KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The Rwandan government on Tuesday said the
country recorded 373 million U.S. dollars in mineral exports
earnings in 2017, surpassing the target of 240 million dollars.
chief executive officer of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board
(RMB), made the remarks on the sidelines of the meeting of
Rwanda mining sector players in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
revenues recorder last year was fantastic. The growth was
largely driven by very strong commodity prices on global market,
good prices of new commodities particularly gold and gemstone,”
Rwanda plans to
install two mineral smelters to help add value to some of its
minerals such as tin and coltan, he said.
The government plans
to employ the separation technology in processing of coltan,
wolfram and cassiterite that have been previously exported in
raw form, according to Gatare.
He also said that
the mining sector was targeting to generate at least 600 million
dollars from mineral export in 2019.
Mining is Rwanda’s
second largest foreign exchange earner after tourism, according
to Rwanda Development Board.
The small central
African country has issued 548 mining permits to 213 registered
mining entities, most of which cover surface areas averaging
less than 4 hectares of land, according to RMB.
Man in Norway
arrested for genocide in Rwanda in 1994
OSLO Norway (Xinhua) --
A 50-year-old Norwegian citizen, originally from
Rwanda, was arrested by Norway’s National Criminal Investigation
Service (Kripos) and charged with genocide in his homeland in
1994, public broadcaster NRK reported Thursday.
The man will be
detained for four weeks, two of which will be in full isolation,
and he has no right to receive letters and visits, the report
there is reason to suspect the man participated in the killing
of a large number of people, mainly Tutsi.
The suspect came to
Norway as a refugee through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in
2006, Kripos said in a statement.
“A lot of
investigation remains, including interrogation, review of
seizures and further investigations. The case is being
investigated with a goal to further prosecution in Norway,” said
Espen Hanken, police attorney in Kripos.
According to the
man’s lawyer, Brynjar Meling, he is not guilty.
“He has nothing to
do with the genocide in Rwanda. It is a known case that there
are a number of wrong and fake charges in the Rwanda complex. We
have not come to terms with the charges yet, but he is aware
that he has nothing to do with this,” Meling said.
The man, however,
“wants to collaborate with Kripos, and therefore agrees to
custody for a period of time,” the defender added.
investigations of Norwegian or foreign citizens residing in
Norway, who are suspected of committing war crimes, genocide and
crimes against humanity.
These cases are both
complicated and time consuming, it said.
“The alleged crime
usually occurred several years ago in countries that differ
widely from Norway. The scene of a crime will often be old,
destroyed or changed. Kripos is dependent on tight and close
cooperation with the country where the crimes occurred, as well
as other countries that are investigating similar cases,” Kripos
Rwanda arrests local government
officials over embezzlement, nepotism
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
At least five local government officials of
Rwanda have been arrested on charges of embezzlement of public
funds, nepotism and misuse of property, the Rwanda Investigation
Bureau (RIB) said Wednesday.
Among the arrested
officials were the vice mayor in charge of economic affairs and
development of Burera district in northern Rwanda, the executive
secretary of Burera district as well as a former mayor and a
former vice mayor of the district, the bureau said.
All the officials
are currently detained at the RIB’s bureau in Burera.
RIB appealed to the
public to share information on public funds embezzlers. The
spokesman of the bureau Modeste Mbabazi told local media that
the suspects were arrested on Tuesday.