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France Orders Trial Of Rwandan Doctor, Eugene Rwamucyo, Over 1994 Genocide2 minutes read

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A Rwanda doctor, Eugene Rwamucyo, is set to go on trial in France on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Rwamucyo is believed to be one of the masterminds of the genocide against the Tutsi in southern Rwanda in 1994.

In 2010, a French court blocked his extradition to Rwanda, where he has already been tried in absentia and sentenced to life in prison.

Now, French judges have ordered that the 61-year-old, who lives in Belgium, be put on trial over allegations of taking part in atrocities in Butare in southern Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

The doctor’s lawyer said that his client rejected the allegations.

Dr Rwamucyo is expected to appeal against the decision, which would delay the trial for a further year.

Around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died in ethnic killings carried out by extremist Hutus.

Rwamucyo, a doctor at Maubeuge hospital (North) in France, was suspended in October 2009 when the management of the establishment learned that he was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the Rwandan government.

He was later fired.

Rwamucyo was finally arrested in May 2010 in Sannois (Paris region) when he had just attended the funeral of another Rwandan, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, co-founder of Radio and television free of the Thousand Collines, the extremist anti-Tutsi radio station. The Versailles Court of Appeal, however, opposed his extradition in September 2010, ordering his release.

He was first indicted in 2013 for “participation in an agreement to commit the crime of genocide”, then in 2018 for “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”, and placed under judicial control, with ban on leaving the Schengen area.

According to reports, France is home to some wanted Rwandans accused playing active role in the genocide. They included Agathe Kanziga, widow of former President Juvenal Habyarimana, Manasse Bigwenzare, a former judge, and Sosthene Munyemana, nicknamed “the butcher of Tumba” for atrocities he was involved in southern Rwanda.

There is also Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Catholic priest accused of having a direct hand in killings in parts of Kigali.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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Fire On Kilimanjaro Under Control – Official

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A fire on Mount Kilimanjaro that had been raging for seven days is largely under control, the Director General of Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) said on Saturday.

“Thanks to work done by various stakeholders and rain which came in some parts of the mountain last night we have managed to contain the fire by 99 per cent,’’ Allan Kijazi said.

‘`What remains now are small patches in bushes which are still smoking and we are dealing with them as I speak,’’ he added, saying that a helicopter was being used in hard-to-reach areas.

The fire broke out on Sunday and, according to officials, has since destroyed at least 28 square kilometres of bush.

Officials have said some 500 people were working to quell the flames.

At 5,895 metres, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and also one of Tanzania’s landmarks.

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12 Die In Tanzania Floods

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No fewer than 12 people died in a flood caused by torrential rainfall in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania capital state.

The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Lazaro Mambosasa, said on Thursday that the deaths occurred in Ilala and Kinondoni Police Zones.

The flooding occurred on Wednesday 13 October 2020.

“At around 7 pm on October 13, Mariam Yahaya (45), a resident of Vingunguti, died after she drowned while trying to save her belongings which were washed away by water,” he said.

Ms Yahaya’s body was found floating in the Msimbazi River.

Five other bodies were found in the Msimbazi River around Jangwani area, two of the dead were identified as; Herieth Kanuti (18), a Form Three student at Lutihinda Secondary School and Ipyana Mwakifuna (19) a resident of Jangwani.

Three other bodies are yet to be identified – two men and one woman.

On Wednesday October 14, another body of a man identified as Philipo Feliciani (30), a resident of Tabata Kimanga, was found trapped in River Tenge.

“The victim died after falling off and being washed away by water as he tried to cross the bridge used by pedestrians at Tabata Kimanga.”

Another body of a man, who is yet to be known and estimated to be around 30 to 35 years old was found in Ukonga-Sabasaba.

Two children from the same family and two adults were killed from the effects of the ongoing downpour, according to the RPC.

They were identified as Ibrahim Hassani(24), Hussein Awadhi (5) and Bakari Awadhi (14), all being residents of Kigogo Buyuni.

The children drowned after their house which is located in the Kigogo valley was flooded.

Also on October 14, 2020 at around 8am in Mabibo, the body of unidentified man was seen floating in Msimbazi River.

According to Mambosasa all the bodies of the deceased have been taken to the Muhimbili National Hospital.

The heavy rains that began in the early hours of Tuesday October 13, 2020 and continued throughout the day has rendered some of the residents homeless due to flooding.

However, there was a sign of relief to the residents of the expansive city after the entire Wednesday passed without any incident with bright sunshine.

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