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April 13-19, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Rwanda
Posted on May 4, 2015

Compiled by Berta Fürstová

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  1. Another Rubavu district official arrested
  2. The number of Burundian refugees rose to 6,500

1. Another Rubavu district official arrested
Private but pro-government newspapers

New Times, 15th April 2015
“‘Ex-Rubavu executive secretary arrested” by Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti

 

  • Police have arrested Christopher Kalisa, the former executive secretary of the Rubavu district, over misappropriation of public funds and corruption-related charges.
  • Kalisa served as executive secretary until last month when the district advisory council ordered him to resign.
  • His arrest comes days after police arrested the district mayor Bahame and the district notary, Judith Kayitesi. 

2. The number of Burundian refugees rose to 6,500
Private but pro-government newspapers

New Times, 17th April 2015

“‘Burundi refugees top 6,500” by James Karuhanga

  • The number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda rose to 6,571, up from roughly 4,000 last week-end, with the majority of them being children.
  • They are accomodated in transit centres of Bugesera and Nyanza which are over their capacity. Rwandan officials try to relocate them further from the border area.
  • The first Burundian refugees entered Rwanda around mid last month. They alleged they were fleeing from Imbonerakure ( Kirundi word literally meaning “those that see far” ) which is the youth wing of Burundi’s ruling party CNDD-FDD.
  • The group’s members have been accused of allegedly harassing and attacking members of opposition political parties as the country prepares for the parliamentary elections set for May 26, and most importantly, presidential elecions a month later.
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