Dutch cut aid to Rwanda over DRC support

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 27 (UPI) -- Officials in the Netherlands said the country has suspended aid to Rwanda over its alleged backing of a rebel army in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC blame focused on Rwanda

DRC blame focused on Rwanda

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. war crimes official said Rwandan leaders may be charged with assisting rebel forces destabilizing neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ban issues appeal to end DRC violence

UNITED NATIONS, July 12 (UPI) -- Rwandan and Congolese leaders are called on to take steps to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. chief said.

Mugesera being deported to Rwanda

MONTREAL, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Leon Mugesera, the Rwandan accused of war crimes who has lived in Canada nearly two decades, is being deported after lawyers failed Monday to stop deportation.
Rwanda's Kagame again accused of genocide

Rwanda's Kagame again accused of genocide

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame likely sparked the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left nearly 800,000 dead, a one-time ally said.

Rwandan exiles warned they are targets

LONDON, May 21 (UPI) -- Two Rwandan exiles and opponents of President Paul Kagame who live in London say they have been warned they were targeted for assassination.

Rwandan journalists get long jail terms

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Two Rwandan journalists have been sentenced to long jail terms for allegedly writing articles meant to incite "hatred" against the government, officials said.
'Hotel Rwanda' hero accused of subversion

'Hotel Rwanda' hero accused of subversion

KIGALI, Rwanda, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Rwandan authorities have accused Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the hero in the movie "Hotel Rwanda," of financing subversion in the country.
Kagame denies U.N. claims on atrocities

Kagame denies U.N. claims on atrocities

LONDON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A draft U.N. report claiming that Rwandan forces acted indiscriminately in the wake of the 1994 genocide is nonsense, the Rwandan president said.

Rwandan campaign troubles London

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Presidential elections in Rwanda are a sign of peaceful reconciliation, though political restrictions during the campaign are a top concern, London said.

Post-election bombing in Rwanda kills six

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Authorities arrested three people in connection with a bombing in the Rwandan capital that killed six following national elections, police said Thursday.
Early results hand Kagame easy victory

Early results hand Kagame easy victory

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Preliminary results from this week's election in Rwanda indicate incumbent President Paul Kagame won by a landslide.
Kagame remains Rwanda's leader

Kagame remains Rwanda's leader

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Voters in Rwanda appear to have re-elected President Paul Kagame by a wide margin, partial election results released Tuesday indicated.
Rwanda's Kagame defends vote

Rwanda's Kagame defends vote

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The international scrutiny of the election cycle in Rwanda is based on an outdated legacy, incumbent President Paul Kagame said Monday.

Rwandans go to polls

RWANDA, South Africa, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- About 5 million Rwandans were eligible to vote in Monday's presidential election, officials said.
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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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