Media Review April 6

Media Review April 6
President Hichilema bids farewell to President Kagame at the end of the latter's official visit to Zambia. Courtesy Photo

President Kagame concludes 2-day visit to Zambia

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame concluded a two-day State visit to Zambia where he was received by his counterpart Hakainde Hichilema.

The two toured some of Zambia’s tourist attractions namely the Victoria Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, among others.

Both countries signed cooperation agreements spanning areas such as investment, trade, agriculture, migration and others. Zambia is among Rwanda’s key import sources of things such as sugar, corn and soya bean.

Rwanda court upholds 25 year sentence for ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

Rwanda’s court of appeal upheld a 25-year prison term against ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero Paul Rusesabagina, who was convicted last year on terror charges. The prosecution had appealed seeking life sentence for the former hotel manager turned politician.

In his ruling, the judge argued that Rusesabagina is first time offender thus his sentence should not be increased, “because the 25 years he was given is in accordance with the weight of his crimes,” said judge Francois Regis Rukundakuvuga on April 4.

The 67-year old was arrested in August 2020 after what his family described as a kidnapping from Dubai by Rwandan authorities. He was convicted in September of eight terrorism charges.

He has been absent from court proceedings since March 2021 after he indicated that he expected no justice from the court.

Rwandans begin national mourning for genocide victims

Rwandans observe the 28th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi starting April 7. It’s a week-long national mourning which last until April 13.

The Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagements (MINUBUMWE) announced that key activities such as the Walk to Remember will not take place, while the night vigil will be aired on television.

The changes are part of the measures to limit the spread of the pandemic, the ministry said. Commemoration activities at the national level will be held at the Kigali Genocide Memorial while districts will converge at district memorial sites.

The national mourning will be concluded on April 13 with a ceremony in remembrance of politicians killed during the genocide at the Rebero Genocide Memorial site in Kigali. Commemoration activities will go on until July 3.