi’s phone number was going through in the evening, but he did not return our call.

Paul Muvunyi’s Dossier Submitted To Prosecution, Still Detained


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Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania Conduct Progress Tour at Rusumo Falls Dam



Emmanuel Gasana the Governor  of Rwanda’s Eastern Province together with the Regional Commissioner Kagera Region (Tanzania) and the Governors of Kirundo and Muyinga Provinces of Burundi on Tuesday jointly visited the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project’s to see the progress of the works set to complete this year 2022.

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project was launched on the 30th, March, 2017 with an installed capacity of 80 MW (Run of River Scheme at 1320masl) that will be shared equally among Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The transmission lines will extend from the power generation plant to Gitega in Burundi, Kigali in Rwanda, and Nyakanazi in Tanzania.

This project will develop renewable hydroelectric power as part of a broader program to support sustainable management of the Kagera River Basin and promote growth and poverty reduction.

The project upon completion will facilitate increased economic activities, private sector development, and investments in social infrastructure and services through improved access to electricity.

The project is worth US$340Million and US$128Million that have advanced to the countries as a loan from the World Bank and African Development Bank for the implementation of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric project and the Power transmission lines respectively.

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFP) is a hydropower project under joint development by the Governments of Republic of Burundi, Republic of Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania through a commonly owned Rusumo Power Company (RPCL).

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Uganda Spy Chief Gen. Kandiho Fired, Sent To Juba



President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has summarily fired his spy chief Maj.Gen Abel Kandiho and sent him to neighbouring South Sudan as Uganda’s envoy. Maj. Gen.James Burungi has been appointed to the helm of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) .

Discussions between President Paul Kagame and Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Keinerugaba could have led to Kandiho’s exit from the prestigious powerful spy chief docket in Uganda.

Kandiho has featured in various reports linking him presiding  over the arbitrary arrest, torture and cruel treatment of Rwandans on Uganda soil and most of whom have died, suffered gross injuries and gradually dumped at the border.

The good old days when Kigali and Kampala enjoyed warm sisterly relations completely ended during the burgeoning reign of Kandiho that had catapulted the chieftaincy of military intelligence (CMI) into a much feared intelligence agency openly supporting the Rwandan enemies especially Rwanda National Congress, the FDLR and other insignificant Rwanda enemy cells in Uganda.

Kandiho’s departure reflects what President Kagame may have candidly presented to Gen. Muhoozi has Rwanda’s concerns to Kampala establishment.

However, an individuals departure from the helm of Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) may not be enough for Kigali as proof of improved relations because the shuffling at CMI has been regular yet the sufferings of Rwandans in Uganda has not subsided.

Uganda Spy Chief Kandiho Secretly Meets Kayumba Nyamwasa

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Kagame Officially Opens African Air Chiefs Symposium



The 11th annual African Air Chiefs Symposium (AACS) has officially kicked off in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

President Paul Kagame arrived at Kigali Convention Centre to officiate the opening ceremony. Rwanda is hosting the AACS symposium in partnership with the US Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces in Africa.

Organisers say the symposium will run from 24 to 28 January.

This symposium aims at creating a forum for Air Chiefs from across the African continent to come together to address regional and continental issues, enhance relationship and increase cooperation among African Air Forces.

The main function of the Association of African Air forces is to assemble and advocate for partnerships between Air forces on the continent.

The AACS operates with the support of the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces in Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA).

The annual African Air Chief Symposium enables the networking and liaison between Air forces in achieving the objectives of the Association.

Since its establishment in 2015, the Association of African Air Forces has been very instrumental in providing a forum for members to multilaterally discuss common security challenges, the Rwandan Ministry of Defence stated.

Air Forces Africa hopes a conference with 30 partner nations will shrink the distance by building trust to work together in areas such as shared airlift.

The last two in-person events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event is taking place under heavy COVID restrictions because in a continent plagued by terrorist threats and widely divergent capabilities, relationships matter.

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