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Rwandan and Burundian presidents meet over security issues

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Rwandan President Kagame and Burundian President Nkurunziza meet…

Kigali – Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza in southern Rwanda over “security issues” and “regional co-operation”, Kagame’s office said in a statement.

“President Kagame … held private talks with his Burundian counterpart President Pierre Nkurunziza at the border town of Huye. The two heads of state discussed bilateral issues of interest to both countries, as well as regional co-operation and security matters,” the text, received on Monday, said.

The meeting on Sunday was Kagame’s first with another head of state since his landslide electoral victory last week with 93% of the vote.

While his supporters were celebrating his win, a grenade attack on Wednesday in Kigali left several people wounded.

Other similar attacks, for which no one has so far claimed responsibility, shook Kigali between February and May, leaving at least four dead and some 50 wounded.

The Rwandan army said on Sunday it had discovered those responsible for the attacks but it did not reveal their identity.

[AFP]

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August 18, 2010   1 Comment

Rwanda Defense Force issues a statement about worrying terror network

RDF says it has a clear picture of grenade terror network

Rwanda Defense Force has issued a statement saying that it now has a clear picture of the terrorists network and individuals involved in the grenade attacks which have killed a number of innocent people mostly in Kigali city. The statement signed by Defense and Military spokesman Lt Colonel Jill Rutaremara, says the attacks were made by “criminal elements who are unhappy with the positive developments in Rwanda” It said the attacks were aimed at creating fear and panic among the population and portraying Rwanda as an insecure country.

According to this statement released on Saturday, RDF now has an in-depth information on those involved in mobilization, sensitization, recruitment, training, coordination, funding as well as the sources of the grenades and their distribution network, thanks to effective intelligence system, elaborate coordination with other security organs and the relentless and vigilant population.
The RDF assured Rwandans that it will leave no stone unturned in exposing and hunting down these criminals who are responsible for the loss of lives of innocent Rwandans. It also cast a strong warning to those involved in these “cowardly acts” saying they should be ready and fully prepared to pay highly for their crimes.

The RDF said it will continue to pursue these criminals and to hold them accountable for their barbaric acts. In the past the RDF has defeated the enemies who attempted to destabilize Rwanda, said the statement, and will no doubt defeat these “reactionary criminals”.
Through this statement, RDF cautioned non Rwandans to desist from associating themselves with these criminal elements who are “opportunistic, misguided and confused”.

The RDF took this opportunity to reassure Rwandans that it will tirelessly work to ensure that they enjoy the security and the peace they deserve. The RDF also thanked Rwandans for their overwhelming support in combating the terrorists, for their confidence and for refusing to be intimidated and going about their nation building programs.

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August 18, 2010   1 Comment

Tense atmosphere in Kigali and drastic new security directives

Following the military spokesman’s statement accusing exiled army generals to be behind recent grenades, with the help of Uganda and Tanzania, the atmosphere in Kigali is tense.

The city of Kigali Authority has issued security measures regarding hotels, banks, bars and transport businesses with immediate effect:
● Every one entering a hotel must be searched and hotels must be equiped with detectors within one week.
● Bars must be equiped with power generators to keep lights on in event of general blackouts in the area.
● Owners of cars with tinted windows are asked to change car window glasses as soon as possible.

Kagame has got his new term after last week’s sham elections, but the recent events and these drastic new measures show that he is very nervous and that worries in Rwanda are not over yet.

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August 18, 2010   4 Comments