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Most wanted Rwandan genocide suspect, Protais Mpiranya, confirmed dead



Protais Mpiranya, one of the most wanted suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide where close to one million people were killed, has been confirmed dead.

United Nations prosecutors investigating the case in The Hague, while announcing the death of the fugitive who was hiding in Zimbabwe on Friday said “following a difficult and intensive investigation, the Office of the Prosecutor has determined that Mpiranya died on 5 October, 2006, in Harare, Zimbabwe.”

Mpiranya who was a Hutu Major at the time of the crisis, was accused of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and was considered the most important of the six remaining fugitives indicted by the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

At the start of the genocide, Mpiranya, along with others, allegedly murdered the moderate Hutu Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana on 7 April,1994, because he did not accept the random killings of people of the Tutsi ethnic group.

“On the morning of 7 April 1994, Protais Mpiranya and two other military officials ordered their subordinates to go in search of the Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, in order to kill her,” the ICTR prosecutor wrote in the indictment.

“The desecrated body of Ms. Uwilingiyimana, the first woman to have held that position, was then exposed, naked, for passers-by to see,” prosecutor added.

Mpiranya was also accused of masterminding the killings or causing the death of 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis, as well as 10 Belgian peacekeepers in charge of the protection of several leading political figures.

He was also said to be the brain behind an attack on a plane carrying then Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana which was shot down as it approached Kigali International Airport.

The president was returning from a regional meeting in Dar es Salaam where he had agreed to set up the transitional institutions provided for in the Arusha agreements, which were supposed to put an end to a civil war between the Hutu authorities in Kigali and a Tutsi rebellion in 1993.

Several personalities and senior politicians in favour of the Arusha Accords were subsequently assassinated by Mpiranya and his men with the aim being to “create a political vacuum and frustrate the implementation of the Arusha Accords”, according to the prosecution.

After the end of the genocide in July 1994, Mpiranya began a long journey of exile that took him to several African countries and ended up in Zimbabwe where he worked for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), made up partly of former genocidaires and accused of exploiting minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Tragedy as 22 die in South African night club



At least 22 people have died from exposure to poisonous substances in a popular nightclub in East London, South Africa.

Bodies of the victims were said to have been found on chairs early on Sunday morning at the scene occurred at Enyobeni Tavern in the city.

Siyanda Manana, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape provincial health department, told Reuters: “We are going to immediately be embarking on autopsies so we can know the probable cause of death. We are talking 22 bodies right now.”

Police spokesperson, Tembinkosi Kinana, said “the incident is still under investigation, we do not want to make any speculations at this stage.”

Meanwhile, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences to the families affected.

The president in a statement said he was worried about the circumstances under which young people, potentially under the age of 18 years, were allowed to gather at the tavern but said the law must take its course once investigations conclude.

Night life is a big part of South Africa’s entertainment industry with is the largest market for food and drink in sub-Saharan Africa, and a large and competitive hospitality industry.  According to a study by Statistics, South Africa, spending on alcoholic drinks such as Wine and Beer trumps that on other beverages such as Tea and Coffee.

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Gabon, Togo become newest members of Commonwealth group of nations



Gabon and Togo have become the latest countries to be admitted into the Commonwealth Group of Nations following their acceptance at the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

The two African Francophone nations were formally admitted to the group after years of trying to join the 54 nations bloc, bringing the number to 56, the first since Rwanda joined in 2009.

The admission of Gabon and Togo by the Commonwealth on Saturday, which was the highlight of the summit as it drew to a close, sees a continuing expansion of the group of nations beyond ex-British colonies as smaller states seek to benefit from the group which is projected to bring $2 trillion in trade by 2030.

While welcoming the new nations in his closing remarks at the summit, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said:

“We have admitted Gabon and Togo as new members, and we all welcome them to the Commonwealth family.”

Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey said the membership of the country has opened the door to 2.5 billion consumers in the Commonwealth realm, offered new education opportunities, and tapped a craze for English among his countrymen.

“Togo’s membership is motivated by the desire to expand its diplomatic, political, and economic network… as well as to get closer to the English-speaking world,” he told a news conference.

On his part, Gabonese President Ali Bongo said his country was “making history” by joining the group after 62 years of its independence.

“Sixty-two years after its Independence, our country is getting ready to breakthrough with a new chapter. It’s a world of opportunities for Gabon on the economic, diplomatic & cultural levels,” Bongo said in a statement on Twitter.

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