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PAC Orders Rubavu Official to Pay 2000 Sacks of Cement Put to Waste
September,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A Public Accounts Committee (PAC) assessment of the Auditor General’s report for 2018/2019, on Thursday showed that there was wasteful expenditure, poor planning and negligence to put in use government assets. The Parliament ordered the district  to repay the money spent on purchasing over 2000 bags of cement to support disaster victims but ended up…
National
Tags: Latestnews, Local Govt
Delays In Expropriation Dominates Discussions As PAC Holds City of Kigali Accountable
September,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21701" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Extension work of Roundabout - Nyabugogo road- PAC reported shortfalls in roads construction, expropriation[/caption] City of Kigali authorities were on Wednesday faulted by Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on failure to implement community development projects. A PAC assessment of the Auditor General’s (AG) report 2018/19 showed that 35,000km of planned road…
Economy
Tags: Big-story
Is Every Penny Earned in Rwanda Tourism Accounted For?
September,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36801" align="alignnone" width="824"] Some embezzlement was reported in gorilla permits[/caption] Rwanda seeks to double its tourism revenues from $ 498 million last year  to $800 million in the next four years, but, it has emerged that lack of accountability and even embezzlement, to say the least, could humper this objective. On September 23 during…
Economy
Tags: Latestnews, Tourism
RRA Pinned Over Incoherence In e-Tax Systems
September,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58560" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) headquarters, Kimihurura.[/caption] By May 2021 Rwandan taxpayers will not have to deal with problems of reclaiming their taxes which have been wrongly miscalculated in the e- tax collection system, Rwanda Revenue Authority has told parliament. This resolve comes after parliament on September 22 discovered that the current…
National, Uncategorized
Tags: Accountability, Latestnews
PAC Tips RSSB to Revisit Its Policy on Housing Investments
September,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29280" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Kigali vision city apartments. Despite recent discount of the houses, they are still beyond the purchasing power in the Rwandan society[/caption] The Rwanda Parliament has advised the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) to invest pensioner’s contributions in projects which have direct impact on their lives. The Auditor General (AG) report 2018/19…
Economy
Tags: Affordable Housing, Latestnews
Rwanda Records 22 New COVID-19 Cases
September,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Today Rwanda concluded the last day of the third week of September with no coronavirus related death despite recording four Covid-19 deaths throughout the long week. Today the ministry of health's COVID-19 update showed that the country registered another 22 new Covid-19 infections with 14 of them mainly from high-risk areas in Kigali city, 7…
National
Tags: Coronavirus, Latestnews
Parliament Reports Shortfalls in Paying Rent at Kigali Special Economic Zone
September,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The ministry of trade and commerce (Minicom) has been put to task to recover funds that remain missing in government coffers due to negligence in asset management, The parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this week heard from the Office of the Auditor General’s (AG) report 2018/19 that the ministry has for over five years failed…
Economy
Tags: SEZ
Car Free Day Returns in Kigali Against All Odds
September,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

 This Sunday, Kigali city woke up to witness dwellers returning to designated streets to jog, stroll and physically exercise as part of the resuming the routine bi-month car free day which had since March been halted due to coronavirus. Due to covid-19 the Kigali Car Free day returned in a different fashion with participants who…
Sports
Tags: City Of Kigali, Latestnews
Rwanda Registers 26th COVID-19 Death
September,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has recorded another COVID-19 related mortality in the youth age bracket (the youth age ceiling being 35). Today a 26-year-old lady living in Kigali became second victim in that age bracket, following another earlier fatality involving a 24-year-old female police officer who died in South Sudan during a peacekeeping mission. The closest to this…
National
Tags: Coronavirus, Latestnews
UN Tribunal Rejects Laurent Semanza’s Early Release
September,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58411" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Laurent Semanza  (Photo credit should read STELLA VUZO/AFP via Getty Images)[/caption] The United Nations Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) has rejected an appeal case of a Rwandan genocide, Semanza-Laurent who had requested the court to consider his provisional release. Semanza, former bourgmestre of Commune Bicumbi, now Rwamagana district is accused…
International
Tags: 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi, Latestnews
Second Group Of Ugandans Stranded In Rwanda Due To COVID-19 Repatriated
September,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The second batch of 93 Ugandan nationals including children was today successfully repatriated back home as part of a planned series of returning Ugandans stranded in Rwanda due to coronavirus. The first group of 100 Ugandans was returned home on September 15, under a series of repatriation activities by their embassy in Kigali. The returnees…
Regional
Tags: Latestnews, Rwanda-Uganda Relations
Rwanda’s GDP Slows in Q2 2020, Education Hardest Hit
September,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The National Institute of Statistics (NISR) has released GDP results of the Second Quarter 2020 showing a decrease by 12.4% and the education sector as most affected. The report released yesterday said that Rwanda's GDP decline in Q2, 2020 reflects measures taken to contain COVID-19 “Economic sectors mostly affected: Education -67%, hotels & restaurants -62%,…
Economy
Tags: Economy
Genocide Fugitive with 30 Years Sentence Nabbed in Attempted Theft
September,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A Rwandan man who evaded justice for committing genocide crimes has finally been arrested in another alleged criminal act of theft. The man identified as Isaac Banyangiriki, 50, was arrested in Karama village in Ruhashya sector, in Huye district this Friday September 18, 2020. Banyangiriki has been on the run for years and a wanted…
National
Tags: 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi, Latestnews
National Nutrition Program Supplied Pregnant Mothers, Children Half Their Portion – PAC
September,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The National Early Childhood Development Program (NECPD) is set to turn focus on involving the community in implementing nutritional programs after it has emerged that the program has challenges in reaching desired beneficiaries. The new shift  was announced by NECPD Director Dr. Anita Assimwe after the Auditor General’s (AG) report for the financial year 2018/19…
National
Tags: Accountability, Latestnews
New Evidence in Isaac Munyakazi Trial, Head of Examination at REB Implicated
September,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48074" align="alignnone" width="801"] Isaac Munyakazi[/caption] Former Minister of State in-charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi today appeared in court to face bribery charges of which his defense team said that there is no substantial evidence to prove the allegations. Munyakazi and his co- accused Abdou Gahima, are facing charges of soliciting,…
National
Tags: Kagame-Accountability, Latestnews
PAC Sends Unprepared BDF Officials Packing
September,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today ordered the officials of Rwanda’s Business Development Fund (BDF) to go back and prepare their explanation on the Rwf2.8billion that was paid to separate individuals without supporting documents. The decision was taken by the committee during a public hearing this Thursday in which the institution was meant to explain…
National
Tags: Accountability, Latestnews
PAC Discovers Bursary Disbursement to ‘Ghost’ Students  
September,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has given an ultimatum to the Higher Education Council (HEC) to clean up its poor institution management issues recorded in the Auditor General (AG) for years. The first series of online PAC hearings this year led by its new Chairman MP Valens Muhakwa, this September 16, took a turn…
National
Tags: Accountability, Latestnews
Major Mudathiru, Co-accused Terror Suspects Disagree over Recruitment Consent
September,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

 The case of 32 suspects in the Rwanda National Congress(RNC) case has resumed at a military high court in Kigali with suspects pointing fingers to their leader retired Major Habibu Mudathiru as living evidence that they were forced to join illegal armed forces. The case involving 32 suspects includes four (4) Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF)…
National
Tags: Latestnews, RDF Judiciary
‘Empower Rwanda’ Launches Teen Mother’s Support Program
September,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58172" align="alignnone" width="975"] Beneficiaries of Empower Rwanda[/caption] Empower Rwanda, A local non-governmental organization (NGO), has launched its activities in Rwanda that will focus on empowering teen mothers to become more resilient and sustainable single parents. The NGO’s launch event was held on September 10 in Rwamagana district and was officially presided over by the…
National
Tags: Gender
President Kagame to Address AGRF Presidential Summit Today
September,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58122" align="alignnone" width="799"] President Paul Kagame during the AGRF Youth Town hall meeting | Kigali, 10 September 2020[/caption] Paul Kagame will today address participants at the closure of the virtual annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) which has been held in Kigali with over 10,000 participants online. Kagame will at 4pm Central Africa Time…
International
 Rusesabagina, FLN Spokesmen Could Stand Same Trial
September,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The trial of two former National Liberation Front (FLN) spokesmen Callixte Nsabimana and Herman Nsengimana resumed Thursday with prosecution pushing for cases of both terror suspected be combined in one case trial. In the case which was conducted electronically in two court rooms in Kigali, and Nyanza district; the suspect Nsabimana appeared following live from…
National
Tags: Rusesabagina
Covid-19: Skol Rwanda Assures Clients of Consumer Protection
September,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Skol breweries, one of Rwanda’s favorite populace beer producers has encouraged its clients to consume its products and rest assured that this doesn’t contradict existing covid19 prevention measures if taken in the right places. In an announcement released this Thursday the brewery was concerned over incidences of some local leaders misinterpreting existing covid-19 regulations on…
Companies
Court to Hear Dr. Isaac Munyakazi Case Next Week
September,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A Nyarugenge district court has postponed the trial case of former Minister  of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi after a co- accused suspect failed to appear in court, September 9. Dr Munyakazi was last year involved in a scandal in his docket in which he was accused of taking…
National
Tags: Kagame-Accountability
Rwanda Financial Sector Blooms Amidst Covid-19 Shocks 
September,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has released a half year Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Statement (MPFSS) 2020, which looks promising in the financial sector despite multi-sectoral shocks due to Covid-19. The statement released this Monday indicates that Rwanda’s Economic growth averaged 7.4% (in the last 5 years) and Real GDP by 3.6% in…
Economy
Tags: Economy
AGRF Virtual Summit Opens in Kigali
September,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_58023" align="alignnone" width="800"] L-R: Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente, AGRAF 's Hailemariam Desalegn[/caption] The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Board Chairman, Hailemariam Desalegn has hailed Rwanda for taking a lead in transforming agriculture growth on the continent. Desalegn, also former Ethiopian Prime Minister said that Africa’s drive to fuel agriculture at the heart of…
Economy
Report Suggests Recovery Options of Drained Rusizi Hot Springs
September,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

 A final expert assessment report on recent drainage of hot spring in Rusizi district has recommended restoration of the springs in a cheap and safe way, taking into consideration that the springs remained intact. The report released September 1, describes the local geology, problems reported, causes, and provides five ways to restore the former water…
National
Tags: Environment
Covid19: Egypt, Rwanda Strengthen Health Cooperation
September,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has received shipment of Covid19 personal protection equipment from the Arab Republic of Egypt that will be used by front line health workers in treatment of coronavirus cases in key health facilities. The donation worth $150,000 was handed over this morning at Kigali international airport (KIA) by the Egyptian envoy to Rwanda, Ambassador Ahmed…
International
Tags: Coronavirus
City of Kigali Launches New, Citizen Centered Master Plan
September,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The City of Kigali has unveiled a new and accommodative master plan that will allow city dwellers to know what and where to invest their resources. The new Kigali City Master Plan (KCMP), launched this Saturday, indicates nine key integral areas of land use which will define the city of Kigali in the next 30…
National
Kwita Izina2020: 24 Baby Gorillas Will Be Named Online
September,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_13161" align="alignnone" width="941"] Every year Rwanda organises a Gorilla naming ceremony for every new gorilla babies. Rwanda is home to 880 mountain gorillas left on the planet[/caption] The Gorilla Naming Ceremony- Kwita Izina, will for the first time in 16 years be held online due to the current coronavirus situation that has pushed most…
National
Tags: Kwita Izina
Rwanda Stands Out At the Bonn Challenge Review
September,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56607" align="alignnone" width="2560"] IUCN has been providing Technical Support in Forest Landscape Restoration and Integrated Water Resources Management in Rwanda[/caption] From Rwanda to Guatemala, a new report on a global challenge to plant trees has showed that fewer countries have failed to unleash their potential to restore forests while some others like Rwanda have…
International
Tags: Environment
Kabuga In Court Over Transfer to Arusha
September,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A French Court of Cassation will today examine the appeal case of Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga who is contesting being tried by international justice. Kabuga, who stands 11 counts of genocide was arrested on May 16 in Paris-Frane after 26 years of evading justice. He is currently imprisoned in the Parisian capital awaiting his…
International
Tags: KabugaF
IUCN Global Environment Series to Discuss Reforestation of 150M Ha
September,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33118" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Gishwati - Mukura forest[/caption] The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will this Wednesday hold a series of a global digital events to celebrate the first major milestone of the Bonn Challenge and the enormous impact of the forest landscape restoration (FLR) movement. The 5 live discussions to be streamed…
International
Tags: Environment
Bank of Kigali Financials Remain Steadfast Despite Covid-19 Pressure
September,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has registered an increase in net incomes and assets in the second and first half financials despite facing a negative impact of coronavirus on its non-interest income, loan loss provisions and increased non-performing loans. The bank recorded a net Income of Rwf16.1 billion (US$ 17.0 million) an increase of…
Companies
Tags: BK
Sponsored: Ericsson, UNICEF Commit to Bridging Digital Divide Amidst Covid-19
August,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Ericsson and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have entered a global partnership to bring internet connectivity in schools and providing every child with access to digital learning opportunities. The partnership launched last week will help map school connectivity in 35 countries by the end of 2023. It is part of the Giga initiative that…
Technology
Tags: Internet
Experts Explain Disappearance of Rusizi Hot Springs 
August,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A team geologist and environment experts led by Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) has concluded its finding on the cause of the sudden disappeared of tourist hot springs in Rusizi district. The team was last week, dispatched to Nyakabuye sector, Rusizi district after media reports of dried up hot springs in the area…
National
Tags: Environment
COVID-19: UNICEF Rwanda Recommends Early Schools Reopening Plan
August,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Rwanda has recommitted its support to government plans in reopening schools. UNICEF recommends that the earlier the plan, the better to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on children. The recent cabinet meeting resolved that schools which were tentatively  supposed to open in September remain closed to allow sufficient time…
National
Tags: Education
Fitch Affirms Rwanda at ‘B+’ Again
August,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Fitch Ratings has affirmed Rwanda's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘B+’ with a stable outlook.  This is the second time the international financial rating tool has rated Rwanda at the same level despite coronavirus constraints to the economy. On May 4, 2018, Fitch Ratings had the same rating which indicates that Rwanda…
Uncategorized
Tags: Economy
Kabuga To Be Sent to Arusha For Trial Possibly Next Month
August,26 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz has hinted on the possibility of having Rwandan Genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga sent in Arusha -Tanzania for trial next month. Tycoon Felicien Kabuga who was the most wanted Genocide fugitive who is alleged to have provided key sponsorship to the Genocidal government in…
International
Tags: KabugaF
AfDB to Elect Its Next President This Week
August,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50500" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president[/caption] African Development Bank will this week hold a virtual annual meeting with the election of its President  on top of the two-day agenda. The meeting is scheduled to take place from August 26-27, and the bank’s Governors will on the last day elect the eighth president of…
Economy
Tags: International Banks
AIDS: Rwanda Introduces New Testing Strategy to Bypass Covid-19 Limitations
August,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has taken on a new strategy to ease access to HIV/AIDS testing and treatment as part of efforts to prevent more spread of COVID-19. The new strategy to be conducted by Rwanda Biomedical Center and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), will include availing free oral personal HIV/ AIDS treatment kits to citizens especially in high…
National
Rwanda Moves to Intensify Fortified foods manufacturing
August,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_57435" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Some of the fortified foods made in Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda has embarked on a new strategy to promote massive production and consumption of fortified foods as a way of decreasing stunting figures in the country. This follows the fortified foods regulation http://www.rwandafda.gov.rw/web/fileadmin/RegulationsGoverningFoodFortification.pdf which was passed in January but its countrywide implementation was…
News
Tags: Agribusiness
Rwanda Retains Repo Rate at 4.5% to Cushion Economic Recovery
August,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Central Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has maintained the key repo rate at 4.5% to allow commercial banks to continue financing businesses and households as a way of cushioning the impact of Covid19 on the economy. In its statutory quarterly Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held on August 12, the bank said the decision was…
Economy
Tags: BNR
Cimerwa Shares Listing Changes Rwanda’s Doing Business Reputation 
August,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56736" align="alignnone" width="1080"] RDB CEO Clare Akamanzi (3rd left) rings counter bells to officially launch Cimerwa shares on the local market[/caption] Rwanda’s leading cement producer Cimerwa has today officially listed its shares on the local bourse changing the image and the way in which Rwanda will be measured in World Bank Ease of Doing…
Markets
Tags: Economy
Rwanda Sets Ambitious Reforestation Targets
July,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56607" align="alignnone" width="2560"] IUCN has been providing Technical Support in Forest Landscape Restoration and Integrated Water Resources Management in Rwanda[/caption] On 23 July, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the new set of Global Standard for Nature-based solutions (NbS) that will act as a benchmark for preserving nature with intent to…
National
Tags: Environment
Meet the Investors Who Are Reaping Big in Horticulture
July,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56492" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Pelagie Kabano, who ventured in red pepper[/caption] Hildebrand Ikirumugabo 30, is a tree tomato farmer in Cyabararika cell, Muhoza sector Musanze district who has been in the business for seven years now.  He graduated in agro-veterinary but didn’t get a job and spent almost two years on the street looking for…
Economy
Tags: Agribusiness
Rwanda Stock Market Gets 10th Listed Company
July,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s leading Cement manufacturer, CIMERWA has received approval from the Capital Markets Authority and the Rwanda Stock Exchange to list its shares on the local bourse on August 3rd 2020. Out of the listed shares constituting 703,219,520 shares (100%), a free float of 344,575,560 shares (49%) will be available for trading to the investor community…
Markets
Tags: Economy
New Draft Law to Allow Specialists to Sign Two Govt Contracts
July,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A draft law establishing the general statutes for public service has proposed possibilities for specialists to be able to sign more than one permanent work contract.   The draft, composed of 96 articles is part of the continued assessment on its clauses that govern working relations between a public servant and the State as the employer.…
National
Tags: Parliament
Professional Farmers Invent A Formula to Bring the Youth On Board
July,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56351" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Anastase Bizimana, President of Abakunda Kawa Cooperative[/caption] On March 13th, the minister of agriculture informed parliament that despite the 14% growth of the sector, the agriculture sector is not moving at a fast speed as expected because of low human of which most of them are aging. Minister, Dr. Geraldine Mukeshimana…
Economy
Tags: Agribusiness
MP Mukayijore to Represent Rwanda in African Parliament 
July,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Mukayijore who aspired for the post unopposed, won the election with 76 votes of the 80 votes from the chamber of deputies, with only four nullified votes. She will replace the gap that was left behind by former MP Ignatienne Nyirarukundo who was recently appointed to the Ministry of Local Government as State Minister in…
National
Tags: Parliament
New Policy for Elderly Persons: Parliament Pushes for Community Involvement 
July,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25208" align="alignnone" width="2048"] An elderly citizen is helped to reach a voting site in Southern province, early 2016[/caption] Rwanda parliament has approved ratification of an Africa Union protocol that will pave way for a policy and laws to take care of elderly persons, pensioners and their families through direct government and community support. The…
National
Tags: Elderly
Rare White Buffalo in Rwanda’s National Park
July,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rarely seen buffalo has been sighted in Rwanda's volcano national park, the park veterinarians have said. “Yesterday Dr. Adrien spotted this rare beauty, a white buffalo (not a true albino) that has been part of a herd of 30+ ranging in Volcanoes NP, Rwanda. They were at 3,100m elevation in the Umutara region & the…
National
Tags: Parks
What To Expect when Rwanda Re-Opens Flights on August 1st
July,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will fully open aviation activities on August 1 under very strict conditions and measures to ensure safety of passengers, the Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente has said.  The Prime Minister yesterday told Parliament that the government is working to reopen commercial flights and this will only happen if the readiness is up to the…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda to Shift to  Decentralised Approach in Fight against COVID-19
July,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente has said that the Covid19 pandemic could last longer than expected in Rwanda thus the government will focus on decentralized measures to prevent further spread of the virus. In this plan, Ngirente said that “the government has started working on a new protocol where activities on Covid-19 will be decentralized…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
CNLG to Be Relieved of Some Responsibilities
July,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Parliament has examined the relevance of a new draft law governing the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) which could see the commission relieved of some of its original responsibilities. The proposed law was presented Monday by the Minister of State in charge of Constitutional & Legal Affairs, Soline Nyirahabimana suggesting that…
National
Tags: Genocide
Horticulture Sub Sector Recovering But Covid-19 Negative Impact Still Felt
July,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56153" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Justin Uwitonze, the passion fruit farmer[/caption] Rwandan fruit farmers are anticipating a buffer produce this season but have expressed concerns of lack of markets for their products as a result of impact of coronavirus on the economy. Anastase Munyaneza, 45, is an orange farmer in Rwinkwavu sector, Kayonza district who started…
Economy
Tags: Agribusiness
Coffee Farmers Focus on Sustainability after NAEB-PRICE Project
July,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56103" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] A farmer tending to a coffee plantation.[/caption] Rwanda Coffee farmer’s federation has secured Rwf60 million in funding to purchase internationally accepted coffee packaging bags that will enable them to leverage coffee export on global markets. The funds donated to Rwanda Coffee Cooperatives Federation (RCCF) are part of efforts to sustain the…
Economy, National, News
Tags: Agribusiness, Coffee
Parliament Summons Environment Minister to Explain Gaps In Natural Resources Management
July,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_56010" align="alignnone" width="740"] Minister of Environment Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya[/caption] The Minister of Environment, Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, will today appear before parliament to verbally respond to issues within her docket, concerning land use, wetland, forests and water management among others. This is the third time that Parliament summons the minister, who had previously been…
National
Tags: Parliament
Who is Who in Community Based Health Insurance Contribution?
July,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55741" align="alignnone" width="900"] Rwf 20 of every litle of petroluem products will go to community health insurance fund[/caption] Since the establishment of the Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) program in 2003, the Government has been injecting funds to cover health citizen’s healthcare bills by 90% and recipients contributing 10%. On average government has been…
Economy
Tags: Economy
Rwanda Among Post Covid-19 Resilient Countries – Report
July,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Two credible economic reports have shown that Rwanda is among the few African countries that will manage to recover quickly from  the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. A supplement annual report on the “economic prospects in Africa in 2020” published Tuesday July 7, by the African Development Bank (AfDB) indicates that some African economies…
Economy
Tags: Economy
No More Arrears in Community Health Insurance Financing – Finance Minister
July,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26152" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning[/caption] The Minister was on Tuesday of Finance and Economic Planning was this Tuesday summoned before the parliament to explain the source of gaps in financing the mutuelle program and claims of pending arrears of health insurance payments for districts. The gaps were mainly…
National
Tags: Health Insurance
Habineza, Harerimana Discuss Continued Liberation Journey
July,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55627" align="alignnone" width="1080"] MP Dr. Frank Habineza (L) and Sheikh Abdul-Karim Harerimana(Middle) at Rwanda Television[/caption] The Democratic Green party of Rwanda (DGPR) has said the existing political will of zero tolerance to corruption is a sign of a bright future. Green Party President and representative in parliament MP Dr. Frank Habineza made the remarks…
National
Tags: Parliament
Parliament Summons Minister of Finance Over Health Insurance Arrears 
July,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19808" align="alignnone" width="1085"] Gasabo residents line up to subscribe for health insurance 2018, after a widescreen roadside in Bumbogo sector[/caption] The minister of finance will this afternoon appear before the parliament to verbally explain delays payments and in disbursement of funds which has affected the performance of districts budget plans. A parliamentary field report…
Economy
Tags: Budget
Rwandair Schedules Two Repatriation Flights from UK
July,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24772" align="alignnone" width="873"] Rwandan carrier - RwandAir will be represented at the aviation safety forum[/caption] Rwandair has confirmed another round of special repatriation flights for Rwandans living in the United Kingdom (UK) who want to return home. Yvonne Makolo, the CEO of Rwandair told KTPress that the repatriation flight operations will be conducted on…
International
Tags: Aviation
Former Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi Arrested Over Financial Crimes 
July,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55543" align="alignnone" width="718"] Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi[/caption] Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has confirmed that the former Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has been arrested for committing financial crimes committed as President of the Board of Trustees of the Christian University of Rwanda.  RIB told this reporter on Twitter that “It is true, Dr.…
National
Tags: Accountability
Progress Registered On Rwanda Containers in Kenya, Tanzania- PSF CEO
July,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55526" align="alignnone" width="700"] Dar es Salam Port[/caption] Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) has revealed that the process of solving the issues of clearing hundreds of Kigali-bound containers held at Mombasa and Dar-es-salaam is currently in high gear. The development comes weeks after Rwanda officially wrote on June 22, to both Kenya and Tanzania Ports…
Economy
Tags: EAC Deals
Liberation: Artists Organise Online Concert
July,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55440" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Masamba Intore[/caption] Rwanda have this evening started through traditional music and dance celebrating 26 years of liberation of Rwanda by Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) Inkotanyi, which put an end to years of divisive leadership and a subsequent genocide against Tutsi which claimed more than a million lives. KTPress brings you a…
ShowBiz
Tags: Local Music
Tanzania to Decide On Held Rwandan Goods 
July,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will have to wait until next week to get a final decision about its 2000 Kigali-bound containers held in Tanzania. Last week, KTPress reported that over 2000 containers owned by Rwandan importers and containing goods of Rwandan importers had been withheld by both Kenya and Tanzanian ports authorities over delayed cargo shipment during the…
Economy
Tags: EAC Deals
US Commits $ 643.8M to Rwanda’s Vision of Self Reliance
July,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55405" align="alignnone" width="796"] L-R: USAID Rwanda Mission Director, Leslie Marbury and Rwanda’s Finance Minister, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana.[/caption] Rwanda and the United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a five-year financing agreement to commit to Rwanda’s development efforts. The signing was done at the offices of the Ministry…
Economy
Tags: Dvpt Agencies
COVID-19: Rwanda Issues Measures to Be Followed by Places of Worship On Reopening
July,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Ministry of Local Government has set up new measures that will see worshipers in churches and mosques put on masks while singing and worshiping in their official places of gathering which have been closed due to Covid-19. The 25 regulations published by the ministry of Local Government (Minaloc), come as a follow up on…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Hinga Weze Injects Rwf 2.5Bn in Farmers’ Financing
July,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55386" align="alignnone" width="800"] Hinga weze supported project, BUgesera district[/caption] A United States funded project Hinga Weze has entered into a deal with Equity Bank to start offering loans worth Rwf2, 5billion to farmers, cooperatives, aggregators and agro dealers. The deal was sealed by both parties on Tuesday afternoon in Kigali and is expected to…
Economy
Tags: Dvpt Agencies
COVID-19 Worse, STIs Yet Another Threat
June,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_7863" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Free condom distribution post in Remera[/caption] On eve of Christmas last year, James Munyakazi* (not real name) a taxi-moto operator in Kigali had managed to save Rwf50,000 for Christmas celebration. With a group of  four age-mate taxi moto riders, all below 30 years, he decided to go out for a beer…
Society
Tags: Health
Bank of Kigali Launches “Financial Literacy Clinic” to Financially Educate the Youth and other Rwandans
June,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55295" align="alignnone" width="660"] Thierry Nshuti, BK Head of Marketing[/caption] Bank of Kigali (BK) has launched a new financial literacy program aimed at educating Rwandan youths on how to make money. The televised educative and entertaining program dubbed “BK Times” is a financial literacy clinic, which aligns with the BK motto of “Financially Transforming Lives”.…
Companies
Tags: BK
Rwanda Gets Schengen Safety Pass
June,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The European Union (EU) has officially included Rwanda among its list of 15 Covid19 ‘Safe Countries' that will be permitted to enter the EU from July 1. The commission’s final announcement was made today in Brussels after a tentative draft list of 54 countries announced on June 27 and that had been discussed by EU…
International
Tags: European Union
Kagame Promotes 2,282 Police Officers
June,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  President Paul Kagame has promoted 2,282 Rwanda National Police Officers to different ranks, granted retirement and discharged 261 others.  In a statement released on Friday June 26, Kagame promoted two Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) Joseph Costa Habyara and Emmanuel Hatari to the rank of Commissioner of Police (CP). The President also subsequently promoted…
National
Tags: Police
Disabled Children Locked Away By Ashamed Parents, Say MPs
June,26 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_55169" align="alignnone" width="792"] Rwanda parliament[/caption] Boy, as he is known in his neighborhood is a 15-year-old firstborn with autism disease in a family of four siblings from Kinyinya, Gasabo district. The neighbors, and even his siblings call him ‘Boy’ since his name is not known to anyone, except his parents.  While his siblings are…
Society
Tags: Social Protection
2000 Containers of Rwandan Traders Held at Mombasa, Dar-es-Salam Ports over Fines
June,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_7756" align="alignnone" width="1400"] Mombasa port[/caption] Rwanda private sector federation has decried reasons behind Kenya and Tanzania’s intention to slap a heavy fine on Rwanda-bound containers which are currently lying at the Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam port as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Letters seen by KTPress shows that several containers inclusive of those under custom…
Economy
Tags: EAC Deals
Rwanda, Morocco Put An End to Criminals’ Possibility to Enjoy Safe Haven
June,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has ratified an agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco that will enhance judicial cooperation in which a wanted criminal in any of the states will be arrested and charged effectively. Parliament Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday voted approving two laws on mutual judicial assistance in criminal matters and ratification of the extradition treaty between…
International
Tags: Rwanda-Morocco Relations
Min Gatete Explains How Mininfra is Fixing Water, Road Loopholes
June,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_12043" align="alignnone" width="768"] Contractors failed to get suitable stones that can be crushed and shaped by machines[/caption] The minister of infrastructure on Tuesday appeared before parliament to explain verbally why several road and water projects  in Kigali and across the country are either substadard or incomplete despite the government spending a lot of money…
Economy
Tags: Infrastructure Project
Updated – ‘RNC’ Militia Case: Seven New Suspects Bring Total to 32
June,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54953" align="alignnone" width="680"] Major Mudathiru(Rtd) going to court on Monday[/caption] Seven suspects including low ranking Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) soldiers have been added on the list of 25 suspects accused of working with a click terror groups operating in the DR Congo. The soldiers (with ranks of private and corporal) and two civilians today…
National
Tags: RDF Judiciary
Rwanda Will Not See Desert Locusts Attack Soon- FAO
June,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48162" align="alignnone" width="3500"] In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, desert locusts jump up from the ground and fly away as a cameraman walks past, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. As locusts by the billions descend on parts of Kenya in the worst outbreak in 70 years, small planes are flying low over…
Regional
Climate Change As Bad As Covid-19 – Nyamagabe Farmers 
June,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54884" align="alignnone" width="1080"] KOPABINYA's Donatille Mukakomeza receiving the grant on behalf og her cooperative from USAID on Friday, June 19[/caption] Donatille Mukakomeza is one of the farmers in Nyamagabe district and also chairperson of Agro-Dealers Cooperative of Nyamagabe (KOPABINYA). Though farming activities were not halted by COVID-19 lockdown, their activities in this season have…
Economy
Rwanda: New Statistics Show Slow Growth in Q1 2020
June,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54832" align="alignnone" width="798"] Hard hit: Agriculture[/caption] The National institute of Statistics (NISR) has released preliminary figures which show that the economic growth slowed down while the agriculture sector was hardest hit in the first quarter of 2020 due to the Coronavirus crisis. During the first three months of the coronavirus crisis, which started in…
Economy
Local NGO Supports Gov’t Effort to Eliminate Hepatitis C 
June,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has received 60, 000 Hepatitis C rapid tests from a local organisation - Ubuzima Foundation as support to the government's reinforced bid to elimination of the disease in Rwanda.  The donation, estimated at a value of Rwf59.4million was on Friday handed over in Kigali by the Ubuzima foundation representative Fabrice Shema…
National
Int’l NGOs Donate $9.2M to Support Economic Recovery 
June,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Network of International Non-Governmental Organisations (NINGOs) operating in Rwanda have solicited  $9.2million (approximately Rwf8.7 billion) towards efforts to fight COVID-19.  The contribution, both in cash and in kind, was directed towards seven critical sectors, with agriculture and health taking the biggest shares. In order to deal with the recovery efforts, both the agriculture and…
National
Rwanda: Appetite for Government Bonds Increases Amidst Covid-19 Recovery 
June,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39117" align="alignnone" width="1080"] John Rwangombwa. governor of National Bank of Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda has through its Central Bank successfully reopened a 15-Year treasury bond which has witnessed a subscription level of 125.9% but with a shift in appetite for bonds. The Bank said the Rwf20 billion bond was able to tap Rwf25.18 billion in total…
Markets
Abunzi: The Legacy of Mediation Justice Made-in-Rwanda
June,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Jacques Rwisebura Hakizimana, 57 years, has been a community mediator for 15 years in Kigombe cell of Muhoza sector, Musanze district. He also has his full time job as a Coordinator of a local community development NGO, Developpement Rural Durable (DRD). However, in  2004 when the community elected him as the chairman of the mediation…
Society
Tags: Judiciary
Parliament Debates: Civil Servants to Take their Oath On A Holy Book or Swear to the Flag
June,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda parliament has examined a draft law establishing the general statute governing the public servants that will require every civil servant to take an oath irrespective of the religious belief. The revised law will determine new functions and regulations guiding the civil services sector- which include procedures of recruitment and firing, oath taking, training, contract…
National
Tags: Parliament
City of Kigali Awards 3 Life Changing Youth Businesses 
June,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54742" align="alignnone" width="698"] L-R: Representatives of Ineza Bamboo Weaving, Aqua Ltd and Safe Santa Ltd[/caption] The City of Kigali in partnership with 1000 Alternatives Rwanda, a youth impact investment firm have awarded Rwf4.5m to top three startup inventions that will create social impact in Rwanda. Through the Kigali Employment Service Centre, the winners were…
Economy
Rwandair Upholds Suspension of Commercial Flights
June,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s National carriers, Rwandair has announced a prolonged suspension of commercial flights into the country despite a recent cabinet meeting opening tourism and hospitality activities including holding meetings in hotels. The cabinet on June 16 reopened domestic and international tourism. However, international tourists allowed are only those on charter flights. The airline said that Rwanda’s…
Companies
Tags: Rwandair
Play My Songs in Bars, Night Clubs- Gospel Singer Gahongayire
June,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54603" align="alignnone" width="697"] Aline Gahongayire[/caption] Embattled Gospel singer Aline Gahongayire has granted permission to all bars and clubs to play her music as a way of preaching the word of God to many. Normally gospel songs are played in churches or other places of praise and worship, including scheduled concerts. For Gahongayire, this has…
ShowBiz
Tags: Local Music
Rwanda Parliament Approves Establishment of Center for Nuclear Technology
June,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has approved the establishment of a center for nuclear technology and science which will leverage the country to compete in latest technology innovations by 2050. Parliament on Monday approved the establishment which will be witness Rwanda's collaboration with the Russians in sharing nuclear technology expertise, after a deal was reached and signed at the…
National
Tags: Parliament
Defilement Case: Priest Granted Bail After Lack of Circumcision Evidence
June,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Musanze Intermediate Court in Nothern Province today listened to a bail hearing in which a Catholic Church priest, was battling his freedom after being arrested and detained for alleged sexual abuse and impregnating a 17 year old parish girl. The priest is believed to have had a sexual encounter with the victim in his parish…
Society
Tags: Catholic Church
School Feeding: Some Children ‘Not Eating Enough’ – Parliament 
June,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A parliament field report conducted in several schools across the country has found loopholes in school feeding programs which creates a poor education environment and undermines quality of education at large.  The report was conducted between 03-14 February 2020 to assess quality of education.  The school feeding policy requires that parents contribute to the meal…
Society
Tags: Primary Education
The Ruler of Dubai Donates 300,000 Covid-19 Equipment to Rwanda
June,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has received a donation of over 300,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment from His Highness (H.H) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai. The donation which landed at Kigali International Airport on Saturday, was this morning officially handed over to Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) by Sumeet Bhardwaj,…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
COVID-19: Rwanda Donates Medical Kits to UNMISS
June,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has delivered donation of medical kits to support United Nations peacekeeping forces in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation handed over by Rwandan peacekeeping forces in Juba, this June 13, included 100 COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the mission in support of international efforts…
International
Tags: RDF Health
WTO Commends Rwanda’s Tourism Measures on COVID-19 Recovery
June,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39250" align="alignnone" width="695"] Singita and Kwitonda Lodge in volcano national park[/caption] Zoritsa Urosevic, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Representative to the United Nations in Geneva has said that Rwanda’s measures of tourism recovery in the aftermath of COID-19 could be an example to emulate.  She was speaking at the Global Tourism and Covid-19 Webinar…
Economy
Tags: Tourism
RDF Arrests 2 Officers Over Civilian Assault
June,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has put in custody two military personnel over assault allegation. The alleged assault incident happened at about 1pm, June 8 in Rugarama village, Nyamata Cell, Nyamata Sector in Bugesera District. Citizens reports indicate the duo were looking for a home belonging to one Ange (who is a sex worker) but…
National
Tags: RDF Judiciary
Parliament Recommends RHA to Revisit Genocide Survivors’ Housing Standards
June,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54388" align="alignnone" width="799"] AERG/GAERG week-Genocide survivor students building for the homeless survivors. Several other families do not own a home[/caption] In 2013 a private contractor was tendered to build 15 houses for genocide survivors in Sumbure village, Kanazi cell, Nyamata Sector in Bugesera district, each estimated  about Rwf12 million. The contractor (Dieudonne Uwizeyimana) constructed…
National
Tags: Parliament
A Big Round of Applause to Community Mediators in Rwanda Senate
June,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Verediana Nyirabarigendera, 34, a resident  from Nganzo village located in Gakenke district, Rushashi sector of Northern Province was married to a man who woke up one day of 2017 and disappeared.   Until now, his whereabouts are unknown and the biggest concern to his wife is that the husband left several gaps in the family, including…
National
Tags: Judiciary
COVID-19: Rwanda Miners Re-strategise  
June,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has kicked off a mining inspection campaign that will inform post-Covid-19 recovery strategies while also helping to contain spread of the pandemic in this backbone industry. Among the instructions the inspection team is giving include that all mines will be required to have adequate tunnel ventilation, de-densification, screening and testing mechanisms.  Mining companies are…
Economy
Tags: Mining
Rwanda Parliament Finds Land Wrangles Among Gov’t Enterprises
June,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54290" align="alignnone" width="772"] Rwanda Energy Group pointed a finger[/caption] Parliament has recommended an investigation in land related issues in which both citizens and government claim land ownership thus creating an increase in land disputes and cases of compensation. A parliamentary political, gender equity and governance committee review of the Ombudsman’s report 2019-2020 showed that…
Economy
Tags: Electricity
Rwanda Joins Africa Finance Corporation 
June,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54192" align="alignnone" width="940"] Bakwena toll road - South Africa one of important infrastructure that were financed by AFC[/caption] Rwanda has signed the ratification of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) agreement becoming the newest member in Africa to enter the continental infrastructure financing deal. Rwanda parliament today voted for the ratification which makes Rwanda the…
International
Tags: International Banks
Interahamwe Gave Kayitaramirwa Three Shocking Choices…She Survived
June,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_54145" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Sylvia Kayitaramirwa[/caption] Planners of the 1994 Genocide committed against Tutsi wanted to leave no one to tell the story but, while they wiped out some families, their earlier plan did not succeed to the fullest. The atrocities of the Genocide are being told by survivors who, only survived miraculously like…
National
Tags: Best Of Kwibuka
Rwandan Techies Bring New Digital Tourism Packages
June,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Private tech developers, tour and travel agencies among other stakeholders in the tourism industry have agreed that digital tourism is the new approach that will help the tourism sector to recover from the effects of COVI-19.  This weekend during an innovative tourism and hospitality online meeting, they explored existing opportunities and new innovations that are…
Economy
Tags: Tourism
Golf, Hiking, Tennis…Sports’ New Normal Knocking
June,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

 A caddie in Rwanda is missing a golf bag while a tennis player cannot wait to pick his racket to hit the yellow ball, but the wait will be over very soon. A recent statement on Cabinet Resolutions allowed non-contact sports to resume after nearly three months in COVID-19 lockdown which affected every business, sports,…
Sports
Rwanda to Lead Africa’s School Internet Connectivity 
June,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has been chosen to lead the rest of  Africa in implementing the Giga Initiative, a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiative aimed at connecting every school to the internet. The initiative, launched in 2019, Giga sets the goal of providing connectivity to every school in the world where it is estimated that some 3.6…
Technology
Tags: Primary Education
MPs Identify 61 Unfunded Projects In Next Budget
June,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_54065" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Among unfunded projects: Infrastructure that were affected by floods last month[/caption] The Rwanda Parliament has asked the government to consider soliciting funding for major socio-economic projects that will not be able to get a budget line as a result of the economic effects of coronavirus. The lawmakers made the call today…
Economy
Tags: Budget, Parliament
MP Valens Muhakwa Elected New PAC Chair
June,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The parliament has elected Valens Muhakwa as the new chairman of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He replaces the committee’s former chair Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze who was in March appointed state minister in the ministry of Agriculture after serving the office since 2018. On June 2, Bizimana Minani Deogratias was sworn in as a…
National
Tags: PAC
COVID-19: Kagame Calls On OACPS Solidarity
June,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53936" align="aligncenter" width="570"] President Paul Kagame[/caption] President Paul Kagame has participated in the first Extraordinary Intersessional Summit of the Organisation of African, Caribbean Pacific States (OACPS) calling for concerted efforts in development and poverty reduction after the current coronavirus global crisis. The 1st Extraordinary OACPS meeting held today through video conference, was chaired by…
International
Tags: Coronavirus
Paris Court Rules Over Transfer of Kabuga’s Case to Arusha
June,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s key Genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga, who was arrested recently will stand trial at the Arusha Tanzania based International Residual Mechanism Criminal Tribunal, the Paris Court of Appeal has overruled. The court rejected health concerns that Kabuga's lawyers tabled in the hearing last week and other procedures which they said, the court did not consider.…
International
Tags: KabugaF
New Life As Moto Taxi Return On Streets
June,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53922" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Moto taxi rider having lunch at New Vision Restaurant - Kimironko[/caption] New life and hopes for business have started emerging in many restaurants in Kigali after government announced release of taxi moto transport operations among essiential services that remained closed due to coronavirus. “Motos are permitted to carry passengers except in…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus, Moto
The “Bannyahe” Expropriation Case Returns to Court
June,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] The residents of Kanngondo slum commonly known as Bannyahe in Remera, Gasabo district adjacent to the premium residential neighborhood of Nyarutarama, have decided to push a court battle against the City of Kigali over the disputed community expropriation exercise. In this repatriation exercise, an…
National
Tags: Bannyahe
RH Bophelo Trades Debut Shares On Rwanda Stock Market
June,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A South African Health Company (RH Bophelo Limited) today cross-listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) market trading its first shares at Rwf526, alongside other eight companies on the market. This is equivalent to South African Rands R9.84 on its primary market on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), where the company is locally listed. The opening…
Markets
Tags: Markets
Rwanda’s Tourism Seeks Innovative Minds to Recover from Covid-19 Shock
May,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans with tech or innovative business solutions will this June have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas that could help the country’s tourism and hospitality sector recover from the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Private Sector Federation (PSF) ICT and Tourism Chambers will this June 4, host an online conversation and…
Economy
Tags: Tourism
South African Multibillion RH Bophelo to List on Rwanda Stock Market Tomorrow
May,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Capital Market Authority (CMA) has approved the first South African healthcare company, RH Bophelo Limited to be cross-listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE). RH Bophelo entry on the local bourse makes it the 9th company to be listed on the RSE stock market but also comes at a time when another South African…
Markets
Tags: Markets
Pay Our Salaries – Private School Teachers Under Lockdown Ask Gov’t 
May,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53663" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Blue Lakes International Schools - Bugesera[/caption] Musoni Mugabo(Not real name), a teacher from a private, Secondary school in Nyamata  Bugesera district, last went to check his bank account early March when he got his salary for February. A father with 8 dependants including his wife, Musoni is no longer employed because,…
National
Tags: Private Schools
Cimerwa to List On Stock Market, as Shareholders threaten to Pull Out
May,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s cement factory Cimerwa PPC has said that it is  currently in the process of  listing its shares on the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE).  According to the newly appointed CEO of Cimerwa, Albert Kipkemoi Sigei, the company is under a process of being listed on the local bourse. Without revealing details, Sigei said; “Yes it…
Companies
Tags: Stocks
RDF Officers in ‘Rape’ Case: Three Released, Two Remanded
May,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The military tribunal in Kigali on Friday pronounced its decision on six suspects that are co-accused of taking part in criminal activities including raping three women and beating up residents of Kangondo 1 cell in Remera sector, Gasabo district -Kigali city The suspects had appealed against provisional detention's ruling of May 13. Defendants in this…
National
Tags: RDF Judiciary
Rwanda, DRC Meet in Rubavu to Discuss Trade, Safety
May,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53536" align="aligncenter" width="795"] Congolese delegation arriving in Rwanda[/caption] Delegations from Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have met to enhance trans-border cooperation in order to strengthen #Covid-19 surveillance and trade between the two countries. Officials from both countries met this Thursday in Rubavu district in Western Rwanda, making the first face-to-face meeting since…
Economy
Tags: Rwanda-DRC Relations
Senderi International Hit Warming Up for COVID-19 Album Launch
May,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda popular singer Nzaramba Eric, alias ‘Senderi International Hit’ has announced plans to release his fifth album dedicated to coronavirus frontline workers including medics, army and police.  Senderi said that the album titled “Ntampamvu nimwe yambuza gukorera u Rwanda”- literally meaning (Nothing can stop me from serving Rwanda) will be launched in Musanze district as…
ShowBiz
Tags: Local Music
Ladislas Ntaganzwa Sentenced to Life In Jail Over Genocide Crimes
May,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The High Court Chamber of International and Cross-border Crimes in Nyanza district has sentenced to life in jail Rwandan Ladislas Ntaganzwa after it found him guilty of genocide crimes in Rwanda in 1994. Ntaganzwa was found guilty of five crimes including Genocide crime,  incitement to commit Genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity, rape as…
National
Tags: Ntaganzwa
Sponsored: Daniel Trust Foundation Instagram Challenge Offering Rwf1m to Talented Rwandans
May,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53490" align="alignnone" width="720"] Daniel Trust, is President and CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation[/caption] A Rwandan-American social entrepreneur and youth advocate, Daniel Trust has through a new arts challenge set aside Rwf1million as an award to support young talented Rwandans. The new instagram challenge dubbed #DanielTrustChallenge invites talented Rwandan youth aged 18-35 who are/or want…
Technology
Man Impersonates A Woman to Rob Homes in Musanze District 
May,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A man has been arrested and detained in Musanze sector, Musanze district after he was nabbed red handed masquerading as a woman in order to steal property from several homes in the district.  The man whose names were not identified allegedly masked behind female attire before embarking on drilling a hole through one of the…
Society
Taxi Moto Riders Warm up for their New Normal
May,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53448" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Moto taxi operators at Remera stadium[/caption] After more than two months without transporting passengers, taxi moto operators in Kigali city have started warming up for the D-Day June 1, when they return to work. Taxi motos are among the crucial services that the government has closed down since March 21st when…
Economy
Tags: Moto
RDF Officers’ ‘Rape Case’ Bail Hearing Postponed
May,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Military tribunal has postponed the bail hearing of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) soldiers accused of raping three women and beating residents of Kangondo cell in Remera sector, Kigali city. The suspects include five soldiers with rank of Private- Patrick Ndayishimiye, Fidele Nishimwe, François Gatete, John Gahirwa and Theoneste Twagirimana and one civilian- Donat ‘Rajab’…
National
Tags: RDF Judiciary, RDF Military
Traders Reluctant To Embrace Cashless Payment
May,26 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The government may have to devise other initiatives to bring on-board all local traders to use mobile transactions which is hampered by mindset and excuses of inaccessibility under Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Early 2020 Rwanda’s Central Bank announced a plan to  focus on promoting citizen knowledge and uptake and use of cashless system under the slogan…
Economy
How Bank of Kigali Is Implementing the Cashless Economy 
May,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

To support Rwanda’s digital transformation, Bank of Kigali Plc, the country’s leading commercial bank, has been seamlessly involved in introducing digital products on the financial market that drastically reduce turnaround time and cost of the transaction, expand the digital market base and promote financial inclusion in Rwanda and across borders. KT Press looks at some…
Companies
A Blessed And Safe Eid al-fitr – Kagame to the Muslim Community
May,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

#EidMubarak to all our brothers and sisters celebrating in Rwanda and around the world. Wishing all of you a blessed and safe Eid al-fitr - President Paul Kagame conveyed the message to the Muslim community on Sunday.  Normally on such a day, Rwandan Muslim community gathers at Kigali Regional Stadium- Nyamirambo to hold a salat…
Society
Kagame, Prince Charles Discuss Sustainable Markets Initiative
May,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53201" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Prince Charles(L) and President Paul Kagame in UK July 2019[/caption] Today, President Paul Kagame held talks with the Prince of Wales, His Royal Higness (HRH) Prince Charles on his Sustainable Markets Initiative, a new initiative aimed at supporting the global community to recover from coronavirus ( Covid-19) crisis. Kagame said on…
International
Tags: Rwanda-UK Relations
Made In Rwanda Under COVID-19: This Film Tells the Cost of Cheating on Wife
May,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandan Filmmaker, Zion Suleiman has managed to pull off his second family entertainment film title under the current coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Rwanda. The new 15 minutes film dubbed ‘Left it Open’ is made in a horror genre, acted in English by three young Rwandan actors including Suleiman and Mireille Igihozo Nshuti and Ingabire Olly.…
ShowBiz
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Chinese Embassy’s Relief Support to Keep Kung-Fu Players Healthy 
May,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53083" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Rao Hongwei(Right) and Didier Shema Maboko Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports (L) handing over a bag of food items, part of the Chinese Support to one of the Kung-Fu players[/caption] The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Rwanda has donated food items worth…
National
Senate Approves New Environment, Demobilisation Officials  
May,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_53060" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Juliet Kabera, new REMA boss[/caption] The Rwanda senate has approved appointments of Rwanda’s National Demobilized and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) and the director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) respectively.  The two officials approved on Tuesday were among recent appointments  made by President Paul Kagame.  Approved officials are Valerie Nyirahabineza, the…
National
We Are Coming for You – Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz to Genocide Fugitives
May,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

When the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz visited Rwanda in June 2019, he promised to bring justice to fugitives accused of committing the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Brammertz yesterday told the national broadcaster that he has executed his promise of bringing one Rwandan genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga to…
International
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MPs Discover Rwf1.5Bn Ghost Road
May,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Parliament has recommended the summoning of government officials over failure to implement major development projects, in which some of funding is nowhere to be seen. The decision comes after a field visit finding collected by the parliament economic committee showed that despite billions injected in many of the projects, a good number were not implemented…
Economy
Tags: Accountability
Local Cyclist Shows the Way In Self Help, After The Rains
May,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52993" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Viateur Rukundo at work for his community[/caption] Viateur Rukundo, 32, a resident of Akamuhoza village, Tumba sector in Huye district has not hit the road to ferry passengers on his bicycle ever since the new coronavirus lockdown was mandated in Rwanda since March 21, 2020. A bicycle, like a motorcycle, is…
Society
Arrest of Felicien Kabuga Is A New Justice Momentum – Min. of Justice 
May,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's minister of Justice and State Attorney has said that the arrest of Rwanda’s most wanted genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga in France is another level of commitment to justice and a game changer towards arresting more fugitives. Minister Johnston Busingye's remarks follow the historical arrest of Kabuga on Saturday in France after 26 years of…
National
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Kagame Visits Disaster Affected Areas
May,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

This Saturday, President Paul Kagame visited areas of Nyabihu District which were recently devastated by heavy rains and floods. Kagame toured Giciye bridge which is now being reconstructed to enable pedestrians from the area to access Shyira Hospital. The President’s tour comes days after extended heavy rains last week killed 72 citizens and destroyed property…
National
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Government Losing More Public Funds in Wasteful Expenditures – OAG Report
May,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_52887" align="alignnone" width="823"] The Auditor General Obadiah Biraro[/caption] The Office of the Auditor General has released a 2019 report that indicates more wasteful expenditure of public funds especially in Government Business Enterprises (GBEs). This Friday, May 15, 2020 submitting to both chambers of Parliament the audit report of the year 2019, the Auditor General…
Economy
Gorillas Coffee Sells On Alibaba Market At the Push of a Button
May,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52853" align="alignnone" width="794"] Ambassador James Kimonyo(L) shows Gorillas Coffee, the Rwandan brand[/caption] Rwanda coffee farmers have managed to sell the second batch of specialty coffee on the Alibaba electronic commerce platform. The 3000 bags of roasted coffee (500grams each) packed by Gorillas Coffee Rwanda were this Thursday sold in only one second. The sale…
Economy
Rwanda Parliament Approves €91.4M Electrification Funding 
May,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52846" align="alignnone" width="679"] Rwanda parliament lower chamber[/caption] Rwanda Parliament yesterday approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit worth €91,4million to finance Rwanda’s energy sector supplemental development policy financing. The credit will be reimbursed at an interest rate of 0.75% over a period of thirty-two (32) years, after a grace period of six (6) years.…
National
The Five RDF Soldiers in ‘Rape’ Case Denied Bail
May,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Military Tribunal has ruled a 30 days provisional detention for five Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) soldiers and a civilian charged with criminal counts allegedly committed in the month of March 2020. The suspects are: Privates-Ndayishimiye Patrick, Nishimwe Fidele, Gatete François, Gahirwa John & Twagirimana Theoneste.  They are charged with Civilians namely Donat 'Rajab' Ntakaziraho…
National
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Cimerwa Introduces New Brand On Market
May,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's sole cement factory (CIMERWA PPC) has rebranded all its cement products introducing one more new cement brand (SureWall) that is essentially meant for simple home repair works. In the rebranding, Cimerwa said that its cement packages will be branded as “SURE”, a brand name that is now replacing the Sima Nyarwanda brands that have…
Companies
Military Court Starts Hearing  RDF Soldiers Accused of ‘Rape’ 
May,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The trial of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) soldiers and civilians accused of raping three women after beating them up has kicked off in Kigali with the prosecution asking the military high court to detain the suspects pending further investigation. The seven suspects appeared before the Military High Court in Kanombe on May 11, 2020  are…
National
Tags: RDF Judiciary
EAC Agrees on Harmonized Covid-19 Cross Border Testing Plan
May,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

East African Community Partner States to have been directed to undertake standardized Covid -19 testing based on approved WHO methodologies in order to have a harmonized approach. The call was made this weekend during a Joint consultative meeting of Partner States’ Ministers and Cabinet Secretaries responsible for Health, Trade, Transport and EAC Affairs who met…
Regional
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Miss Jolly Mutesi to Release Autobiography Film Next Week
May,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Former Miss Rwanda Jolly Mutesi is planning on releasing a new film documentary about her life before, during and after winning the beauty pageant crown in 2016. At the age of 20, Mutesi became Miss Rwanda 2016 replacing her predecessor Doriane Kundwa. At her crowning, Rwandans were still thirsty for a ‘model’ Miss Rwanda and…
ShowBiz
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Rwanda Sets a Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan
May,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The government of Rwanda is poised to inject Rwf 100 billion to start a coronavirus (Covid-19) exit process and counteract the impact of the pandemic on the economy, the Minister of Finance Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana has said. Dr. Ndagijimana said that this funding will be able to revive internal economic activities to at least 2%…
Economy
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Rwanda: EU Pledges More Support to Fight Covid-19
May,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52604" align="alignnone" width="674"] Nicola Bellomo, the EU envoy to Rwanda[/caption] The European Union (EU) has commended Rwanda for its rapid and effective response to curbing the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. EU Head of Delegation to Rwanda, Nicola Bellomo said that among its partners, Rwanda has done an outstanding job in handling coronavirus, which is worthy…
National
Rwanda Opens Market for  More Face Masks 
May,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Standards Bureau (RSB) and the local Food Drug Authority (FDA) have opened calls for more manufacturers of face masks to bridge the demand gap a nd improve access to personal protection equipment (PPEs) under the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The call comes after it has emerged that the 38 authorized PPE manufacturing firm have failed…
National
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Central Bank Relaxes Cash Withdraw Measures on Saccos
May,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has relaxed a limitation on the amount of money that can be withdrawn by clients in Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Sacco) across the country. BNR said in a statement on May 6, that it has scrapped its earlier restriction which limited Saccos clients from withdrawing more than Rwf150, 000 per…
Economy
Up to $40,000 Open for Innovative Solutions on Covid-19 Impact
May,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52518" align="alignleft" width="386"] An inovative mask made in Rwanda[/caption] Rwandans have only two days to apply for a grant funding between $20,000 and $40,000 for solutions that will help the community recover from the coronavirus pandemic which has affected all sectors of life. The Ministry of ICT and Innovation (Minict) and entrepreneurship development organizations…
Technology
Africa Banks, Fintech CEOs Call for a Consolidated Payment Systems
May,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Africa Fintech firms and banks have called for a consolidated effort to provide as much information and access to digital information as a way of evolving the payment ecosystem under coronavirus (Covid-19). The call was made during a webinar session COVID-19 Pandemic discussed by African Tech Leaders' Outlook: under the topic: “The Fintech Outlook: How…
Technology
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Rwandan Firm Among the Winners of Kivu Drone Challenge Award
May,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52488" align="alignnone" width="799"] Leapr drone prototype[/caption] A Rwandan drone company has emerged among the winners of the 2020 Lake Kivu Challenge (LKC) drone flying competitions, the first of its kind that seeks to demonstrate real use cases for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on the African continent. In an online awards ceremony on May 5,…
Technology
‘Women Spaces’ Empowered to Curb GBV Under Covid-19
May,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) with support from WomenStrong International have distributed provisions that will help communities to provide women with essential services aimed at preventing gender based violence under the cover of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The organisations, on Monday handed over the Covid-19 relief to 40 Women Space Facilitators (WSFs) and Girl Champions (GCs) in…
Society
Rwanda to Rollout Cashless Transport System Nationwide – RURA 
May,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

After successful dissemination of cashless in public transport payment systems in Kigali city, the country is going to roll out the system countrywide, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority - RURA has said. Rwanda has since 2015 adopted a cashless transport payment system commonly known as ‘Tap&Go’ in the city of Kigali where a commuter uses a…
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Lake Kivu Challenge Drone Competition Award Due Tomorrow 
May,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Lake Kivu Challenge Drone Competition organized by the African Drone Forum (ADF) in collaboration with the government of Rwanda was held in February this year but final results and winners were not announced.  The competition which attracted 11 drone companies from across the world, was aimed to help advance the safe implementation of electric…
Technology
Africa Business Networks Push for AfCFTA Enactment
May,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

African Business leaders have appealed to governments to take the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) deal negotiations on July 1 seriously to enable the continent is to economically recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The call comes just two days before the planned African Union (AU) ministerial meeting to be held on the May 5-6th…
Economy
Mineduc Explains  the Fate of 2020 School Calendar  
May,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_2765" align="alignnone" width="660"] A typical modern classroom in Rwandan schools where every pupil studies using a laptop provided through the one-laptop-per child initiative. Children will stay at home until September due to COVID-19[/caption] On April 24, Acorns International School (AIS) wrote to parents asking them to raise $1,500 which is equivalent to 90% of…
National
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Airtel Rwanda Donates Rwf135M for Covid-19 Frontline Workers 
May,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52266" align="alignnone" width="900"] Health Minister Ngamije (left) recieves dummy cheque from Airtel Rwanda MD[/caption] Airtel Rwanda has donated Rwf135m to the ministry of health in support of government efforts towards fighting against the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Rwanda. The donation was handed over in Kigali on May 1, 2020 by Airtel Managing Director…
National
Rwanda Steps Up Safety for Cross Border Truck Drivers
May,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52255" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Truck decontamination at Kiyanzi site, Rusumo border post[/caption] Rwanda has put in place a cross- border cargo transit logistics platform that will facilitate safe movement of goods and services from neighboring Tanzania. As part of the country’s Covid-19 prevention and safety measures, Rwanda has established the Kiyanzi logistics platform in Kirehe…
Regional
Tags: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Bigstory
350 Million Global Job Losses by June – ILO Estimates
April,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The International Labor Organization (ILO) has launched another COVID-19 monitor report on global labour which raised fears and concerns over the informal sector being the most affected. . The 3rd report since the outbreak of coronavirus, dubbed ILO Monitor on the labour impact of COVID-19 was released Wednesday during an online global press conference held…
National
Tags: Coronavirus, Coronavirus Bigstory
Petroleum Importers In Storage Challenges
April,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52152" align="alignnone" width="992"] Karuruma truck parking lot  - April 28[/caption] The Ministry of Trade and Industry has said that it will support Petroleum importers in Rwanda who are currently facing storage and distribution challenges as a result of low consumption under the current coronavirus lockdown. This comes after several petroleum transporters are reportedly stuck…
Economy
The Online Platforms Keeping Your Child Focused on Class Work
April,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52088" align="alignnone" width="1353"] An exercise by www.openculture.com[/caption] There are more than 2.5million pupils out of school in Rwanda who are in their families due to Covid-19 lockdown which started on March 21 to prevent more spread. For parents it’s a responsibility to keep their children learning so as to cope with their school life. …
National
COVID-19: Rwanda Takes New Measures on Cross Border Trucks 
April,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_52028" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Cross border truck drivers have caused a new increase in COVID-19 cases[/caption] The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has released directives that intend to prevent more spread of new COVID-19 pandemic which has largely affected  transborder truck drivers and their assistants according to recent records. Since April 24, the country has started…
National
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Facebook Expands Coronavirus Information Centers in Africa
April,26 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Facebook has expanded its Coronavirus Information Centers on the continent as part of its commitment to empowering people around the world with timely and accurate news from trusted health authorities. The new countries where Facebook is launching the Coronavirus Information Center include Rwanda, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini,…
Technology
Ellen DeGeneres Fund Offers “Gorillapalooza” –  Free Gorilla VR Trek 
April,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Through the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, which supports global conservation efforts for endangered species, a Gorilla film – “Gorillapalooza” that managed to raise $4million for the gorilla conservation initiative is now brought to you for free in virtual reality (VR).  VR is a new way of looking at reality of existing and nonexisting things through…
ShowBiz
Sebeya River Conservation Project Brings Hope Among Beneficiaries
April,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Some of the projects that intend to fight against erosion in Sebeya catchment include terracing Conservation works on the Sebeya landscape restoration and Integrated Water resources management project have resumed along the banks of Sebeya River bringing hope to communities as April rainy season intensifies. A partnership between government of Rwanda and collaboration with International…
Economy
KT Radio, REB Partner to Deliver Courses for Primary School
April,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

KT Radio has partnered with the Rwanda Education Board(REB) to helpPrimary School pupils poceed with their courses during this COvid-19 lockdown. The lessons are being broadcast from Monday to Friday between 18h20’- 19h00. KT Radio, one of the platforms of Kigali Today Ltd has a national reach with four FM channels including 96.7FM in Kigali,…
National
Manny, the Rhino in Akagera Park Succumbed to Illness – EAZA
April,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Akagera National Park management has explained that Rwanda’ black rhino "Manny" on February 10 succumbed to gastro intestinal disorder.  The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) is ruling out other speculations of animal poaching and oppression. Manny, was one of the five (two male and three female) critically endangered eastern black rhinos which were…
National
Apple Services Now Available in Rwanda
April,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans are now among eight African countries that will officially, starting this Tuesday, be able to enjoy over 60 million songs, safe save terabytes of personal content using Apple’s services, the US-based global tech giant has said on Tuesday. Apple Inc said that its services- App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud…
Technology
Rwanda Clears Key Projects to Resume Under COVID-19 Lockdown
April,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51692" align="alignnone" width="705"] Officials visiting Nyandungu eco-tourism park[/caption] Despite COVID-19 lockdown, the government has allowed some companies to continue activities on major development projects that are close to deadline or are either more important for the country or may cause more damage if not finished on due time. The clearance notified to line ministries…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
EABC Roots for Rescue of Regional Airlines 
April,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The East Africa Business Council (EABC) has requested member states to start rethinking sustainable ways of supporting the regional aviation business that will inevitably suffer the COVID-19 crisis.  In a statement released on April 20th, the council recognised the fact that East Africa Community member states have been  supporting the private sector at large through…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
Kwibuka 26: How NUR Turned into A Den of Killers
April,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51659" align="alignnone" width="873"] UR - Huye Campus[/caption] Rwandan scholars have recommended the core values in the motto of the University of Rwanda (UR) as the only way forward to ensure genocide promoted by intellectuals, never happens again in Rwanda.  UR Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr. Charles Muligande, acknowledged that failure for the former UR leadership…
National
Tags: Kwibuka23
Rwanda Recommends Use of Face Mask
April,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51564" align="alignnone" width="741"] DR Sabin Nsanzimana, the Director-General Rwanda Biomedical Centre-Left- preaching by example.[/caption] Rwanda has recommended its citizens to wear face masks as local firms are set to start manufacturing them as soon as possible. Rwanda’s Health Minister Dr. Daniel Ngamije said that the government asked private companies to manufacture face masks to…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Kwibuka26: How Uwineza Chose Happiness As ‘Revenge’
April,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda being under Covid-19 lockdown, did not stop artists and actors from thinking and providing the community with content that helps them remember and pay repect to the victims of the 1994 Genocide commited against Tutsi this Kwibuka 26. Radio, television and most importantly social media became an important medium this year, because the pandemic…
Society
Tags: Kwibuka23
Rwanda Strengthens Preparedness for Potential Desert Locusts Invasion
April,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48162" align="alignnone" width="3500"] In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, desert locusts jump up from the ground and fly away as a cameraman walks past, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. As locusts by the billions descend on parts of Kenya in the worst outbreak in 70 years, small planes are flying low over…
National
Tags: Locusts
EABC Proposes Measures to Mitigate Covid-19 Economic Impact
April,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51364" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Kigali Special Economic Zone, one of the major business establishments in East Africa- Photo Cyril Ndegeya[/caption] The East Africa Business Council (EABC) has recommended to governments of the East African Community member states to take financial measures that will mitigate the impact of coronavirus in the community member states. In it’s…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
Sponsored: ‘RICH’ Training GBV Victims to Be Rich
April,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51338" align="alignnone" width="720"] Walking against gender-based violence in Ruhango district[/caption] Molly (Not real name) looks young, with a slim body; very funny with a little humor. By her looks, no one can imagine that she has had experience as traumatic as rape at her age. At 17, she was raped and became pregnant. She…
Society
Rwandan Community Abroad Concludes Kwibuka26 Week
April,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51262" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Genocide Commemoration-Geneva, Switzerland[/caption] Rwandans in diaspora, and back home, have adjusted to the restrictions that imposes the new coronavirus pandemic as they pay respect to the victims of the 1994 Genocide committed against Tutsi. During the Kwibuka26 week that concluded yesterday, the embassies managed to organize the diaspora community in their…
International
Tags: Kwibuka23
$50,000 Set for Best African Solutions to Address Covid-19
April,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Africans with bankable solutions or ventures to address the coronavirus pandemic have a chance to win up to $50,000 worth of in-kind prizes in the upcoming AfricaVsVirus Challenge. The online challenge sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and its partners will be open to entrepreneurs, companies, civil society organizations and governments next week from April…
International
Tags: Coronavirus
Visits at REB’s eLearning Platforms Mark a 730 % Increase
April,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50544" align="alignnone" width="639"] Chemistry session in laboratory, Lycee de Kigali[/caption] Rwanda Education Board (REB) has indicated that the response of students and parents to available elearnig tools that were put in place to help students keep revising their courses has been increasingly positive. Figures shared by REB indicate that visits on the eLearning website…
Technology
Kwibuka 26: Genocide Survivors Tell their Memories
April,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51100" align="alignnone" width="469"] Eugenie Mujawamariya[/caption] The 1994 Genocide committed against Tutsi cost life of more than 1 million Tutsi in three consecutive months, of April, May and June before it was stopped by the Rwanda Patriotict Army (RPA) Inkotanyi. The attrocities behind it, will explain why you always have an impression that the Genocide…
Society
Tags: Kwibuka23
Rwanda, Germany Sign €52.1million for Urban Development, Job Creation
April,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_51000" align="alignnone" width="873"] A component of Kigal Green city project[/caption] Rwanda and Germany have signed a financing agreement worth more than €52.1million (Rwf53billion) to support sustainable urban development, decentralization and promotion of growth and export-oriented small and medium size business. The agreement, electronically signed on Monday between Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning…
Economy
Document Genocide against Tutsi History While We Have Living Testimonies – Researchers
April,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50968" align="alignnone" width="800"] Genocide survivor at a place of exhumation of Genocide victims for decent burial[/caption] Rwandan authors have emphasized the importance of documenting events of what happened during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, with emphasis on educating future generations. The State Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Edouard Bamporiki said that…
National
Tags: Kwibuka23
Covid-19: RURA Fixes Gas Prices Amid Price Hikes
April,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has released directives prohibiting traders from hiking prices of household utilities like Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Gas dealers hiked prices after the first 14-day covid-19 lockdown was announced on March 21 and extended by 15 days. In the second 15-day lockdown period, RURA said that effective this Tuesday, gas retail…
Economy
OneWeb Bankruptcy Relief Motion Won’t Affect Rwanda – ICT Minister
April,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47920" align="alignnone" width="497"] One Web Satellite[/caption] On March 27, OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, filed a bankruptcy relief case to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, citing failure to raise money from donors and its core business being affected by…
Technology
CNLG Makes Changes in Kwibuka 26 Program
April,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50763" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The flame of Hope during a Kwibuka event. Rwandans and friends of Rwanda will not have an opportunity to come together physically to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Genocide committed against Tutsi due to Covid-19 lockdown[/caption] The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has made changes that will…
National
TBD Dedicates A Financial Package to Mitigation of Covid-19 Impact
April,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has come on board to rescue African countries with support to procure essential medical supplies, and bail out regional financial institutions facing liquidity challenges. TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development financial institution, with assets of more than $ 6billion with several funded projects across 21 African countries, including…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda Stock Market Goes Digital, Projects 20% Growth Despite COVID-19 Threat
April,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50751" align="alignnone" width="696"] Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba, CEO Rwanda Stock Exchange[/caption] Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) has said that during this coronavirus pandemic, its trading activities will remain online but with a projection of increased investments and trade volumes. “We have taken precautionary measures to avoid physical contact. Orders are sent online by stock brokers and…
Markets
Tags: Markets
WHO Boss, Kagame Discuss Efforts to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic
April,02 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization(WHO) has congratulated President Paul Kagame for his effort to ensure early preparedness of the country to face Coronavirus and commitment to discussing with continental leaders the need to embrace battle of the pandemic selflessly. “For months, African leaders have prepared for the arrival of COVID-19.…
Regional
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda FDA Recalls Locally Made B.E.U Hand Sanitizers
April,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has recalled sale of locally made hand sanitizers products (BEU) after producers failed to meet the markets standards. The cancellation of the locally made product comes at a time when demand for hand sanitizers in Rwanda has increased as a result of hygiene measures to fight coronavirus infections. In…
Companies
Donors Inject $20M in Search of Covid-19 Treatment 
April,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50645" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by this couple, one of the donors in this initiative[/caption] Partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, an initiative spearheaded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard in fight against coronavirus have pledged a $20 million grant in the effort to find treatment to the…
Society
Tags: Coronavirus
Hand Sanitizer, the New Household Name
April,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50635" align="alignnone" width="1400"] Woman using sanitizer at home[/caption] Fighting Coronavirus - Covid-19 has become a global concern and with 75 cases since mid last month, Rwanda is also very much concerned. Despite the country being under lockdown since March 21, some businesses remained operational because they provide essential goods and services that people need…
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Tags: Coronavirus
Facebook to Raise $10M Fund to Tackle Misinformation
March,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

As global Coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers continue to rise across the globe, to keep people safe, FaceBook has announced plans to raise funds in support to the United Nations Foundation/ World Health Organization (UNF/WHO) COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. “We are working with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to launch a Facebook Fundraiser in the…
Technology
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda Education Board Uploads Free Bundle Lessons on Youtube
March,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50544" align="alignnone" width="639"] Senior 4 Students in a Chemistry course at Lycee de Kigali.[/caption] With more days ahead into the current coronavirus lockdown, Rwanda Education Board (REB) has moved to free YouTube lessons to keep students up to speed with visual online education. In order to actualize this, REB decided to join the YouTube…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Paying Water Bill Made 100% Digital During Covid-19 Lockdown
March,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37263" align="alignnone" width="583"] Water Billing. A commercial field officer will not be able to come home to issue a bill during Covid-19 lockdown[/caption] The month of March is ending and many Rwandans remain under the coronavirus national lockdown which has entered its second week. Water bills are some of the utilities that have to…
Technology
Tags: Coronavirus
Remember Family Planning Advice During Covid-19 Quarantine, Minister to Couples
March,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The message sent on the ministry’s Twitter handle comes after Rwandans have spent slightly over a week under a national lockdown decree which was announced on the evening of March 21, after the first Coronavirus case was reported in Rwanda on March 14. “During this Coronavirus period, we (ministry) are asking married couples to remember…
Society
Tags: Coronavirus
AfDB Launches Low Rate ‘Fight COVID-19’ Social Bond
March,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50500" align="alignnone" width="864"] Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB president[/caption] African Development Bank has launched a record breaking $3 billion “Fight COVID-19” Social Bond for African countries, whose economies are currently largely under a slow down as a result of the global pandemic. The new bond meant to help the continental business recovery from Coronavirus, follows another…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
CNLG Releases Official 2020 Kwibuka Guidelines
March,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_11747" align="alignnone" width="913"] Thousands of genocide survivors have no genitalia as they were cut off or damaged completely during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, it was announced on Sunday - May 13,2018[/caption] The National Commission against Genocide (CNLG) has said that the 26th commemoration of genocide against the Tutsi will go on as…
Regional
WHO Covid-19 info Access Now on Your WhatsApp and Facebook
March,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

World Health Organisation (WHO) has in partnership with WhatsApp and Facebook launched a dedicated messaging service to keep the global community up to speed with trusted sources of information on coronavirus. The service unveiled yesterday is planned to be accessible in key global and widely used languages - English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The WHO…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
African Management Institute Opens Survival Bootcamp
March,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The African Management Institute (AMI) is conducting a free 'COVID -19 Business Survival Bootcamp' for small African business owners with the aim of equipping businesses with practical tools to face challenges of the pandemic.   AMI, which offers tailored tools and training to meet needs of business, in 15 countries including Rwanda, says that the short…
International
Let’s Commemorate But Keep Safe and Sound – Ibuka
March,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50272" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The flame of hope at Kigali Genocide memorial. It will not be possible to gather her for this Kwibuka 26, unless there are very positive change in slow down of Covid-19[/caption] Ibuka, the umbrella organization that connects associations of survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi has asked Rwandans to respect…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Apple App Store to Be Accessible to Rwanda This Year
March,24 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Apple Inc has announced plans of opening its App Store to 20 new countries this year, including Rwanda among the African countries on the list. The company yesterday, announced this move on its developer portal, marking the latest expansion of Apple’s current App marketplace in 155 countries around the globe. All Apple physical stores worldwide…
Technology
Rwanda GDP Increases by 9.4 – NISR
March,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50229" align="alignnone" width="1080"] CHIC, one of the commercial building in Kigali[/caption] The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) has released figures that show the 2019 gross domestic product (GDP) estimates, calculated using the 2017 benchmark, increased by 9.4%. Rwanda's economy was projected to grow by 7.8% in 2019, based on the economy's robust…
Economy
US, Rwanda in Renewed Call to Arrest Wanted Genocide Suspects
March,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50254" align="alignnone" width="280"] Felicien Kabuga[/caption] Next month, Rwandans and the rest of the world will begin commemorating 26 years since the 1994 genocide against Tutsi was committed in Rwanda claiming over one million lives. Several genocide suspects have been arrested and brought to justice locally and in other countries, but majority of the genocide…
International
No New Covid-19 Case in Rwanda Today
March,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has for the second day in a week gone luck to end a day without a new recorded Coronavirus case. "No new coronavirus cases were identified. The total remains confirmed cases remain seventeen," the ministry of health said this evening. Since the confirmation of the first coronavirus case on Saturday March 14, Rwanda recorded…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwandan Banks Introduce New Restrictions on Cheque Payments
March,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In a bid to control spread of Coronavirus, Rwanda Bankers Association (RBA) has instructed that all banks to no longer allow third party cheque payments for the next three months. The decision of the association comes at a time when banks have taken individual measures to avoid more Coronavirus infections by asking clients to keep…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
Covid-19 Increases Appetite for eLearning in Rwanda
March,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50163" align="alignnone" width="750"] The children can continue with their courses at home now, provided internet. Photo Unicef[/caption] Rwanda Education Board (REB) has doubled its capacity in using e-learning systems, as a way of working around the coronavirus epidemic which has affected the school calendar this semester. At the outbreak of the first coronavirus case…
Society
Tags: Coronavirus
Tourists Will See Gorilla Silver-back Only In Movie Until Further Notice
March,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50156" align="alignnone" width="1687"] Gorilla SIlverback in Rwanda's habitat[/caption] With the uncertainty on whether wildlife are immune to Coronavirus, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has decided to keep the country's growing wild animals away from researchers as the virus takes bite of all aspects of human life. In a statement released this Friday RDB said that…
International
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda Limits Time for Drinking in Bars
March,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The ministry of Local Government has double-tightened measures leaving no loose ends for the Coronavirus to spread in the public. Soon after registering the first case on March 14, the Prime Minister's office passed directives prohibiting public gatherings including religious ceremonies and urged citizens to work at home. Several public and private institutions followed suit…
National
Tags: Coronavirus
‘One last night’: A Filmmaker Comes to Keep Families Together
March,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

At the time when Coronavirus is thwe talk of the city, a Rwandan filmmaker has a new film that will help families learn to stick together in the hardest moments. The new film, 'One Last Night' written, produced and directed by Suleiman Zion featuring local actors and shot from local scenes in Kigali, will be…
ShowBiz
Tags: Hillywood
Covid-19: US Pledges Support to Rwanda
March,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50078" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Peter Vrooman-US Ambassador to Rwanda[/caption] The U.S. Embassy Kigali has said it will equally help Rwanda and its own citizens living in Rwanda to remain safe and cope up with the ongoing global covid19 crisis which has put pressure on Rwanda’s economy. In a statement released on Twitter US  Ambassador to…
International
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Rwanda Central Bank Eases Covid19 Pressure On Businesses
March,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In a bid to cope with the current Covid-19 pandemic and prevent an economic shock, the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has eased the normal bank loaning procedures for both banks and its clients. In a statement released Wednesday evening BNR asked banks to relax their grip on loan repayment conditions of clients affected by…
Economy
Tags: Coronavirus
Rwanda Stocks Remain Untouched – CEO Rwabukumba
March,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In the wake of the covid19 outbreak, Rwanda Stock market index (RSI) and shares index (ALSI) have remained constant despite the country recording eight cases since March 14, 2020. Before the first case was reported, the trading week closed on Friday 13th March, 2020 with trading session recording a total of Rwf13, 577,600 worth of…
Markets
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Rwanda Takes to Cyberspace in Battle Against Covid-19
March,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_50019" align="alignnone" width="595"] Nyarugenge Pension Plazza which hosts the Ministry of environment[/caption] In the wake of a decision limiting citizen movement as a measure to contain the rapid spread of Coronavirus, government institutions have now strengthened the use of digital services to keep business moving on. The move is part of the government precautions…
National
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Let All Banks Offer Loans to Farmers – Agriculture Minister
March,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49815" align="alignnone" width="640"] A farming project in Kirehe district[/caption] The ministry of agriculture has asked parliament to push for establishment of a farmer’s bank to address the challenge of lack of access to agriculture financing. The national bank of Rwanda Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Statement (MPFSS) 2020 showed slow growth in the agriculture…
Economy
Tags: Banks
Rwanda Eyes $700M Trade Deals from CHOGM2020
March,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49872" align="alignnone" width="680"] Clare Akamanzi, CEO RDB at the breakfast meeting[/caption] Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has clarified that preparation to host the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) is still on and instead Rwanda is warming up to take advantage of the $700m investment and trade deals that will be unveiled…
Economy
Tags: CHOGM
Trade Minister Explains Causes of Low Occupation Among Cross Border Markets
March,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49868" align="alignnone" width="774"] Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry[/caption] The ministry of trade has assured parliament that issues surrounding cross border markets will be solved as soon as possible to have the projects further reduce imports from neighboring countries. This assurance comes after the minister was summoned more than three times to explain…
Economy
After Ngabitsinze Who is the Next PAC Chairman?
March,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49852" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Ngabitsinze Jean Chrysostome[/caption] In October 2018, the Rwanda parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) got a man to replace its former iron hand chairman, Juvenal Nkusi, who run the committee held government official accountable for more than eight years. [caption id="attachment_49845" align="alignleft" width="401"] Beline Uwineza[/caption] The longest serving Parliamentarian Nkusi, from Social…
National
Tags: PAC
Rwanda Launches Anti-Malaria Pesticide Spray Using Drones
March,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has launched a major fight against malaria that will use drones to totally whip out mosquito lava before they get a chance to nest into adult insects. The new spray program launched on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by the ministry of health, is set to be piloted by Charis UAS- a local Drone Company…
National
Please Pay Us on Time – Entrepreneurs to Gov’t Institutions
March,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49666" align="alignnone" width="699"] The private sector made a humble request to government institutions to consider paying them on time[/caption] The Rwanda Private sector has proposed strong penalties to be levied against government entities which don’t pay entrepreneurs on time thus causing a major shock in sector’s role in the economic development. This is one…
Economy
BK, Resonate Gives Women Artisans New Hope for Project Expansion
March,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49585" align="alignnone" width="743"] The women graduate of the new training[/caption] Clemence Mukagaga, is the head of a 65 women cooperative who have for the past three years weaved baskets, designed and made earrings, leathers shoes under a shanky wooden warehouse in Gisozi sector. Though the women in Tujyembere cooperative have a variety of household…
Companies
A Health Recap of Tour du Rwanda 2020
March,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has just concluded hosting the 11th edition of the 2020 Tour du Rwanda which attracted more than 70 professional riders, 16 teams, 26 countries from around the globe. The week-long tour, worth Rwf740 million ($781,000), kicked off on 23rd February through March 1st. It attracted many spectators from Rwanda’s capital Kigali to the far…
International
Rwanda Set to Treat all Hepatitis C Patients by 2021
March,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49435" align="alignnone" width="699"] Lt. Col Tharcisse Mpunga[/caption] No Rwandan with hepatitis C will fail to get treatment by the year 2021, Lt Col. Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga the newly appointed State Minister in the ministry of health announced as part of his priorities. Dr. Mpunga was appointed and sworn in as replacement for Dr Patrick…
National
Tags: Rwanda Health
Jhonatan Restrepo Wins Again, Mugisha Holds GC Timeline
February,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Chances for getting the yellow jersey of 2020 Tour du Rwanda may be slim but Jhonatan Valencia Restrepo has made a record of carrying four stages, with two of the consecutively. Columbian rider Restrepo, won stage 3, 5 and 6- which include Huye- Rusizi (stage 3) Rubavu-Musanze(stage 5), and Musanze- Muhanga (stage 6). At stage…
Sports
Tags: Tour Du Rwanda
Assaulted and Robbed Airtime Vendor Gets MTN Support
February,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A lady who was on Wednesday attacked and mugged almost to death by two thugs in Remera sector, Gasabo district, has received a consolation from her employers - MTN Rwanda. In the previous story, KT Press showed a surveillance camera footage in which Jeannette Tuyisenge, a mobile money agent was physically attacked and robbed of…
National
Top 5 Riders Who Could win 2020 Tour du Rwanda
February,29 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Moise Mugisha With an almost fallen Rwanda team in this competitive 2.1 UCI race, chances of Rwandans taking the 2020 Tour du Rwanda are becoming very slim along the week long race. Mugisha, 23, had a bad start in stage 1 and 4, but his overwhelming performance in stage 5, has improved his General Classifications…
Sports
Stage 6: The Hustle that Was
February,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Stage six of the Tour du Rwanda kicked off from Musanze to Muhanga district with 71 riders remaining in the peloton covering a distance of 127.3 kilometers. The riders took the bypass route that connects Musanze to Muhanga and goes through the districts of Rutsiro and Ngororero. First breakaway of the race! A quartet of…
Sports
Tags: Tour Du Rwanda
Gov’t, Dev’t Partners Set New Decade of Action
February,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda and its development partners have jointly come up with new efforts to support private spending - a move aimed at further pushing the country's development agenda. From Wednesday to Thursday this week, a 16th Development Partners Retreat (DPR) meeting was held in Rubavu district, Western Rwanda, where Development Partners asked government to increase its…
International
Tags: Dvpt Agencies
Mara Phones to Produce Low Cost Smart Phones by May
February,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49215" align="alignnone" width="800"] Busy work at Mara Phones-Kigali[/caption] After four months on Rwandan market, Mara Phone, the first African made phones manufacturer has announced plans to produce cheaper smart phones to respond to the market’s demand. Mara phone, which has a production plant in Rwanda and South Africa was launched last year in Kigali.…
Companies
Rwandan Banks to Face Sanctions over Delayed Payments
February,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The National Bank of Rwanda has presented the first Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Statement (MPFSS) of 2020, which came with major improvements in banking, saving and credit schemes operations. One of them is that Rwandan commercial banks will soon start getting sanctions and possible penalties for delaying transfers of clients’ money from one bank…
Companies
Tags: Banks
Rwanda Tipped to Expand Its Share of $240billion Capital Investment
February,25 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_49105" align="alignnone" width="900"] Masaka Creamery CEO June Igiraneza (r) presents her ambitions ahead of the summit[/caption] Rwanda has been advised to focus on its capital investment climate in order to tap into over $240 billion that is readily available for investment from private investors. Despite its notable progress in implementing the World Bank Doing…
Economy
10 Riders To Watch Out at Tour du Rwanda 2020
February,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48943" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Winner of stage one, Fedorov is also a rider to watch[/caption] After the 114.4km Kigali - Rwamagana- Kigali stage 1 that was won by Fedorov (Vino-Astana Motors), and considering other indications and precedents, here is a look at some of the riders who will fly and bring flare to the 12th…
Sports
Tags: Tour Du Rwanda
Names that Gained Fame from Tour du Rwanda
February,21 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48792" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Areruya Joseph[/caption] Tour du Rwanda, the cycling competition organized by the Rwanda Cycling Federation (FERWACY) is becoming a race where cyclists can expect to gain fame. Several names on the local scene have in the last two decades registered high performance and have become the talk of the community. Here is…
Sports
Rwanda to Distribute Over 30M Condoms this Year
February,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda and its partners will this year distribute 33 million male condoms – representing an increase of close to three million condoms compared to last year. In 2019, Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) distributed 31.4 million. More than 600 million condoms distributed annually around the world. This year alone, Rwanda’s key partners like AIDS Healthcare Foundation…
National
Bank of Kigali, Resonate Partner to Empower Women in Business
February,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Domina Kanyange, 38, is a member of 17 Ingitsi women artisan cooperative in Kinyinya sector and earns about Rwf50, 000 per month from making traditional baskets commonly known as ‘Agaseke’. She earns this money after making 60 beaded necklaces but lack of business leadership skills has impeded her dreams of earning over Rwf150, 000 per…
Economy
Tags: BK
Cross Border Markets Yet to Be Effective – Parliament
February,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48420" align="alignnone" width="873"] Cyanika cross border market[/caption] On February 11, the Parliament called the minister of Trade and industry to explain issues on Cross border Markets that were raised in the Auditor General’s Report 2017/18, which was assessed by a parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Through the Prime Minister’s office, the Trade minister, Soraya Hakuziyaremye…
Regional
Tags: Cross Border
Parliament to Summon Four Ministers Over Gaps in Gov’t Policies
February,14 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47618" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Among others, the Ministry of infrastructure will explain plans to control rain water and drainage. Erosion and floods have been incurring heavy loss to the country, like in this photo that was taken in Kigali early this month[/caption] Rwanda Parliament has announced plan to summon four cabinet ministers to explain shortfalls…
National
Tags: Parliament
Rwanda’s Personal Data Protection Bill Due March
February,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48300" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Data protection- Mobile phone is one of the channels that provides personal data[/caption] The long awaited bill on Personal Data Protection in Rwanda will this March be submitted to the Rwandan parliament for approval, KTPress can reliable report. According to the line ministry of ICT and innovation, the bill is currently…
Technology
Tags: Internet
Rwanda Launches a More User Friendly Online Portal for Gov’t Services
February,12 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Applying on the new “IremboGov 2.0” a product of IremboGov- an online government services platform, will now take only three steps instead of the more than six steps that one had to go through. The homemade new version of Irembo that was launched on Wednesday will ease the tedious process of applying for government services,…
Technology
Tags: E-government
Gov’t Lost 92% of Labor Cases Last Year
February,11 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48230" align="alignnone" width="799"] Johnson Busingye(Middle) the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Government is loosing many labor cases[/caption] Rwanda Senate has proposed that the Public Service Commission (PSC) be given power to recommend punishment against officials who don’t implement its directives to resolve civil servant cases, which leads to government losing money in court.…
National
Don’t Rest Until Every Teen Pregnancy Is Prevented- Mrs. Kagame
February,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame has used the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLD) platform to encourage women not to rest until every early teenage pregnancy is prevented in Africa. Mrs. Kagame was speaking at the 24th OAFLD General Assembly where African First Ladies are meeting to decide how best they can be…
International
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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Attends OAFLD Meeting
February,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48101" align="alignnone" width="633"] First Lady of Rwanda Jeannette Kagame(Middle)[/caption] Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame, this morning joined other African First Ladies for the 24th General Assembly Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLD) that will determine the role on women in Africa’s development in the next 43 years. The GA is taking place…
International
Tags: Rwanda’s First Lady
New Disease: Rwandan Scholars Concerned by ‘Text-Neck’ as Phone Addiction Increases
February,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48094" align="alignnone" width="640"] Dr Sabin Nsabimana speaking at the symposium[/caption] Rwanda health researchers will, this year, conduct a research on the effects of using phones for longer hours after several cases of severe neck complications were reported. Although weak and inconclusive, most of the evidences available suggest that there are adverse effects on health…
National
Tags: Disease
AU Elects Kagame to Drive Africa 2063 Agenda
February,09 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The African Union (AU) has unanimously elected President Paul Kagame as the new chairperson of one its new agencies that will drive the continent towards vision 2063. Kagame was yesterday, elected chairperson of African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC). The AUDA-NEPAD is an…
International
Tags: AU GA
Rwanda Clocks 100th Air Space Deal
February,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19525" align="alignnone" width="850"] Rwanda National carrier- RwandAir among the airline companies that are set to benefit from a hundred airspace agreements[/caption] Rwanda and Somalia have signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA) marking the 100th deal to be penned for the former. The deal, which allows both countries to share a free airspace authorization…
Technology
Tags: Airspace, Rwanda-Somalia Relations
You Can Now Send Your Young Child to Learn Robotics in Kigali
February,08 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48056" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Children practicing at Keza centre[/caption] During the 2019 National Dialogue Rwanda adopted a vision of raising, in the next 30 years, children who can compete on the global market, in innovation, languages and incomes through science and technology education. Using the example of a visionary Rwandan child named Keza Nyiramajyambere Rwanda…
National
Tags: Rwanda-Japan Relations
Central Bank Maintains Lending Rate at 5%
February,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_48017" align="alignnone" width="966"] Governor Rwangombwa(Middle) as Rwanda Central Bank monetary policy committee (MPC) presents the report[/caption] The same repo rate has been around for the last three years and the central bank argues that keeping the rate at this level will drive economic growth especially in the banking sector. “The decision was informed by…
Economy
Tags: Repo Rate
Food and Drugs Investors, Regulator End Grievances on Registration Fees
February,06 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47958" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The boss of Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority(RFDA) explaining how the decision of registration fee came about[/caption] Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (RFDA) has agreed to reconsider reviewing a circular directing all processed food and beverage products to be registered by the end of march 2020. In the regulations released in…
Economy
Tags: Food And Drugs
Rwanda Drone Operations’ Academy Due Next Year
February,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47879" align="alignnone" width="640"] Drone demo at the first African Drones Forum in Kigali[/caption] Rwanda has gathered all it takes to construct a drone operations’ centre including a drone training academy that will take the country to a greater stride. The center is scheduled to be constructed in Huye district, Southern Province with an academy…
Technology
Tags: Drones
Let Drones Fly – World Bank’s Benedict Eijbergen
February,04 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47842" align="alignnone" width="680"] Hojung solutions - Remo-M[/caption] The World Bank (WB) Group has asked Africans to open and be flexible with drone regulations to allow drone flying for multiple purposes that can change the state of business on the continent. Benedict LJ Eijbergen, the Bank’s Transport and ICT Practice Manager Southern Africa, said that…
Technology
Tags: Drones
Rwandan Companies Dominate 2019 Business Excellence Awards
February,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has awarded the best and emerging business at the seventh edition of the annual Rwanda Business Excellence Awards 2019. The colorful ceremony, held in Kigali yesterday, and highlighted Rwanda’s private sector investment growth, did not recognize any winner in the customer care sector but growth made by local companies and women in…
Companies
Tags: Business Award
Africa’s First Drone Flying Challenge: £40,000 Up for Grabs
February,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47660" align="alignnone" width="768"] Avy drone among the companies that will be part of Drone competition[/caption] This February 9th, Rwanda will host the third Africa drone flying challenge dubbed “Lake Kivu Challenge” which was originally initiated as a trial exercise in 2018 on Lake Victoria. At the drone manning competition that was organized by World…
International
Tags: Drones
Rwanda, Germany Sign €10 M Financing Agreement for Kigali Green City Project
January,31 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47645" align="alignnone" width="873"] Kigali Green City pilot Project[/caption] The government of Germany has injected €10million grant (Rwf10billion) to kick start the construction of affordable housing units in a sustainable green city project in the city of Kigali. The Kigali green city project initiated last year and its implementation phase is set to begin this…
Economy
Tags: Financing, Rwanda-Germany Relations
Capital Market University Challenge Is Back
January,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47541" align="alignnone" width="680"] Winners in previous challenge[/caption] Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority(CMA) has scheduled its Capital Market University Challenge (CMUC) 2020 edition in March this year to help the intellectual community learn the capital market literacy while also giving them an opportunity to invest in capital markets. The annual competition will this year come with…
Markets
New Envoys Come with Satellites, Food Commodities and Vacation Packages
January,30 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47487" align="alignnone" width="799"] New Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda[/caption] Ten new envoys, including two females have presented credentials to President Paul Kagame, at State House, Uruguwiro Village, all promising to further strengthen ties of their respective countries with Rwanda. The following are the envoys and their plan on how to take the relationship to…
International
Tags: Envoys
Made in Rwanda Mosquito nets Ready, Import Bill Slashed by 50%
January,28 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will this month start distributing its own home made mosquito nets as part of the strategy to cut on imports and eliminate malaria cases to zero by the year 2030. With local production in place, Rwanda will cut its import bill mosquito bed nets by 50%. Out of the 7.5million bed nets to be…
Economy
Tags: Mosquito Nets
Rwanda to Get a Share of the $14.2bn Fund to Fight Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB
January,27 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A gathering to prepare the Global Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) has been launched in Kigali to capitalize on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2020 leaders to bring an end to the diseases. At this summit, a huge fund to end Malaria by 2030, curb HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis(TB) was also…
International
Most of Wiped out Families During the Genocide Were in France’s Zone Turquoise – Survey
January,26 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47347" align="alignnone" width="633"] France contingents in Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi[/caption] The 1994 Genocide committed against Tutsi in Rwanda was that harsh that it spared none in the family structure; children, adolescents, adults, people with disability and the elderly who would still die a natural death any time during the three months…
International
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A Million Youth Volunteers Targeted for the Fight against Crimes
January,23 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47274" align="alignnone" width="680"] Youth volunteers make commitment to recruit a million youth for the fight against crimes[/caption] Ange Sonia Umubyeyi, 21, is a fresh secondary school graduate who is waiting for her results from the 2019 national examinations. Instead of staying idle in the last two months, she decided to join 380,000 youths in…
National
Tags: Youth Volunteers
Miss Rwanda Contestants Asked to Join the Smart Phone Access Campaign
January,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47242" align="alignnone" width="640"] Miss Rwanda contestants[/caption] All 54 girls contesting for Miss Rwanda 2020 crown today converged at Kigali Arena to pick numbers which will characterize each contestant during the course of the Miss Rwanda 2020 beauty pageant competition. The event, held at Kigali Arena, came with a task of all the contestants urged…
Society
Tags: Miss Rwanda
University of Rwanda Blames Delay of Monthly Stipend on Students
January,22 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Jean Claude Mushyimire travelled all the way from Musanze district to start his academic year at the School of Business Studies in Kigali last November on government scholarship. In his mind, he knew that he would get at least 35,000 as academic stipends from the government bursary but this money has not been disbursed till…
National
Tags: University Of Rwanda
From Catholics, Road Safety Campaign Goes to Pentecostal Churches
January,20 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  From the Catholic pulpits, Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Sunday took the road safety campaign dubbed 'GerayoAmahoro' to doors of Pentecostal churches across the country. Police officers were given the chance to stand on holy grounds inside Pentecostal churches to pass on a single message of "road safety first for all Christians, be it a…
National
Tags: Gerayo Amahoro
Is Kigali Up To Defend Miss Rwanda Title?
January,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Miss Rwanda contest is all about beauty, brains and culture. It is about empowering girls and giving them a platform to give back to society. The reigning Miss Rwanda, Meghan Nimwiza representing the city of Kigali managed to get selected along these lines to scoop the highly contested 2019 beauty pageant in which she mainly…
Society
Tags: Miss Rwanda
UCI Boss Hints ‘Backing’ Rwanda’s Bid for 2025 Cycling Race
January,19 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

International Cycling Union (UCI) has promised to back Rwanda in a global bid to host one of the most lucrative cycling championships that could bring over 5,000 cycling tourists in the country, in a single week. As one of the growing cycling nations, on September 11th 2019, Rwanda entered the bid race to host the…
Sports
Tags: Cycling
Huye Marathon Winners to Represent Rwanda in Poland
January,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Félicien Muhitira aka ‘Magare’ has won the Huye Half Marathon earning himself a record as the first male to win the inaugural marathon. The 21.9kilometers Huye marathon held in Huye district this Saturday is the first edition initiated by the ministry of Sport and culture. The new minister of sports and culture Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju…
Sports
Mr Flavour, Dbanj Give Rwandans Free Concert
January,18 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

If you are in Rwanda's capital Kigali and have no weekend plot, here is the place to go. There is an opportunity to attend a free concert. The last day of the Creative Africa Exchange (CAX) in Kigali will end this Saturday with a totally free Umoja concert performance featuring big music names such as…
ShowBiz
2000 Diabetes Patients Get Testing Technology
January,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47052" align="alignnone" width="680"] The new kits that were donated by Abott is a relief to diabetes patients[/caption] Rwanda’s ministry of health has received a donation which include 2000 free style optium Neo glucose meters and 11.7 million free style optium test strips from Abbot as support to Rwanda diabetes association. This donation, by Abbott…
National
Tags: Diabetes
‘The600’ Film is Back
January,17 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans wanting to watch the country’s most popular liberation struggle documentary film have one more chance to attend its screening in Kigali city, before it embarks on an international promotional tour. The film known as ‘The600’ is a documentary of Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Inkotanyi in the 3rd battalion who were trapped behind enemy lines of the…
ShowBiz
Tags: Hillywood, The 600
BK Group Injects More Money in Basketball Tournament
January,16 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_47020" align="alignnone" width="900"] Desire Mugwiza, the Ferwaba federation presidentexcahnging sponsorship documents with Dr Diane Karusisi, BK Group CEO[/caption] The Bank of Kigali (BK) Group - Rwanda's biggest Institution in terms of assets added more money in the second year sponsorship deal with the Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) to continue the promotion of basketball in…
Companies
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Creative Africa Gathering in Rwanda Seeks to Raise Deals Worth $2billion
January,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will host the official launch of the Creative Africa Exchange (CAX) tour that will spark multi funding partnerships worth $2 billion, officials said on Tuesday. The Creative Africa Exchange (CAX), was born out of the 2018 Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) in Cairo, Egypt, and aims at promoting exchanges within the African creative and cultural…
International
Over 2000 Vulnerable Mothers to Get Free Fortified Foods
January,15 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Jacqueline  Murakatete, a tailor in Nyabisindu cell, Remera sector of Gasabo district inthe capital Kigali, was, four years ago, devastated by giving birth to a premature baby girl as a result of not having proper diet foods during pregnancy. In her view, this incident was caused by a situation in which she was undergoing stressful…
Society
Rwanda: First Pharmaceutical Plant to start Production in July
January,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The much anticipated antibiotics pharmaceutical plant in Rwanda will start production in July this year, officials told KT Press. In 2017, Cooper Pharma East Africa plant by Cooper Pharma - a Rwandan company launched construction of their plant in the Kigali Special Economic Zone on 20,000 square meters. Construction works started with laying a foundation stone for…
Companies
Tags: Pharmacy
Rwanda Domain Name (dotRw) Now Accessible on a Click
January,13 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has made a record of having fully automated the process of registration for its country domain name (dotRw) – becoming the sixth country in Africa to do so. Effective this year, Rwandans seeking registration of the .RW – the country’s domain, will no longer spend money to go to the local dealers to get…
Technology
World Stars, Speakers and Events that Will Make 2020 Headlines
January,10 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46801" align="alignnone" width="799"] Ubumuntu Festival, one of the colorful events-photo Ubumuntu[/caption] The year 2020 is going to be a successful year for Rwandans as the country continues to be referred to as one of the places to put on your visit list. KTPress looks at some of the events that will make Kigali city…
Special Reports
Tags: CHOGM, MICE RWANDA
What Has MICE Got for Rwanda in 2020?
January,07 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46668" align="alignnone" width="750"] At Windsor Castle, at CHOGM 2018[/caption] Kigali city was last year ranked Africa’s 2nd most popular conference destination by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) based on the number of association meetings taking place regularly (annually, biannually), rotating between at least three different countries and with at least 50 participants. The…
Economy
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Rwanda Liberation Museum Facelift Due June 2020
January,05 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Construction works at The Rwanda Liberation Museum in Mulindi will be completed this June 2020, just in time for Rwandans to mark the 26th liberation day this year. The Director General of Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, Ambassador Robert Masozera said that this will be one of the special things to happen at a…
National
Tags: Rwanda Liberation
Rwanda Raises Penalties Against Money Laundering, Financing Terrorism
January,03 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has increased penalties for anyone nabbed in an act of money laundering, financing acts of terrorism, from between seven to ten years, to more than two decades in jail. The decision was cited by parliament in the revised anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism bill which was first passed in 2008. The…
Economy
Tags: Money Laundering
2019 Leaves a Promising Public Accounts Committee
January,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46572" align="alignnone" width="873"] Chrysostom Ngabitsinze(Right) PAC president and committee members in a hearing[/caption] Rwanda Parliament has a lot to remember in the year that we have just concluded. The forth parliament – lower chamber started its official plenary session on October 5th in 2018, and last year, it was still gathering strength to go…
National
Tags: Year Ender
Do What is Right- Kagame Tells Rwandans in New Year Message
January,01 2020 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Despite natural disasters that killed some citizens, President Paul Kagame has affirmed once again that the year 2019 was a prosperous year and if Rwandans continue doing the right thing, the country will have a better 2020. “If we do the right thing as everyone did in the year we are ending, 2020 will be…
National
Tags: New Year 2020, Youth Volunteers
Rwanda Approves $20M Loan from OPEC for Clean Water
December,31 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_46520" align="alignnone" width="938"] Clean water at Rubavu border post. Rwanda is getting more $20 million for water projects from OPEC[/caption] Rwanda Parliament has approved Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) funding that will be used to speed up government plans to have all Rwandans access clean water. The second phase OPEC loan…
National
Tags: Loan
Bidding Farewell to 2019, the Year of Judicial Triumph
December,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_43988" align="alignnone" width="800"] The outgoing chief justice Prof. Sam Rugege(L) having a chat with Donatille Mukabarisa, the speaker of parliament[/caption] The year 2019 will be written in memories of Rwandans as a year when a breakthrough was made in discovering and giving a decent burial to remains of genocide victims that were stashed in…
National
Tags: Year Ender
Rwanda: Investigative Journalism to Receive Support
December,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46422" align="alignnone" width="900"] Jean Paul Ibambe of the Legal Forum (L) Gonzaga Muganwa of ARJ and Berna Namata - Thomson Foundation country representative during the conference.[/caption] Rwandan journalists will next year get legal assistance in their investigative journalism work as part of promoting local reporters to have access to information, the Legal Aid Forum…
National
BK Group Donates Health Insurance to Vulnerable Families
December,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has donated health insurance coverage for over one thousand citizens in the city of Kigali as part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the health coverage. The BK's donation worth Rwf4.4million was collected from contributions made by the bank’s staff to support 1,470 citizens in the three…
National
Tags: BK
Christmas 2019: It’s ‘Children First’
December,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Christmas is a day universally known as a time to give joy, to celebrate new life and a better world with love from one to another especially for children, the poor and vulnerable in the community. This is how Christmas was brought to some of the children. In Huye district, Association “Inseko y’umwana” founded by…
Society
Tags: Year Ender
Murenzi Abdallah Elected Cycling Federation’s President
December,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46191" align="alignnone" width="896"] Murenzi Abdallah (middle) and his new Executive Committee Members[/caption] Former mayor of Nyanza district, Abdallah Murenzi, has been elected unopposed as the new President of the Rwanda cycling federation (FERWACY). The Ferwacy electorate of ten members, this December 22, 2019, voted in Murenzi as the new boss, alongside a new executive…
Sports
Tags: Tour Du Rwanda
Government Advised on Nutrition Budget Allocation
December,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have pledged combined efforts in improving social welfare of Rwandans, but asked the government to revise its budget allocation formula as a way of improving focus on food and nutrition security. After the 2018 statistics showed that Rwandans with issues of malnutrition stand at 38%, the government set an ambitious…
National
Kagame Proves He’s Digital President, Donates 1500 SmartPhones
December,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has finally taken on the connect Rwanda Challenge head-on after MTN Rwanda CEO provoked the Head of State at the launch of a mega plan to put Smartphones on hands of all Rwandans. "I am happy to support the Connect Rwanda challenge with a pledge of 1500 Made-in-Rwanda MaraPhones,” Kagame said on…
Technology
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Rwanda Takes on Smart Phone Access Challenge into Year 2020
December,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

MTN Rwanda, Pascal Technology Ltd have opened a challenge to have all Rwandans access a smart phone - by dropping the challenge to the government of Rwanda to follow suit. At the Yellow World campaign held this Friday, the telecom company pledged to offer 1,100 smart phones to citizens in order to bridge the digital…
Technology
Rwanda Scoops 2019 Foodex Award
December,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_413" align="alignnone" width="350"] Maize crop garden in Nyagatare district. Farmers in the Eastern part of the country have experienced bumper harvest this season.[/caption] Rwanda’s Africa Improved Foods (AIF) has been awarded the Food Industry Excellence (Foodex) award that recognizes outstanding achievements and efforts in 2019 that improved the agricultural sector on the continent. AIF…
Companies
PM Ngirente Challenges Youth to Use Available Opportunities
December,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Prime Minister (PM) Dr. Edouard Ngirente has asked youth to be innovative in using the country’s available opportunities to create more jobs. The PM revealed that Rwanda has invested in empowering youth but needs more youth innovations in research and technology to spur the country’s development outlined in the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1)…
National
Rwanda to Connect Ten Sectors without Electricity by June 2020
December,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46052" align="alignnone" width="694"] Rwanda-ten sector offices with no electricity. Connection for next year[/caption] The remaining ten sectors without electricity in Rwanda will be connected on the national grid by June next year, Ministry of Infrastructure has revealed. The 10 unconnected sectors are among the 416 sectors in the country. They include: Cyabakamyi, Rwaniro, Mugano,…
Technology
Tags: Electricity
Umushyikirano2019: From First Drone Airport, African Made Phone to Drone Building 
December,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_46042" align="alignnone" width="600"] Charis Drone staff trying their machine[/caption] From the first drone airport in Africa, first African phone made in Rwanda to the first electric Volkswagen car in Africa, 2020 will be a year for Rwandan youth businesses to shine on the global market with homemade solutions. During the 17th national dialogue council…
Economy
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Kampeta Moves to Development Bank of Rwanda
December,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45977" align="alignnone" width="640"] Kampeta Sayinzoga Pitchette[/caption] Pichette Kampeta Sayinzoga has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Bank (BRD), KTPress can reliably report. Kampeta has since 2017 been Director General of the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), an organization that of recently has been working directly with BRD for…
National
Tags: BRD
Rwandan Farmers to Go Digital in 2020
December,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_8702" align="alignnone" width="641"] Over 200 local farmers exhibit products to entice potential financiers and clients[/caption] Rwanda will next year hand out electronic gadgets like phones and tablets that will be used to connect farmers with updated agriculture information, but also enable reporting of corruption among other challenges on ground. The Director General of Planning…
National
Kitchen Doctors: Meet the Three Champions of iAccelerator
December,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45796" align="alignnone" width="1080"] First Lady Jeannette Kagame(Middle) awarding 'Flavours', one among the three projects that won iAccelerator award[/caption] The First Lady Mrs Jeanette Kagame has assured the youth that Rwanda will not let their future dreams be ditched by drug abuse, no matter what. Mrs Kagame was speaking at the youth forum and iaccelerator…
National
Tags: Imbuto Foundation
US’ Nebraska National Guard Signs Cooperation Agreement with Rwanda Defence Force
December,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and Nebraska National Guard have signed an agreement which will enable the two parties to collaborate in sustainable peace and development activities. The Nebraska Army National Guard is a group of Army National Guard units in the U.S. state of Nebraska. It is part of the United States National Guard which is…
International
Tags: Rwanda-US Relations
Rwandans Encouraged to Establish Leather Factories for Volkswagen Cars
December,11 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26432" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Inside Volkswagen assembly plant in Rwanda. Rwandans are encouraged to establish leather-making factories and supply the plant.[/caption] Rwanda is set to manufacture leather products that will be used in the assembling process of Volkswagen cars, following a funding project launched on Tuesday. The project unveiled by the National Industrial Research and…
Economy
Tags: Automobile
Youth Genocide Survivors to Document Life of Wiped out Families  
December,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45697" align="alignnone" width="610"] A member of GAERG greets an elderly mother.[/caption] The Rwandan graduates Genocide Survivors Organisation (GAERG) is compiling a comprehensive book and a documentary film about the families that were completely wiped out during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. The book, to be released next year, is part of telling the stories…
National
Rwanda’s Central Bank Governor Calls for Regional Financial Stability
December,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Central Bank Governor John Rwangombwa and the current chairman of the Association of African Central Banks, has called for an Integrated Regional Financial system in order to unleash the full potential of trade on the continent. Rwangombwa was speaking at the Regional Financial Stability Symposium in Rabat, Morocco on Monday, December 9, 2019. The…
Economy
Tags: BNR
New Survey Exposes Loopholes in Farmers’ Access to Inputs
December,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO) has published findings that show farmers are still lacking access to critical agricultural inputs. The findings released on Friday last week revealed that lack of access to input among farmers was mostly discovered in Smart Nkunganire System (SNS). Smart Nkunganire System is a supply chain management system built by Bank of…
National
Tags: Agribusiness
Stop Using Bible for Selfish Gains – Rwandan Priest to Clerics
December,07 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45569" align="alignnone" width="800"] An imagination of Heaven by some authors. Heaven and Gehenna are among subjects that the priest said, are missinterpreted[/caption] Rwandan Catholic priest Father Victor Amerika has launched his first book that challenges Christian churches to stop using the bible gospel for their own business instead of teaching the truth biblical teachings.…
Society
First Lady Jeannette Kagame Rallies Behind Ending of Cervical Cancer
December,04 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45401" align="alignnone" width="800"] First Lady Jeannette Kagame[/caption] Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame has officiated the launch of a new $24 million health program to tackle cervical cancer cases in Rwanda to give women access to affordable screening services using new technologies. The program launched this Tuesday, is a joint partnership between Rwanda, Clinton Health…
Society
Rwanda to Digitize All Patients’ Data
December,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr Edourd Ngirente has revealed that the country is on track in implementing Information Communication Technology (ICT) programs and starting next year, all medical data on patients will be synchronized in one single system for access anywhere. This, according to Ngirente, will enable patients to be treated and able to access their…
National
Women Tell Their HIV Stories at ICASA2019
December,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45324" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Sylvie Muneza, 47, the chairperson of Rwanda Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (RRP+)[/caption] The association of Rwandans living with HIV Aids has called for an extensive research to understand the living conditions of its members in order to improve the fight against the scourge. The call was made by Sylvie…
Society
Youth Brace for ICASA, More Condoms to be Distributed
December,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will next year distribute more than three million condoms at condom kiosks across Rwanda  in a bid to prevent more new infections especially among the youth. The announcement comes ahead of Africa’s largest conference on HIV/Aids - International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) expected to be…
International
Inclusive Education is Rwanda’s Top Priority
December,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Yvonne Nkaka Uwicyeza is the fourth child in a family of five children. She was born with a vision impairment - making her not able to clearly see like other children in her family. She can partially see things and people but in order to visualize, she has to strain one of her eyes(the left…
National
KTRN Injects $10million to Resolve 4G Internet Hitches
November,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_5699" align="alignnone" width="624"] Passengers browsing internet on their gadgets in transit aboard Rwanda's public transport buses fitted with 4GLTE internet.[/caption] Korea Telecommunication Rwanda Networks has announced a nationwide 4G LTE  network upgrade for better connectivity after several complaints of network failure attributed to a growing demand for 4G internet. KTRN Rwanda networks is investing…
Technology
BK Earmarks IKofi e-wallet promotion, Hires Indian Tech Expert
November,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45165" align="alignnone" width="680"] Dr Diane Karusisi(Middle) BK Group General Manager[/caption] The Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has announced a net profit of Rwf25bllion in quarter three but also brought in a new chief information officer who will spur the banks drive in expanding cashless service especially - ikofi. The previous year, BK made a…
Companies
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Rwanda Moves to Increase Digital Literacy Figures
November,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will next year focus on promoting internet literacy in schools after it has emerged that digital literacy is now at less than 10% of the 12milllion Rwandans in the country. This was one of the commitments at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Kigali ahead of the international IGF meeting that will…
Technology
‘Bannyahe’ Slum Residents Return to Court with A New Plea
November,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] Embattled residents of Kangondo slum in Nyarutarama cell, Remera sector have managed to file a court case against the City of Kigali in a land battle in which both parties have since 2018 failed to agree on expropriation procedures. The battle between both parties…
National
Tags: Bannyahe
Master Card Foundation Opens 15,000 Scholarships for Africa
November,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_45087" align="alignnone" width="500"] Carnegie Mellon University - Rwanda first cohort of graduates. The Universty qualifies for MasterCard Foundation scholarship[/caption] The MasterCard Foundation has initiated a new scholars program that will enable talented but vulnerable Rwandans to compete for 15,000 new scholarships for university students set aside for Africans in the next thirty one years.…
International
Tags: International Universities
From OLPC XO to Positivo: Rwanda Sets the Bar Higher
November,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44891" align="alignnone" width="1010"] OLPC XO (Left) and Positivo[/caption] Rwanda is set to distribute a new model computers that will change the ways in which primary school children learn and practice information communication and technology (ICT) lessons under the one laptop per child (OLPC) program. This move comes ahead of the review of the four…
National
Rwandan Mothers Save $1m in a Nutrition Program
November,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44851" align="alignnone" width="2592"] The water taps that were built as part of the partnership[/caption] Beneficiaries under the Gikuriro (grow well) nutrition and sanitation program, have managed to save over $1million in four years since the launch of the project, officials have revealed. This saving was done under the Gikuriro project, a five-year program launched…
Society
Rwanda Launches Agaciro Basketball Tourney
November,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans will effective tomorrow watch a new basketball competition dubbed Agaciro basketball tournament, aimed at reminding a sense of Rwandan resilience in sports. The tournament sponsored by Agaciro development fund (AGF) in partnership with Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba), was announced this Wednesday at a press conference held in Kigali. This tourney will be the first…
Sports
Rwanda Recalls Kenyan Made Paracetamol Batch
November,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has announced the suspension and recall of paracemtamol 120mg/5ml (Toto-MoL) following several complaints from users and pharmacies over poor quality in the medication. The paracemtamol 120mg/5ml suspension is specifically used, especially on children below 12years , for the treatment of mild to moderate pain, including headache, migraine, neuralgia, toothache, sore throat, period pains, aches…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-Kenya Relations
Mortgage Loan at 11% Interest: BRD Changes Game
November,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44761" align="alignnone" width="807"] Rugarama Estate, one of the Affordable housing project[/caption] With a secured World Bank (WB) loan of $150m now available, the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has given fresh opportunities for Rwandans to own a house at low interest rates, as low as 11%. According to BRD the funding will be dispatched…
Economy
Rwandan Students Compete In Cyber Security Innovation
November,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44743" align="alignnone" width="6720"] Rwandan students with the Kenyan Cyber security expert Kapere (2nd left)[/caption] Rwanda has opened the second cyber security competition that will introduce a new batch of young Rwandans in the battle against cyber attackers who have become very much creative. The competition involving 150 students from 16 universities and institutions of…
National
Rwanda to Host 2nd Africa Accountant Convention
November,18 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will host the second edition of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for Africans that will define best practices with Rwanda sharing its journey in the field of public and private accounting. The ACCA Africa Members’ Convention will also ignite new business opportunities through thought leadership, anticipating risks, re-thinking business models and turning…
Economy
Rwanda Projects Stable Economy As Recovery of NPLs Steps Up
November,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Central Bank (BNR) has retained a lending rate of 5.0% for this year but announced plans to meet with stakeholders to decide on another way of recovering none performing loans (NPLs). This decision comes after it has emerged that effort to recover NPLs has started paying off and loan lending picked up despite a…
Economy
Senate Powers to Confirm Officials Creates Heated Debate in Plenary
November,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44361" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Rose Mukankomeje, the new Director General of High Education Council[/caption] The Rwanda Senate has confirmed the appointment of Rose Mukankomeje as new Director General of High Education Council (HEC) after a heated debate if senators have power to reject a presidential appointee. This debate was raised at the house as a…
National
Dallaire Foundation Pays Homage to Rwanda Genocide Victims
November,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44311" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Lt Gen. Roméo Dallaire and staff of his foundation pay tribute to victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.[/caption] Former Commandant of the United Nations Forces in Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Lt Gen. Roméo Dallaire and staff of his foundation, on Thursday braved through the rainy day…
International
South Africa’s Sanlam Takes Over Soras Insurance Company
November,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44294" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Sanlam taking over Soras Rwanda[/caption] A South African insurance company, Sanlam has officially taken over 100% of Rwanda’s insurance company (Soras) making Rwanda the 40th country in its global expansion drive. The full merge was announced this Wednesday in Kigali by both officials of Soras and Sanlam following Sanlam’s entry into…
Companies
Rwanda Proposes New Technology to Discover Genocide Mass Graves
November,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44266" align="alignnone" width="768"] Mourners give a decent burial to genocide against Tutsi victims[/caption] Twenty five years after the Genocide, Rwanda is yet to burry in dignity all the victims of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which cost lives of more than 1 million Tutsi.Reason? Killers are reluctant to show mass graves where they dumped…
National
Rwanda: Gov’t Issues Double Rwf15 billion Bonds for End of Year
November,12 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_44236" align="alignnone" width="633"] Rwanda's Central Bank.[/caption] Rwanda’s Central Bank (BNR) is set to issue two bonds consecutively with a chance for potential investors to tap into both. One of the bonds will be for three (3) years and another for seven (7) years, worth Rwf15billion ($16.149 million) each. Central Bank announced that both bonds…
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Rwandans Head to China’s Huawei for Technology Skills Transfer
November,12 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_44230" align="alignnone" width="640"] ICT& Innovation Minister Paula Ingabire holds the Rwanda National flag[/caption] The second batch of eight Rwandan university students will this week head to China to learn the state-of-the-art technology, do an internship and possibly get employed at Huawei – a tech giant, under the Seeds for the future program. The…
Technology
RPF Elects Women Leaders
November,11 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Christine Akimpaye was unanimously elected the president of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF Inkotanyi) women Congress with a vote that also left an immediate amendment to the forum's future voting exercises. With no contestant, Akimpaye collected 1,455 votes - leaving only 37 votes to completely sweep the whole 4th RPF women general assembly gathering that…
National
Blind Woman Challenges Women Leaders in front of First Lady Jeannete Kagame
November,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The chairperson of the Rwanda Union for the Blind (RUB) Donatile Kanimba, yesterday stole the show during women leaders in global health, challenging policy makers to rethink about disability in gender mainstreaming. After standing for over five minutes with her hand raised during a Q&A session on 25years of women after Beijing, Donatile Kanimba was…
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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Pushes for More Women in Leadership Positions
November,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The First Lady of Rwanda, Mrs Jeannette Kagame and Princess of Jordan, Gina Mired have called on men to open gates for women to join high ranks in the health sector without being a threat to the male dominated domain. Mrs Kagame said that this needs to happen because women already play a vital and…
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iAccelerator 2019 to Tackle Issues of High Teenage Pregnancies
November,07 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The 2019 second iAccelerator pitching event has attracted top 40 Rwandan Innovators who could bring new solutions to the problem of increased teenage pregnancies in Rwanda. The iAccelerator challenge is a programme that was initiated in 2016 and is implemented through collaboration between Imbuto Foundation - a philanthropy organisation championed by Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette…
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Rwanda’s Tea Factory Breaks Highest Price Record in Kenya
November,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Nyabihu Tea Factory has scooped another highest price – selling its BP1 (broken pekoe 1) at $7.22 at the ongoing East Africa Tea Traders Association (EATTA)’s 45th auction in Kenya. In tea jargon, the codes BP1, PF1 and others correspond to the tea grades – BP1 being the top grade. This is the highest…
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Chinese Company to Establish Motorcycle Assembling Plant in Rwanda
November,04 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A Chinese manufacturer of Lifan moto taxi, whose products have been on sale on the Rwandan market, is now planning to establish a permanent agent in Rwanda as part of the Africa-China trade expansion. With an annual turnover of $130million, Chongqing Lifan Industry Group, the company now wants to invest in Rwanda after experiencing a…
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Rwanda Pension Body Announces Media Awards
October,31 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Mr. Asiimwe Herbert Ejo Heza Scheme coordinatorRwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) has announced plans to initiate lucrative media awards for outstanding reporting on social protection in Rwanda. Moses Kazoora, RSSB director of communication said that the project is already underway and will be announced soon. "We are in discussion with the Rwanda Media High Council…
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Rwanda Civil Society Opens Debate on Youth Access to Contraceptives
October,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are now rooting for open doors for adolescents to access reproductive health products including contraceptives as a way of reducing unwanted pregnancies. The move comes after several debates on social media in Rwanda where people wonder if it is actually time to think of an alternative method of controlling early…
Society
Time to Leave UK, Invest in Africa, Lord Popat to British Investors
October,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_43534" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Lord Dolar Popat[/caption] The British government has promised to frontier investment in Rwanda's mining sector as part of their brexit plan to invest in Africa. Lord Dolar Popat, the British Prime Minister's Trade envoy to Rwanda and Uganda said that brexit should happen so that Brits are able to expand the…
Economy
Crackdown on Churches Could Resume
October,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Minister of Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka has hinted on possibilities of conducting another phase of closing down incomplete or substandard Church buildings if need be. The minister's warning comes after churches have had a break from crackdown on illegal structures and church buildings that were earlier used as places of worship. "We pray…
National
Rwanda Seeks to Cut Expenses on Training Network Engineers
October,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance officials have vowed to cut down the expenses incurred on training of network engineers in the country. This assurance comes after over 350 network engineers and managers from different government and public institutions have been trained in modern techniques of detecting network failures remotely and are able to resolve…
Technology
Rwanda Seeks Potential Investors to Exploit Its Dormant Mineral Deposits
October,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda is looking for investors with a big cheque book to tap into 60% of the country's mineral deposits lying beneath its soils. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, Rwanda generated $350 million revenues from minerals. But governemnt knows this is less what it should be fetching from its God-given wealth. The country eyes to generate…
Economy
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Azam Bakhresa Rwanda Donates Rwf 20M to Agaciro Dvpt Fund
October,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Azam Bakhresa Grain Milling Rwanda has donated Rwf20million to the Agaciro Development Fund (AGF) marking its fifth consecutive year of contributions to the fund. The donation was handed over this October 25, 2019 by Azam Bakhresa Rwanda officials to the AGF team led by Jack Kayonga, the fund's CEO. Kayonga said that Azam Bakhresa has…
Economy
Rwanda is Not a Place to Plan Attacks On Neighbors- Min Busingye 
October,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s minister of Justice, Johnson Busingye has strongly warned that Rwanda is a secure country and anyone who tries to attack it or use it as a base of destabilizing other countries will be nailed down. The minister said that Rwanda wishes to work with and protect the security of neighbors. “Our territory will not…
National
Meet Teta  and See How Philanthropy Starts With You
October,24 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In 2010 Nadine Mbabazi Teta was taking one of her four children for treatment at Kibagabaga hospital when she witnessed a scenario of a baby who was born prematurely and her mother couldn’t afford a neonatal service to have the child put in an incubator. In the instance, Teta reflected on how she has a…
Society
Congolese Artist Awilo Longomba in Kigali for a Mega Concert
October,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Congolese artiste Awilo Longomba arrived in Kigali this morning to perform in a mega concert Friday. Awilo Longomba will this Friday perform with Rwandan afro artist Mani Martin in the Kigali Jazz Junction show. Traveling simple, Awilo touched ground at Kigali international airport in Kanombe at 7am, dressed in an orange flowered jumper and orange…
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Lawyers Request Court to Send RNC Militias to Rehab Centre
October,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Lawyers defending the case of 25 persons suspected to have worked with Rwanda National Congress (RNC) in forming a rebel group in DR Congo have asked the court to give their clients a chance for rehabilitation. The suspects are battling a case in which most of them, in their youth, told the court that they…
National
RNC Militia Suspects Tell Court they Were Given Empty Promises
October,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Military Tribunal in Nyamirambo has heard from the alleged 25 Rwanda National Congress (RNC) suspects that they were recruited under the lure of getting farm jobs. The group today returned to court with most of them pleading guilty of joining the P5 armed group in the DR Congo, but claiming that they were lured under…
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KLM Centenary: From Two Passengers to 34.2 Million Passengers
October,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, legally Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij has celebrated 100 years of existence and almost a decade of operations in Rwanda. The airline was officially founded 100 years ago on the 7th of October 1919, by eight Dutch businessmen. In September of that year, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands granted the proposed airline the…
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New Rwanda Senate President Assumes Office
October,18 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_42716" align="alignnone" width="708"] Outgoing president Bernard Makuza(Left) hands over to Augustin Iyamuremye[/caption] Senator Augustin Iyamuremye has officially taken over office,  as the new Rwanda Senate President. Sen. Iyamuremye was yesterday sworn in as a senator with nineteen other members of the upper house and also elected as the Senate boss replacing Bernard Makuza who…
National
Here Are New Senators Taking Oath Today
October,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame will this October 17 receive oath of twenty newly elected Rwandan Senators in accordance with the constitution at Rwanda parliament. They are joining six senators from the second Senate house, whose mandate will end next year before they are replaced. The senators whose term in office goes up to early 2020 include;…
National
Rwanda Finds Alternative: What Plastics Do, Paper and Bamboo Will Do
October,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25437" align="alignnone" width="1500"] A support staff serves water in an office in Kigali[/caption] Rwanda has relaxed regulations on imported Single Use Plastic (SUPs) bottles but has given a strict deadline to local traders and factories to shift to producing materials that can act as alternative replacements of plastics. In a press briefing Monday October…
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New Scholarship to Increase Number of Cancer Specialists in East Africa
October,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_41441" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Dr Augustin Sendegeya Director General CHUB[/caption] An initiative to train East African doctors is to be resurrected, after disagreements on how it was to be implemented threatened to collapse it. East African Community (EAC) now stands another chance of getting fully paid scholarships in neurological and ecological studies in Europe after…
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September Umuganda Day Used to Promote Reading Culture
September,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s monthly cleaning exercise, Umuganda, this Saturday took a twist towards promoting a reading culture for both children and their parents. Usually, during Umuganda, parents come alone with tools like hoes, to join hands in building community feeder roads, schools and cleaning their environment. But today, the ministries of Education, Sports and Culture, made it…
National
Delayed Automation of Saccos Could Cost Gov’t Rwf5Bn
September,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26238" align="alignnone" width="717"] Launch of Umurenge Sacco in Byimana sector- Ruhango district. There are 460 such savings and credits cooperative in Rwanda that need to be automated[/caption] A delayed automation of at least 416 Savings and Credit cooperatives (Sacco's) in Rwanda could cause government a loss of more than Rwf5billion due to lack of…
Technology
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Rwanda’s AIF Nominated for Global Award
September,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Africa Improved Foods (AIF) has emerged among the top 40 global awardees of the 2019 Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship awards. For more than 20 years, the Schwab Foundation has recognized efforts of heads of social enterprises (CEOs) as a new breed of leaders working towards developing new sustainable models for business, human development…
Companies
More Government Officials to be Prosecuted Over Mismanagement of Funds
September,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_41216" align="aligncenter" width="640"] PAC Chairperson Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze, Transparency Rwanda's Apollinaire Mupiganyi and Florienne Nsabimana from the Prosecution appearing on KT Radio's Ubyumva Ute talk show on Tuesday[/caption] More government officials could be prosecuted over mismanagement of funds meant for major development projects, the Parliament Accounts Committee (PAC) has said. This comes after the…
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Bannyahe Slum: Embattled Residents Shift their Plea to Ministry
September,24 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] Over 1000 embattled Kigali residents living in the disputed Kangondo and Kibiraro – a slum adjacent to Kigali’s posh residential areas of Nyarutarama and Kibagabaga in Remera sector, Gasabo district, have threatened to further push their appeal to the Local Government Ministry, to seek…
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Rwanda Biomedical Center Staff Face New Hunt over Embezzled Funds
September,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has told parliament that they cannot recover millions of funds which were embezzled by its staff in a medical procurement division. This comes after two former RBC staff were arrested and charged in a Kigali court in 2014 – following their alleged involvement in swindling of amoxicillin medication worth Rwf185million at…
Economy
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PAC: Health Ministry Issued Tough Warning to Clean Its Mess
September,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_41023" align="alignnone" width="640"] RBC and district officials appear before PAC hearing.[/caption]   Rwanda parliament has given one more chance to hospital directors and district officials to clean up the mess in management of health facilities, warning they risk not surviving next year's compliance audit. This warning comes after the line ministry of Health and…
National
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Parliament Grills Infrastructure, Local Gov’t Ministries Over Failed Biogas Projects
September,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The ministries of local government and infrastructure have been directed by Parliament to resolve the situation where people paid for biogas which was never delivered to them. In an effort to reduce the alarming rate of deforestation, protect the environment, and people’s health, the government has made billions of Rwandan Francs available to move people…
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Rwanda Agriculture Board and the “Missing Rwf14 Billion”
September,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  Top officials at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) will have to provide more answers to lawmakers and the Auditor General after they failed to explain the whereabouts of the missing Rwf14.2 billion state funds meant for different projects. On Tuesday, the Auditor General, Obadiah Biraro presented to parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) a damning report,…
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Rwanda’s Energy Body “Unproductive” – Lawmakers Say
September,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In 2015, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) was formed as a consolidated business entity to improve on efficient access of electricity for all. However, four years down the road, a Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), heard that, despite these efforts, REG remains "unproductive" due to poor corporate governance, contract management, noncompliance with set procurement laws and…
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Rwanda Prepares for World Class Golf Tournament
September,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's lucrative golf tournament CimeGolf2019 ended this Saturday with Kigali Golf Club captain Dr Davis Kashaka emerging as the overal winner of the competition. This years CimeGolf event was the the third of its kind and attracted a record number of 171 (of the planned 138 players) both amateur and pro golfer categories from neighbouring…
Sports
Workforce Development Authority Given Tense Deadline to Clean Its House
September,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40967" align="alignnone" width="640"] WDA officials during PAC hearing.[/caption] Top officials at the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) have been given up to April next year to appear again before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) with a new clean image of compliance to the Office of the Auditor General's (OAG) report . This recommendation comes after the…
National
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Rwanda Education Board ‘Offered a Tender on Empty Promises’ – Parliament
September,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40858" align="alignnone" width="684"] REB officials before PAC Sept 12[/caption] The Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was left in shock to hear evidence that the body which is meant to promote good education environment is rather involved in tender malpractices which jeopardizes construction classrooms. An audit report presented on Thursday showed that Rwanda Education Board…
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Education Body Officials Thrown Out of Parliament for Telling Lies
September,12 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40827" align="alignnone" width="640"] MPs during one of the sessions today. PAC ordered REB officials out of its hearing over telling lies.[/caption] Two officials of Rwanda Education Board (REB) have been thrown out of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for telling lies in front of the committee's public hearing. The lies emerged after the…
National
CimeGolf Tournament is Back
September,11 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda leading cement producer, Cimerwa PPC has announced sponsorship of the 2019 CimeGolf Tournament which will cost over Rwf60mlllion. The third of its kind CimeGolf tourney was announced this Wednesday by the Cimerwa CEO, Bheki Mthembu and Kigali Golf Club (KGC) Captain Dr. David Kashaka during a pre-event press conference ahead of the one day…
Sports
In Rwanda You Can Now Apply for Criminal Record Certificate Online
September,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40709" align="alignnone" width="1163"] You can now apply and get criminal record certificate online[/caption] An Electronic Criminal Record Certificate service was added on a long list of government services that are delivered online. The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) in collaboration with RwandaOnline - a local technology company that runs e-government services, launched the service…
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Rwanda Opens Bankers’ Academy
September,06 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has inaugurated the first academy of finance that will improve the local financial skills gap but reduce on banks stealing employees from each other in a sector that has for years been understaffed with skilled labour. The establishment of Rwanda Academy of Finance (RAF) was announced during a press briefing on Friday by the…
Economy
Rwanda: Here Are Namers at this Year’s Gorilla Naming Ceremony
September,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has released a list of celebrities and outstanding individuals who will take part in the lucrative naming of 25 baby gorillas at the 2019 Gorilla Naming ceremony -  Kwita Izina due tomorrow, September 6. The high profile list includes friends of Rwanda from Ethiopia to Nigeria, Jordan to the United Kingdom as well as Rwandans themselves. The…
International
From Kigali to London, Car Free Day Gains Global Appetite
September,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

On Sunday, September 1, Rwanda's capital Kigali woke up to another exciting Car Free Day - a bi-monthly health fitness exercise. This month's maiden event was blessed with the presence of The President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin DBE, who, together with the President of Rwanda Commonwealth Games Association, Amb. Valens Munyabagisha, joined…
International
Star Times Challenges Rwandans to Produce Local Content
August,31 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Local content producers have another shot to making clean money out of their innovations if they can come up with new and original TV entertainment material that can be broadcast on Star Times Rwanda cable TV, officials have said. With over 200 bouquet channels for its clients, Star Times Rwanda officials say that most of…
Companies
Bank of Kigali Eyes $2Bn Value in the Next Six Years
August,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Bank of Kigali Group (Plc) – Rwanda’s largest financial institution in terms of assets, has set another target to hit at least $2billion in total assets in the next six years – a goal that will be largely influenced by a growth in the current bank’s clientele base. According to Bank of Kigali Group Chief…
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Kwita Izina: You Can Name a Baby Gorilla Using Twitter
August,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Barely seven days to the gorilla naming ceremony – Kwita Izina Rwanda has given an opportunity to any friends of silver back and mountain gorilla trekking to propose a suitable name. This year, 25 baby gorillas are lined up for the September 6, event in Kinigi, Musanze district and some global delegates have been invited…
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Kigali: 360 Families to be Relocated from ‘Bannyahe’ Slum
August,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40285" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Busanza model village under construction[/caption] The City of Kigali (CoK) has scheduled to October the relocation of residents living in the disputed Kangondo and Kibiraro slum in Nyarutarama neighborhood – Gasabo district despite controversies. Kangondo I&II and Kibiraro commonly known as “Bannyahe” is a slum located in Remera sector adjacent to…
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Rhineland Palatinate Introduces Grape Farming in Rwanda
August,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda and the Germany State of Rhineland Palatinate have inked a deal through ministry of Agriculture to start grappe growing which will see Rwanda start producing grappe wine in near future. In the deal, Germany will help Rwanda with the state-of the-art technology, research and expertise to start growing grapes that are used as the…
International
Kwita Izina 2019: Meet Baby Gorillas to Be Named
August,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_40145" align="alignnone" width="640"] Kwita izina 2019. Mothers taking care of a baby gorilla to be named next month. The baby emanates from Ntambara Group[/caption] The famous Gorilla Naming ceremony Kwita Izina is around the corner where Rwanda is set to celebrate another milestone in its conservation story as new baby gorillas named this year.…
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Central Bank’s 20-Year Treasury Bond Oversubscribed
August,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39117" align="alignnone" width="1080"] John Rwangombwa, governor of National Bank of Rwanda[/caption] The first ever 20-year Treasury Bond worth Rwf15billion has yielded a remarkable subscription level of 141.03% from 80 applications received from different categories of investors, Rwanda Central Bank (BNR) has said. Government through the central bank has since 2014, usually been issuing bonds…
Markets
Burundian, Congolese Refugees Receive Health Insurance Coverage in Rwanda
August,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

From September this year, nearly 14,000 urban refugees will have access to Rwanda’s Community Based Health Insurance “mutuelle de sante" just like any other Rwandan citizen, the Ministry of Emergency Management (Minema) has confirmed. Beneficiaries include 12, 045 urban refugees and 1,780 student refugees in boarding schools and universities across the country. As of 31…
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One Year after Thunder Strike: UK Volunteer Returns to Nyabimata with A Gift
August,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In a normal morning of Saturday March 10, 2018, British national Michaela Mathieu-Marius was in Nyarunazi Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nyabimata sector, Nyaruguru district when 16 people were struck dead by lightning. Amongst the 16 dead people were her primary 5 pupil at the local school where she was teaching as a volunteer. "It…
Society
First Lady Jeannette Kagame Explains How Rwanda Dealt with Genocide Aftermath
August,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39919" align="alignnone" width="930"] First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame delivering her keynote remarks at the Be Free Nation Building Dialogue[/caption] Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame has today, August 20, 2019 used the example of Rwanda to teach Namibians how to overcome the past and work towards prosperity. The First Lady and her Namibian counterpart Monica…
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Kagame in Namibia for a Three Day State Visit
August,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has today arrived in Namibia where he is expected to sign major cooperation agreements between the two countries. The president is accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame. The three-day State visit will be marked by the signing of a General Cooperation Agreement which will open doors for further cooperation between the two…
International
Rwanda, Japan Sign $90M Loan Agreement to Uproot Malnutrition
August,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Japan and Rwanda on Friday signed Loan Agreement worth ¥10 billion (approximately $91 million) that will enable Rwandans to strategize on planting nutritious foods and making them available to common citizens. The budgetary support funds will be injected in funding existing government efforts to tackle current alarming national figures of malnutrition-related stunting. Since 2012, Rwanda…
Economy
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Rwanda Keeps Boeing 737 Max Purchase on Hold, Seeks Brazilian aircraft Manufacturers
August,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has officially said that it has put on hold a purchase order for the Boeing 737 Max plane until the troubled aircraft sorts out its technical problems. Rwanda was one of the many countries that had ordered for the Boeing 737 max planes before the aircraft was this year involved in two fatal aviation…
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Brazil is Our Next Plan – RwandAir Boss
August,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's national carrier, Rwandair, has made South and Latin American largest country Brazil as its top priorty in the expansion plans. Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of Rwandair said it may not be feasible to start flying immediately "but this will allow the carrier to put Brazil in their expansion plan." Makolo was speaking to…
International
Germany Choir to Connect Rwanda Women to European Markets
August,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A Germany Christian church choir, St. Lukas Choir has committed to support in connecting Rwandan women and children to sell their clothing line products to German community crafts. This comes as part of the support to the Rwandan community that the choir has been supporting for years through connections with the Presbyterian Church in Rwanda…
Society
Rwanda Launches Campaign to Revamp Sale of its Creeping Dot Rw Domain Name
August,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In 2005 Rwanda started a legal battle to win back its internet domain name (dot.rw) in an international dispute with a Swiss company that owned the name for decades. The seven year battle was won in 2012 to retain the country domain name (Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), “.rw” – from a Belgian entrepreneur…
Technology
Mega Deals as India-Africa ICT Summit Opens in Kigali
August,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda will now have an opportunity to build data centers and effectively protect national and personal data with the help of Indian companies. This comes after Rwanda came among 26 African countries that signed a historical India- Africa digitalization Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable Africans to build partnerships with India in order to…
Business & Tech
Featured: Andela Kigali – “Build Software Engineering Talents to Suit Particular Local Needs”
August,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Andela - a global software engineering company with offices in Kigali on Thursday, officially launched 'The Power of X campaign to recruit Junior, mid-level and senior software engineers. According to organisers, the theme of the event lies on Andela's mission to solve the global technical talent shortage by building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software…
Technology
Private Power Developers Take Government to Parliament over Delayed Payments
July,31 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

In 2015, a cabinet meeting approved a government decision to lease 17 of its potential micro-hydropower sites to private sector power developers to generate electricity for the next 25 years. The decision was in a bid to increase national electricity generation, which currently stands at 220MW. The private companies included RGE Africa Energy Rwanda which…
National
Rwandan Artistes Seek Nigeria Film Collaboration  
July,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39109" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Nigeria film Producer Okhai holds a gift from Rwanda film fraternity[/caption] Rwanda film industry Hillywood is now looking forward to partnering with Nigeria film, Nollywood as a backbone for selling the Rwandan story to other competitive film industries on the continent. A number of Rwandan film actors are currently undergoing facilitated…
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The Overall National Interoperability System to Be Launched Soon
July,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans can now rest assured that by the end of the year, they will be able to make and receive payments without spending much or moving from one point to another. The long awaited national interoperability system will be fully fledged by end of 2019. "We had some delays in agreeing on the modalities of…
Technology
Kagame Encourages Africans to Work Together to Develop
July,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has told African entrepreneurs that in order to make good progress on the continent, it must start with Africans themselves making good choices of establishing conducive governance for the people. To express this point Kagame gave an example of Rwanda saying it was torn apart by decades of divisive politics, which culminated…
International
Indian Company Faulted for Poor Implementation of Rwanda Energy Project
July,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39028" align="alignnone" width="1149"] Overseas Infrastructure Alliance Private men at work[/caption] Rwanda Parliament has tasked government to follow up and possibly take punitive measures on an Indian company that failed to deliver rural electrification project. The recommendation came out during an evaluation of impact of the first Scaling Up Energy Access Project (SEAP I) conducted…
National
Rwanda Ratifies Malabo Convention on Personal Data Protection
July,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_39010" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation[/caption] Rwanda has ratified the African Union’s Malabo treaty on cyber security and personal data protection that will enable the government to collaborate with other countries in fighting cybercrimes. The African Union (AU) convention on cyber security and personal data protection was signed in Equatorial…
National
Parliament Passes the Amended Electoral Bill
July,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Parliament Chamber of Deputies has revisited the organic law governing elections to allow the bill to make sense to the current situation four years after the latest review. The law of 2003 revised in 2015, was tabled for approval on July 22. However, it came with the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda raising debate on…
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Funerals of Senator Bishagara Kagoyire Therese
July,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Senator Bishagara Kagoyire Therese (RIP) who died last week in the United States of America will be buried a few hours from now at Rusororo cemetry in Gasabo district, which is located in the outskirts of capital Kigali. In the morning, the body of the senator Bishagara was taken from King Faisal Hospital for the…
Society
Featured: ‘WeCare’ Helping You Make Good Use of Mobile Internet
July,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_38759" align="alignnone" width="2784"] MTN and Airtel Rwanda CEOs exchange a WeCare agreement signed in the presence of minister of ICT Paul Ingabire witnessed by GSMA officials[/caption] The Global System for Mobile communication Association (GSMA) has launched a digital literacy product that will compel Rwanda’s rival telecom companies to work together in increasing data usage…
Companies
Featured: GGGI Supports Rwanda’s Green Growth Initiative
July,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_38719" align="alignnone" width="939"] At the Green Growth knowledge sharing meeting - Kigali, July 11[/caption] The Government of Rwanda is ready to start implementing green city programmes and has tasked the country stakeholders involved in the GCF Readiness project to come up with concrete bankable projects. On Thursday  11 th July , the Global Green…
Economy
MPs to Scrap the Law that Annexed Rwanda to Congo-Belge
July,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda parliament has endorsed a proposed bill that will kick start process of scrapping all laws that were passed before the country’s Independence Day in July 1st 1962. A proposal containing a list of about 1000 laws was this Monday tabled before the lower house on the argument that the listed laws were not valid…
National
Senator Bishagara’s Body Comes Home Tomorrow
July,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The body of Senator Thérèse Bishagara Kagoyire will arrive at Kigali International Airport tomorrow, Tuesday for burial, the Senate has confirmed. Senator Kagoyire known among colleagues as ‘Mama Tereza’ died on  Monday 8th July, at the John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland USA where she was being treated. Bishagara, who was 67, is the second…
Society
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Fire Guts Kimironko Furniture Workshop
July,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

While workers were preparing to go for lunch after a busy morning, Kimironko - Gasabo investors stood in awe to watch helplessly as fireball and dark smoke cloud shockingly gutted their small and medium enterprises of furniture making ‘Agakiriro’. The fire outbreak becomes the third of its kind in a range of just two months…
National
Rwanda Introduces New Provision On Community Service as a Sentence
July,12 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_38652" align="alignnone" width="873"] Minister Johnston Busingye[/caption] Rwanda is set to revise its national security policy, with possibilities that citizens committing crimes will serve time in community service as a sentence. Normally it takes five years to have the national policy reviewed but thet 2008 national security policy has been around for over 10 years.…
National
Tags: Prisons
Rwanda Joins SADC, EAC, COMESA Trade Deal
July,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda parliament has ratified the 2015 Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement, a market of three regional blocs. TFTA brings together country members of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East Africa Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community. The ratification was passed this Wednesday without going through the commission scrutiny…
National
Rwanda Working on a Personal Data Protection Law
July,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda is currently drafting law that will protect citizen’s personal data from any kind of manipulation at a time when the country is having a surge of foreign investments that use data for business. The revelation comes as a response to Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) officials who said despite Rwanda’s lead and progress…
Technology
Liberation Is Not Just Words But Action- Kagame
July,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has reminded Rwandans that the liberation of the country 25 years ago is now evident in citizen’s lives but more work has to be done starting with each one taking personal responsibility. Kagame this Wednesday inaugurated the 1st Model Village in Kigali city located in Karama village, Kigali cell, Nyarugenge district, in…
National
Girls Get Equal Campaign To Address Teenage Pregnancies
June,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Plan International Rwanda in partnership with the Rwanda Parliament has scaled up the Girls Get Equal Campaign with a focus on good parenting in ending teenage pregnancies across the country. This follows the launch of the 5-year national campaign in March 2019 in partnership with the government and Imbuto Foundation. The scale up launched this…
National
Rwanda Could Start Issuing Municipal Bonds
June,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_38071" align="alignnone" width="784"] Caleb Rwamuganza, Permenant secretary of Ministry of finance and economic planning[/caption] Rwanda is planning a pilot program that will enable district entities to start issuing  bonds to scale up their long term sources of revenues. This was discussed at stakeholder’s workshop this Wednesday in Kigali, which brought together Ministries of Local…
Markets
Presidents Kagame, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi Hold Talks in Botswana
June,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame arrived in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday for a two day State Visit. On arrival in Gaborone, the President and the First Lady were received by President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi and First Lady Neo Masisi. Later in the day, President Mokgweetsi Masisi and President Kagame…
Regional
President Kagame Attends Madagascar 59th Independence Day
June,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37999" align="alignnone" width="1080"] President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame at Madagascar independence day[/caption] President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame joined Madagascar citizens to celebrate a colorful 59th Anniversary of the country’s independence and Armed Forces day. President Kagame accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame were received by president of Madagascar…
International
Rwanda to Revise Investment Code to Attract More Investors
June,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37933" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Guy Baron, the RDB Chief Investment Officer announces plan to review investment code[/caption] Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has revealed plans to revise the current investment code in order to meet set investment targets from both local and foreign companies registering in Rwanda. This year’s target for RDB is to reach at…
Economy
How Bank of Kigali Financially Transforms Farmers’ Lives
June,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37902" align="alignnone" width="702"] BK announcing lucky winners of Ikofi[/caption] Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has officially showed off six lucky winners of the lucrative agriculture digital footprint winners who were able to do savings and make transactions under the Ikofi financial scheme. Ikofi ‘wallet’ is a brainchild of BK which targets farmer’s financial welfare…
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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Advises Women to Stop Replicating Business
June,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame has promised to support women entrepreneurs in their challenges, but asked them to desist from replicating businesses in order to improve their contribution to social welfare and wealth creation. The First Lady made the remarks while officiating the 2019 Rwanda women entrepreneurs dinner gala in the capital Kigali on…
National
Mulindi Agri show: Meet Agriculture Students Fighting Malnutrition
June,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37813" align="alignnone" width="828"] CAVM studenrts at agri show[/caption] Two months ago, Jean Damascene Rubayiza went in holiday in Bugesera district, Eastern province and witnessed a scenario that he still doesn’t understand. He watched his mother harvest one tone of sweet potatoes, take them to the market only to sell a half of them. He…
National
BK Group, French Dev’t Agency Ink $20M Deal To Fund SMEs In Rwanda
June,21 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37778" align="alignnone" width="1200"] BK CEO Dr. Diane Karusisi and AFD Group CEO, Rémy Rioux at the signing[/caption] Bank of Kigali (BK Group Plc) has signed with a French development Agency (AFD) a credit line worth $20M (equivalent Rwf18billion) to finance small and medium enterprises in agro business, ICT and renewable energy. The deal was…
Companies
Bank of Kigali Introduces ‘Ikofi’ to Farmers at Expo
June,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has set a target of giving soft micro loans to more than half a million farmers to increase agriculture loans through its new agriculture financing product “Ikofi”. This was revealed by BK officials at the week-long 2019 agriculture expo at Mulindi grounds in Kigali, which opened on June 19, 2019,…
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Ministry of Health Wants Investigation in Rwf 700 M Mageragere Incinerator
June,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37705" align="alignnone" width="800"] Diane Gashumba wants this case investigated[/caption] Minister of Health has revealed that officials involved in rendering idle over Rwf700million injected in Mageragera incinerator, could face prosecution after an investigation file submitted to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB). This comes after Members of Parliament questioned the Minister, on why and what action taken…
National
For Africa’s Expansion AfCFTA is the Way to Go – Kagame
June,18 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has expressed his confidence that Africa will soon expand the horizon of opportunities through the recently established African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA). AfCTA will be formally launched next month at the African Union Summit in Niger. While attending the opening ceremony of this year's European Development Days (EDD) under the theme…
International
Kigali Int’l Peace Marathon: Rwandan Athletes Blame Weather
June,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37628" align="alignnone" width="457"] Some of the players that were expected to raise the Rwandan flag[/caption] Rwandans have subjected their poor performance at the Kigali International Peace Marathon to poor terrain preparation and team coordination at the race. Kenyans runners dominated both the half and full marathons at the 15th peace marathon which was held…
Sports
Green Hills Academy Releases 70 Fresh Graduates
June,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

GHA graduation - Group photo Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame has asked graduates of Green Hills Academy (GHA) to brace for the challenges of life after school but also remember to give back to the community. Mrs Kagame made the remarks while attending the 17th GHA graduation ceremony for the grade 12 student’s class of…
International
Rayon Sport Get a Hostel
June,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rayon Sport FC has become the first Rwandan football club team to build a residential area for its players. The building – a container – like structure with six furnished rooms was officially inaugurated on Friday in special fete to celebrate Rayon’s victory of becoming the 2018-2019 Azam Rwanda Premier League championship cup. Rayon sport…
Sports
Rwanda Athletics Fed ‘Short of Logistics’ to Bring Usain Bolt
June,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The long awaited Kigali Peace Marathon this Sunday will not see world star Athletes participate as earlier anticipated and advertised by the organizers. World record holders like Jamaican Usain Bolt (100m) Somali born British Mo Farah (cross country) and Ethiopian Tiruneshe Dibaba Kenene were among those expected at the marathon to raise awareness on peace.…
Sports
Senate Fires Warning as Rwanda Wins Land Case in Kenya
June,11 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37414" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Mombasa port. Rwanda has land here but it was disputed and Senate fears that if the country relaxes, new disputes risk to rise[/caption] Rwanda Senate has asked the government not to hesitate putting into good use the land several countries have given to the country instead of risking land grabbing scandals…
Economy
Rwandans Still Advised NOT to Travel to Uganda – Sezibera  
June,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36119" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Min Richard Sezibera[/caption] Rwanda has said that its travel advisory to citizens entering Uganda still stands despite government provisionary opening cargo transit routes on the Gatuna-Katuna border highway which has been under construction. The Gatuna- Katuna border is the busiest crossing between Rwanda and Uganda. In March this year, Rwanda strongly…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-Uganda Relations
Merry Year International Brings New Hope for Maize Farmers
June,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Four years ago Fabien Ngarambe, 50, was stuck in mixed subsistence farming of maize and some beans on his one-hectare piece of farm land in Kibare cell, Gahengeri sector, Rwamagana district of Eastern. At the end of a planting season, he would harvest only 800kg of maize and a few kilograms of beans, which he…
Business & Tech
UN Residual Mechanism Renews Commitment to Track Genocide Fugitives
June,06 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37274" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Dr. Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of ITMCT(Right), and Rwanda Prosecutor General in Kigali[/caption] The Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations’ International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (ITMCT) has reaffirmed the organ’s commitment to further investigation and tracking the 1994 Genocide suspects still on the run. In Kigali, Dr. Serge Brammertz, met with…
International
Kigali Today YouTube Channel Hits 50M Views
June,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

As of June 4, 2019 Kigali Today Ltd (KT) YouTube channel had registered 50+ million views, becoming the only Rwandan news channel to make such a milestone. The Rwanda's best YouTube channel which breaks news, inform, entertains and mainly shares Rwanda’s success story from all corners also hit a record of 180,000 subscribers. Surprisingly the…
National
Rwf 12 M Houses for You
June,04 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37118" align="alignleft" width="807"] Rugarama estates[/caption] A city dweller earning between Rwf200, 000 – Rwf 900,000 per month can now afford to have his own house made out of environmentally friendly building materials. The Rugarama Housing Project – Nyarugenge district, today becomes the first project that brought the cost of a house as low as…
Economy
Rwanda Dominates Kigali UCI Junior Race
June,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37069" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rwandans emerged winner in both categories[/caption] Rwandans have dominated the first international francophone junior cycling race held in sub-Saharan Africa, scooping all the top prizes in both male and female categories. The International Cyclist Union (UCI) ranked race took place this Sunday in Kigali and was organized by l'Union Francophone de…
Sports
51 Graduate at CMU To Transform Africa
June,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has witnessed a graduation of 51 Carnegie Melon University (CMU) students from the Nelson Mandela institute and across Africa, a batch which embarks on a journey of addressing current social and economic challenges on the continent. The students received either degrees in Master of Science in Information Technology or a Master of Science in…
International
Tags: International Universities
Kigali Car Free Day Focuses on Beating Bad Air
June,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37057" align="alignnone" width="1008"] Car Free Day[/caption] As part of preparations to celebrate the World Environment Day 2019, Rwanda’s car free day, this Sunday took a focus on educating citizens on how protecting the environment can help in fighting air pollution. The Kigali Car Free Day was initiated three years ago (in 2016 )on the…
Sports
Rwanda Public Transporters Launch A Microfinance Institution
June,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_37047" align="alignnone" width="593"] Albert Murasira(5th left) and Jali Holding officials at the launch of Jali Microfinance[/caption] The ministry of defence has entered into a partnership with a new Rwandan public transporter’s microfinance institution as a way of improving their livelihoods and increasing savings. This commitment was made by the Minister of defence, Maj Gen…
Economy
Tags: Transport
Life events of The Last ‘Gorilla in the Mist’ Poppy
May,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  Two days ago Rwanda’s elderly mountain gorilla poppy, the last gorilla that featured in ‘Gorillas in the mist’ was declared to have died in the wilderness of the Volcano Mountains in Rwanda. Dian Fossey Gorilla foundation, which oversees gorilla protection activities said the female gorilla was last seen in august 2018. “We now believe…
International
We are Opening Competition in Agricultural Financing – BK Group CEO
May,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Bank of Kigali Group Plc is coming closer to its first ‘billion dollar bank’ mark with its first quarter results reporting a net income of Rwf75 billion (USD8.3m)- an increase of 23.4% compared to the previous year. In this quarter which ended March 31st, BK’s total assets increased to Rwf907.8billion, while net loans and advances…
Companies
Rwanda Cuts under 5 Child Mortality by 79% – Report
May,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A report has placed Rwanda among top African countries in improving the welfare of children in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which almost brought Rwanda to its knees. Global Childhood Report 2019 by Save the Children International on the state of the world's children released May 28, 2019 showed that Rwanda come…
National
Nsabimana Callixte Remanded
May,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36837" align="alignnone" width="1032"] Nsabimana Callixte(L) and his lawyer Lawyer Moise Nkundabarashi in court - May 23[/caption] Gasabo primary court in Kigali has ruled for a thirty day provisional detention for Nsabimana Callixte who is accused of 16 crimes. Nsabimana is accused of 16 criminal counts which include forming an armed terror group, conspiracy to…
National
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Uganda Hands Over the Body of a Rwandan National
May,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36930" align="alignnone" width="626"] Handing over the body[/caption] Uganda has handed over the body of a Rwandan national who was last Friday shot while smuggling in Tabagwe – Nyagatare district before running back to Uganda where he would subsequently die. While handing over the casket of the Rwandan national, Uganda was represented, at Gatuna border,…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-Uganda Relations
Mosquito Nets’ Case Closed: Rwanda Won’t Sue Danish Firm
May,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_1412" align="alignnone" width="663"] Mother and baby sleeping under a treated bed net preventing Mosquito attacks.[/caption] The government of Rwanda will not go to court over the alleged substandard treated mosquito nets supplied by Netprotect, a Danish company, KTPress can reliable report. In 2013, Netprotect supplied over three million bed nets but, later on, the…
International
Kagame Congratulates Modi over Landslide Victory
May,24 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27125" align="alignnone" width="1000"] PM Narendra Modi(L) speaks during an encounter with Kagame in Kigali - July 2018[/caption] President Paul Kagame has sent a congratulation message  to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his second victory in the 17th Indian general and constituency elections, to lead as Premier. On May 23, 2019, Modi scooped a…
National
PSF, TMEA Find Capital for Women in Informal Trade
May,24 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) has received funds that will help women to graduate from informal and sometimes illegal trade and embrace the prosperous formal trade. The four-year US$2.26million funding was handed over during the signing of a grant agreement between the PSF Rwanda and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) officials in Kigali on Thursday. The…
Economy
Uganda, Burundi Aided Me on Rwanda attacks – Callixte Nsabimana
May,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Callixte Nsabimana - the leader of a terror group 'FLN' that claimed responsibility of recent attacks in the Rwandan South and Western Province has pleaded guilty to the 16 charges when he was arraigned before Gasabo Primary Court in the capital Kigali. Nsabimana who appeared in Court along with his lawyer revealed he received support from high…
Regional
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Local StartUps to Turn Prototype into Businesses 
May,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36804" align="alignnone" width="960"] Beneficiaries of the incubation program[/caption] If you are a techpreneur, law and finance graduate but don’t know what to do next, a multi-partner incubation program in Rwanda has opened a window of opportunities which may enable your business idea to grow to another level. Under the third cohort of the 250…
Technology
Rwandan Women Prove They Can Code
May,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36715" align="alignnone" width="777"] Yvette Uwineza the manager of WeCode Project[/caption] Pauline Nshimiye, a 32 year old mother of two children was just browsing through her facebook page when she landed on a coding boot camp advertisement to recruit women for training as coders in Rwanda. She holds bachelor’s degree in economics but Nshimiye says…
Technology
Unemployed Engineers Get Window for Jobs
May,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36702" align="alignnone" width="1200"] At the Launch of SPace Telecom Fellowship[/caption] Rwanda has launched the first space and telecoms fellowship which will task young engineering students to building satellites and telecommunication technology to be self-employed. The six months sponsored fellowship was unveiled by LEAPR- a local community of applied scientists, researchers and technologists, who took…
Technology
Kigali Int’l Trade Fair Goes Cashless
May,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36640" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Exhibition in Eastern Province[/caption] Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) has announced plans to start using mobile money (Momo) to pay for goods and services at the forth coming Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF), commonly known as ‘Expo’. This is part of the plan to turn the trade expo into a cashless…
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Tags: Financial Inclusion
Bank Of Kigali Launches “Ikofi”To Boost Agriculture Financing
May,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36628" align="alignnone" width="2048"] BK Group PLC CEO Dr DIane Karusisi gives the best lucky winner the Rwf 1 million prize[/caption] The Bank of Kigali has officially launched a new digital product called “IKOFI”, a revolutionary universal wallet that offers financial services with focus on Rwandan farmers, agro-dealers, Agri-businesses and other players in the agricultural…
Companies
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AU Peacekeeping Fund Raises $ 110M
May,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36621" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rwanda's chief of Defense staff Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba[/caption] African countries’ resolve to fund own projects and initiatives is already yielding good results, six months after inauguration of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping fund. The fund has so far collected $112million, figures that were announced by Ambassador Hadiza Mustapha; Advisor to the…
National
Prof. Lumumba Recommends Rwanda’s Gacaca Justice to Africans
May,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The seventh National Security Symposium (NSS) has concluded in Rwanda with renowned Pan-African lawyer, Professor P. L Otieno Lumumba challenging African countries to stop coping western forms of governance, democracy and justice. In his view Prof. Lumumba suggested if Africans chose their own concepts of democracy, this would cut back on the western influence and…
International
Kaspersky Tips Security Symposium On Cyber Security
May,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36571" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Eugene Kaspersky[/caption] Cyber security experts have said that Africans remain at a threat of being caught up in cyber warfare and terrorism unless proper infrastructure and policy is developed to address the millennium security threat. To reach this level of security, the founder of Kaspersky computer antivirus said that Russia is…
Technology
Create Homegrown Security Solutions – Gen. Murasira to African Forces
May,14 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Minister of Defense Major General Albert Murasira(picture above) has called on African countries to seek homegrown solutions if the continent is to address its contemporary security challenges which remain dynamic and recurrent. Africa’s current security challenges range from terrorism, cyber security, post war conflicts among others. For Gen. Murasira Africa needs to constantly renew…
National
Your Child Who Turned Five Can Learn Public Speaking
May,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Voice Masters Africa, a private company that teaches public speaking skills, is launching the first public speaking conference with little children’s programmer to groom the next generation of motivational speakers. The session is slated for May 18, 2019 at Kigali conference and exhibition village in the morning. The entrance is free and all children are…
Society
Parliament Approves Rwanda Medical Supply Company
May,10 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda parliament has approved a proposed bill to separate the Medical Procurement and Production Division (MPPD) as an independent organ from Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) in order to improve delivery of medicine to Rwandans. This according to parliamentary 34- article bill, means the establishment of a new separate company Rwanda Medical Supply (RMS) - which…
National
BK Group PLC Sets New Strategies for Rural Access
May,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36361" align="alignnone" width="1200"] BK Group PLC chairman[/caption] Bank of Kigali Group PLC has approved a new operation plan to provide easy access to agriculture financial services and e-payments products for farmers as part of its focus to move from corporate to retail banking. The bank served over 290,000 retail customers and over 24,000 corporate…
Companies
MPs Call for More Rehabilitation Funding
May,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36356" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Minister of Local Government Anastase Shyaka(Right) introduced presentation of the report at parliament[/caption] Members of Parliament have proposed government to increase of budget for youth civic education and come up with a sustainable plan for re-integration of former street children. The parliament argued that this is one way of reducing the…
National
11 Years Later, The 4-Star Kivu Marina Bay Due in June
May,07 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36290" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kivu Marina Bay front view[/caption] The long awaited Hotel Kivu Marina Bay in Rusizi district has a new deadline according to provincial officials, but whether it will be met is a story on its own. The hotel's completion deadline has been postponed on several occasions due to financing disagreements. The latest…
Companies
Japan Will Deepen Bilateral Relations with Rwanda Under Reiwa Era – Ambassador
May,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36220" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Rwanda's Minister of Foreign affairs Richard Sezibera signing in the book destined to the emperor as the ambassador of Japan in Rwanda Takayuki Mayishita looks on[/caption] The Japanese ambassador to Rwanda has said that the Reiwa era of Emperor Naruhito will open a new chapter of deepening bilateral relations with the…
International
BK Group PLC Selects 25 Companies for Urumuri Business Competition 2019
May,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36191" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Owners of the companies in Urumuri business competition[/caption] The Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has announced the a list of 25 businesses of Urumuri business competition 2019 whose innovations are expected to positively impact on the growth of made in Rwanda agenda. The list made public this May 3, 2019 was…
Companies
Make Pension Information Public – Labor Party Tells Government
May,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36134" align="alignnone" width="3456"] Jean Baptiste Rucibigango, the PSR party President(middle) and other party officials during a press conference dedicated to the Labor Day - April 30,2019[/caption] As we celebrate Labor Day, the Rwandese Socialist Labor party- PSR is requesting the government to put in place a platform that would allow the general public to…
National
Auditor General Should Be Given Prosecution Power – Parliament
April,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_36097" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Auditor General Obadiah Biraro-middle at parliament April 29[/caption] The Rwanda parliament has asked that the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) be given prosecution powers to clamp down on officials who continue to neglect responsibility thus causing more losses in government expenditure. The call comes after a 2018 OAG report presented…
National
Kigali’s Unfinished Roads
April,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

However much we can agree that every road user is not a traffic expert, road contractors may need to understand that whichever unfinished or bogus work in their contract does not go unnoticed. Kigali is full of good and clean roads but it can be hard to imagine the risk of dangers that one dweller…
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Belgium Parliament Adopts Law on Genocide Denial
April,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Parliament in Belgium has adopted a draft law on genocide denial and revisionism. During the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Belgium lost ten commandos who were murdered while on duty under United Nations Peacekeeping mission sent to Rwanda. Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel was in Rwanda early this month at the 25th…
International
Tags: Rwanda-Belgium Relations
Belgium Was Rwanda’s Top Schengen Destination in 2018
April,25 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwandans applying for the Schengen visas increased by a quarter in 2018, compared to the previous year, with the highest appetite being for traveling to Belgium, exclusive statistics show. “During 2018, a number of 9,427 residents of Rwanda applied for a Schengen uniform visa, almost 25% more than the preceding year,” said Ella Worehead, Communications…
International
The Renown Marty the Robot Awaited at Transform Africa
April,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

An all machine robot ‘Marty the Robot’ has been confirmed as the second robot to attend the 2019 Transform Africa Summit (TAS) in Kigali next month. The big round white eyed ‘Marty the Robot’ was developed by Sandy Enoch, founder Robotical Ltd introduced this year. This little robot, which can be carried in the palm,…
Technology
EAC Countries Lacking Common Ground to Combat the Deadly Malaria
April,23 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_687" align="alignnone" width="480"] Mother and Child sleep under bed net to prevent mosquito bite[/caption] East African Community (EAC) member states are set to come up with a new malaria prevention plan which has identified a need to control all cross border movements especially from countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The three…
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Miss Josiane Distances Self From Genocide Revisionists
April,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The 2019 Miss Popularity, Josiane Mwiseneza has announced a new manager of her malnutrition projects who says the first task is fighting genocide ideology among adults. “Josiane has a project to fight child malnutrition, but I was shocked that instead I have to first deal with a kind of malnutrition in adult Rwandans which was…
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First Lady Jeannette Kagame Pays Tribute to the last Queen of Rwanda Gicanda
April,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

On a fateful day of April 20, 1994, the last Queen of Rwanda Her Majesty Rosalie Gicanda, was brutally murdered by Interahamwe militia at her home in Nyanza district, Southern Rwanda, during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Twenty-five years later on Saturday, April 20, 2019, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame led Rwandans to pay…
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Kagame Demands Hard Work from New Sworn-in Leaders
April,18 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35818" align="alignnone" width="1080"] President Paul Kagame speaking after receiving the oaths[/caption] President Paul Kagame today received oaths of three new judges, one Member of Parliament and Rwanda Defence Force Army Chief of Staff, and asking for justice and security to be made a priority. The new judges, two of them for the Supreme Court…
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Kinshasa Welcomes Rwandair with Water Salute
April,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35781" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rwandair upon arrival at Ndjili Intl Airport - Kinshasa[/caption] Rwanda’s National carrier RwandAir has made successful landing to the international airport of Ndjili in the capital Kinshasa of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The Boeing 737-800NG departed Kigali International Airport for N'Djili this morning with 119 passengers on board. Three direct…
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Single Use Plastic Bill on the Way with Proposed Harsh Penalties
April,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25437" align="alignnone" width="1500"] A support staff serve water in an office in Kigali[/caption] The Ministry of environment has proposed the parliament to pass the bill on ban of Single-Use Plastic (SUPs) which also provides sanctions against polluters. Environment Minister Dr. Vincent Biruta made the proposal on Tuesday to the parliamentary Agriculture, livestock development and…
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Interahamwe Denied Me Education But I Persevered – Kavubi
April,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

From the first phone contact with Pierre Kavubi 59, you learn that you are talking to a very humble person whom you cannot wait to meet, while your first encounter convinces you that the man is a successful person, full stop. That first impression is genuine, but inside the heart of the father of four,…
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Robot Sophia to Attend Transform Africa Kigali
April,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Thousands of participants will have a chance to touch, see and interact with the world's first humanlike robot- Sophia at the 5th Transform Africa Summit (TAS) in Kigali next month. Sophia is designed with its body shape built to resemble an actual human body. “We are excited to announce that Sophia, the world's 1st humanoid…
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Paying Tribute to Politicians Killed in the Genocide
April,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Senate, members of parliament and families of politicians killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi gathered to pay tribute to politicians who were killed for standing with humanity in the face of evil. Senate President, Bernard Makuza, led the mourners to lay the wreath at Rebero Genocide memorial in Kicukiro district in the…
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Kwibuka25: BK Group Remembers Former Staff  
April,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

On April 12, 2019, Bank of Kigali (BK) Group met at the headquarter, not for usual business, but for remembering former staff who were massacred during the Genocide committed against Tutsi in 1994. According to a monument erected in memory of the victims, BK Group lost 16 staff during the Genocide. Their names – now…
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BK Group Pays Tribute to Genocide Victims
April,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35685" align="alignnone" width="640"] BK staff in Rulindo district to pay tribute to Genocide victims[/caption] Staff of Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has paid homage to genocide victims including their former employees who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. On April 12,2019, led by Dr. Diane Karusisi, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO),…
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Kwibuka25: Commemoration Wherever You Are  
April,09 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

     Rwandan diaspora community has conveyed a message such that, commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi – Kwibuka is not an event confined to their home country boundaries. Commemoration events abroad were scheduled on different dates, bringing together Rwandans and friends of Rwanda, giving the idea that indeed, diaspora is theoretically the sixth province…
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Canadian Governor General Advises Rwanda to Produce Astronauts
April,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Julie Payette , Governor General of Canada shares a light moment with Neil Turok AIMS founder and Musoni Paula Ministry Rwanda ICT The Canada Governor General Julie Payette, has asked African scientists to make sure next astronauts comes from Africa, and use science in creating tangible solutions that will impact on society and government business.…
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Rwanda’s Christine Ashimwe Elected World Thrombosis Committee Member
April,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35309" align="alignnone" width="481"] Christine Ashimwe[/caption] The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) has named a Rwandan, Christine Ashimwe as the inaugural patient representative of the World Thrombosis Day (WTD) Steering Committee. In 2016, Ashimwe formed Rwanda Clot Awareness Network (RCAN) – an organization aimed at supporting clot survivors, advocating and creating awareness about…
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iCPAR New Leadership Promises to Clean the House
April,04 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35230" align="alignnone" width="1200"] iCPAR new team[/caption] The institute of certified accountants in Rwanda (ICPAR) has appointed new leadership who assumed office with a promise to set disciplinary measures on unprofessional accountants in the country. Dr. Patrick Uwizeye, CPA yesterday picked the leadership mantle from his predecessor Mkombozi Karake who has served the institution for…
Economy
Local Government Being Spoon-fed – Senators
April,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The senate has said that the local leaders need to exercise critical thinking capacity instead of being spoon-fed by central government. A second review of a Senate political commission report on the operations of district administrative councils, showed on April 2, that the decentralization process has not taken root as expected despite the political will…
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Senators Reveal High Interest Rates in Banks Costing the Economy
April,02 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_13448" align="alignnone" width="680"] In this session, the Senators also asked government to find ways of embassies doing more with less resources[/caption] Rwandan Senators have been alarmed by the increasing low loan uptake in the economy which some say could be partly promoting exchange of illegal money (Bank Lambert) in the public as a result…
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Israel Embassy Opens in Kigali
April,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The diplomatic corps of Rwanda today added one new member to the family of embassies operating in the country with Ambassador Ron Adam of the Israel Embassy in Kigali. The embassy, which adds to the existing 32 diplomatic missions in Kigali, was officially opened in the presence of Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Richard…
International
No Easy Early Release of Genocide Convicts Under Judge Agius
April,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Judge Carmel Agius has said that no genocide convict will get an easy early release as it has been the case in the past operations of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UNIRMCT). In a press conference on Monday April 1, 2019, the 74-year old judge sounded like he will single handeddly turn the…
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Bridging English Language Barrier Gap: How Rwandan Teachers Are Catching Up
March,31 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

It’s a hot Monday afternoon at Kagugu Primary school in the capital Kigali, and Claude Mapine, 11, is seated in a fully packed Primary 3 classroom of 90 pupils. Each bench and desk has four pupils with each pair sharing one of the freshly distributed English activity books with illustrations and demonstrative lessons for pupils…
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Kagame Joins EAC Ministers for Umuganda
March,30 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame today led a team of visiting East Africa Community ministers and officials alongside thousands of cheerful Rwandan citizens in building water trenches. The activity held at Nyanza Genocide Memorial, Kicukiro district in the capital Kigali, was part of the end of the month cleaning exercise known as Umuganda. The exercise was characterized…
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Pediatricians Push for Reduced Child Deaths
March,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35049" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Participants at the Newborn Health Symposium - Kigali March 29,2019[/caption] In 2017, Dr. Kunda Mutesu Kapembwa, senior pediatrician from Zambia was given responsibility to treat a prematurely born baby under neonatal care unit at Livingstone Central Hospital. She did her job keeping the child alive and during the treatment she saw…
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We Urgently Need to Get Our House in Order – Kagame to EAC Officials
March,29 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame today opened the second Strategic Retreat of the Council of Ministers and Heads of Organs and Institutions of the East African Community (EAC), with a renewed sense of working towards regional integrity. The one-day meeting which convened in Kigali city follows an earlier one which was held in the same city…
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I Will Solve Factories’ Underproduction – Trade Minister Soraya To Parliament
March,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35033" align="alignnone" width="1200"] The ministry of trade and industry Soraya Hakuziyaremye(Third Left)[/caption] The ministry of trade and industry Soraya Hakuziyaremye has assured parliament that officials who were involved in purchasing faulty equipment for government funded factories will be held accountable after an internal audit is conducted. This resolve comes after it has emerged that…
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From UK, Here is a Training Opportunity for Rwandan Entrepreneurs
March,28 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_35028" align="alignnone" width="926"] Participants at Challenges Rwanda 20 years anniversary[/caption] Challenges Group-Rwanda an international development consulting organization has launched a certified training programme in which young Rwandan entrepreneurs will be trained by other successful entrepreneurs. The launch event was unveiled this Wednesday at the celebrations to mark Challenges Group 20 years of operations globally…
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25 Years After the Genocide: Hundreds of Survivors Don’t Know their Roots
March,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34963" align="alignnone" width="640"] Members of the Association of students' genocide survivors - AERG. Some survivors do not know their roots[/caption] Senators have asked the government to support genocide survivors who, 25 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, still don’t know their roots. On March 26, the senate commission on political affairs presented…
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Senate Grills Revenue Body on “Poor” Tax Administration Policy
March,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Senate has come out against Rwanda Revenue Authority (RAA) – the country’s tax body – accusing it of a shaky tax administration policy resulting into loopholes in local revenue collection. On Tuesday March 26, RRA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Aimable Kayigi Habiyambere and other commissioners appeared before the Senatorial Committee on economy to explain…
Economy
Rwanda, Qatar Seek to Boost Business Ties
March,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Qatar Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani today paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Dr. Édouard Ngirente to strengthen ties between the two countries. Al Thani who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, arrived in the country yesterday morning. Both officials held 30 minutes meeting at the Rwanda’s Prime Minister’s…
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Rwanda Finds New Formula to Deal with Hackers
March,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34802" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Deputy Secretary General of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Isabelle Kalihangabo[/caption] At a time when cybercrimes remain among the biggest emerging crimes in Rwanda, chances of hackers being employed remain an open possibility, but after one serving their sentence if convicted by courts. This was revealed by the Deputy Secretary General of…
National
28 Problems in Agriculture: Minister Mukeshimana Fails to Convince Parliament
March,20 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Members of parliament have ordered establishment of another special committee to investigate reasons why there is a discrepancy between farmers' concerns and an activity report presented by the ministry of Agriculture. The recommendation comes after lawmakers were dissatisfied with responses to 28 agricultural-farmer based issues in which the house had asked the minister of agriculture,…
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REMA Gets a New Partner – Environment Professionals’ Association  
March,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34714" align="alignnone" width="930"] RAPEP chairman, Egide Nkuranga[/caption] Rwanda has witnessed the inauguration of the first association of environment professionals adding to other existing careers-based organisations like in the media, medics, lawyers and business community in Rwanda. The long awaited organization dubbed RAPEP- Rwanda Association of Professional Environmental Practitioners was launched this Monday March 18,…
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Mauritius Cyber Security Firm Opens Rwanda Subsidiary
March,18 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_34679" align="alignnone" width="800"] L-R: Abadally Munglah, CEO of Secure Services Mauritius, Neza Nancy from insurance company and Galen Amasay, Business Development Manager-East Africa at Secure Services Mauritius Ltd.  (Courtesy Image)[/caption] A Mauritius cyber security company has launched operations in Rwanda with intent to help cut down on cyber security threats across Insurance Companies…
Business & Tech
Imbuto Awards Best Performing Girls
March,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Hundreds of residents gathered this Saturday in districts of Nyagatare in Eastern Province and Gisagara in Southern Rwanda to witness and celebrate achievements of their girls in education with awards from the First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame’s Imbuto foundation. This year’s edition witnessed 234 best performing girls from primary and secondary school levels across the…
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ALU Graduates Another Cohort of African Leaders
March,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

From Nigeria, Serra Leone to USA, and from Ghana to Rwanda and Somalia, the Kigali based African Leadership School of Business (ALUSB) on Saturday graduated its second cohort of vast leaders for the class of 2019. Dressed in black gowns with a white V-shaped collar stripped in front and their respective national flags at the…
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Plan Rwanda, Imbuto Foundation to Launch Girl Rights Campaign
March,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Plan International Rwanda will this week launch a new campaign dubbed “Girls Get Equal” that is aimed at raising the voice towards advancing Children rights and equality for girls. The campaign was launched by Plan International globally in October 2018 to address the root causes of gender inequalities focusing on how and where discrimination and…
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Colorful Graduation Ceremony at INES Ruhengeri
March,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34552" align="alignnone" width="640"] INES Graduation[/caption] The Institute of Applied Sciences, INES Ruhengeri has successfully passed out its tenth class of 719 graduates with almost half of them being women. The graduation held at the INES campus grounds in Musanze district under the theme: 'shifting from paper to product' was graced by the honorary chancellor…
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BK Group Unveils New Subsidiary – BK Capital
March,15 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34514" align="alignnone" width="875"] BK officials pose in pictures with Central Bank, Ministry of finance, Rwanda Stock exchange and Capital market authority officials[/caption] Bank of Kigali (BK) group on Thursday registered a new advisory and investment services on the Rwanda bourse. The product; BK Capital is a joint venture with Swan Group – a leading…
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Maize Farmers Borrow A Leaf from Traditional Post Harvest Technics
March,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34442" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Farmers in Mugesera sector - Ngoma district applying traditional drying technics[/caption] Rwandan maize farmers have turned to using traditional post-harvest handling and processing techniques as a means of ensuring food security, increased crop output and markets for their produce. Traditionally, farmers used to harvest maize and dry it on the floor,…
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Kanto Vs Kanta Case Back in Court
March,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_10972" align="alignnone" width="388"] Kanta hair dye products bottle[/caption] A dispute of intellectual property rights that was initiated by a famous hair dye- Kanta is back in court with lawyers sighting possibilities of Rwandans suffering health consequences over purchasing products that have a similar label to the original one. Kanta is an Indian family business…
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Bank of Kigali launches 3rd Interest Free loan Competition
March,06 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24970" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bank of Kigali head office[/caption] The Bank of Kigali (BK) has launched the third edition of the interest-free loans to at least five selected existing business enterprises with each getting Rwf25million in the Urumuri business competition 2019. The edition was announced this Wednesday morning March 6, 2019 at a press briefing,…
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Kagame Awarded Universal Health Coverage Award by Amref
March,05 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33991" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Minister Diane Gashumba receives the award on behalf of President Paul Kagame[/caption] Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has been awarded the honor of excellence for promoting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in his country and becoming a leadership example to the rest of Africa. Kagame becomes the first person to receive the award…
International
Rwanda to Halt Importing Mosquito Nets
March,04 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_9299" align="alignnone" width="800"] Health Minister Dr. Diane Gashumba distributes free mosquito nets in Gatsibo district. Government will no longer import mosquito nets.[/caption] Rwanda could, effective next month, start saving $17 million (Rwf17 billion) import receipts on mosquito bed nets from foreign manufacturers. In 2015, the country succumbed to a scam involving purchase of 2.6…
Business & Tech
Experts Expose Loophole in Health Care Funding in Africa
March,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A high ranking Global Fund (GF) official has said that Rwanda will be used as an example to showcase to other African countries how universal health care (UHC) funds should be solicited and used in ensuring improved access to health for all. “There is no better example than Rwanda for the rest of Africa to…
International
Rwanda Takes over Management of Carnegie Mellon University Africa
March,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33910" align="alignnone" width="5472"] Akamanzi (left) hands CMU documents to the Education Minister Dr. Mutimura[/caption] Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has officially handed over custodianship of Carnegie Mellon University-Africa (CMU-Africa) to the Ministry of education with plans to have at least half of the graduate students coming from Rwanda. The handover was done this Friday March…
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Rwanda To Start Hosting Aviation Shows
March,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33884" align="alignnone" width="740"] MInister of State Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye looks at the jet in the exhibition at Kigali International Airport[/caption] The State Minister for infrastructure Eng. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, has said that Rwanda will soon start hosting aviation shows as part of improving its growing aviation industry. Minister Uwihanganye made the remarks while…
Economy
Former Mauritius President Explains Her Science Project for Rwanda
March,01 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33874" align="alignnone" width="900"] Former president of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim[/caption] The former president of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has said that Rwanda’s critics will not deter other Africans from copying Rwanda’s leadership which has become a phoenix of development especially in promoting women empowerment. Gurib-Fakim is founder of AGF-foundation, aimed to inspire, empower and connect young…
International
A Wake Up Call as Kagame Visits Nyamagabe District
February,26 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33718" align="alignnone" width="2048"] President Paul Kagame in Southern Province[/caption] President Paul Kagame has once again promised to promote the development of once-marginalized Nyamagabe district but also asked residents to play their role in improving their current social economic welfare instead of expecting every other support to come from donors. Kagame dedicated two days to…
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Rwanda’s Research Institute Shows Loopholes in Waste Management
February,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_33339" align="alignnone" width="768"] Waste management is still wanting according to IPAR[/caption] Research findings have showed that almost half of city of Kigali population are directly affected by poor waste management and sanitation especially from slum areas. Findings from the 3rd research forum on Urban Governance and City Transformation (Utafiti Sera) showed that the 43.6%…
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Kigali To Get New State-of-the-art Cathedral
January,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  The Catholic Church and Rwandan government have pledged to add to the city of Kigali another structural icon to its growing number of skyscrappers. This was revealed during the consecration of His Grace Antoine Kambanda, as the new Archbishop of Kigali Archdiocese at a ceremony held this Sunday at Amahoro Stadium and attended by…
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Nimwiza Meghan Crowned Miss Rwanda 2019
January,27 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Meghan Nimwiza was crowned Miss Rwanda 2019, replacing Lilliane Iradukunda. The crown was handed over to Miss Rwanda at Intare Conference Arena in Gasabo District in the capital Kigali. Hard moments and hours of struggling with answering questions in English from a panel of five judges ended this Saturday night with Meghan Nimwiza emerging as…
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Minister Sezibera Calls for Reinforced EU-AU to Tackle Security Threats
January,22 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_32386" align="alignnone" width="800"] Richard Sezibera, Minister of Foreign Affairs[/caption] Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister and International Cooperation, Dr. Richard Sezibera, says both Europe and Africa grapples with multiple threats to its security – and called for cooperation to contain them. “In this time and age, there are multiple threats and/or potential signs of threats to…
International
Rwanda: Banks Could Stop Acquiring Tax Declaration Service Fee
January,19 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_32253" align="alignnone" width="640"] At Bank of Kigali, clearance service fee is Rwf 500[/caption] The senate has tasked the Rwanda Revenue authority (RRA) to address the burden of tax payers paying Rwf500 charge to bank while declaring taxes, which is partly the cause of tax evasion and closure of businesses. The Rwf500 bank fee is…
Economy
What Becomes Local Music Industry Without Guma Guma?
January,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_32226" align="alignnone" width="702"] Urban boys one of the PGGSS winners[/caption] In eight seasons Primus Guma Guma Super Star (PGGSS), the highly sponsored music competition in the country, has harvested talent and promoted the music industry giving lucrative cash prizes. The competition has seen some artists build their careers to regional levels and connections in…
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Senate Tells REB to Clean Its House
January,17 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_32207" align="alignnone" width="1024"] One laptop per child program in Rwanda is one of the programs that were poorly implemented[/caption] Rwanda Senate has recommended scrutiny on continued failure for Rwanda Education Board to implement recommendations of the Auditor General’s report. This remark comes after the Rwanda Education Board (REB) this Wednesday appeared before Senate to…
National
Nigerian Brings ‘Pay as You Cook’ Technology to Rwanda
January,16 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(3)

A Nigerian company has put together all it takes to launch in two weeks, a new innovation that will allow cooking gas consumers buy as little as they want via Mobile Money – a system that would allow Rwanda to reduce pressure on forests, the main source of cooking energy. The technology was introduced by…
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Prayers Alone Not Enough To Advance Country, Kagame Tells Religious Leaders
January,13 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has told religious leaders that prayers are not enough to put the country where it needs to be if National values are not put into action. “The vision of this nation as I have always said is based on three things that identify us in our leadership which we can find in…
National
Do You Reserve the Right To Claim Deceased’s Mobile Money Account?
January,12 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31741" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Mobile money transactions[/caption] Last week KT Press reported how it’s difficult for a relative to claim money left on mobile money account in case one dies unexpectedly. Several Rwandans die and leave behind huge sums of cash on their Mobile Money accounts. As of December 2018, the number of mobile money…
Business & Tech
Belgium Contracts Private Company for Schengen Visa Applications
January,11 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_32012" align="alignnone" width="717"] Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda[/caption] The Belgian embassy in Rwanda has outsourced a private company to manage Schengen visa application procedures, which could reduce the risk of conmen preying on Rwandan applicants. The Embassy has launched a Visa Application Centre to be managed by VFS Global, an outsourcing and technology services specialist…
International
Local Leaders ‘Lying’ About Performance Indicators – Premier
January,08 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31853" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente and Prof. Anastase Shyaka[/caption] The Prime Minister of Rwanda, Dr. Edward Ngirente has warned that local leaders who manipulate figures of performance indicators will be held accountable. Following reports of local leaders manipulating socio-economic figures in 2018 performance contracts - Imihigo, Dr. Ngirente said that government has…
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Rwanda’s Social Democratic Party Unveils Headquarters Construction Project
January,07 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31834" align="alignnone" width="868"] The PSD proposed main hall[/caption] The Social Democratic Party of Rwanda (PSD) has announced plan to construct its headquarters – becoming the second political party to have its own complex after the ruling party – RPF Inkotanyi. From renting office space since 1991 in the Kigali central business district, PSD officials…
National
Where Does Your Mobile Money Go After Death?
January,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31741" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Mobile money transactions[/caption] Clients of Mobile Money (MoMo) and Airtel Money, the country's money transaction services through mobile phones may have to find alternative ways of ensuring their money is passed on to next of kin in case of an untimely death or inability to use the mobile money account. The…
Economy
Mushikiwabo Assumes Office As OIF Secretary General
January,03 2019 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s Louise Mushikiwabo has officially assumed office as the fourth Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF). Mushikiwabo, the former Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister was this Thursday morning received amidst warm welcome at the OIF office building in Paris, France as she replaces the outgoing Secretary General Michaëlle Jean. Michaëlle Jean served a post…
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2018 In Review: How the Judiciary Silenced Rwanda’s Critics
December,31 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

September 14, 2018 was a day like any other under the sun, but a communiqué that reached out to the public towards midnight changed the narrative. A communiqué was released announcing that President Kagame had commuted the prison sentences of Ingabire Victoire who had been sentenced to 15 years and singer Kizito Mihigo who had…
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2018 In Review-Parliament: Expect Automatic Cars in Driving Tests
December,28 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31638" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Automatic car driving[/caption] The first ever famous petition to Rwandan parliament is undeniably about the constitutional amendment in 2015 and it will remain on top because it involved the whole of Rwanda. However, 2018 leaves a new legacy that even one citizen can challenge parliament to look into a matter which…
Special Reports
Central Bank Hikes Required Capital for Financial Institutions
December,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31504" align="alignnone" width="1080"] John Rwangombwa, Governor of Central Bank(Middle) explains new changes[/caption] Effective next year, all commercial banks will have to have a minimum required paid up capital of Rwf20 billion (from Rwf5 billion). In a new monetary policy regulation announced by Central bank on Friday, December 21, the needed paid up capital for…
Economy
Community Health Workers Join Nurses to Handle Mental Cases
December,20 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31464" align="alignnone" width="1080"] A health worker impersonate how the community perceives a person with mental case[/caption] A community based mental health care programme has been expanded to the Eastern Province to scale up access to treatment that will be conducted by community health workers and nurses at community level. The Mentorship and Enhanced Supervision…
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Hotel Ranking: The One&Only Nyungwe House Joins Rwanda’s BIG FOUR
December,20 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31439" align="alignnone" width="1026"] One&Only Nyungwe House in different views[/caption] The One&Only Nyungwe House, formerly Nyungwe lodge has regained its status in the hospitality industry reclaiming a solo winner in the five star category of the 2018 Rwanda hospitality grading exercise carried out each two years. The hotel, located in Nyungwe National park in Western…
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Rwanda: Life Expectancy of Persons on ARVs Increases by 25 Years
December,18 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A HIV/Aids research conducted by Rwanda has shown an increase in life expectancy for persons on anti-retro viral (ARVs) treatment by 25 years in the last ten years. The research conducted by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) indicates that ARVs has enabled persons living with HIV/Aids (PLHIV) to live for as long as 65 years and…
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Rwanda: Mobile Penetration Hits Nearly 10 Million
December,14 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21207" align="alignnone" width="1500"] BPR’s MD Maurice Toroitich uses his phone to demonstrate how to transfer funds to other banks’ account using BPR’s mobile banking instantly[/caption] Rwanda’s telecommunications industry has registered a remarkable growth in the third quarter, with figures showing an increase in subscription, penetration and mobile money usage. Data released by Rwanda Utilities…
Business & Tech
Regional Integration Efforts Undermined by Neighbours – Kagame
December,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda will continue to be a good neighbor albeit obstacles from neighbors. While delivering a State of the Nation address at Radisson Blu and Convention Center in the capital Kigali, Kagame said that if they continue doing so, “it will be them to lose”. At the official launch of…
National
Japanese Opera Singer Promotes Rwanda-Japan Relations Through Music
December,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31228" align="alignnone" width="5472"] Sakamoto and Pianist Miku Neubert perform at Japanese Ambassador's residence in Kigali.[/caption] Japanese Germany based Opera singer Mayumi Sakamoto has launched her solo album showcasing in songs the harmony and relationship between Rwanda and Japan. The 11 song album “Umubano: Harmony from Rwanda and Japan” was launched this Wednesday at an…
Society
Rwanda to Launch Telecoms Satellite Next Year
December,12 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

With support from Japan, Rwanda will launch its first telecoms satellite next year – earlier than planned in 2020. This was announced by the Japan ambassador to Rwanda Takayuki Mayishita during a ceremony in Kigali to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito, currently celebrated on December 23 ahead of his retirement next year. To…
Business & Tech
President Kagame in Egypt for ‘Africa 2018 Forum’
December,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31065" align="alignnone" width="1080"] President Paul Kagame upon arrival in Egypt[/caption] President Kagame today arrived in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt where he will attend the 'Africa 2018 Forum', an international gathering hosted under the High Patronage of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The forum aims to promote greater economic…
International
‘Bannyahe’ Appoints Two Attorneys to Face Gasabo District
December,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] Hundreds of residents from Kangondo 1&2 and Kibiraro slums, a.k.a Bannyahe have handed over their case to two attorneys who will face Gasabo district in their expropriation wrangle. The slum adjacent to Nyarutarama high end residential area in Kigali entered into an expropriation wrangle…
National
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Rwanda on Right Track in Job Creation – Survey
December,07 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26430" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Volkswagen assembly plant is one of those businesses that were newly created giving more Rwandans jobs[/caption] The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) has indicated that Rwanda is on the right track in bridging the unemployment gap. In May 2017, NISR released the labor force survey whereby it was indicated…
National
Senate Wants Voter’s Card Replaced with National ID
December,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30929" align="alignnone" width="1080"] National ID and Voter Id Card. The later may no longer apply in near future [/caption] The recommendation was made on Monday while the Senate Political Affairs and Good Governance commission presented report findings on how election fundamental pillars were upheld during September parliamentary elections compared to previous exercises. While the report…
National
NBA to Start Pre-selection in Rwanda
December,03 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30878" align="alignnone" width="640"] NBA interested in Rwandan talents. in this photo, Giants of Africa, is an another initiative of NBA players from Africa who come to train Rwandan basketball players[/caption] Rwanda will this coming January 2019, start a process of selecting young basketball talents for the renown US-based National Basketball Association (NBA) scholarship programme,…
Sports
RIB Joins Zigama CSS Bank  
November,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30816" align="alignnone" width="968"] The General Assembly of Zigama CSS. CEO, Major General Emmanuel Bayingana speaks [/caption] The newly formed Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has officially been accepted as a new member of the army bank Zigama Credit and Saving Society (CSS) joining Rwanda Defense Force, National Police and Rwanda Correctional Services. The membership was confirmed during…
Companies
MPs Concerned by Increasing Non Performing Loans
November,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30766" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Central Bank governor John Rwangombwa presenting annual report at parliament - Nov 29,2018[/caption] Members of Parliament have raised concerns over the increasing non-performing loans (NPLs), citizen reluctance to seek loans as a result of high interest. These issues were raised at the presentation of first central bank annual report 2017-2018 to…
Economy
Contradicting ‘Legal’ Documents Could Set free Defilement Suspect
November,29 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A High Court in Kigali was on Monday left in confusion after a man suspected of impregnating an underage girl produced counter evidence that could see his seven year sentence overturned. Appearing for an appeal case – this week Paul Nyiringabo showed court evidence of a birth certificate indicating the victim was above 18 years.…
National
Churches Sabotaging Family Planning Efforts – Senate
November,23 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30591" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Of all churches, has the biggest number of health centres - Roman Catholic Church[/caption] Rwanda has presented plan to revisit agreements with churches in family planning support following senate report which pointed a finger to the churches as sabotaging existing policies. A senate report has indicated that birth control is currently…
Society
Greed is leading cause of divisions in local churches – NURC
November,23 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30606" align="alignnone" width="592"] Bishop John Rucyahana, NURC chairperson[/caption] The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) says wrangles over material gain, and power struggles could be the underlying cause of the increase in ethnic divisions among some churches. In a discussion on KTRadio’s current affairs programme, Rwanda Beyond The Headlines, chairman of NURC, Bishop John…
National
Rwanda Basketball Tournament Lands Rwf300M Sponsorship Deal with BK
November,23 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30595" align="alignnone" width="1200"] BK and Ferwaba officials at the signing ceremony[/caption] The Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) has received funding from Bank of Kigali (BK) worthy Rwf300 million for the next three years as part of promoting local talent in the sport. Each year the bank will dish out Rwf100 million for the basket tourney…
Sports
Andela To Produce 1000 Software Developers in Rwanda
November,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30532" align="alignnone" width="745"] Andela IT professionals. The company plans to train between 500 and 1000 software developers in Rwanda[/caption] Andela has announced plans to train local skills and talent of between 500 and 1000 world-class software developers  within the first five years of their operations in Rwanda. The American company which specialises in training software…
Technology
Law Firm, Dentist Battle in Court over Clinic Purchase
November,19 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30431" align="alignnone" width="873"] Client receives treatment at Pineda Clinic in Kigali[/caption] Lex Chambers Ltd, a law firm in Kigali is involved in a $280,000 purchase agreement wrangle against Dr. Flocerfida Pineda who owns Pineda Dental Clinic. As church mates and in a friendly manner, Isaac Bizumuremyi owner of Lex Chambers Ltd – a law…
International
AU Launches Peace Fund, Targets $400M by 2021
November,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Launch of Africa Peace FundThe African Union has launched a new peace fund plan that expected to reach $400 million by the year 2021, and possibly end decades of Africa’s dependence on external sources to maintain its own peace and security. The fund fast-tracking was launched at the 11th Extraordinary AU Summit in Addis Ababa,…
International
University Candidates Propose Marketing Strategy to Revive Dormant Companies
November,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30278" align="alignnone" width="1500"] B2R during the pitching session[/caption] Fifty finalists from secondary schools in the country have pitched marketing projects that will revamp relatively dormant local companies or businesses that are yet to pick up. The promising marketers are top Rwandan secondary school students selected for Bridge2Rwanda (B2R) University scholarship 2018. Bridge2Rwanda was formed…
Economy
Women Parliamentarians Forum Elect New Committee
November,15 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30269" align="alignnone" width="1200"] FRRP members[/caption] MP Beline Uwineza has been unanimously elected chairperson of the Rwandese Women Parliamentarians  Forum (FRRP) during the first extra ordinary meeting since the formation of the fourth parliament this September. In the elections that were held on Wednesday, November 14, Uwineza was elected by the 42 members that were…
National
City Tycoon Seeks Rwf374M Compensation from Prime Insurance
November,14 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30214" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Prime Insurance Company claims that their client is bringing to court a part that is not covered in the contract[/caption] Prime Insurance - Rwanda is in court being sued for Rwf374 million by a Rwandan businessman whose property was consumed by fire destroying equipment and property worth millions in December 2017.…
Companies
Former Government Drivers in Financial Wrangles
November,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30200" align="alignnone" width="600"] The former drivers of government vehicles formed a car wash service company but they are now wrangling over its management[/caption] Former government drivers are currently in a court battle over unaccounted financial transactions, undocumented expenses and incomes which are said to have been done by one of their representatives. Abacu association…
National
American Facing Prosecution in Rwanda
November,12 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30164" align="alignnone" width="960"] This car is part of the case[/caption] A court in Gasabo district has released on bail a United States of America citizen who was arrested over two charges; spreading genocide ideology and damaging private property. On the two counts, the suspect, Christopher Rollins Avery allegedly sent a Phone Short Messages (sms)…
International
First Lady Jeannette Kagame Shares Parenting Tips
November,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette Kagame has reminded parents that education of Children is delicate and they should always bear in mind that their behaviors today will affect their Children in the future. The First Lady and current chairperson of Unity Club - an organization of female leaders or spouses of leaders was the key speaker…
National
Never Bet Against Rwanda and Her People – Min Sezibera
November,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30078" align="alignnone" width="704"] Clockwise: The Ben, Buravan and Scholastique Mukasonga[/caption] Dr Richard Sezibera, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister has encouraged Rwandan artists to keep up the fight towards developing the country’s music and art industry despite the so called ‘experts’ thinking doom of Rwanda. On Friday, Sezibera, said on his twitter that this hope to win…
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Health Officials Demand Reform in GBV Court Cases Ruling  
November,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30057" align="alignnone" width="3216"] Health Minister(2nd left) Diane Gashumba and other officials during the conference[/caption] Frédéric Niyotwizera was in 2009 sentenced to ten years in prison during the court trial in Musanze district, for repeatedly sexually abusing a girl below eighteen years of age. During the trial, he pleaded guilty with regret and asked court…
Uncategorized
700 Residents Challenge Gasabo District in “Bannyahe” Expropriation Case
November,07 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30021" align="alignnone" width="4160"] "Bannyahe" residents at Gasabo intermediate court[/caption] Gasabo Intermediate court has postponed an expropriation court case involving more than 700 residents of Kangondo I&II and Kibiraro, a slum located adjacent to the high end residential area of Nyarutarama and Gasabo district – Kigali. The residents filed a court case number PST RAD…
National
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SDGC Africa Takes Women Entrepreneurship Sample in Rwanda
November,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29988" align="alignnone" width="4000"] Women entrepreneurs at the SDGC Africa training, November 6[/caption] Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGCAfrica) has selected Rwanda as the first country to spearhead and implement a new women entrepreneurship and business agenda that will be disseminated in ten African countries. This was announced during the start of a pioneer…
National
Rwanda, World Bank Sign $ 20M for Public Fund Management Training
November,05 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29941" align="alignnone" width="2784"] Word Bank country manager Yasser El-Gammal(Left) and Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning exchange documents at signing event[/caption] Rwanda and World Bank have today afternoon signed a financing agreement that will build national capacity in public finance management and cut down on billions of mismanaged funds annually. Through the…
Economy
Rwanda Launches Search for 5000 Women, Youth Entrepreneurs
October,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29622" align="alignnone" width="1620"] Some of the women behind the success of GEW Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda will next month start a weeklong business campaign to create 5000 women and youth entrepreneurs who will drive the country to a middle income economy status by 2020. The 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Rwanda this year will focus…
Economy
RICTA Launches Made in Rwanda Digital Market Campaign
October,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29616" align="alignnone" width="3840"] Ricta officials at the press conference[/caption] Rwanda Internet Community and Technology Alliance (RICTA) has launched an e-commerce campaign that will enable local businesses to sell the country’s products on global market. The three- month campaign dubbed ‘Doing Business Online’ launched on Thursday is expected to reach more than 500 large and…
Companies
Nigerians Dominate YouthConnekt Africa Innovation Awards
October,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

David Kinzuzi receives a dummy check at the closing of YouthConektTwo young Africans from Nigeria walked away with a total $10,000 prizes for emerging among the best innovators at the just concluded YouthConnekt Africa summit in Rwanda’s capital Kigali. Russell Oasah and Charles Umeh(Digital Inclusion award) from Nigeria walked away with 50% ($10,000) of the…
Technology
No Policy for Us without Us – African Youth Tell Leaders
October,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29094" align="alignnone" width="1080"] African youth show a symbol of Panafricanism at YCA-Kigali[/caption] African youth have challenged leaders to change their mindset and have the political will to empower them, provide minimum sources of initial funding for innovators and invest in youth programmes across the continent. On Monday October 8, YouthKonnekt 2018 kicked off in Rwanda’s…
International
Rwanda Slashes 4G Internet Prices
October,05 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29058" align="alignnone" width="1080"] KTRN boss Han Sung Yoon tells the media change in prices, October 4[/caption] Korea telecommunication Rwanda Network (KTRN) has further cut its 4th Generation (4G) internet prices to as low as Rwf1000, to allow more Rwandans afford and access this type of internet. 4G internet users will now be able to…
Technology
Court Releases the Rwigaras On Bail
October,05 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29046" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Adeline Rwigara - 2nd left and Diane Rwigara in court[/caption] The High Court has released on bail Diane Shima Rwigara and her mother Adeline Mukangemanyi Rwigara this Friday. The two are accused of insurrection including forging documents for Diane Rwigara and divisionism for Adeline Rwigara. The court said that reasons prosecution gave…
National
Fourth Parliament Starts Business on Friday, But How Ready Is It?
October,03 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28957" align="alignnone" width="2048"] 4th parliament pose in a photo with President Paul Kagame and top leaders at the swearing-in[/caption] Two weeks after swearing in, the forth parliament which was inaugurated on September 19 is set to officially start business on Thursday – October 5th. The 80 Member lower chamber was elected on 2-4 August…
National
Rwanda’s Inland Port Due Next Month
October,02 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28924" align="alignnone" width="3264"] Kigali Logistic Platform under construction[/caption] Rwanda’s first modern Inland Port will be officially up and running starting this November 2018, officials have confirmed. The two phase $80M port project, sitting on 30 hectares in in Masaka sector, Kicukiro district has since March last year been under construction and is run by…
Companies
Rwandans to Wear Locally Made Products Once a Month
September,27 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28832" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Infrastructure Minister Amb. Claver Gatete makes a point as Prime Minister Dr. Edourd Ngirente (Middle), Local Government Minister Francis Kaboneka and Trade and Industry Minister Vincent Munyeshyaka look on. The three top officials are dressed in Made in Rwanda shirts.[/caption] On Tuesday, September 25, Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente and two…
National
Cheque Compensation Delays to End Next Year – Central Bank
September,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda's Central Bank (BNR) has said that the cheque compensation technology known as ‘Cheque Truncation System (CTS)’ will be fully up and running effectively June 2019. The CTS technology was introduced in March this year to cut time and money previously spen1t for a cheque to move from the paying bank to another. Initially, the…
Technology
Central Bank Maintains Repo Rate at 5.5%
September,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28766" align="alignnone" width="862"] Central Bank officials addressing the media on Tuesday.[/caption] Rwanda’s Central Bank says it has decided to maintain its lending rate at 5.5%, following stable economic performance. This means that Financial Institutions in the country will continue to enjoy lending rate which has persisted for the last 8 months. “Policy on repo…
Economy
Imbuto’s ArtRwanda Comes with Shocks; Even Minister Uwacu Can Sing
September,24 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s newest search for natural talent among young Rwandan dubbed ‘ArtRwanda Ubuhanzi’ is getting to another level. The search, unveiled on August 24 by Imbuto Foundation – a philanthropy organization championed by First Lady Jeannette Kagame, has since been searching for the finest talents across the country. The latest two-day auditions were held in Huye…
ShowBiz
RwandAir Announces Plan to Purchase More Planes
September,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir is in the process of evaluating possibilities of purchasing an Airbus A321LR and Boeing 737-7 to operate on European routes during off-peak seasons. This move comes after its Airbus A330-200 and one larger A330-300 operating on the Kigali-Brussels to London Gatwick route experienced strong load factors this summer “Looking at the…
Companies
New Research Shows Traumatic Disorder Among Children Conceived During Genocide
September,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A new research on genes has shown that children who were conceived during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi have a high chance of suffering from Genocide related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) even if they never lived the experience. The research, which was conducted by Dr. Leon Mutesa – Associate Professor of Human Genetics, and Director…
National
Kagame Sends Strong Warning to Corrupt Leaders
September,19 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28649" align="alignnone" width="800"] Members of the 4th parliament swear in[/caption] President Paul Kagame today presided over the swearing-in ceremony of 80 new members of parliament who will take office in the 4th house for the next five years. The new parliament, however, starts with a harder task at hand. Kagame said that the new…
National
Sorwal MatchBox Factory Auctioned
September,19 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28629" align="alignnone" width="960"] Rafik Osman the new owner of Sorwal[/caption] Rwanda’s only existing matchbox producing plant has finally been sold at half the price of what was initially bargained, renewing hope for having locally made matchboxes. Morrocan investor, Rafik Osman emerged the highest bidder in a third auction held on Tuesday in Huye district…
Companies
Cimerwa Awards Best Players
September,19 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28576" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Amb William Kayonga(Right) receives an award from Cimerwa CEO Mbeki Mthembu[/caption] The second edition of Cimerwa golf tournament ended Saturday evening with General Caesar Kayizari and Ambassador William Kayonga awarded among the best 25 amateur players of the one tourney. Over 100 players took part on the Rwf53million tourney dubbed ‘CimeGolf2018…
Sports
Gender Discussions Dominate Commonwealth Local Gov’t Forum
September,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28562" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Francis Kaboneka(Second right), the Minister of Local Government speaks at the Commonwealth local Gov Summit[/caption] The 37th Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) board meeting kicked off in Kigali on Wednesday with member states discussing gender networking in governance, using the Rwandan example. The meeting, which follows one in Malta in 2017,…
International
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Cimerwa Registers 100 Participants for ‘CimeGolf’ 2018
September,12 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28443" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bheki Mthembu, the Cimerwa CEO(2nd left) and KGC officials[/caption] All is set for Rwanda’s newly constructed Kigali Golf Course Club house to host its first major local golf tournament. Sponsored by Rwanda’s cement manufacturer – Cimerwa, the CimeGolf2018 tourney worth Rwf53million will kick off this Saturday September 15. It is expected…
Sports
Hope to Produce Made In Rwanda Match Box Vanishes
September,12 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28434" align="alignnone" width="960"] The Sorwal former employees claiming their right to payment-September 11[/caption] Rwanda’s hope of producing locally made matchboxes has come to an end after a historical plant was liquidated and auctioned. Unless a serious investor comes up with a different investment plan to produce made in Rwanda matchboxes, the Huye based Societé…
Companies
Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ Initiative Launches in Eastern Rwanda
September,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_28388" align="alignnone" width="1080"] A tok tok like ambulance[/caption] Residents of Ndego Sector, Kayonza district are celebrating after receiving the first set of benefits worth $50,000 from Akon Lighting Africa’ initiative. The Lighting Africa initiative was launched in February 2014 by Aliaune Badara Thiam-‘Akon’- American-Senegalese RnB singer and producer in response to the African energy…
Society
Rwandan Food Factory Scoops Swiss SDG Award
September,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_10161" align="alignnone" width="675"] Some tastes of AIF fortified food[/caption] Rwanda’s Africa Improved Foods (AIF) factory has scooped the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Award for promoting sustainable consumption of food patterns and fighting malnutrition. The SDG12 award was handed over to AIF representatives by Swiss Green Economy Symposium (SGES) at an event held on…
Companies
S. Africa King Commends Rwanda’s Resilience
September,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini has used the three-day annual reed dance festival to call on Southern African countries to work for greater cooperation, learning from Rwanda. Zwelithini was today speaking at the reed dance festival and jamboree held at Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma‚ northern KwaZulu-Natal since Friday. In his speech to the Zulu Nation,…
Regional
Tags: Rwanda-South Africa Relations
Ferwafa Bans Two Second Division Teams
September,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The federation of Rwanda football associations (Ferwafa) has banned Nyagatare football club and Youvia women’s club from participating in the national championships for two years. The decision to ban the two second division clubs was unanimously taken by FERWAFA's General Assembly held at Hotel des Milles Collines this September 8, 2018 in which the assembly…
Sports
UK Announces New Pledge to Rwanda Ahead of Brexit
September,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Joanne Lomas has revealed that Rwanda will be given high investment priority within the 8billion pounds set aside for investment in Africa by the United Kingdom ahead of its exit from European Union (Brexit). From 31st March of 2019, the UK is set to officially get out of the…
International
Rwanda Maintains Democratic, Transparent Elections – AU Observers
September,07 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28308" align="alignnone" width="2784"] AU Observers-the chief of mission is second left[/caption] African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) has commended Rwanda for a culture of holding peaceful elections African Union (AU) launched its election observation mission in Rwanda on July 22 with the deployment of 30 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from 20 African countries. Led…
National
Four Arrested over Malpractices at Polling Stations
September,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28297" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Counting of polls during the recent parliamentary elections. Some volunteers were arrested over malpractice in election[/caption] Four election volunteers were arrested for exhibiting suspicious behaviour during the just-concluded parliamentary elections, the National Electoral Commission(NEC)has said. While announcing provisional results for women parliamentary seats - September 5, NEC officials only mentioned cases…
National
Indian TV Giant Announces Launch of Indo-African Telenovela
September,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28284" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Zee’s inspirational couple Gurmeet Choudhary and Kratika Sengar, the stars of Punaar Vivah performing[/caption] Zee TV, India’s largest television broadcaster is planning to increase its Africa’s presence with new film series and products that reflect the common aspects of culture, language and dance. “On Sunday we launched the Swahili soundtrack on Zee…
ShowBiz
Nyaruguru: Region Recovering from Burundian Gang Attack
September,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28232" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Counting votes in Nyaruguru district[/caption] Time check 4am, Monday morning. The sun has at least another hour’s lie in, but residents of Munini sector, Nyaruguru district are already awake and decorating a polling station at a primary school. Thirty minutes away is the next polling station, and Vincent Rugenintwaza, 60, visually…
National
Nkombo Islanders Ask RPF Candidates for New Miracle
August,31 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28090" align="alignnone" width="960"] Nkombo island[/caption] Residents of Rwanda’s biggest island-Nkombo have appealed to parliamentary candidates for Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Inkotanyi, to consider their need of a bridge on Lake Kivu that would connect them to the mainland. Nkombo Island is approximately 11 Kilometres from Kamembe town – Rusizi district and 679 metres away…
Society
Symbion Power Subcontracts Engines Supplier for Rwanda’s Methane Gas
August,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_3900" align="alignnone" width="660"] Methane gas power plant on Lake Kivu [/caption] In the contract, Clarke Energy will supply approximately 25 GE Jenbacher gas engines to Kivu 56 and KP1 power plants, a deal which, according to Symbion, is expected to create jobs for local technicians. The two Lake Kivu energy projects (Kivu 56 and KP1)…
Economy
Mushikiwabo Confirms Rwanda’s Bid to Join OECD
August,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28040" align="alignnone" width="1600"] OECD past summit. Rwanda wants its flag to feature here[/caption] Rwanda’s application to the membership of the 36-member club of the world’s most developed OECD economies is at later stage, Louise Mushikiwabo – Foreign Affairs Minister has said. This comes after two Israeli citizens said that they are campaigning for the…
International
Rwanda Harmonizes Vehicle Insurance Certificate
August,28 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28009" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Current insurance certificate. Next month, the insurance certificate will be harmonized[/caption] Forget about brand names like SORAS, SONARWA, Radiant and others on your car or motorbike insurance certificate. It will become history in less than a week. Effective September 1, 2018, all local insurance companies will issue a uniform insurance certificate…
National
Rwanda Starts Disposing Off Tons of PCB Oils
August,28 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has started eliminating polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds widely known for causing cancer and environmental pollution. Over 50 metric tons of electricity transformer oil which contains PCB elements have so far been collected and a process of destroying them kicked off last week. The oils were detected in 100 transformers out of the 283 suspected…
National
All Africa Karate Champs Comes to Rwanda
August,27 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda has become the first East African country to host the All Africa Karate championship slated for August 28, 2018 in Kigali city. The 2018 edition will host over 20 nations, in the senior and juniors categories, making it the first ever biggest number of participating countries in the continental tourney. The annual event has…
Sports
Kagame Attends Inauguration of President Mnangagwa
August,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame and chairman of the African Union on Sunday, August 26, attended the swearing- in ceremony of Zimbabwe President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa. The swearing ceremony took place at a fully packed 60,000-seater National Sports Stadium in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, where citizens gathered to witness Mnangagwa take oath. The inauguration of the ZANU-PF party…
International
Rwanda Celebrates Arsenal’s First Season Win Since Sleeve Deal
August,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Rwanda Development Board CEO - Clare Akamanzi has congratulated Arsenal for claiming the first three points under new manager Unai Emery - the first win since the Premier League side signed deal with Rwanda. Arsenal won 3-1 to claim three points after a hard-fought victory against West Ham at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. "And the first…
Sports
Rwanda Becomes World’s First Country to Implement Global Funding Standards
August,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Effective December this year, Rwanda will launch a digitally-supported system where donors and grantees can jointly access and share assessment data. The new system dubbed "Global Funding Standards - Good Financing and Grant Practice (GFGP), is an initiative between Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) the African Academy of Sciences…
International
Rwanda Emerges Top In Nutrition Funding – ESA Report
August,24 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

  The first nutrition budget allocation analysis report on Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries has ranked Rwanda as a country with best practices that can be emulated to reduce alarming stunting rates in the region. The report dubbed 'ESA National Commitment to Nutrition' indicated that while regional countries have failed to meet their commitment…
National
RRA Marks 20 Years Anniversary
August,23 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27869" align="alignnone" width="1024"] RRA turns 20 this year[/caption] Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has unveiled the plan to celebrate 20 years of transformation from a failed state after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi to a competitive and sustainable tax based economy. “It was a long journey and we are grateful for walking with tax payers…
Economy
Rwanda to Fetch $4M from International Coffee Gathering
August,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27852" align="alignnone" width="3696"] A woman enjoys a cup of Cappuccino[/caption] Rwanda will next year host an international coffee conference which is expected to earn the country $4 million to its coffers. The conference, expected to take place from February 13-15, 2019 under the theme: “Rwanda - Specialty Coffees at the heart of Africa”, will…
Business & Tech, International
Sheraton Kigali Hotel Timeline Revealed
August,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Within the next three years, Rwanda will have Sheraton Hotel Kigali added to its menu of  hotel industry, the brand proprietor has revealed. In an interview with KT Press last week, Global real estate tycoon Billy Cheung Yiu Tung, Chairman of Master Assets Investments said that construction of Sheraton Kigali Hotel will start early next…
Business & Tech, International
Woman MP Contestant Dies Amidist Campaigns
August,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Late Dusabinema Consolee One of the female Rwandans vying for Member of Parliament seat on Western Province women ticket has passed away with only 12 days to the voting date. Reports reaching KT Press indicate that Consolée Dusabinema, 53 succumbed to an untimely death on the evening of August 20, 2018 between 8pm and 9pm but the…
Obituaries
Kigali Is Africa Business Center – Geneva Chamber of Commerce Boss
August,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27750" align="alignnone" width="554"] Vincent Sublia[/caption] Trade officials in the Switzerland have said that Kigali is becoming their competitor in hosting high end international conferences and thus, have to fight hard to retain their supremacy. Their statement came after Rwanda won a bid to host the annual African Bosses Forum which rotated between Geneva and…
Economy
Government Rolls out 3rd Annual Rwf15billion T-Bonds
August,14 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27708" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rwandan notes. The treasury bonds will procure interest within half a year period[/caption] Rwanda’s Central Bank (BNR) has announced plans to reopen issuance of its Rwf15billion ($17.4M) treasury bonds as part of a bigger plan to build the capital markets. The Treasury bond – the 3rd to be issued this year, has…
Economy
Get a Mix of Rwandan Women’s Drum and Germany Jazz Juice
August,14 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_27702" align="alignnone" width="717"] Ingoma Nshya, the female drummers[/caption] Do you like Jaz Music? Do you like the beat of Rwandan drums with its extra-ordinary culture dance? Then this Tuesday evening, go and dance with Youth Jazz Orchester from Germany and Kigali-based Kinga & Blues Band featuring Ingoma Nshya Woman Initiative – a Rwandan women troop that…
ShowBiz
Marriott Hotel Organises Charity Walk to Raise Rwf8M for SOS Children
August,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_27631" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Road2Awareness campaign goers may look like this[/caption] Do you believe in or are you a charitable person in Rwanda? If the answer is Yes! Then there is something charitable that you can do this weekend for poor Rwandan children. Join the Associates of Kigali Marriott Hotel, the Rwandan community together with…
Society
Funny Moments, Life Changing Decisions in The Outgoing Parliament
August,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27613" align="alignnone" width="873"] Citizen carry huge volumes of petition letters[/caption] President Paul Kagame dissolved the third house of Parliament on August 9, 2018. The Parliament had served for five years from December 4, 2013 to August 9, 2018. This parliament will be remembered for many things ranging from funny moments to life changing statements.…
National
250,000 Students to Benefit from MasterCard’s $50M Education initiative
August,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27540" align="alignnone" width="1024"] In March, Mastercard Foundation launched a $100m initiative to create more jobs in Rwanda[/caption] MasterCard Foundation – a leading organization that funds employment projects in different parts of the world has announced plans to equip 10,000 Rwandan teachers in its education initiative. Through the 'Leaders in Teaching initiative', the Foundation will train…
National
Cabinet Dismisses Health Department that Caused Losses to Gov’t
August,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27538" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Six health ministry accused of fraudulent tenders in court last month. They include Theogene Ntamuhungu[/caption] A cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame dissolved a department within Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) after causing government loses worth billions in years. “Cabinet meeting removed from duties all the staff from the Medical Technology…
National
NEC Approves 521 Candidates for Parliamentary Elections  
August,07 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24668" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Parliement-both chambers during presentation of budget framework paper[/caption] Appetite to serve as a member of parliament in Rwanda has increased according to the final list of candidates that was released by Rwanda National Electoral Commission (NEC) – August 7. The fourth parliament in its lower chamber will be elected between Sept…
National
Third Parliament Holds Last Session  
August,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_23772" align="alignnone" width="640"] Members of the third parliament follow Prime Minister's presentation this month[/caption] Rwanda Parliament – lower chamber this Monday closes its ordinary business ahead of parliamentary elections next month. “We are now getting ready for the break and some of us will not be coming back to the house while others will start their…
National
Rwanda Tea Announces Rwf51M Tour du Rwanda Sponsorship Deal
August,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27409" align="alignnone" width="1080"] NAEB Tea Division Manager Issa Nkurunziza(middle) announcing the sponsorship deal on Saturday, August 4.[/caption] Rwanda Tea Brand - the country's tea export arm, announced Rwf51million sponsorship of the 9th edition of Tour du Rwanda cycling competition due to start this August 5th 2018. This is the second year that the Rwanda…
Business & Tech
Rwanda Exhibits Her Rich Culture on First Harvest Day 
August,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27401" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Umuganura involves sharing. man carrying traditional port full of sorghum, a favorite local brew and women with baskets full of crops are going to bless a family at harvest day[/caption] Rwanda has marked the National first harvest day ‘Umuganura’ by praising rural communities efforts to produce enough for the country while…
National
MPs Approve Tenfold Increase in Property Tax
August,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_4636" align="alignnone" width="624"] New houses at Urukumbuzi village in Kinyinya sector Gasabo district. First property will not pay rent. Second property will[/caption] The lower chamber of parliament has approved a draft law providing for property tax where the rates were reviewed upward. If the law is ratified as it is, Rwandans will start paying…
National
Rwanda Sets $74M Target for Hosting International Conferences
July,31 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25682" align="alignnone" width="1100"] Kigali Convention Centre one of the most important investments in Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda has set new targets for revenues earned in hosting Regional and International Conferences. In 2017 alone Rwanda hosted 192 conferences cashing in a total of $42 million, according to statistics by the Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB). The new target…
National
KT Radio Rebrands
July,31 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_27329" align="alignnone" width="1920"] KT Sport team[/caption] KT Radio, a platform of Kigali Today Ltd will this August 1, 2018 rebrand after four years in operation. In its new brand the Kigali based radio station has changed its slogan from ‘Radiyo y’Icyerekezo’ to ‘Real Talk, Great Music’ which comes with more listener centered news and programs. The rebranding comes with…
National
500 Candidates to Vie in Parliamentary Polls
July,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27315" align="alignnone" width="859"] Some of the MP candidates - Clockwise: Musa Fazil Harelimana(RPF coalition), Philippe Mpayimana-independent Frank Habineza, Green Party, Donatille Mukabarisa(PL)[/caption] Rwanda National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced a Provisional list of candidates of 500 candidates vying for the next parliament, with 60 percent of them being women. The list also has two…
National
EASF Defence Ministers Raise Concerns over Proliferation of Small Arms
July,27 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27264" align="alignnone" width="5760"] The EASF council of Ministers[/caption] Ministers of the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) member countries have raised concerns over regional security threats that are partly caused by an increasing flow of illegal small fire arms from the Middle East into the region. Despite going towards attaining goals of silencing guns in…
Regional
East African Chiefs of Defence Staff Meet in Kigali
July,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27247" align="alignnone" width="1200"] CDS Patrick Nyamvumba[/caption] The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) member states have been asked to devise on sustainable plan of ending long standing conflicts on the continent which has affected progress among African regional blocs. This call was made by General Patrick Nyamvumba, the Rwanda Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) while opening the 24th Extraordinary…
National
Seven Former Heads of State for ALF-Kigali Next Week
July,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27175" align="alignnone" width="640"] Mkapa talks to Obasanjo[/caption] The 5th African Leadership Forum convenes in Kigali with seven former African presidents putting their heads together to think of new ways of financing Africa’s transformation for sustainable development. The ALF meeting will be officially opened on August 2nd to 3rd, 2018. Former Presidents Benjamin W. Mkapa…
Regional
EASF Meeting Opens in Kigali
July,24 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27163" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Participants of the 24th Ordinary EASF Policy Organs Meetings[/caption] Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), has commenced its 24th ordinary policy organs meeting of experts with focus on financial needs to keep the force moving. Launched in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the six days meeting will also discuss…
Regional
Rwanda, Mozambique Investors Sign Business Partnership
July,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27061" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Chairpersons of both Mozambique and Rwanda Private sector bodies exchange documents after signing a MoU[/caption] Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Mozambique Confederation of Economic Association have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will strengthen trade relations between both countries. The MoU was signed at the Mozambique - Rwanda…
National
The Netherlands Injects €2M in Food Security
July,20 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26775" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Some of the beneficiaries of ECD Karama in Rutsiro district.[/caption] Rwanda has rolled out a new program that will enable districts to coordinate programs meant to curb malnutrition which cost the country 11.6% of the national GDP to address. The National program called District Plan to Eliminate Malnutrition (DPEM) review workshop…
National
GSMA Pledges £5.4 for Mobile Innovation
July,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26948" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Goodluck, GSMA’s head of Sub-Saharan Africa[/caption] Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) has pledged £5.4 millions (Rwf 6.1billion) of funding for innovations in rural connectivity and mobile-enabled humanitarian solutions. GSMA for development made the announcement on Tuesday through Yasmina McCarty, Head of Mobile for Development alongside the ongoing GSMA ‘Mobile 360’ – Africa…
Companies
The Music Stars You May Soon Forget
July,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26863" align="alignnone" width="720"] Mako Nikoshwa[/caption] Rwanda’s Music industry keeps growing day in day out, with some artists showing that they can even compete on regional and continental level. However, the sustainability of this success is a story of its own. Some of the artists who were the talk of the town a few years…
ShowBiz
First Lady Jeannette Kagame Wants Girls to do More
July,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26678" align="alignnone" width="808"] First Lady Jeannette Kagame during celebrations today.[/caption] Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame has asked Rwandan girls not to settle for less until they explore all life options and opportunities in education. The First Lady was speaking at the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Forum for African Women Educationalists…
National
‘Mobile 360’ Brings Mobile Phone Issues on the Table in Kigali
July,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21207" align="alignnone" width="1500"] BPR’s MD Maurice Toroitich uses his phone to demonstrate how to transfer funds to other banks’ account using BPR’s mobile banking instantly[/caption] Telecom investors, policymakers and experts will, on July 17 convene to Rwanda for the international mobile communication conference that will discuss pertinent issues on access to the internet of things (IoT)…
Technology
Six Rwandans to Participate in UCI Cycling Event
July,03 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26606" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Jordan Mathes, the head coach of fly cycling club addresses press[/caption] Six Rwandan junior cyclists have got an opportunity to travel to Belgium for one month training which will expose them to international cycling terrain. This is the first time Rwanda has ever sent a team of teenage cyclists to compete…
Sports
Anglican Pastor Releases Book That Could Turn Around Divorce Figures
July,03 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26586" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The new book by Antoine Rutayisire[/caption] For so many occasions, Rwandan courts have suffered massive cases of divorce among married couples. At some point, young couples – say the just married ones; end up filing divorce cases to courts as early as one month after the wedding. The trend is not…
Society
A Letter to the Genocide Victims: Cultural Artist Brings Unique Project
June,29 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26490" align="alignnone" width="5078"] Odile Gakire Katese[/caption] Odile Gakire Katese, former artistic director of the University Centre for Arts and Drama returned to Rwanda in 1997 from exile where she was born. Born and raised in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Katese, decided to forge a strategy where people can start speaking about…
National
VW Vehicle Monitoring Technology Tested in Rwanda
June,27 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26448" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The technology that was tested will help to track a fleet from every location[/caption] Rwanda has become the second country to test the new Volkswagen vehicle mobility monitoring technology which will ensure security and access to the vehicles as the company plans to launch public car sharing component. The in-house VW…
Technology
Volkswagen Officially Enters Rwanda Car Mobility Market Tomorrow
June,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(4)

[caption id="attachment_20668" align="alignnone" width="688"] Volkswagen Passat 132TSI. VW Rwanda will start assembling these types of vehicles in its initial phase[/caption] Volkswagen will tomorrow launch its car sharing model in Rwanda, to address the existing problem of mobility in the country. The ‘Car Hailing’ model is expected to create competition among the existing car rental services which offer…
Economy
Popular Kigali Today Video Scoops Award
June,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26393" align="alignnone" width="2048"] The motocross. Best coverage was from Kigali Today[/caption] Rwanda Automobile Association (RMA) has awarded Kigali Today Videographer Junior Derrick Sesonga for covering a popular motocross video footage which attracted four million hits on the Kigali Today YouTube channel. The award was handed over to Sesonga as a surprise, while he was covering the…
Sports
Rwandan Muslims Condemn Terrorism In the Name of Islam
June,24 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

The Rwandan Muslim Community (RMC) has denounced the so called Islamic state terrorists and said that there is no place for terrorist who use Islam to damage teachings of Allah-God. The statement was made by the Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana who said that Quran teaching is of peace and harmony not terror. "Those…
National
Weekend Special: Spelling Power and Kigali Fashion Back
June,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

Spelling power for kids is back. This Friday June 22, 2018, will be time for you to witness Rwandan children with word power, hyper intellect and recognition muscles. Children who can auto correct a word in split seconds and the thrill of it that brings tears of joy in parents' eyes. This year will see the…
ShowBiz
Rwanda, Arsenal Deal is a Business Choice – Minister Nduhungirehe
June,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26298" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Olivier Nduhungirehe, State Minister in Foreign Affairs Ministry[/caption] Rwanda has made it clear that it’s not anyone’s business to comment on the deal entered with Arsenal football club to promote the country’s tourism sector. The statement was reiterated weeks after rampant criticisms Rwanda’s three-year sponsorship deal with Arsenal FC, one of…
National
COMESA Seeks Solutions to Digital Free Trade Area
June,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26291" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Comesa connect industry dialogue[/caption] Implementation of the much anticipated Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA) in central-Eastern Africa bloc will have to wait until member states agree on harmonization of policies. A project of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the DFTA was supposed to come into full force this…
National
Africa Financiers in Rwanda to Discuss Cashless Economy
June,19 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20194" align="alignnone" width="802"] A client using an ATM machine to withdraw cash. Discussion on the cashless economy will dominate the continental meeting since June 20[/caption] Continental financial gurus are expected in Kigali to discuss African opportunity to showcase development in building a cashless economy. On June 20, Rwanda will host the 25th Society for Worldwide…
Economy
Forensic Laboratory: DNA, Paternity, Ballistics Most Expensive
June,14 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26135" align="alignnone" width="840"] Rwanda Forensic Laboratory[/caption] The Rwanda Forensic Laboratory (RFL) has released almost three fold reduction in prices that will be charged Rwandans seeking forensic services ranging from paternity tests, drug to alcohol tests. This comes a week after RFL was partially inaugurated with a promise to cut down on costs of conducting…
National
Local NGO Builds First Industrial Kitchen to Feed Patients
June,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26118" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Solid Africa and partners during the launch of construction of industrial kitchen at Rusororo-June 13[/caption] A local non-government organization has launched construction activities of the very first industrial kitchen in the country that will supply over 15,000 free nutritious meals to patients in six referral hospitals within Kigali city. The two-phase…
Society
Rice Farmers Increase Prices
June,13 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26088" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Serving rice at Orient Park Hotel-Nyarutarama[/caption] The Federation of Rice growers in Rwanda (FUCORIRWA) has announced an increase in farm rice prices by one Rwandan franc, with plans to build a new office for rice growers by 2019. New prices, Rwf288 for short grains and Rwf298 for long grains were announced…
Economy
Senate Tasks Gov’t to Put Acquired Port Land to Use
June,11 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26030" align="alignnone" width="1170"] Djibouti Port. Rwanda was given 60 hectare land at this port.[/caption] Rwandan Senate has given government up to six months to come up with a clear action plan and follow up on how to put to productivity port land the country acquired in Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania. This task will see…
Economy
Irish Potato Prices Soar
June,11 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_4622" align="alignnone" width="1085"] Irish potatoes wholesale in Musanze district [/caption] Irish Potato prices across the country have shot high barely five months after the government put restrictions on middlemen brokering prices and supply of one of Rwanda’s staple food crop. A mini- survey conducted by KT Press indicates that prices went high for the most…
Economy
Mbanda Consecrated as Rwanda Anglican Archbishop
June,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_26008" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Archbishop Laurent Mbanda becomes the new Primate of the Anglican Church in Rwanda[/caption] Bishop Dr. Laurent Mbanda was today consecrated as the new and fourth Anglican Church Archbishop in Rwanda coming to office with a plan to kick-start the construction of the first Anglican university in the country starting in 2019.…
National
RPF Primaries: Current MPs Seek Re-election
June,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25959" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Eugene Barikana(Right) and fellow MPs seeking re-election from Primaries in Nyarugenge district[/caption] From a process that started from village level last week, it emerged on Sunday during primaries at district level that many of the long-serving current lawmakers want to return to the House. Today, members of the Rwanda Patriotic Front…
National
New Forensic Lab Opened
June,08 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25944" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Forensic Lab[/caption] Rwanda has partially launched a new forensic lab complex that will cut down costs of conducting forensic DNA tests. Rwanda has been spending millions in sending DNA samples to Belgium with each costing between Rwf300, 000 to Rwf600,000 and at least more than 800 samples are sent annually.…
National
VW Rwanda Maiden Car Due in 24 Days
June,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20668" align="alignnone" width="688"] Volkswagen Passat 132TSI. VW Rwanda will start assembling these types of vehicles in its initial phase[/caption] If the Germany automaker, Volkswagen walks the talk, Rwanda will have the first car – VW assembled in Kigali within 24 days. In December 2016, the Government of Rwanda and Volkswagen signed a Memorandum of…
Ambitious Projects, International
New Drone Port as Rwanda Seeks to Supply Blood to More Hospitals
June,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_25874" align="alignnone" width="500"] Zipline[/caption] Zipline Rwanda, a robotics firm operating unmanned aircrafts-drones that deliver blood to Rwandan hospitals has announced new plans to rollout a national blood delivery program as soon as its new drone port in Eastern Province is authorised. Launched in 2016, Zippline drone port located in Muhanga district, Shyogwe sector-Southern Province…
Ambitious Projects, National
€100Bn Up for Grabs as African Innovation Summit Opens in Kigali
June,06 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25902" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Participants of the AIS that opened in Kigali - June 6[/caption] The second Africa Innovation Summit (AIS II) 2018 today kicked off in Kigali with over €100 billion up for grabs from the European Commission (EC) for individual and government innovators for the next seven years. “Tomorrow we shall be announcing the…
International
Rwanda, Germany Private Security Companies Enter Partnership
June,01 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25722" align="alignnone" width="840"] ISCO security guard in a training. Gemarny companies want to bring in their know-how[/caption] Rwanda Private security service providers have entered a partnership with their German counterparts to support a training center which is expected to boost local companies’ effectiveness. A delegation of 12 German security services companies was in Rwanda…
National
Parliament Amends Law on Corruption   
May,31 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_25696" align="alignnone" width="1200"] The Public Account Committee[/caption] Rwanda Parliament has approved a draft law which removes corruption from the civil to the penal code. Parliamentarians on May 30, agreed that corruption is open theft and it should be treated as a criminal offence instead of an administrative error. The 25 article law was tabled…
National
Rwanda Makes Major Changes in Court System
May,30 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25662" align="alignnone" width="873"] Judges during an event to start judiciary year[/caption] Rwanda has introduced a new system which will limit the work log in the Supreme Court, cutting the time a case spends in court. An appeals court has been added in the judicial system. Inserted in between the high court and Supreme Court,…
National
US Deadline on Second-hand Clothes Elapses, What next?
May,29 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

A second hand market-cagua in Rwamagana district Rwanda has said that it remains open to further discussion with the United States despite the elapse of a deadline for Rwanda to change its position on imports of second hand clothes. The U.S had given Rwanda until this Monday midnight (which is Tuesday 6am Kigali time) to review her stance on used…
Economy
Rwanda Puts Restrictions on Firearms Possession
May,28 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(2)

[caption id="attachment_25564" align="alignnone" width="800"] Firearms at a RDF Military Camp[/caption] Rwanda Parliament – lower chamber has passed a revised law that provides for citizens to apply for gun ownership on conditions of a clean criminal record and background check. While in the USA one can purchase a gun from a gun shop or dealer by…
National
Macron Pledges €65m for African Startups
May,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25478" align="alignnone" width="1200"] AC Group Stand in Paris. By Rwandan Patrick Bucyana, it provides smart card for transport -Tap and Go which advances the cashless economy in Rwanda. AC Group was in Paris for Viva Tech exhibition[/caption] The French Development Agency (AFD) has set aside €65 million towards financing African startups, at the opening…
Technology
Rwanda Moves to Ban Use of Plastic Water Bottles in Offices
May,24 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(2)

[caption id="attachment_25435" align="alignnone" width="1500"] A support staff serve water in an office in Kigali[/caption] Rwanda has started a move to end the use of plastic bottles in government institutions switching to use of sustainable and reusable alternatives such as glasses and refillable water dispensers. The drive was initiated by Dr. Vincent Biruta, the Minister of…
National
Angola,Togo Sign Bilateral Air Service Agreement with Rwanda
May,23 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25370" align="alignnone" width="1080"] L-R: Togolese and Rwandese Ministers of Transport after signing the air service agreement[/caption] Rwanda and Togo have signed a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) that will enhance Rwanda’s airspace expansion in West Africa.The agreement was signed on Tuesday between Jean de Dieu uwihanganye, State Minister in charge of Transport in Rwanda’s…
Economy
Rwanda Scoops Global Aviation Safety Award
May,22 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25343" align="alignnone" width="2784"] President of ICAO Council ,Mr Olumiyiwa Benard Aliu(L)hands the award to Rwanda's Minister of Infrastructure Claver Gatete[/caption] Rwanda has won the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) award after surpassing the global average in implementing safety standards. Overall, Rwanda scored 74 percent in implementing the standards with safety areas which include protection…
International
Rwanda Commodities Exchange to Add Coffee, Tea on its Platform
May,21 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_6318" align="alignnone" width="665"] Workers prepare premium coffee at Muhondo coffee washing station in Gakenke district[/caption] Tea and Coffee farmers in Rwanda could soon start acquiring loans and present their harvest as collaterals. The East Africa Commodities Exchange (EAX) has announced plans to add coffee and tea to their list of traded commodities. Currently, the…
Economy
Cooking Gas Safety Tips  
May,17 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25150" align="alignnone" width="1500"] For safety purposes, the gas cylinder has to be well covered[/caption] Rwanda is slowly adapting to the culture of using gas for cooking, but the possibility of gas leaking and explosion in households remain most feared by users. Gas has been proven to be a clean and efficient way to cook. However,…
National
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Rwanda Could Scrap Primary Leaving Exams
May,16 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_20344" align="alignnone" width="768"] Isaac Munyakazi , the State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education issuing exams to students in November last year[/caption] The Ministry of Education has proposed elimination of National Primary Level Exams (PLE) to save government from spending over Rwf3.7billion annually on conducting the examinations. The Minister of Education, Eugene Mutimura proposed…
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Japanese Company Discovers Land for Rare Flowers in Rwanda
May,15 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25077" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Japanese Flowers in Rwanda now ready for export[/caption] A Japanese company has discovered a new business opportunity to grow their rare flowers in Rwanda after a long search across the world. Three years ago, Rwanda government offered Bloom Hills Rwanda Ltd a Japanese Flower Company a piece of land in Kinigi…
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BK Launches Quick Loan Products
May,11 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

Rwanda leading commercial bank in terms of assets– Bank of Kigali (BK) Group has launched a new client based product that will enable its clients to get a quick loan without collateral and save at a click of a button. Normally, it’s only banks allowed to provide loans to clients, but in the corridors of…
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Rwanda Opens State-of-the-Art Golf Course  
May,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24977" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Kigali Golf Course[/caption] Rwanda’s state of the art Kigali Golf Course club house will this Thursday evening be officially inaugurated with expectations to speed up Rwanda’s current golf tourism agenda. The $3million club house and a 9-hole golf course located in Nyarutarama has been under construction for the past three years…
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Rwanda Starts Satellite Engineering
May,10 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24937" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Exhibition stand of Japan at Transform Africa 2018 Kigali[/caption] Rwanda weather forecast will, effective next year become the most accurate of all after a new deal between the country and a Japanese satellite institution was reached. On May 9, Rwanda signed a Space Inclusion in Africa agreement with Japanese government to…
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Air Djibouti to Launch Kigali Route Next Month
May,09 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_24912" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Air Djibouti and crew. The Kigali route would be its 11th destination[/caption] Within one month Air Djibouti will officially launch its operations in Rwanda starting with handling of cargo flights between Rwanda’s capital Kigali and Djibouti. The move will make Kigali the eleventh destination of Air Djibouti, also known as Red…
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Why Implementation of Projects in Africa Drags on for Years
May,07 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

President Paul Kagame speaks at the Africa Economic Forum (AEF) in Kigali. MondayPresident Paul Kagame on Monday called on Africa to put in more concerted efforts in continental projects which have stalled for decades as a result of poor politics. President Kagame made this remark while opening the Africa Economic Forum (AEF) in Kigali, in…
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Gov’t Losing Millions in Labor Lawsuits
May,05 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24790" align="alignnone" width="926"] Angelina Muganza of Public Service Commission[/caption] The government of Rwanda is losing millions in court cases as a result of poor human resource management among civil servants, a new research has indicated. A research released, on May 4 by the Rwanda Public Service Commission (PSC) indicates that between financial year 2012…
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Airfare Review Expected After Kigali Aviation Summit
May,04 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24772" align="alignnone" width="873"] Rwandan carrier - RwandAir will be represented at the aviation safety forum[/caption] Rwanda will this month host a meeting that will set the pace for aviation companies and governments to review airfare downward. The four day International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Symposium and aviation training workshop will take place from 22nd to…
Economy
Parliament Summons Five Ministers for Failure to Address Citizens’ Concerns
May,03 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24738" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Rwanda parliement[/caption] At least five ministers will appear before Parliament in the next two months to answer questions which were raised during a recent outreach tour that was made by Members of Parliament. To be summoned are ministers who failed to implement recommendations on concerns of poor planning and project implementation,…
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Kwibuka 24: Rwandans Pour their Hearts on Paper
May,01 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24676" align="alignnone" width="955"] A screenshot from We Are All Rwandans film[/caption] Twenty four years after the Genocide, the Rwandan community is slowly graduating from the anguish of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in which more than a million Tutsi were killed in a hundred days. Testimonies are being recorded, and scenes recreated to…
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Talks to Restore Rwanda, South Africa Relations in High Gear
April,27 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24579" align="alignnone" width="1080"] South African High Commissioner to Rwanda presents State Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe with a zulu gift of a traditional godge[/caption] The South African High Commissioner to Rwanda, George Nkosinati Twala has said that there is good progress in rebuilding stronger ties between Rwanda and South Africa. Twala, while speaking at South Africa Day in…
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CIMERWA Misses Deadline to End Cement Shortage
April,26 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24516" align="alignnone" width="696"] Men at work at Cimerwa PPC-Bugarama[/caption] Gilbert Mugisha, father of one, is building a 4 room-house at Rusine, Masoro Sector in Rulindo District and he was hoping to finish it at the end of April 2018 to escape renting. While his house is at the finishing level, Mugisha is in a…
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Rwanda: It Is now Possible to Have Notary Services at Home
April,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24507" align="alignnone" width="980"] Private notaries who were approved on April 24th[/caption] Authenticating documents is now easy in Rwanda following the recent approval of private notaries. From now on, you can wake up and walk to the nearest notary office to authenticate your certificates, sales agreement, and cooperative statute and others, except land titles. In…
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Kigali to Host Mo Ibrahim Prize Laureates
April,25 2018 Daniel Sabiiti Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24489" align="alignnone" width="650"] Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was selected for Ibrahim Prize and is expected to receive it at Mo Ibrahim Week in Kigali[/caption] Rwanda will, on April 27 host Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) laureates who are expected to share tips on transformational leadership in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in…
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