Rwandan president Kagame blames French for genocide

Rwandan president Kagame blames French for genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda, April 7 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame condemned alleged French involvement in his country's genocide, at an event marking its 20th anniversary.
Ed Adamczyk

Relationship of long-time allies Rwanda, South Africa deteriorates

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 13 (UPI) -- The killing of a Rwandan intelligence officer in Johannesburg, South Africa, late last year has increased tensions between the two countries, a newspaper said.

Body of exiled Rwandan intelligence chief found in Johannesburg hotel

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An investigation began after the body of a former Rwandan official was found in a Johannesburg, South Africa, hotel room, police said Thursday.

Congo army 'has crushed eastern rebellion,' but peace elusive

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The army of the Democratic Republic of Congo has effectively crushed a 20-month rebellion that threatened the government's hold on the country's mineral-rich eastern province, U.N. special envoy Martin Kobler says.

S. Africa said to be stalling on request to interview Rwandan general

South Africa has stalled a French judge's request to talk to an exiled Rwandan general about the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, officials say.
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West pressed hard for end to Congo war

KAMPALA, Uganda, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring Rwanda, protagonists in Africa's deadliest war, say they have made "significant progress" toward finding a settlement to the seemingly endless bloodbath in the eastern Congo.

Rights group ties Rwanda to DRC conflict

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 23 (UPI) -- Rwandan forces are suspected of supporting rebels accused of mass atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said.

DRC approaching a breaking point

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 15 (UPI) -- Congolese rebels said they want to sit down at the negotiating table with President Joseph Kabila amid reports of renewed fighting in eastern DRC.

M23 clashes erupt in eastern DRC

UNITED NATIONS, May 21 (UPI) -- Renewed fighting between DRC forces and the rebel March 23 Movement is cause for serious concern, a U.N. spokesman said.

Rwanda fends off DRC accusations

KIGALE, Rwanda, May 20 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame said accusations that his government was backing militancy in neighboring DRC were off the mark.

Britain stops aid to Rwanda over DRC role

LONDON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Britain suspended financial aid to Rwanda, expressing concerns about the African country's role in the conflict with neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

U.N. head urges M23 to end Congo conflict

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the M23 rebel group, which seized the Congolese city of Goma last week, to halt its offensive and lay down arms.

DRC, Rwanda leaders to discuss violence

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda were meeting Wednesday to discuss fighting in eastern DRC, where rebels seized control of Goma.

Endless Congo war flares anew amid mutiny

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Thousands of people are fleeing fighting in the DRC's mineral-rich east as government forces struggle to crush a led by a veteran fighter wanted for war crimes.

Rwandan aid hinges on DRC, London says

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The Rwandan government needs to uphold its obligations regarding conflict in DRC as a precondition to British financial aid, an official suggested.
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Paul Kagame
WAP2003030421 - WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame meets with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House on March 4, 2003. rlw/Roger L. Wollenberg UPI

Paul Kagame (born October 23, 1957) is the current President of the Republic of Rwanda. He rose to prominence as the leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), whose victory over the incumbent government in July 1994 effectively ended the Rwandan genocide. Under his leadership, Rwanda has been called Africa’s “biggest success story” and Kagame has become a public advocate of new models for foreign aid designed to help recipients become self-reliant.

However, involvement in the Congo Civil War and the recent and mysterious death of opposition deputy Andre Kagwa Rwisereka has seen doubts raised over his Government's policies and motives, particularly regarding political freedom. All major parties opposed to Kagame were disqualified from participation in the 2010 presidential elections, and Kagame subsequently won with 93% of the vote.

Kagame was born to a Tutsi family in Ruhango, Rwanda in October 1957 to Deogratius and Asteria Rutagambwa. In November 1959, an increasingly restive Hutu population sparked a revolt, eventually resulting in the overthrow of Mwami Kigeri V Ndahindurwa in 1961. During the 1959 revolt and its aftermath, more than 150,000 people were killed in the fighting, with the Tutsis suffering the greatest losses. Several thousand moved to neighbouring countries including Burundi and Uganda. In all, some 20,000 Tutsis were killed. In 1960 Kagame left with his family at the age of two and moved to Uganda with many other Tutsis. In 1962 they settled in the Gahunge refugee camp, Toro, where Kagame spent the rest of his childhood years. He attended Ntare Secondary School in Uganda. During this time Kagame was a "motivated student" and bore an early fascination with revolutionaries like Che Guevara.

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