Rwanda’s High Court has sentenced a former mayor, Ladislas Ntaganzwa to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide, local media reports.
Ntaganzwa was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo five years ago and was found guilty of personally leading a series of massacres of Tutsi civilians, including an attack on a church where thousands had taken shelter.
The former mayor of southern Nyakizu was also accused of orchestrating the rape of many women in the region.
At a French court during a bail hearing, Rwandan genocide suspects, Félicien Kabuga denied allegations of financing the massacre.
“All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them,” he stated.
The 84-year-old businessman was arrested earlier this month in a suburb in Paris after 26 years on the run.
His lawyers were said to argue that Mr Kabuga, who was detained in a dawn raid on 16 May in the suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine where he had been living under a false identity, should be tried in France instead of being transferred.
The first integrated science and innovations children’s centre has been inaugurated by Rwanda and the government of Japan. The centre is known as Keza Learning centre.
Keza’s aim is to groom and mould Rwandan kids into little engineers and future innovators in robotic engineering
The Rwf50million centre is located in the Gikondo sector in Kigali city and named after the famous dream child; Keza, it was launched by Japan’s new envoy to Rwanda, Ambassador Masahiro Imai as a public-private partnership with ten private sector investors in education and sciences.
The centre is said to be a programming and robotics workstation, as well as, nature studies, arts, culture and music school, it will accommodate over 150 children between ages three to 17 years, who will get a comprehensive education.
Antoine Mutsinzi, the Center Managing Director said that “The children just like the dream child Keza will get encompassing skills in four areas of technology, nature, arts and physical education, which will make them competitive in the next 30 years.”
Mutsinzi stated that recruitment will start immediately and parents will be asked to pay Rwf5000 per child for five hours or Rwf10, 000 for a whole day at the centre.
The centre identified their targets as parents who have been taking children to children’s parks over the weekend, as officials say that the centre will also provide other entertainment facilities and cultural education skills besides programming and making robots.
“Instead of taking your child to children’s playfield and pay Rwf5, 000 to play, it is better they come here and learn but also play and get the same entertainment at the end of the day,” Mutsinzi said.
Arrangements have also been made for parents who cannot afford this education, Mutsinzi said that they have plans of brokering partnerships with schools in Kigali and rural areas to do on-site training for children using mobile clinics and students from the African Leadership University (ALU).