Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame told new legislators who were sworn-in on Wednesday to hold government accountable, warning that corruption and divisive politics would not be tolerated. The 80 members of parliament include persons drawn from special interest groups like women, youth and people with disabilities. In his speech, Kagame made reference to the ‘new legislators and new parties’ in parliament, where opposition Democratic Green Party (DGP) won seats. The president then sought to make a case for Rwanda’s sovereignty, arguing that the country will chart its own course rather than be pressured by external forces.
Around 2,140 prisoners in Rwanda including opposition leader Victoire Ingabire and musician Kizito Mihigo, have been released from jail. Their Saturday’s release follows a cabinet meeting on Friday when a presidential “mercy” order was approved. Both Ingabire and Mihigo had made requests for clemency in June.
Drone operators in Rwanda are hoping that the Unmanned and Remotely Piloted Aircraft regulations passed in January will attract investors to the sector. The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority did away with restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes. Individuals were not allowed to fly drones and other unmanned aircraft like free balloons whether for commercial or for recreational purposes.