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President Kagame Roasts Justice Minister Busingye At RPF Meeting




Justice Minister Johnston Busingye is in big trouble after President Paul Kagame discovered that several ‘thieves’ in government have managed to dodge prosecution and continue enjoying their loot.

On Friday, hundreds of senior Rwanda Patriotic Front Party members assembled at Intare Arena their headquarters outside the capital Kigali. President Kagame chaired the high level gathering- Extended National Executive Committee (NEC).

President Kagame has in the past months been super charged with determination to uproot a network of sophisticated mafia that have in the recent past years caused massive financial loss to state, abused office and others simply involved in shameful  corruption scandals.

This, as it happens, the President faulted the justice Minister and his array of judges, accusing them of failing on the job.

He said judges take bribes from suspects, a behaviour that has abated justice, and promised that he is going to handle the matter with his own hands.

During this meeting of which Taarifa was in attendance, President Kagame spent over an hour addressing the top brass of the ruling party. There was serene silence as Kagame picked on case by case of very corrupt officials in his government.

“Auditor General, where are the switches?” the President asked. “One of them is to go after them,” “Tell me,” Kagame insisted as he stood face to face with tough man Obadia Biraro who has been unearthing the rot in government for over a decade.

The President paraded some of the corrupt officials including; Infrastructure Minister, Clever Gatete, former Governors Emmanuel Gasana (former Inspector of Police) and Jean Marrie Vianney Gatabazi.

In particular these officials have failed the President. He has not only warned them countless times, but has also engaged them and none of them even heeds their own promise to change.

Kagame is very disturbed by many cases, and went ahead to describe a particular case involving a public servant, Nicholas Kaganza, suspected of embezzling more than U$408,000 (approx Frw363 million) paid by tourists between August 2018 and January 2019, according to the recent Auditor General’s report.

This money was collected manually instead of using the official online platform (Irembo). The suspect was arrested and later granted bail.

He later fled the country to Uganda where he changed names but was tracked down and brought back and detained. However, this man was again granted bail, regardless.

He’s also being investigated on how he owns five houses for a young 28 year old junior public officer.

This is where Justice Minister may have to explain the rationale of how the justice system cannot clearly see that the suspect is a flight risk and a thief.

The President learnt about his release and instructed the Police to arrest him again and locked him up.

“I instructed the Police to arrest him,” the President told members of  the Extended National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting bringing together at least 250 members including leaders representing different party organs.

President Kagame who is also the Chairman of the RPF party, warned that he is willing to send everyone to jail even if it means having him left with half of the members.

“When you are a thief, it doesn’t matter where you come from, but I know where you belong; prison,” Kagame said after over an hour of tough address to party members.

The whole arena seemed too small for the party members. The President was very tough and serious that nobody inside even moved their feet or turned their heads.

Known for his art of managing an audience, President Kagame walked through the hall all the way from the front to the end and back, he could see faces of people who have given him a hard time countless times. And he was vividly perturbed.

“I don’t have a problem having half of the people here in prison,” the angry President said, adding, “Ntabwo mwananira (you won’t give me hard time).”

President Kagame said he had warned most of these corrupt officials many times but they continue doing the same mistakes; “I promise you, there is going to be accountability,” he said as the room remained in total silence.

“Don’t think it is over,” the President warned. “You will have to pay the price.”

In his concluding remarks, President Kagame sent a strong last warning. “It is over,” “I am tired.”

At the express request of President Kagame, Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) is expected to swing in action to interrogate several public officials connected to most of the shameful corruption scandals.

Check this site later for another detailed story regarding Minister Gatete’s alleged criminality and misconduct.


Article was published June 27,2020

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Afghanistan: Stay Home, Female Kabul Government Workers Told




The new Taliban mayor of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has told female municipal employees to stay home unless their jobs cannot be filled by a man.

Hamdullah Nomany said the Taliban “found it necessary to stop women from working for a while”.

It is the latest restriction imposed on Afghanistan’s women by the country’s hard-line new Islamist government.

During their previous rule in the 1990s women were barred from education and the workplace.

After seizing the country last month following the withdrawal of US forces, the Taliban said women’s rights would be respected “within the framework of Islamic law”.

But the Taliban favour a strict interpretation of Islam’s legal system, Sharia law.

Since taking power working women have been told to stay at home until the security situation improves, and Taliban fighters have beaten women protesting against the all-male interim government.

The Islamist group appears to have shut down the women’s affairs ministry and replaced it with a department that once enforced strict religious doctrines.

And this weekend secondary schools reopened, but with only boys and male teachers allowed back into classrooms. The Taliban said it was working on reopening schools for girls.

According to the Kabul mayor about a third of the municipality’s 3,000 employees are women. He said some would carry on working.

“For example, women work in the women’s toilets in the city where men cannot go,” he said.

“But for the positions that others [men] can fill, we have told them [women] to stay at home until the situation is normalised. Their salaries will be paid,” he added.

On Sunday, there were small protests outside the women’s affairs ministry while another group of women held a press conference to demand their rights.

One of those protesting at the ministry said “we do not want this ministry to be removed. The removal of women [means] the removal of human beings.”

In a separate development, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission said it had been unable to fulfil its duties since the Taliban’s takeover.

The organisation said in a statement that its buildings, vehicles and computers had all been taken over by the Taliban.

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Ruto Wants To Reconcile With President Uhuru



Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said that he wants to mend fences with his boss as the rift deepens between the two former allies.

However, it should be noted that last year, the two leaders also tried to fix their political differences mediated by the clergy but failed to make any headway.

The union between these two former political allies collapsed on July 22, 2019 following the arrest of Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury Henry Rotich, who was accused of corruption.

Rotich, who pleaded not guilty, was released on bail the following day. He had been appointed by Kenyatta in 2013 at Ruto’s request.

The Ruto camp has never hidden its distrust for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), an outcome of the March 2018 peace pact between President Uhuru and Raila Odinga – his long-time opposition foe.

The initiative was symbolised by the famous public handshake between the two men – a moment now simply referred to as “The Handshake”.

Ruto’s supporters fear that the rapprochement signals Kenyatta’s plan to renege on a power-sharing and succession pact, under which he would back Ruto for president at the 2022 elections after serving two terms.

The BBI aims to amend the 2010 constitution – which established a presidential system – to create, among other things, a post of prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and a leader of the opposition and increase the number of seats in parliament.

According to President Uhuru, the constitutional review (BBI) is meant to mitigate the current “winner take all” system that has caused post-election conflicts throughout the country’s history.

On May 11, 2021 Parliament approved the bill, which was then to be put to a referendum.

But two days later, a Nairobi court ruled that the process was illegal, stating that such a constitutional review could not be initiated by the president.

With the collapse of the BBI, Ruto seems to have won the fight and thus seems to be ready to reconcile with Uhuru.

However, it remains to be judged by the forthcoming days whether the two will really reconcile. President Uhuru had earlier challenged his deputy to resign if he didn’t approve of the government achievements yet he serves in the same.

Although both President Kenyatta and Ruto have never explained exactly why their relationship fell apart, it is understood they previously exchanged bitter text messages. Some have been read by their allies.

“From the messages that I was shown, the differences between the two are personal and very deep. It will take a miracle for them to be ironed out,” one source said. His opinion was echoed by others.

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International Community Accused Of Regime Change Maneuvers In South Sudan



South Sudanese Cabinet Affairs Minister has lambasted the international community, saying the country was lacking genuine friends but only those with the agenda of regime change.

Minister Martin Elia Lomuro (pictured above) pointed to reluctance by key members of the international community to fund the implementation of the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

“Who says there are friends, perhaps in the region but in the international community, let me put it white and blank, we do are friends? Those that you see are working otherwise. They are for regime change,” said Lomuro.

The minister who is under UN and U.S. sanctions was speaking during an occasion marking the third anniversary of the revitalized 2018 peace agreement on Saturday. The roundtable discussion was organized by UN-owned Radio Miraya.

The cabinet minister said the lack of international support hampered the implementation of the peace agreement particularly the costly security arrangements.

Following the signing of the peace agreement, the Troika countries requested transparency in the management of the oil income before supporting the implementation process.

Peacebuilding Minister Stephen Par Kuol who also participated in the discussion argued that key members of the international community had refused to fund the implementation process because they believe the leadership was “corrupt”. So, these countries have decided to let everything be shouldered by the government.

Kuol further said it was cheaper to fund the implementation of the peace agreement than the humanitarian assistance given by these sam countries on compassionate ground.

“We have tried this (regime change) when we were in the opposition, but it did not work. So, I told these diplomats during our engagement with them to help fund the agreement so that the refugees and internally displaced persons can return to their homes. Instead of working for regime change, I ask them to support this current (transitional) government of the revitalized peace agreement, not the regime”, explained Kuol.

James Solomon Okuk, a senior independent political analyst and a researcher who published a book about the revitalized peace agreement said the accord had fallen below 10 per cent in the implementation of key provisions, especially provisions relating to security arrangement.


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