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Rwanda, Germany Bolster Business Ties

Gatare and Steinmeier agreed to strengthen trade ties between Germany and Rwanda

The State has asked the Military Court Martial sitting at Makindye in Kampala to nullify claims by one of Gen David Sejusa’s aides that he was tortured before implicating the embattled former coordinator of intelligence organs in acts of subversion.

Frank Ninsiima, look http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/sharing.php who is facing charges of treachery, sick aiding and abetting treason, site recently told court that during the process of his arrest he was tortured and threatened with possible murder by security operatives who later forced him to sign a false statement reading that he had worked closely with Sejusa to overthrow President Museveni’s government.

“I was put on gun point and told that once I rejected signing the statement, I would be killed and my relatives were not going to have access to my body. I went ahead and signed, well aware that an opportunity would come where I would change the statement in court,” he said.

Ninsiima identified the person who reportedly forced him to sign as Capt Albert Kashakamba, who he said he had never held a grudge with.

In reply to the claims, state prosecutor Maj Fredrick Kangwamu on Wednesday asked court to dismiss these allegations as “baseless” and “totally untrue.”

“If Ninsiima was tortured he would have shown court the wounds and scars on his body resulting from the severe treatment he claimed to have received during his detention and failure to do this is a clear sign that he is lying to court,” said Kangwamu.

Kangwamu further said Ninsiima is “contemptuous of court” considering the information he denies is contained in his first official testimony to court during his early days of trial.

Ninsiima had earlier told the same court how he was actively mobilising with Sejusa to recruit combatants to remove Museveni from power.

The general court martial Chairman Brig Gen Levi Karuhanga adjourned the case to March 16 for the defence side to file a rejoinder on this matter.

Sejusa fled Uganda to exile in 2013 after reportedly leaking his own classified security letter, calling for an investigation into reports that army officers and government officials opposed to Museveni’s perceived succession plan were being targeted for assassination.

Government denied the claims as “alarmist” and “groundless”.

Sejusa has since asked to be retired from the army to pursue his political dreams.
The German business delegation composed of 21 business operators in various sectors ended their visit to Rwanda with a positive insight on business opportunities available in all sectors.

The visit consisted of meetings with investment promotion board and Rwandan business operators in ICT, ambulance http://cjs.coop/wp/wp-includes/cache.php Education, http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/shortcodes.php services, http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/l10n.php manufacturing, mining, logistics, banking through business matchmaking.

Speaking at a Germany-Rwanda business roundtable, the Rwanda Development Board CEO, Francis Gatare said, “This is an opportunity for our business operators to forge deeper business partnerships with their German counterparts.”

He added, “We are enhancing progress beyond the World Bank indicators to the business and investment climate as a whole to ease the business environment for investors”.

The Germany Foreign Minister, H. E Frank-Walter Steinmeier leading the delegation said, “I am very impressed by the efforts made by Rwanda to boost business opportunities. We need to make sure that people have a realistic view of Rwanda”

The unique German business in the Kigali Special Economic Zone, Strawtec launched construction works for a factory set to manufacture high-quality strawboard panels with local cereal straw and grasses to benefit the construction sector.

Eckardt Dauck, the CEO of Strawtec wooed German businessmen to consider Rwanda as viable business destination.

During the visit, the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW) and the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for partnership, information exchange, capacity enhancement and trade missions facilitation.

Both the PSF and BVMW Chairmen respectively Benjamin Gasamagera and Christian Roemlein expect optimistic mutual benefits following the various components that will boost both German and Rwandan businesses after the signing function.

Gasamagera mentioned, “We are all sure that Germany is advanced in manufacturing and technology. Through the just signed MoU we aim at working together for the capacity building and information exchange. We seek also their partnership to promote our local products to their market”.

Strategically positioned in the East and Central African region, Rwanda offers Germans companies access to a market of over 141 million consumers.

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