Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Africa
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Monday, 28 February, 2000, 14:20 GMT
Rwandan PM resigns

Mr Rwigema: A Hutu in a Tutsi-dominated government
Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre-Celestin Rwigema has resigned amid mounting allegations of corruption.

Over the past year he has been severely criticised and appeared several times before the Rwandan parliament to defend himself.

Last week he was summoned by parliament to explain why 250 tons of pesticide had been dumped just outside the capital, although the European Union had granted $1m to have it destroyed.

He was also due to face a fresh corruption inquiry next month after being accused of misappropriating education funds.

In December, he survived a close parliamentary no-confidence vote over the diversion of funds from a $26m World Bank education project when he was education minister in 1994.

Mr Rwigema's party, the Democratic Republican Movement or MDR, has been a part of Rwanda's government of national unity established after Tutsi-led rebels took power following the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

Genocide role

In April last year, Mr Rwigema asked for forgiveness for the role the MDR played in the genocide.

A faction of his predominantly Hutu party helped carry out the genocide, in which about 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis, were estimated to have been killed.

His departure comes two months after the sudden resignation and exile of parliamentary speaker Joseph Sebarenzi.

Since Mr Rwigema took over following the resignation of his predecessor Faustin Twagiramungu in August 1995, several Hutu ministers have resigned and left the country.

Mr Twagiramungu, another Hutu, is now in exile in Belgium.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Africa Contents

Country profiles
See also:

18 Mar 99 |  Africa
Eyewitness: Rwanda's survivors
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Africa stories