Slayings rise ahead of Rwandan elections

Slayings rise ahead of Rwandan elections

KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Rwandan government isn't tied to the assassinations of political opponents as alleged by the BBC, the country's foreign minister claims.

Rwandan journalist killed outside home

KIJALI, Rwanda, June 25 (UPI) -- The exiled editor of an independent newspaper in Rwanda said the acting editor was killed because the paper was investigating the shooting of a Rwandan general.
4 jailed in shooting of Rwandan dissident

4 jailed in shooting of Rwandan dissident

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 21 (UPI) -- Four people were arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the shooting of a Rwandan dissident, police said.

Former Rwandan army chief shot and wounded

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 19 (UPI) -- The former head of the Rwandan army, now living in South Africa, was shot and wounded Saturday in Johannesburg.
Sarkozy: France erred in Rwandan genocide

Sarkozy: France erred in Rwandan genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy said France made mistakes in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, but stopped short of apologizing for his country's actions.
Sarkozy in Rwanda to mend broken relations

Sarkozy in Rwanda to mend broken relations

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Rwanda Thursday, hoping to improve relations strained since the 1994 genocide, officials said.

Former Rwandan official warns of violence

KIGALI, Rwanda, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A former speaker of the Rwandan Parliament has warned his country could again spiral into a dark world of violence.
Rwanda to commemorate 1994 genocide

Rwanda to commemorate 1994 genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda, April 7 (UPI) -- Rwandan leaders say they will have a service to commemorate the 1994 genocide near the spot where U.N. peacekeepers turned their backs on fleeing residents.

Report: Nkunda recruiting from Rwanda army

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Gen. Laurent Nkunda has recruited fighters for his rebel force in the eastern Congo from the Rwandan army, The Telegraph reported Thursday.

Rwandans protest leader's German arrest

KIGALI, Rwanda, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Rwandan protesters say they're outraged over the arrest in Germany of Rose Kabuye, one of President Paul Kagame's top aides.

Kivu cease-fire frays on eve of summit

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Clashes between rebel forces and government soldiers flared Thursday in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a cease-fire appeared to be failing.

U.S., Rwanda sign investment agreement

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The presidents of the United States and Rwanda signed a trade agreement Tuesday, saying the pact urges U.S. companies to consider Rwanda a good investment.
Bush dedicates new U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

Bush dedicates new U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Cutting the ribbon for a new U.S. Embassy in Rwanda is a way for the United States to show support for the African country's future, President George Bush said.

Bush to attend U.S. Embassy dedication

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush plans to be on hand to dedicate the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, Tuesday during that portion of his African visit.

Rwanda to invest in science and technology

BOSTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame said he wants to see his country invest 5 percent of its gross domestic product to science and technology by 2012.
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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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