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My Professor Sexually Assaulted Me!

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Dr. Christopher Kayumba, a former lecturer at the University of Rwanda, has been dismissing that there is no victim of his alleged sexual assault whatevsover.

Last week he was interrogated by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB). He recorded a statement, but he was not detained.

Later, in an interview with a local YouTuber and also with VOA radio, he denied having abused any of his former students. He said if there is any, let them come out.

Fiona M. Ntarindwa, a journalist with CNBC Africa, and Dr. Kayumba’s student, has broken then silence. She personally testified on twitter on Friday night.

“My professor sexually assaulted me!” she said.

“Reality is, other girls have gone through a similar ordeal whether with Dr. Kayumba or another person who abuses authority,” she revealed.

“A culture of silence shouldn’t be normalised!”

In an exclusive interview last week, Fiona told Taarifa that she has been undergoing traumatic experiences due to flashbacks from the excruciating moments at Dr. Kayumba’s house in 2017.

“I have always wanted to tell him how I feel, how it has affected me,” she said. “Whenever we met in hallway, in class…and later at CNBC studio, he would ignore me as if nothing ever happened.”

And recently when Dr. Kayumba was publicly confronted about the allegations against sexual assault, he said these are paid propagandists to tarnish his name and kill his political ambitions.

Fiona had not come public yet, but she had spoken to media and friends anonymously.

“When Kamaraba Salva revealed that Dr. Kayumba had sexually assaulted me in Jan 2017, some asked why I had come out now, but is there ever a right time for a victim of sexual assault to speak out?”

Apparently, the university doesn’t have a conducive environment for victims to report cases. Students can report to their Deans, but there is no existing structures for such cases to be handled diligently and accordingly.

“I immediately reported the assault to the University of Rwanda which never gave it any attention” she said. “I was forced to sit through class with my abuser- something NO ONE should ever have to go through.”

University officials have recorded statements about this case after Fiona file a case against Kayumba with RIB.

Taarifa understands that the University officials have admitted having received the complaint from the student, but nothing was done except warning Dr. Kayumba about his misconduct, generally and not particularly.

He faced the University committee several times and on the list of allegations included late marking of students’s examination papers, delayed issuance of marks, not supervising students conducting research for their dissertations, failure to attend meetings, and many others.

Dr. Kayumba spoke about it some time in 2019 that the university was being used by external forces to target him.

He was later suspended.

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Joseph Kony’s Ruthless Commander Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

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At last justice has been dispensed as the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed a 25-year sentence to Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Major General Dominique Ongwen.

Back home in Uganda, South Sudan and Central African Republic where Gen. Ongwen wrecked havoc, families of victims and other people that suffered during his terror operations are now jubilating at the court’s rule on Thursday.

However, Gen. Ongwen who was present during court’s judgement, seemed not bothered. He remained passive as he heard the 25-year sentence handed down to him.

“I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Gen. Ongwen said.

ICC Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said judges had to weigh Ongwen’s brutality with his own tortured past as a schoolboy abducted by the LRA when deciding on a sentence.

“The chamber is confronted in the present case with a unique situation. It is confronted with a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims,” Schmitt said.

“However, it is also confronted with a perpetrator who himself had previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader.”

It was the wish of victims of Ongwen’s crimes that court hands him the full life sentence. The defence had sought a 10-year prison term.

Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term for Ongwen, saying his own history justified a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC.

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Herman Nsengimana In The Dock For Terror Trial

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This Thursday the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes is trying Herman Nsengimana in the terror trial involving Paul Rusesabagina and his co-accused.

Rusesabagina is on record for publicly heading the National Liberation Front (FLN) and Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) and priding their actions of killing, looting, kidnapping and destroying infrastructure in communities surrounding Nyungwe National Park forest in Southern Rwanda.

Rusesabagina appeared in a recorded video message inscribed with a FLN logo,  the armed wing of Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRDC). He declared war against the government of Rwanda.

He claimed that after trying many methods, they failed to remove the regime in Kigali.

“The FLN will use all possible means including the armed struggle to drive the RPF out of power since it refused all peaceful ways,” Rusesabagina said in a message both in English and Kinyarwanda. His terror group later circulated the video via social media platforms.

Later, attacks were executed in parts of Rwanda especially the area bordering Nyungwe forest. A handful Rwandans were shot, homes looted and many injured in the attacks that took place in different phases.

FLN Spokesperson, Callixte Nsabimana currenty on a joint trial with Rusesabagina, always took to international media and social media boasting that his rebel group had carried out the attacks.

For example in In December 2019, Nsabimana also claimed responsibility for setting fire on passenger buses in Nyungwe forest, which led to the death of two people and many injuries.

Taarifa investigative team last year went on a fact-finding tour of this part of Rwanda that has previously suffered attacks from barbaric terrorists known as the National Liberation Front (FLN).

Daniel Minani, 66, had just gone to bed at 10am on April 13, 2019, and suddenly unknown people knocked on the door. They identified themselves as security personnel and told him not to worry. His wife opened the door. They went direct to the bedroom and began looting. “They looted beans, maize, flour,” Minani told Taarifa.

“They walked into the kraal and took my goats, and my son confronted them. They shot him dead. I will never forget the scene. It was a barbaric act. My daughter was about to wed, unfortunately, we called it off. I am still devastated,” Minani narrated his ordeal.

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Police Shoots Inmates In Kirehe District

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Police has shot five inmates in Kirehe district Poilce cell while they were trying to escape, Police Spokesperson, John Bosco Kabera has confirmed.

Kabera told Taarifa that the unfortunate incident happened in the morning when inmates were being led to take their shower. That the inmates ambushed the officer and ran out.

Other officers shot in the air to stop the suspects from running. “They refused to stop, unfortunately five of them ended up being shot,” he said.

The imamates were all suspects that were awaiting to face charges on several accounts.

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