Kagame’s Mother, Asteria Rutagambwa, Dies

Rutagambwa descended from the family of the last Rwandan queen, Rosalie Gicanda

The Royal Danish Ambassador, drugs more about Mogens Pedersen, search  has said corporate social responsibility(CSR) is not so much about building a school or two in a rural community and using it as a show case.

The ambassador was speaking about the importance of private companies proactively promoting corporate social responsibility, during the Nordic-East Africa Business Summit and Expo that concluded last week in Kampala.

Pedersen said private companies should focus on responsible taxation according to the legislation of the country, and offer decent working conditions which contribute to development the most.

“Corporate social responsibility also includes protecting human rights and taking into account environmental and climate considerations and saying no to corruption,” he said.

He added that such an approach generates better economic and social ripple effects.

He said Nordic companies have a good reputation when it comes to social responsibility and fair investments and operations.

Pedersen encouraged Nordic companies and their Ugandan and East African partners to promote corporate social responsibility, respect social and environmental norms, human rights and avoid corruption.

He divulged that Nordic governments want to promote trade and private sector development.

“And we know that Uganda has great business and investment opportunities. However, the country still faces a number of challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve the business environment,” Pedersen said.

The ambassador said corruption is the major challenge when it comes to doing business in particular for the smaller companies.

He added that getting work permits in the country hinders Nordic companies trying to set up business in Uganda.

“It is very expensive to obtain work permits and also takes more than half a year to acquire such an important document.”

Pedersen also held that the importation of goods is still hampered by bureaucratic red tape and is often a very slow and cumbersome process.

He encouraged the Government to take concrete measures to improve the situation.

Also present at the Nordic-East Africa Business Summit was the Minister for Trade and Industry, Amelia Kyambadde.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s mother, prescription Asteria Rutagambwa, is dead.

The head of state described the deceased as “very special to me.”

The presidency is yet to give details on the cause of Rutagambwa’s death.

“I know mothers are special people to many,” said Kagame in brief message on Twitter on Sunday.

“…mine was very very special to me. She has passed on. May God rest her in peace.”

Rutagambwa descended from the family of the last Rwandan queen, Rosalie Gicanda.

At the time of Kagame’s birth, Rwanda was a United Nations Trust Territory; long-time colonial power Belgium still ruled the territory, but with a mandate to oversee independence.

Tension between Tutsi and Hutu had been escalating through the 1950s, and culminated in the 1959 Rwandan Revolution.

Hutu activists began killing Tutsi, forcing more than 100,000 to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

Kagame’s family abandoned their home, living for two years in the far north east of Rwanda and eventually crossing the border into Uganda.

They moved gradually north, and settled in the Nshungerezi refugee camp in the Toro sub-region in 1962.

After serving in the Ugandan army and later as leader of the RPF that stopped the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, Kagame’s family was resettled in Rwanda.

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