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Rwigaras Bail Ruling Set for Friday

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Members of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara’s family when they were taken in for questioning by Rwanda police on September 4, 2017 at their residence in Kiyovu.

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court will on Friday rule whether the three members of the Rwigara family will be released bail or not.

Mrs. Adeline Rwigara and her two daughters Diane and Anne Rwigara are jointly facing charges related to inciting public insurrection.

Diane and her mother each face separate charges related to forgery charges and divisionism respectively.

The pre-trial hearings continued yesterday with a lengthy part of the day’s session held in camera.

The decision to hold in camera sessions was reached after both parties had agreed that some of the evidence, specifically the WhatsApp audio files and some witnesses’ names should not be disclosed to the public due to security reasons.

Citing the articles in the law governing the Rwandan judicial system, Gatera Gashabana representing Adeline added that the prosecution illegally obtained the audio files on which they based the indictment.

However, Prosecution told Court that the files were legally obtained because they got them from their cell phones which were seized during the legal search at their residence and that they did not intercept the conversations before they get to the recipients.

Both Diane and Anne deny all the charges leveled against them.

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Hotel Operators Appeal for Lower Interest Rates

Photo: The New Times

Marriott Hotel in Kigali.

By Eddie Nsabimana

Banks’ high interest rate on loans is fast becoming a threat to tourism sector operators, industry players have said.

With local commercial banks charging between 17 per cent and 24 per cent in interest on the loans provided to operators in the sector, hoteliers say that it is too high given the returns in the industry.

Odette Nyiramongi, from Paradise Hotel in Rubavu District, said that the costs are quite high and pay back period short.

“The banks are demanding too much interest on the loans offered to hotel business operators and are not willing to provide it on long-term basis while this business takes long,” she explained.

The concerns by the private sector operators were raised during a CEOs Forum held in Kigali Friday.

It came at a time when the sector is setting out towards achieving revenue targets of $800 by 2024.

Rwanda Development Board’s chief executive Clare Akamanzi assured operators that the government will continue to improve operating conditions in the sector.

Akamanzi promised sector players that discussions will be held on the possibility of lower interest rates.

“We want the tourism sector to become more attractive and need to understand key areas where we need to put more efforts,” she said.

She added that if local commercial banks are not willing to provide long-term loans, the government could look into the possibility of connecting them to foreign banks which can give them long-term loans.

Confusions on loan charges?

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the central bank vice governor, said that some charges are exercised in compliance with some clauses in loan application forms, cautioning business operators to be careful with such contracts.

“Some clauses are ignored and misunderstood due to language used or the loan applicant’s lack of attention. But it is the client’s right to ask for a loan application form in a language they understand to avoid such misunderstandings,” Nsanzabaganwa said.

The CEOs Forum is organised every year since 2016, and brings together different private business operators to discuss with the government how the business sector can progress to the level of significantly benefiting the sector players and the country at large.

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Rwigaras Bail Hearing Finally Begins

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Rwanda:Hotel Operators Appeal for Lower Interest Rates

Photo: The New Times

Marriott Hotel in Kigali.

By Eddie Nsabimana

Banks’ high interest rate on loans is fast becoming a threat to tourism sector operators, industry players have said.

With local commercial banks charging between 17 per cent and 24 per cent in interest on the loans provided to operators in the sector, hoteliers say that it is too high given the returns in the industry.

Odette Nyiramongi, from Paradise Hotel in Rubavu District, said that the costs are quite high and pay back period short.

“The banks are demanding too much interest on the loans offered to hotel business operators and are not willing to provide it on long-term basis while this business takes long,” she explained.

The concerns by the private sector operators were raised during a CEOs Forum held in Kigali Friday.

It came at a time when the sector is setting out towards achieving revenue targets of $800 by 2024.

Rwanda Development Board’s chief executive Clare Akamanzi assured operators that the government will continue to improve operating conditions in the sector.

Akamanzi promised sector players that discussions will be held on the possibility of lower interest rates.

“We want the tourism sector to become more attractive and need to understand key areas where we need to put more efforts,” she said.

She added that if local commercial banks are not willing to provide long-term loans, the government could look into the possibility of connecting them to foreign banks which can give them long-term loans.

Confusions on loan charges?

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the central bank vice governor, said that some charges are exercised in compliance with some clauses in loan application forms, cautioning business operators to be careful with such contracts.

“Some clauses are ignored and misunderstood due to language used or the loan applicant’s lack of attention. But it is the client’s right to ask for a loan application form in a language they understand to avoid such misunderstandings,” Nsanzabaganwa said.

The CEOs Forum is organised every year since 2016, and brings together different private business operators to discuss with the government how the business sector can progress to the level of significantly benefiting the sector players and the country at large.

Rwanda

Rwigaras Bail Hearing Finally Begins

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Monday begun pre-trial hearings for three members of the Rwigara family. Read more »

Court Refuses to Split Rwigaras Case

By Elisee Mpirwa

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Friday denied the request by prosecution to separate the hearing of three Rwigara family members who face charges related to inciting insurrection.

For the fourth time, the court had to adjourn the pre-trial hearing of Anne Rwigara, and Diane Rwigara and their mother Adeline Rwigara to Monday, after Gatera Gashabana (representing the mother) claimed he had not had time to look into the file.

In court, prosecution had requested the judges to separate Adeline Rwigara’s case from her daughters, arguing that since the lawyer representing the two younger Rwigaras had said he was ready, the trial should be split and proceedings begin for parties that are ready.

However, court decided not to separate the trial saying that there are common charges against the three defendants, which may complicate the process if they are tried separately.

Prosecution had also requested the court not to postpone the case again, arguing that defendants had been given enough time to prepare themselves for the pre-trial hearing.

The three face charges related to inciting insurrection.

Diane Rwigara faces additional forgery-related charges, which were discovered by the National Electoral Commission during the evaluation of nominations for the recently concluded presidential election.

The mother, Adeline Rwigara, also faces another separate charge of divisionism and discrimination.

They first appeared before court last week on Friday.

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Kigali Court Suspends Rwigaras Pre-Trial Again

By Edmund Kagire

The pre-trial hearing in which Diane Shima Rwigara, her mother Adeline and sister Anne are accused of inciting insurrection failed to take off again on Wednesday.

The court in Kigali suspended the case after Mrs Rwigara asked for a new lawyer saying due to the magnitude of charges against her, she wanted another advocate to represent her while the family lawyer, Celestin Buhuru, represents her daughters.

The widow of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara said she would like lawyer Gatera Gashabana to represent her. In additional to charges for inciting insurrection, she is also accused of discrimination and sectarian practices.

Her daughter Diane, a prominent government critic who was barred from contesting the presidency in the August 4 election, told the court on Wednesday that she had not been allowed enough time with the lawyer to prepare her defence in the case.

The 35-year-old, who is also charged with forging signatures during her presidential campaign, said she had been denied access to all evidence in the case.

“From the time we were arrested to today, I have not been given full access to my [case] file. I have only seen it here in court,” she said.

She added that she needed more time with her lawyer who she had “only been able to see a few times”.

The prosecution stated it would not grant full access to the files to the suspects as doing so might jeopardise the case. The prosecution insisted that all they needed to know had been made available.

Mrs Rwigara also asked the court to direct the police to release money the family alleges was confiscated when their house was raided by the authorities last month to enable them pay their lawyers.

After about an hour of recess, the judges returned to court and granted the Rwigaras two days to prepare their defence, warning that it would the last time the court adjourned the hearing.

“As enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, a suspect has a right to defence and legal representation, which is why the request for Adeline [Mrs Rwigara] is granted,” the court ruled.

The judges said the issue of money raised by Mrs Rwigara could only be addressed when the case goes to trial.

Scores of people, including relatives, diplomats, supporters of Ms Rwigara and journalists jammed the court room while other followed proceedings from outside on loud speakers.

Rights groups, which accuse President Paul Kagame of ruling Rwanda through fear, say the trial is politically motivated aimed at silencing Diane.

The three Rwigara women were first presented in court last Friday. The pre-trial hearing was then adjourned to Monday, then to today (Wednesday).

The pre-trial has been adjourned to Friday, October 13.

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Patriots Dismiss Reports of Signing Ruhezamihigo

By Richard Bishumba

Patriots Basketball Club have refuted reports that Rwandan international Hamza Ruhezamihigo has joined the club for the 2017/2018 season.

The point-guard was part of Patriots’ roaster that finished second at the just concluded FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships in Kampala, Uganda, which fueled speculation that he has signed for the league playoffs champions.

However, Patriots head Coach Henry Mwinuke, told Times Sport on Wednesday that reports of Ruhezamihigo’s signing are false.

“We have not signed him (Ruhezamihigo), we never even attempted to. He was with us in Kampala as a support player only for Zone V tournament, not as a new signing for the club. Any source suggesting otherwise is misleading,” the Tanzanian-born trainer said.

Mwinuke added that, “Ruhezamihigo still has a contract to honour in Canada. After he is through with what he is here for, which is none of our business, he will go back.”

The 2016 local league champions, Patriots, alongside APR women’s basketball team, represented Rwanda at the annual regional championship that run from October 1 to 7.

In addition to Ruhezemihigo, Patriots’ 13-man squad for the regional championships included other players from rivals clubs, like; Espoir captain Olivier Shyaka and Rwanda Energy Group’s centre Kami Kabange. Patriots lost 59-85 to Uganda’s City Oilers in the final. The Rwandan team won 4 games and lost 2, both defeats against City Oilers, in the group stage and final.

Commenting about the performance in Kampala, Mwinuke said, “We did the best we could, my boys gave it their all, individually and collectively. City Oilers were totally better than us and deserved the title, home advantage also favoured them.”

The week-long East Africa’s flagship showpiece was retained by City Oilers (Uganda) in men’s category and KPA of Kenya in women’s fray.

Both teams qualified to represent the region at the 2018 FIBA Africa Club Championship set for December in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Silverbacks Call Off Trip to Nairobi Safaricom 7s

By Jejje Muhinde

Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) has cancelled plans to participate in this year’s Safaricom Sevens rugby tournament scheduled for November 3-5 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Safaricom Sevens, which attracts teams from different parts of the world, will take place just a week after a repeat of the Kenyan Presidential elections to be held on October 26.

RRF Secretary General, Tharcisse Kamanda admitted that the decision to call off the trip was based on the political tensions in Kenya, which he described as “unpredictable.”

“The situation is a bit tense in Kenya; after making an assessment we decided against travelling there and instead, we shall organize our own Seven Circuit around the same time,” he confirmed.

A re-run of the Presidential elections in Kenya has also affected other sports disciplines like cricket, football and athletes whereby competitions have been postponed due to political uncertainty.

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Rwandan Rwigara Family in Court for Pretrial Hearing

Diane Shima Rwigara, a critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was taken to court Friday for a pre-trial hearing.

The 35-year-old is charged with forging signatures during her presidential campaign. She was disqualified from contesting in the August 4 election won by President Kagame with 98 per cent of the vote.

Ms Rwigara appeared in court alongside her mother Adeline and sister Anne. The three are charged with inciting insurrection. Adeline Rwigara is also charged with discrimination and sectarian practices.

The trio has been in detention for two weeks.

Rwanda police first raided their house in the capital Kigali in August on allegations of tax evasion relating to the family-owned tobacco company.

The family of the late businessman Assinapol Rwigara has been involved in run-ins with the police since.

They are however not facing the tax evasion charges.

In an interview with The EastAfrican, shortly before her arrest,Ms Rwigara denied all the charges claiming that her family was being “persecuted for criticising the government”.

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Kigali Court Adjourns Rwigaras’ Case to Next Week

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Members of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara’s family when they were taken in for questioning by Rwanda police on September 4, 2017 at their residence in Kiyovu.

By Ivan R. Mugisha

A Kigali court has adjourned the pretrial hearing of a critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame facing criminal charges.

Diane Rwigara, who was barred from contesting the presidency in the August 4 election, is charged with forgery and inciting insurrection.

She appeared before the three-judge bench at the Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Friday morning.

Her mother Adeline and sister Anne, similarly facing charges of inciting insurrection, were also brought before the court. Mrs Rwigara is also charged with discrimination and sectarian practices.

The court put off the hearing until next week after the three women said they had not been allowed to meet with their family lawyer Pierre Celestin Buhuru.

“The lawyer has been chased away several times whenever he wanted to talk to us. We have not had time to talk to him and to understand the charges against us for us to know how to go about this,” Anne told the court.

The prosecution, led by Mr Michele Nshimiyimana, said they had informed Mr Buhuru and asked the judges to ask trio “if they indeed want to be represented”.

“No trial can be held today since the accused have no lawyers,” the court said.

“Look for your lawyers,” the judges told the Rwigaras.

“The trial has been adjourned to October 9, 2017 at 9am.”

The trio has been in detention for two weeks.

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Rwigara Family Faces Charges of Inciting Insurrection

By Athan Tashobya

Prosecution has filed a petition to court seeking a 30-day remand for Diane Rwigara, Anne Rwigara and their mother Adeline Rwigara, according to the body’s spokesperson, Faustin Nkusi.

Speaking to The New Times today, Nkusi said that the suspects are likely to be produced before court in the next 72 hours and will be charged with public incitement among other charges.

“The three share a charge of inciting insurrection or trouble amongst the population but we have a separate charge for Diane Rwigara which is use of counterfeited documents,” Nkusi said.

Adeline Rwigara also faces another separate charge of use discrimination and sectarian practices.

“These are the charges we have decided to prefer against them and we shall present the merits in court. Both parties will be informed the date of court hearing,” Nkusi added.

Initially, Police was investigating the family members for another charge of tax evasion but Nkusi said that this was not filed to them by police so they will not be preferring such against the accused.

The Penal code provides a possible punishment of 10 to 15 year sentence in prison for a suspect convicted of inciting insurrection, while for the use of counterfeited papers, a suspect is liable to spending 5 to 7 years in prison plus a financial fine of Rwf300,000 to Rwf3 million.

As for the charges of using discrimination and sectarianism practices, a suspect is likely to spend between 5 to 7 years in jail plus a financial fine of Rwf100,000 to Rwf1 million.

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