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DRC President Felix Tshisekedi Expected in Rwanda
March,13 2019 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_34400" align="alignnone" width="800"] President Tshisekedi (Right) meets Kagame during AU summit in February[/caption] The President of Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) Felix Tshisekedi is expected in Kigali on March 26, 2019 – Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Richard Sezibera has told KT Press. On Wednesday in a press briefing on the annual diplomats retreat which…
Gasabo Asks Court to Drop the ‘Bannyahe’ Case
February,07 2019 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30021" align="alignnone" width="4160"] "Bannyahe" residents at Gasabo intermediate court[/caption] Gasabo intermediate court has postponed hearing in substance a case involving residents of two slums – Kangodo I & II and Kibiraro I also known as ‘Bannyahe’ against Gasabo district. Last year, Gasabo had proposed to expropriate the residents in exchange of new apartments under…
Tags: Bannyahe
Court Dismisses Case of Woman in Coma 
December,28 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30462" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Theodette Mukansaga[/caption] Kacyiru Primary Court in Gasabo District has dismissed the case involving a woman who was put into an “irreversible” coma from August 2017 by Kibagabaga Hospital medical practitioner who allegedly mishandled her delivery case. The case involves Theodette Mukansanga 39, a mother of six who has been in coma…
2018 In Review: Rwanda Contains Ebola Again
December,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31470" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Ebola Simulation exercise in Kanombe Military Hospital[/caption] In 2018, another Ebola outbreak happened in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and many people lost their lives. Every time this happens Rwanda is threatened by it due to the big movement of people between the two countries. Rwandans get to hear…
Special Reports
FDLR Spokesperson Arrested
December,17 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

FARDC, the army of Democratic Republic of Congo has arrested the Spokesperson of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – a terrorist group destabilising the Great Lakes Region for over 20 years now. Le Forge Fils Bazeye, Spokesperson of the group (FDLR) was arrested on Sunday evening. “This man is called Le Forge…
Tags: Rwanda Militia
55,000 Former Dropouts Sent Back to School – Gov’t
December,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31238" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Prime Minister Dr. Edourd Ngirente.[/caption] During the 15th National Dialogue “Umushyikirano” in December last year, participants were tasked to solve a serious issue; sending back to school children who had dropped out. “The National Dialogue stressed the need to keep taking necessarily measures and changes aimed to improve quality of education in…
President Kagame Presides Over Training Exercise In Army Fatigues
December,11 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31185" align="alignnone" width="720"] President Kagame and Commander in Chief of Rwanda Defence Forces.[/caption] In military uniform, President Paul Kagame and Commander in Chief of Rwanda Defence Forces on Wednesday, presided over the conclusion of the final phase of the annual Combined Arms Field Training Exercise at Gabiro Combat Training Centre.   Dubbed “Exercise Hard Punch”,…
Rwanda: Drugs Authority Sends Alert on Fake Drugs from China, India
December,10 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_31105" align="alignnone" width="750"] An expectant mother. Drugs used in gynecology from China, India are said to be substandard[/caption] Medical professionals in Rwanda have been alerted about fake drugs used for prevention of post-partum hemorrhage that sneaked into the country from India and China. The two drug types; Misoprostol and Oxytocin from specific origins “are…
Milk is Just Milk Until You Go “Kwa Haji”
December,05 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30955" align="alignnone" width="4608"] Hajji feeds children with milk[/caption] We always complained and cursed as Children, whenever our parent requested us to assist her in daily chores which do not involve our innocent dreams, aspirations and entertaining choices. But, Hajji, (real name Saidi Havugimana) 51, from Mugandamure, Nyanza District in Southern Rwanda was a different…
At 53, First Tour du Rwanda Female Champion Still Harbors Cycling Dreams
November,27 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30701" align="alignnone" width="868"] Marie Jeanne Mukankwaya when she was still riding[/caption] When Gender discrimination was at its highest, a young woman Marie Jeanne Mukankwaya 53 now defied the odds to become the first female to compete with men in the cycling competition in Rwanda in 1984. An only girl in a family of 8…
Diplomats Join Rwanda’s Campaign to Plant 43,000 ha of Trees
November,24 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30629" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Diplomats at community work-umuganda[/caption] Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Rwanda and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation joined Kamonyi District residents for the monthly community work, ‘umuganda’ on Saturday. They planted more than 4000 agro forestry trees on ten hectares in Gacurabwenge Sector to contribute to country’s resolve to reforest…
Czech Republic, Denmark and UK Send Endangered Rhinos to Rwanda
November,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30569" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Conservatist checks a young black rhinos at Dvur Kralove Zoo - Copy[/caption] Three European parks are set to send back critically endangered eastern black rhinos to their Rwandan original habitat, twenty four years after they disappeared from Akagera National Park. According to Akagera Park Communication Office, five rhinos including two females…
Court To Decide on Case Involving Woman Who has Been in Coma For a Year
November,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30462" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Theodette Mukansanga has been laying on this bed of Kigali University Teaching Hospital(CHUK) for the last one year and four months now[/caption] The Kacyiru primary court in Gasabo district will on November 28 rule on a case involving a Kibagabaga hospital doctor who is alleged to have mishandled a birth case…
Government Approves Second Special Economic Zone
November,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30458" align="alignnone" width="717"] Kigali Leather Limited, a footwear factory in Ntarama, Bugesera district. Government has approved special economic zone for the district [/caption] After the success of Kigali Special Economic Zone located at Masoro in Gasabo District, Rwanda is establishing another special economic zone in Bugesera District, Eastern Province. On Monday, November 19th, the Cabinet…
Rwanda: Faith Organizations Make U-turn on Family Planning
November,16 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30300" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Sheikh Musa Sindayigaya of Rwanda Muslim Community delivering remarks at the closure of International Conference on Family Planning in the capital Kigali.[/caption] Faith-based organizations at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP2018) concluded on Thursday in Kigali have committed to promote modern contraceptive methods to save lives. “We, the faith community,…
Women’s Role Taken for Granted – Jeannette Kagame
November,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30185" align="alignnone" width="1080"] First Lady Jeannette Kagame and Minister Diane Gashumba[/caption] First Lady Jeannette Kagame has advised communities to desist from taking women’s role for granted because their contribution to the growth of society is vital. “Since time immemorial, women have held roles that are vital, yet that have often been taken for granted,…
Family Planning Is Not Just Woman’s Issue – PM Ngirente
November,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has challenged leaders at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP2018) taking place in Kigali to stop the old narrative that family planning is woman’s business. “We all converge to the fact that quality family planning services are strong means of improving the lives of women, children and families. Family…
First Lady Dismisses the ‘More Children, More Wealth’ Mentality
November,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_30149" align="alignnone" width="1080"] First Lady Jeannette Kagame[/caption] Rwanda's First Lady, Jeannette Kagame has told participants at the International Conference on Family Planning that it is high time for all societies to overcome the old mentality that the more children you give birth to, the richer you become. “Larger families were often associated with greater…
Beyond Hospital, You are the Doctor of Incurable Diseases
November,10 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_30116" align="alignnone" width="720"] A palliative caregiver administrates morphine to a patient[/caption] Dr Christian Ntirizima, a specialist in palliative care has been working with patients of incurable diseases for the last 10 years, but a case he experienced in 2014 has stuck into his mind. It all started in 2014, when a high school…
Charity at Hospital: Meet Rwanda’s Unsung Philanthropists
November,07 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29995" align="alignnone" width="717"] Solid Africa volunteers take food to patients at CHUK[/caption] In 2006, Felix Nshimyumuremyi went to Kigali University Teaching Hospital (CHUK) to visit a relative who was involved in an accident, but when he arrived he found out that the patient was already discharged. Nshimyumuremyi immediately looked around for patients in the…
Rwanda Issues 3-Year Rwf15 Billion Bonds
November,02 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17962" align="alignnone" width="824"] National Bank of Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda will issue a 3-year treasury bond worth Rwf 15 billion this month to finance infrastructure projects and capital market development, Central Bank (BNR) announced on Thursday. “The National Bank of Rwanda would like to inform the public that on behalf of the Rwanda Government, BNR will…
Social Media Marketing Gaining Momentum in Rwanda
November,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

In 2000, Alexis Sibomana opened a footwear shop at Kimisagara Market in Kigali City, expecting to earn huge but 15 years later he was still wondering whether he took the right direction. It was until 2015 when a friend introduced him to a platform that his life got real sense and direction for good. “He…
What is the Cost of Cancer Treatment in Rwanda?
October,28 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29694" align="alignnone" width="774"] Women undergo fitness excercise at Rwanda Revenue Authority grounds on Sunday. They also received free breast cancer tests among others.[/caption] Hundreds of Rwandan women took to streets of the capital Kigali on Sunday, October 28, in a walk for healthy life. The walk started from Rwanda’s Ministry of Justice in Kimihurura…
Rwanda Shows Readiness to Contain Ebola
October,26 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29626" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Simulation exercise at Military hospital[/caption] The Ministry of Health assures the general public that Rwanda is ready to appropriately intervene and contain Ebola outbreak in case it occurs on the country’s territory. “We have trained people and at the central level we have a coordination mechanism,” Dr Zuberi Muvunyi, Director of…
Rwanda’s Drone to Increase Blood Delivery to 400 New Destinations
October,25 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25889" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Shyogwe drone port in Southern province.  A new drone port will serve the Eastern province any time soon[/caption] Rwanda has finalized all infrastructure and logistics to start a new drone port which will increase the destinations of drones used in blood and medicines delivery to 430 hospitals and health centers. In…
Tags: Drones
What Is Outgoing Minister of Local Government Handing Over?
October,22 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29387" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Francis Kaboneka, outgoing Minister of local government (Rights) hands over to hands over to Prof A. Shyaka as State Ministers Harerimana Cyriaque and Alivera Mulabaramba look on[/caption] Former Minister of Local Government (Minaloc), Francis Kaboneka, has today, October 22, handed over to the newly appointed Minister, Prof. Anastase Shyaka – leaving…
BK Group Gets Rights Issue Shares Worth 60 Billion
October,18 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_23461" align="alignnone" width="640"] Bank of Kigali headquarters[/caption] Rwanda Capital Market Authority (CMA) and Rwanda Stoke Exchange have granted the Bank Of Kigali Group PLC rights issue to raise additional capital from its existing shareholders by giving them chance to buy more shares. “BK GROUP PLC is pleased to announce that CMA Rwanda and RSE…
Kigali Satellite Towns Put Wall on Land Scramble
October,17 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29265" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Aerial photo Bugesera district towards Nyamata. Bugesera authorities are waking up to protect the arable land[/caption] Rwanda’s satellite towns have turned into the other option to Kigali city residents who dream of owning a home. This, according to those scrambling for satellite towns, is triggered by the rising cost of buying…
Rwanda Launches Refugee Passport
October,11 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29157" align="alignnone" width="800"] Minister of Midimar Jeanne d'Arc De Bonnheur(left) delivers a passport to a refugee[/caption] Rwanda has introduced a digitally readable passport to refugees to allow them free movement across the world like any citizen. According to Rwanda Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, issuing the new Machine Readable Travel Document (MRTD) to…
Tags: Rwanda Refugees
RIB Warns Victoire Ingabire over Reckless Statements
October,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_29112" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Victoire Ingabire leaves jail's gate last month. On Tuesday, RIB warned her 'legal action" would be taken if she fails to explain her behaviour after she was pardoned[/caption] Barely three weeks after she was pardoned, Victoire Ingabire was this morning summoned by investigation body to explain statements she has so…
Tags: Ingabire
China Commits To Improve Medical Ties with Rwanda
October,06 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_29068" align="alignnone" width="899"] Chinese medic treats a patient at Masaka hospital[/caption] The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Rwanda has committed to   increase capacity building opportunities in its medical cooperation with Rwanda. Officials at the embassy said that a lot is expected including sending medical personnel for training in China or training them…
Gasabo District Summoned for Pre-trial Hearing in the ‘Bannyahe’ Expropriation Case
October,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28908" align="alignnone" width="1107"] The architectural impression for Busanza settlement which was proposed for the Kangondo and Kibiraro slum[/caption] Gasabo District will appear in Court next month for an expropriation case filed against the district by residents of Kangondo I, II and Kibiraro I. The former is a slum commonly known as ‘Bannyahe’ in Nyarutarama cell, Remera…
Tags: Bannyahe
Rwanda Medics Lacking Confidence To Handle Emergency Cases
October,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28902" align="alignnone" width="680"] A boy with a broken leg is transported to the hospital via Save the Children's Photo Save the Children[/caption] Several medical practitioners in Rwanda are failing to save lives in emergency cases not necessarily because they lack skills, but because they don’t have confidence, the Ministry of Health has indicated. At…
Journalists Salute Decriminalization of General Defamation, Press Offences
September,29 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_5682" align="alignnone" width="660"] Journalists at a press conference.[/caption] In December last year, Rwanda revised the penal code, making a relief for journalists from general defamation which was a criminal offence attracting a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to Rwf 5 million. The revised law provided that general…
Poor planning, Lack of Flexibility behind Failure of City Master Plan – Experts
September,27 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)
[caption id="attachment_28840" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Part of Kigali City. The Master Plan is being updated.[/caption] Experts have attributed lack of flexibility, failure to engage citizens and lack of land for development infrastructure as key hiccups that led to revision of Kigali City master plan. In 2013, the Government hired a team of Singaporean planners to design…
Rwanda’s Hope Azeda Honored 2018 McNulty Prize Laureate
September,24 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty Foundation announced Rwandan artist and curator, Hope Azeda, among four winners of the 11th annual John P. McNulty for her invaluable work through the Ubumuntu Arts Festival. Ubumuntu Festival is an international event that brings together performers from Rwanda and around the world to explore the trauma of…
Press Releases, Society
What Do Rwandans Expect from the 4th Parliament?
September,24 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28727" align="alignnone" width="795"] New MPs undergoing induction course at Parliament on Monday. They will officially start business on October 5.[/caption] President Paul Kagame, on September 19, presided over the swearing-in exercise of 80 members of the 4th Parliament. On Monday, September, 24, the lawmakers officially started induction course - including lessons on rules and…
Rwanda’s Army to Establish National Defence University
September,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28664" align="alignnone" width="5760"] Delegates from the United States National Defence University (NDU) in a meeting with RDF leaders. Talks are underway to establish a similar University in Rwanda.[/caption] Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will in the next few years establish a state-of-the-art National Defence University that will produce highly trained military and civilian personnel. On…
The Price you will Pay to Get your Daughter Married
September,19 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28595" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The wedding of a local journalist Kwizera Emmanuel in Kigali. Every wedding has got its costs, but trends are changing- Credit Photo: Rwanda Magazine[/caption] When Elisabeth Nyirambarushimana from Mushonyi Sector – Rutsiro District was engaged in marriage, parents of both parties agreed that the groom will pay the dowry, while the…
Huye: From Intellectual to Dormant Town
September,11 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28401" align="alignnone" width="640"] Lady heads at Batiment central, the oldest building in University pf Rwanda[/caption] Venaranda Bankundiye was attracted by the big crowd of students at University of Rwanda-Huye campus and opened a restaurant with a well searched name “Macrobiotic” in 2007. Unique with its traditional food, the restaurant quickly attracted a number of…
Rwanda Will Not Wait for Deadline to Become HIV Free – Jeannette   Kagame
September,10 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28394" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The First Lady Jeannette Kagame(2nd left) at the launch of Free To Shine campaign[/caption] The First Lady Jeannette Kagame, has urged Rwandans to join hands for an HIV free country. She made this call while launching the “Free to Shine Rwanda” Campaign, an initiative of the organization of African First Ladies…
Illegally Married Women Could Be Granted Right to Land
September,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_933" align="alignnone" width="627"] A Team of Land Surveyers and residents during the Land registration Excercise. Illegally married women could have rights to land ownership. (File photo)[/caption] With the new land policy under elaboration, illegally married women could get rights to land. The Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) and the Ministry of Land…
Obasanjo Names Baby Gorilla after Self
September,07 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_28319" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Olusegun Obasanjo(Right) at the gorilla naming ceremony[/caption] Former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, changed history during the Kwita Izina – the annual gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda, when he named a baby gorilla after his middle name. At the ceremony which took place on September 7th in Kinigi, Musanze district in Northern…
President Kagame in Beijing for China-Africa Cooperation Summit
September,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28112" align="alignnone" width="699"] Upon arrival to China, President Paul Kagame inspected a guard of honour[/caption] President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame have arrived in Beijing, China for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC2018). Scheduled for September 3-4, 2018 under the theme “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared…
SA2018: Peacekeepers Renew Commitment to Protect 
August,29 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_28026" align="alignnone" width="4899"] Maj Gen Innocent Kabanda, Exercise director with US Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman at Gako during the closing of SA2018[/caption] Through more than 100 scenarios emulating experiences in peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (MUNISCA), around 200 peacekeepers from 11 countries of Africa, Europe and United States (USA) have concluded a…
Rwanda Introduces Health Research and Policy Day
August,24 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Rwanda will, effective this year, add to its annual calendar, the day dedicated to Health Research and Policy, Health Ministry officials have announced. The day, according to officials at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), will be celebrated “to pave way for establishment of a scientific program communication to reduce the gap between research, academics and policy…
RDF Uncovers 58 Bombs in Rubavu
August,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27823" align="alignnone" width="1032"] Residents gather where the ammunition was discovered[/caption] The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has uncovered 58 ammunitions in Rubavu, a district neighboring with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)-Western Rwanda. The degraded explosives of heavy weapons were found by farmers at Gafuku Village, Gikombo Cell of Rubavu Sector. In 1994, the place…
Burglars Break into Candidate Habineza’s Home
August,16 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_14586" align="alignnone" width="1085"] Frank Habineza, chairperson of the D Green Party of Rwanda[/caption] On Thursday, Frank Habineza, chairman of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) woke up to find out that almost everything in his living room was stolen. The politician on top of the list of party flag bearers in the September parliamentary…
Rwanda Has Legitimate Reasons To Contribute To Peace – Gen. Nyamvumba
August,14 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27711" align="alignnone" width="5463"] The participants of the 2-week SA2018 training in Gako, Bugesera district in Eastern Rwanda[/caption] Rwanda Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, has said that Rwanda has very legitimate reasons to provide a vital contribution to peace and stability whenever required. He explained that in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against…
REMA Warns Marshland Encroachers Again
August,14 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27693" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Some of buildings in marshland. Unless you have authorization, if you settle in marshland, you risk your property[/caption] Rwanda’s environment body has warned residents who established properties in areas gazette as marshlands after year 2005 to forget about expropriation fee, if they don’t have clear proof that a competent authority approved…
Rwanda Hosts US, East African Military for Peace Keeping Training
August,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27674" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Regional Protection Force soldiers from Rwanda arrive in South Sudan to support UNMISS in protecting civilians Aug 2017. Rwanda, with a high resolve to contribute to peacekeeping will host an international exercise in peacekeeping missions[/caption] Rwanda will tomorrow, August 14 host 200 military personnel from several East African countries who will be joined by…
Twumba Coffee Wins Cup of Excellence
August,11 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22561" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Coffee washing at Muhondo company, Gakenke district.[/caption] Young in Coffee farming and processing, Twumba Coffee that entered in this venture in 2015 was crowned Rwanda’s best coffee at Cup of Excellence awarding ceremony on Friday. “We are very happy for this recognition since it came from hard work in all coffee…
Business & Tech, National
Rwamagana Retains First Position in Imihigo
August,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27548" align="alignnone" width="720"] Imihigo Districts performance[/caption] President Paul Kagame has presided over the performance contract exercise-Imihigo where mayors of the 30 districts present a report on what they achieved in a year and pledge what they will achieve in the coming year. Rwamagana district in the Eastern province for the second time consecutive has outshined…
Kigali City Mayor Offers to Review ‘Bannyahe’ Resettlement Case
August,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_8610" align="alignnone" width="1000"] The Kangondo village[/caption] Residents of Kangondo I&II  and Kibiraro I– a slum commonly known as ‘Bannyahe’ in Nyarutarama cell, Remera sector in Gasabo district may have their embattled case of resettlement revised for the second time. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Chantal Rwakazina, Kigali City Mayor promised to review issues that…
Tags: Bannyahe
Korean Project Turns Around Life in Nyarubaka
August,07 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_27490" align="alignnone" width="640"] Global Civic Sharing beneficials[/caption] Veneranda Mukagatare, resident of Nyarubaka Sector in Kamonyi district in Southern Rwanda, has been living in extreme poverty that pushed her out of public view. She remained in misery until Global Civic Sharing - a South Korean organization, empowered her with credit and saving skills since the…
BRD Embarks on Correcting Past Mistakes in Gov’t Scholarship Disbursement
July,18 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_10935" align="alignnone" width="1085"] 660 graduates at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres (IPRC). Beneficiaries of scholarship loan will only pay after getting a job[/caption]  Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has announced a series of operations it has undertaken to eliminate errors that are hindering government scholarship loan disbursement and recovery. In October 2015, the Government…
‘Bannyahe’ Slam Residents Sue City of Kigali
July,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] Residents of Kangondo I & II slum of Nyarutarama Cell commonly known as Bannyahe in Remera Sector have filed a court case in contest of expropriation modalities that were proposed by Kigali City. Complainants wish the court to rule that the city expropriates them…
Tags: Bannyahe
1,800 Government Workers Blacklisted 
July,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26813" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Office of the Ministry of Public Service and Labor[/caption] About one thousand eight hundred civil servants have been blacklisted in the last fifteen years and cannot work in the civil service according to the Ministry of Public Service and Labor (MIFOTRA). The blacklisted civil servants have been terminated on a range…
Liberal Party Select 80 Candidates for Parliamentary Polls
July,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26805" align="alignnone" width="786"] Number one on the list of Liberal party candidates-Donatille Mukabarisa, speaker of parliement[/caption] The Liberal Party (PL), Rwanda’s 3rd biggest political party in terms of seats in parliament has released the list of 80 candidates to represent the party in the September parliamentary elections. While PL won five seats in the…
Tap&Go: Malpractice Reported in Recharging Transport Cards
July,05 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_20291" align="alignnone" width="1097"] Tap and go, a new solution in Rwandan transport technology[/caption] A local investor is registering a success story and expanding to the region his service of electronic payment system in public transport, but clients are a pointing a finger to agents selling the service for “stealing from them.” On April 22,…
Tags: Tap And Go
Genocide Beyond Borders: Hunted in Rwanda and Killed in Tanzania
June,25 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26357" align="alignnone" width="950"] A photo taken from Benako Refugee camp in Tanzania. Hutu militias in this camp continued hunt for Tutsi[/caption] In early December 1996, the Tanzanian government ordered the closure of all four camps occupied by more than 480,000 Rwandan refugees and forced them out at gunpoint back to Rwanda. But for hundreds…
Special Reports
Imbuto Foundation Brings Together Adolescents, Parents in Candid Reproductive Health Talks 
June,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26333" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Dr Claudine Uwera Kanyamanza of the Rwanda National Commission for Children and stakeholders posing with the parents' gatherings for a group photo.[/caption] Imbuto Foundation, a nonprofit making organization has made a rare milestone in the Rwandan debate culture. On Saturday, in Bugesera district, Mayange sector - the organization brought together children…
Survivors Want US Court to Deport Genocide Perpetrator Gervais Ngombwa
June,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26320" align="alignnone" width="639"] Gervais Ngombwa[/caption] Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi have requested the US Federal Appeals Court to deport Gervais Ngombwa, 57; a businessman who was found guilty of Genocide offenses he committed in different areas of Bugesera District in 1994. “It is absurd hearing that a Genocide perpetrator like Ngombwa is…
Rwanda Re-opens Rwf10 Billion T-Bond
June,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22234" align="alignnone" width="633"] Rwanda Central Bank.[/caption] Rwanda will reopen a-7 year Coupon Treasury Bond worth Rwf10 Billion ($11.4 million) from June 25th -27th, 2018 by revisiting the previous issued bonds with the same maturity and coupon for gradually improving their volume to the desired target level, the Central Bank has announced. “A re-opening is taping…
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Rwanda, Singapore Sign Aviation Agreement
June,15 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26161" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, Minister of state for transport (Right) and his Singaporean counterpart after signing the agreement[/caption] Rwanda and Singapore have signed Bilateral Air Services Agreements which could see RwandAir expand its flights to the Asian country, one of the world’s fastest growing countries. “We have signed agreements that would…
Rwanda Bans Use of Mobile Phones in School
June,14 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_26147" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Esperance Nyirasafari Minister of Gender and family Promotion(Right) and isaac Munyakazi, state Minister for Primary and secondary education explaining the cabinet decision[/caption] The government of Rwanda has banned use of mobile phones among students in primary and secondary school to fight distraction and protect them from the risks of human trafficking.…
Rwanda Smart ID Pending Approval
June,14 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26139" align="alignnone" width="663"] A sample of a Rwandan ID for foreigners. Smart ID will include several fetures[/caption] The National Identification Agency (NIDA) says it is ready to start issuing integrated Smart Identity Cards that combine many identification features as soon as it is approved by relevant institutions. “Our systems are already upgraded and we…
Rwanda Losing Over Rwf100Bn to Drug Abuse Annually
June,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_26078" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Street children[/caption] Rwanda spends Rwf100 billion every year on rehabilitating drug abusers, officials have said.  “Enormous resources are invested in activities related to prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of delinquents,” Aimé Bosenibamwe, Director General of Rwanda National Rehabilitation Services (NRS) said. “Delinquency is a serious problem in the Rwandan society and this…
Environment Week: Taking Stock of the Biogas Project
June,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_25956" align="alignnone" width="3216"] Biogas plant in Rubavu prison[/caption] Bénoît Segatoma, a resident of Muyebe I Settlement in Ruhango Cell of Rongi Sector – Muhanga District, wakes up early morning, collects cow dung from the cowshed and mixes it with water until it gives homogeneous slurry ready to produce energy. “It does not work well,…
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Rwanda Offers Russia Channel to Re-Invent Relations with Africa
June,03 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

  [caption id="attachment_25760" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Foreign Ministers Louise Mushikiwabo and her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov address the media shortly after bilateral talks in Kigali.[/caption] Rwanda has offered to facilitate Russia’s relations with Africa by offering to be its “channel of communication”, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said on Sunday. It was a brother-sister mood as Rwanda’s Foreign…
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More RAB Officials Dismissed Over Misconduct
June,02 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25732" align="alignnone" width="717"] Agriculture employs over 85% of Rwandans.[/caption] Three senior officials at Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) were last night fired over misconduct. Fired officials include Védaste Mujiji who was the Director of Procurement, Marie Claire Gatayire who was the Director of Research, Extension, Publication and Documentation Unit and   Théogène Bimenya  who was Director…
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Rwanda Ready for Parliamentary Elections
May,31 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25685" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Charles Munyaneza, Exec Sec National Electoral Commission[/caption] The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has said that they have secured all it takes to conduct parliamentarian elections in September. According to the Executive Secretary of NEC Charles Munyaneza, the budget and essential logistics are in place for the September 4 parliamentary elections. The upcoming Parliamentary…
Marie Chantal Rwakazina Elected Kigali City Mayor
May,25 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25475" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Marie Chantal Rwakazina, new Mayor - City of Kigali[/caption] Kigali City councilors have elected Marie Chantal Rwakazina as new City Mayor to replace Pascal Nyamurinda who resigned on April 10th, 2018 citing personal reasons. Rwakazina 45, got 146 votes against 8 votes for her only challenger Murekatete Henriette. The new Kigali…
Rwanda Takes Lead in Mobilizing For African Liberation
May,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25407" align="alignnone" width="800"] Protais Musoni, the leader of Panafrican Movement-Rwanda Chapter[/caption] Rwanda has organized a weeklong celebration of good governance in Africa which will culminate into the African Liberation Day on May 25. Also known as Pan African Week May 21 to May 26, it was organized by Pan African Movement (PAM), Rwanda chapter. PAM Rwanda…
Cement Crisis Continues Weeks after Cimerwa Announced End to the Problem
May,21 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25290" align="alignnone" width="1500"] The whole country, including in Rusizi where cement plant is located is suffering lack of cement[/caption] Cement users in Rwanda could have more days to bear hard times, as prices at Cimerwa – Rwanda’s monopoly producer, remain high weeks after they announced they had resumed production. Even those for imported cement…
Senior Citizens Say Medics ‘Ignoring’ Them
May,18 2018 Oswald Niyonzima 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] Elderly people have appealed to government to introduce an elderly care option at the faculty of medicine because currently medical practitioners ‘ignore’ their illness. Rwanda Elders Advisory Forum (REAF) gathered in Kigali to discuss their welfare,…
Kigali-Gatuna Road Reopens To Heavy Trucks
May,18 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25202" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Kigali Gatuna road[/caption] The Kigali-Gatuna highway that was restricted to heavy trucks after a landslide at Rwankonjo-Cyumba Sector, last Sunday has been reopened to heavy trucks. “Kigali-Gatuna Road traffic resumes for ALL vehicles. Works for emergency repairs completed,” Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, State Minister in Charge of Transport in the Ministry…
Gas Stove Fails To Take Over from Charcoal
May,17 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25177" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Gas fails to take over charcoal[/caption] Rwanda may need to intensify campaign on the use of gas as an alternative cooking energy to counter the high demand of wood which keeps increasing, putting pressure on the forest cover. While consumption of wood as cooking energy stands at an average of 90%…
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All Eyes on Kigali-Gatuna Road
May,16 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

“Works to restore traffic started on Kigali-Gatuna Road. We expect to have traffic resumed for all vehicles by Monday latest. However, light vehicles and passenger buses are passing,” Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, State Minister in Charge of Transport has said. On May 14, heavy downpour caused floods to wash away part of this road at…
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Technical Schools Lead Education Sector in Budget Implementation
May,14 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_25070" align="alignnone" width="873"] Mineduc said they put much emphasis in technical schools this year[/caption] At a time when institutions are lagging behind in budget implementation, Technical and Vocational Education Schools have presented a promising progress at parliament on Monday. Education officials appeared before Rwanda parliament – National Budget and Patrimony Committee to present their progress…
Grief and Horror as Landslide Victims are Buried In Western Rwanda
May,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24888" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Victims of landslides laid to rest[/caption] The evening of May 6 was normal and peaceful. Francois Nzabamwita, a resident of Bucyurabuhoro Village, Rwankuba Sector in Karongi District (Western Rwanda) left home to watch a football game at a bar in the neighbouring village. A heavy downpour followed till the end of…
We Africans Are Not Poor, Not At All – says Kagame at Tech Summit
May,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24842" align="alignnone" width="850"] TAS 2018 Kigali[/caption] President Paul Kagame says Africa can easily mobilize fund for their own projects instead of waiting for the third party which in most cases present their offers with stringent conditions. In speech officially opening the ongoing Transform Africa summit in Kigali, Kagame said the continent does not have…
Rwanda Issues Rwf10 Billion Bond
May,07 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Rwanda Central Bank Rwanda will this month issue a 10-year treasury bond worth Rwf 10 billion to finance infrastructure and Capital Market, according to a tender notice by the Central Bank (BNR). The Government will officially open doors for bidders on May 21st and close on May 23rd at 4.00PM while the T Bond settlement…
Kagame Shows Link between Broadband and African Growth
May,07 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24811" align="alignnone" width="1024"] President Paul Kagame during the UNBBC summit[/caption] President Paul Kagame has kept his stand that Africa’s development will only happen if internet infrastructure is affordable for all. Co-chair of the United Nations Brodband Commission (UNBBCom), Kagame hosted the spring meeting which held Broadband Commission working group meeting on Monday. The meeting…
Has Kigali City Failed to Explain to “Bannyahe” Residents The Relocation Plan?
April,17 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24244" align="alignnone" width="1080"] The Kangondo settlement commonly known as Bannyahe[/caption] Residents of Kangondo I&II, a slum in Nyarutarama cell, Remera sector are appealing to the city of Kigali, especially Gasabo district to change conditions of their relocation or else, they will sue. For some time now, there has been rope pulling between the residents…
Senior Police Officer Narrates the Suffering of Tutsi in New Book
April,15 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24179" align="alignnone" width="3854"] Dr Daniel Nyamwasa, author of "Le Mal Rwandais" (right) and Dr Jean Damascene Gasanabo, the moderator[/caption] Erratum: The previous version of the story has been modified to reflect the following changes. - In the original story, we wrote that the author was born in Ndiza, in current Muhanga district, but his…
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Why Top Education Board Officials Were Fired
April,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24094" align="alignnone" width="617"] L-R: Joyce Musabe, Peter Mujiji and Michel Rwibasira Tusiime among the officials that were sacked by the cabinet[/caption] Rwandan educationists say the dismissal of senior officials at Rwanda education Board (REB) was long overdue given recurrent shortfalls in this key institution. On April 11th, the Cabinet Meeting chaired by President Paul…
New Infrastructure Minister Vows to Crackdown Recruitment Malpractices
April,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_24080" align="alignnone" width="1080"] James Musoni(R) hands over to Claver Gatete[/caption] The new Infrastructure (MININFRA) Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete, has vowed to end the misuse of Government funds and corruption in staff recruitment that has reportedly characterized ministry in the last years. “I’ve just got access to the Ministry’s documents. I don’t know the content…
Police Investigating the Death of a Genocide Survivor in Gasabo
April,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_4813" align="alignnone" width="660"] Laying wreath of flowers at a memorial. It is alleged that the incident is a genocide ideology case[/caption] The Police are investigating the death of a Genocide Survivor who was found on lying lifeless on the roadside on April, 6th in Rutunga Sector, Gasabo District. According to reports from Rutunga, Prudencienne Mukampfizi 58,…
Public Transport Fares Hike
March,30 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

From April 2nd, public transport fares will increase both in Kigali and upcountry, Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Agency (RURA), has  announced. The increase, according to RURA, came into effect after consultations with public transporters. For a passenger travelling upcountry, the price has been increased from Rwf19 to Rwf 21 per kilometer while the price within…
NEF2018 to Come Up with New Science Formulas
March,25 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_23497" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Performance during a past Next Einstein Forum[/caption] Kigali will next week become the one stop center for science and technology where Africa will draw formulas to solve current and future challenges. Hundreds of thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa will next week converge in Rwanda to brainstorm…
Made in Rwanda Wheelchair: Habanabakize Vows to Stop Imports
March,22 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_23436" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Daniel Habanabakize and his manually made bicycle[/caption] In 2016 when Daniel Habanabakize 25, completed his high school studies in automobile mechanics, he swore not to look for jobs but rather invest his energy and knowledge in finding solutions to his neighbours’ problems. Resident of Mimuli Sector, Nyagatare District, Habanabakize was touched by…
Africa’s Biggest Economies That Signed AfCFTA
March,21 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_23387" align="alignnone" width="800"] African biggest economies. Only Nigeria missing on the list[/caption] Top largest economies of Africa have joined their fellow African Union member countries to sign the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali which is expected to increase flow of goods and movement of people on the continent. As it…
AfCFTA Signing a Cause for Celebration–Min Mushikiwabo
March,19 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_23306" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Louise Mushikwabo, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs[/caption] For Africa to benefit from the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signatories will have to revisit their legal and logistical structures – Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has said. “The signing of AfCFTA should be cause for celebration and tremendous economic benefits to…
Local Entrepreneur Lights a Village in Kirehe
March,16 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_23229" align="alignnone" width="1080"] E4I country manager Herbert N. Njiru(Left) and a representative of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(Sida) launching construction of Nyankorogoma hydropower plant[/caption] Some Rwandans in remote areas of the country have decided not to wait for the government to provide them with electricity, but invest in off-grid energy to change lives in…
Tanzania Port Authority Opens Office in Kigali
March,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22979" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Tanzanian-Rwandan Ministers of Transport cut the ribbon to mark the launch the Tanzania Port Authority office in Kigali[/caption] Rwanda and Tanzania ministers in charge of transport have today launched Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) office in Rwanda in a bid to improve business flow between both countries. “TPA office in Kigali is…
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I Was Tired of Explaining Ingabire Case, I wrote a Book – Mukurarinda
March,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22920" align="alignnone" width="648"] Qui Manipule Qui, the Book by Alain Mukurarinda[/caption] The lead prosecutor in the years-long government case against Ingabire Victoire Umuhoza says in new book that it contains evidence that can be used to open new case against her. Alain Mukuralinda said Thursday while unveiling the book written over more than two…
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Parliamentary Elections Are Around The Corner
March,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19998" align="alignnone" width="976"] Members of parliement during a plenary session[/caption] Rwanda National Electoral Commission (NEC) has embarked on a long journey to prepare the parliamentary elections of the lower chamber of parliament set for September 2018. The lower chamber consists of 80 members including; MPs elected in general elections, representatives of the youth, the…
Kagame Inaugurates Epic Hotel
March,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

EPIC Hotel President Paul Kagame has inaugurated the Nyagatare based City Blue Epic Hotel, the first 4-star hotel in the area where liberation struggle started 29 years ago. The hotel inaugurated today features 76 rooms, conference and banqueting facilities and sports facilities including basketball and tennis courts. Located in the in the vicinity of Akagera…
A Level Examination Results Released Amidst Quest for Quality Education
February,24 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_22443" align="alignnone" width="4958"] MIneduc official releasing National exams' results on February 23rd[/caption] Candidates of the Senior six national exams (A level) 2017 performed slightly better compared to their predecessors of 2016, examination results that were released on Friday indicate. The Ministry of Education on February 23, 2018, released 2017 senior six national examinations results. According to results…
Doctors Reveal Strange Details on ‘Giant Pimple’ Woman
February,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22438" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Jeannine Uwimana at Kanombe Military Hospital[/caption] Recuperating on a military hospital bed where she is being treated, Jeannine Uwimana, a mother of four is recovering from a delicate surgery that removed a large protruding swelling on her forehead. Local media had branded it ‘giant pimple’. The Rwanda Military Hospital on Thursday…
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Africa has More Pressing Issues Than Securing UNSC Permanent Seat-Kagame
February,22 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22388" align="alignnone" width="1500"] President Paul Kagame[/caption] President Paul Kagame  has said that African countries have more issues to concentrate on within Africa than keep claiming for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which they are not even sure if they will ever get. Kagame who is current Chairman of the African…
2017 A-Level Exams Results out Tomorrow
February,22 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[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] Much awaited results for 2017 A-level National Examinations will be released tomorrow- February 23rd, the Ministry of Education has said. “MINEDUC would like to inform the Public that publication of 2017 exam results…
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Rwanda’s Leaders to Answer Queries in a Click
February,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_9691" align="alignnone" width="627"] Kayonza District residents raise their hands seeking to ask questions during a citizen outreach program by President Paul Kagame[/caption] Rwandans can now file a complaint about an unsolved/delayed issue and get a feedback from concerned leaders with just a click. The ministry of local government (Minaloc) has put in place an…
Rwanda’s Health Insurance Goes Digital
February,20 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_22264" align="alignnone" width="5358"] Minister Francis Kaboneka-Minaloc(L) explaining changes in Community health insurance payment. Looking on is Patrick Ndimubanzi, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care.[/caption] Rwanda has cut-down on time and resources the citizen spend to pay Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) commonly known as “Mutuelle de…
Rwanda Increases Stipend for University Students  
February,17 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_6573" align="alignnone" width="1054"] Students at University of Rwanda's 3rd Graduation Ceremony[/caption] Rwanda Minister of Education (MINEDUC), Dr Eugene Mutimura, who appeared before parliament today, on February 16th, 2018, has announced new changes in students’ loans. Dr Mutimura said that students’ stipend in government higher learning institutions was increased from Rwf 25,000 to Rwf 35,000;…
Rwanda Selects Ruhande Arboretum for Queen Elizabeth Canopy
February,15 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Ruhande Arboretum The University of Rwanda’s semi natural attraction has been brought to the attention of Commonwealth and UK’s Queen Elisabeth. The cabinet meeting on February 14th approved a paper of “Arboretum of Ruhande to be endorsed for Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).” Situated in Huye district, Southern Province, Arboretum Ruhande is a 200-hectare forest that was…
Rwanda Takes Development Partners For Retreat
February,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_12962" align="alignnone" width="598"] Rwanda's Finance Minister Claver Gatate (R) and World Bank country director, Yasser El-Gamal (l) exchange files after sealing the road financing deal[/caption] Rwanda’s Senior Government officials will on February 14th meet development partners in a retreat due at Rubavu, a calm boarder city to discuss how funding should be Rwanda’s priorities and…
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RwandAir To Fly Harare-Cape Town Route in May
February,12 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(2)

Rwanda’s carrier, RwandAir will on May 16th launch its new route Kigali-Harare-Cape Town which will complete its coverage of Sub Saharan Africa. Government of Zimbabwe has today offered to Rwanda’s national career the air flight rights to service the route Kigali-Harare-Cape Town. “Yes, we have received 5th Freedom Rights to fly between Harare and Cape Town,” Yvonne Manzi…
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Rwanda to Hire 1000 Palliative Caregivers
February,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21795" align="alignnone" width="630"] Health Practitioners March for Palliative Care[/caption] Rwanda is taking another step towards the plan to provide patients with the incurable disease a caregiver who helps them spend the rest of their life cheerfully. More than 1000 youth who completed secondary school are set to undergo a 6-months training on palliative care to…
Without A Gun, Uwemeyimana Saved 119 Tutsi
February,01 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(4)

[caption id="attachment_21491" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Aloys Uwemeyimana faced death threats but he was such determined that he helped 119 Tutsi cross to DRC. They survived the Genocide; many of them are still alive[/caption] Notorious convicts of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, including senior military officers, Ministers and opinion leaders of the Genocidal regime have always defended…
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Meet Hamza, Kigali Celebrities’ ‘Official’ Barber
January,31 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_21443" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Hamza Ihirwe doing what he does best[/caption] Hamza Ihirwe grew up loving the arts and he always dreamed to make it his lifetime career, but when he joined high school in early 2000s he found himself studying Mathematics and Physics. At Group Scolaire Officiel Indatwa in Huye district, where Ihirwe studied,…
Uganda Deports another Rwandan Citizen
January,30 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21428" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Emmanuel Rwemayire[/caption] Another Rwandan national has been deported from Uganda after three weeks of torture from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI). Emmanuel Rwemayire 44, a Rwandan retailer who has an electronics shop in Mbarara, a town located about four hours drive from Rwanda was picked by Rwandan security officers at…
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20 Countries Ratify African Union Self-financing Scheme
January,28 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_21250" align="alignnone" width="1500"] While the 30th African Union GA is underway in Adis Ababa, 20 countries have agreed to give 0.2% levy from their import to African Union financing mechanism[/caption] African heads of state have welcomed the organs’ ongoing reform where more than 20 countries have ratified the 0.2% self-financing scheme. In 2016, President…
Rwanda Adopts Drone Performance Instrument
January,23 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20834" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Zipline drone in Rwandan Sky delivers blood[/caption]  Rwanda has become the first country worldwide to adopt an instrument that informs drone users on nature, quantity, and quality needed for a specific activity that can be achieved by an unmanned aircraft. Rwanda has become the only country that has adopted performance-based regulation…
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Catholic Church Tells Gov’t to Replace Asbestos on Structures
January,22 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

The Roman Catholic church of Rwanda has requested the government to fund replacement of asbestos roof covers if the country wants to phase out this hazardous construction material. There was 1.6 million square meters of asbestos roofs since 2009 when the Government of Rwanda decided to completely eradicate asbestos due to serious health hazards it…
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African Military Officers Show the Best of their Culture
January,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Military Students at Rwanda Command and Staff College (CSC) are exhibiting home cultures in Musanze as a way of fostering intercultural dynamisms among participants. “Understanding the relationship between national traditions, cultures and values with security has become a fundamental variable in understanding and solving strategic security challenges,” a communiqué from the RDF Command and Staff…
Society, Uncategorized
A Legacy of Excellence Takes Shape at Wisdom School
January,13 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(2)

[caption id="attachment_20510" align="alignnone" width="790"] Wisdom School[/caption] In 2014, when Bruce Kan completed his primary studies at Wisdom School in Musanze district, his family moved to the United Sates of America. To pursue his studies, he had to do an entry test for senior 1, and got 100% in Mathematics, English and Science. “The head of…
Business & Tech, Companies, Uncategorized
Countries Busy Downsizing Parks, Rwanda Expanding – Mkapa
January,10 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20410" align="alignnone" width="807"] Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of the Republic of Tanzania being helped by a school girl to plant a tree[/caption] Benjamin Mkapa, former President of the Republic of Tanzania is glad that Rwanda is taking the lead in Wildlife conservation while parks are being degazetted and downsized elsewhere. Mkapa is Co-chair of…
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Rwanda Increases Gorillas Habitat by 27hectares
January,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_20374" align="alignnone" width="850"] Residents living near the Volcanoes National Park dance during an exhibition[/caption] Rwanda Development Board (RDB) will tomorrow – January 10th receive a donation of 27 hectares of land located in Nyabigoma Cell, Kinigi Sector. The land will be handed over to RDB by African Wildlife Foundation to increase the size of the Volcanoes National…
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Girinka Misses Phase out Deadline
January,09 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20366" align="alignnone" width="822"] The One Cow Per Family program was scheduled to be phased out by December last year[/caption] The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (MINAGRI) has said that households that were supposed to get cow from Girinka by end of December last year did not get them due to disease outbreak. The…
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Rwanda Diaspora Pledge More Support To Their Communities As They Head Back
January,08 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

Festive season, even for those who had prolonged them by a week more, are over, and it is time to go back to work. Rwandans living abroad are also packing and booking flights to their destinations. The year has been particularly good to them and this has triggered more generosity towards their compatriots, thus several…
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Last Inmate to vacate ‘1930’ Prison in May
January,04 2018 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_20236" align="alignnone" width="1085"] More than 4000 inmates at Nyarugenge prison(commonly known as '1930' - Rwanda’s largest and oldest maximum security prison, began relocating to a newly built prison at Mageragere sector[/caption] Premises of Nyarugenge Prison commonly known as “1930” will be free for bidding by May this year after the completion of relocation of…
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Prince Harry to Oversee Rwanda’s Akagera Park
December,27 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19958" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Prince Harry, right, and Roy Hensberg help translocate a rhinoceros in Malawi with African Parks[/caption] African Park, the non-profit organization which manages big parks including Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, has appointed Prince Henry of Wales as their new president. “In this position, Prince Harry will be working with us in various…
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Traders Worried, Christmas sales Generally Low
December,23 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19811" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Christmas and beer are inseparable. Beer Trucks are stationed at most depots to boost steady supply of soft drinks and beers[/caption] Christmas is here and a big percentage of Rwandans being Christians makes the festive season very interesting. Everyone is busy shopping, drinking, visiting friends and merry making. Elisabeth Nyiramatama sales…
Business & Tech, Economy
Rwandan Disabled Children, Women To Get Monthly Stipend
December,21 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19769" align="alignnone" width="960"] Claver Gatete, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning(Left) and Yasser El-Gammal, Wold Bank Country Manager exchanging document after the signing[/caption] Rwanda has added children and women living with disability on the list of beneficiaries of a direct support that was initially designated for the poor elderly. Under the Vision 2020 Umurenge…
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The 2017 National Dialogue Resolutions
December,19 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19704" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The 15th National Dialogue Umushyikirano 2017[/caption] The 15th National Dialogue Umushyikirano 2017 has concluded with 8 resolutions centered on education, health, economy, and culture. The Resolutions are as follow: 1.    The National Dialogue stressed the need to keep taking necessarily measures and changes aimed to improve quality of education in all education sectors, increasing the number of technical…
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Moroccan Company to Build Pharmaceutical Plant in Rwanda
December,14 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19499" align="alignnone" width="1024"] RSBs-Felix-Tuyishime-in-the-process-of-Sample-Preparation.-Photo-Plaisir-Muzogeye[/caption] Cooper Pharma, a Moroccan pharmaceutical company, will on Friday launch the construction of an antibiotics plant in Rwanda. The plant will be built on a plot of 20,000 square meters at the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District. This project is among the 21 deals that were signed between…
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Kagame Illustrates the Unfair Path Detractors Follow
December,14 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19485" align="alignnone" width="1024"] President Paul Kagame(l) tells RPF members to work harder bearing in mind that life expectancy in Rwanda is far beyond 30[/caption] President Paul Kagame has warned Rwandans who commit crimes and escape to Western countries where they earn a living just from criticising Rwanda with baseless allegations. They will regret such…
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New Cabinet Members Sworn-in
December,13 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_19359" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The two new ministers have taken oath and effectively begin work[/caption] President Paul Kagame has officiated at the swearing –in of the two new cabinet members; the Minister of Education, Eugene Mutimura and Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa, Minister of Technology. In a 1-minute speech, Kagame told the new cabinet members that…
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Bribery Declines by 9% in Traffic Police
December,13 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

The Rwanda National Police has said that reinforced punitive measures against police officers who take bribes has yielded good results in Traffic Police department. The prevalence of bribery cases in this department has declined compared to last year, according to Rwanda Bribery Index, a report by Transparency International- Rwanda which establishes experiences and perceptions of…
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Rwanda Selected to Host Delegates Conference on HIV/AIDS
December,11 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19167" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba(L) immunises a child. She says Rwanda is ready to host International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)[/caption] The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) has designated Rwanda to host the 20th edition of International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)…
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Rwandan Youth Are Country’s Wealth – Gen Kabarebe
December,09 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

Gen James Kabarebe addresses the Catholic Youth at Rubavu stadium Rwanda Defense Minister, Gen James Kabarebe has told the youth from the Great lakes region to be agent of peace for the whole continent and the world at large to borrow a leaf from them. On Saturday, Gen Kabarebe was keynote speaker at the regional…
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President Kagame in Egypt for Africa Business Forum
December,07 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19080" align="alignnone" width="1024"] President Paul Kagame in Sherm-el-Sheikh,Egypt: He said the continent is famous for its natural resources. But the value of human capital, people, exceeds all the oil and minerals in the continent #Africa2017YED[/caption] President Paul Kagame has arrived in Sherm-el-Sheikh, Egypt for the 2nd Africa Business Forum 2017 from December 7-9th and…
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Kanyankore Fired from BRD
December,07 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_19077" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Alex Kanyankore relieved of his duties from BRD[/caption] The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) sacked Alex Kanyankore its Chief Executive Officer this morning ending his tennure. For the past four years, Kanyankole has been at the helm of BRD (2013-2017). A source has revealed to KT Press that the BRD Board…
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Kibeho Apparitions Challenger Prepares Appeal Says Judge Misinterpreted Law
December,01 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18703" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Herman Manirareba is ready for round-2 of the court battle challenging Kibeho Apparitions[/caption] Herman Manirareba, a concerned citizen that acted on behalf of Rwandans to drag the Catholic Church to court contesting the Kibeho Apparitions lost round-one but told KTPress, "the battle continues". “The judge dodged facts I submitted. I am revising…
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Catholic Church Accuser is a ‘Conman’ – Episcopal Council
November,28 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18752" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bishop Filippe Rukamba the President of Episcopal Council in the Catholic Church[/caption] Just a day left to the hearing of a court case in which the Kibeho Apparition is being challenged, the head of the Episcopal Council has told KT Press that church challenger is a treacherous conman. Bishop Filippe Rukamba the President…
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Who is Manirareba Fighting Catholic Church in Court?
November,27 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(2)

[caption id="attachment_18702" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Manirareba flips through documents in file shortly after a pre-trial session recently. On Thursday the court battle will begin between Manirareba and Catholic Church in Rwanda represented by Archbishop Thadee Ntihinyurwa[/caption] On Thursday, a Rwandan court will convene to hear a case in which the Catholic Church is accused of manipulating…
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Kigali Considers Use of Mud Bricks for Construction
November,16 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(1)

[caption id="attachment_18384" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Part of Mud brick shelters built at Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda[/caption] It may be possible to construct a house in Kigali using improved mud bricks if research being conducted endorses the idea. The ongoing survey seeks to improve mud bricks to qualify them as construction materials that could be used…
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Skol’s Bicycles excite Tour du Rwanda Fans
November,15 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18371" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Skol gives away a bicycle every day to a lucky spectator to entice them to cycling sport[/caption] As thousands of Rwandans gather along the highways to cheer up cyclists battling for the Tour du Rwanda title, Skol; one of the two breweries in Rwanda is busy making the event memorable. In…
Cogebanque Lures Congolese Community
November,15 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18331" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Cogebanque staff handout promotional materials[/caption] Cogebanque, a Rwandan commercial bank has said it is interested in registering new clients from the Congolese community. On day three of Tour of Rwanda, riders showed what they do best in stage two of the competition; Nyanza-Rubavu, the longest stage of 180km. The destination is…
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Rural Rwanda More Prone to Road Accidents – Police
November,14 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18299" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Poor road conditions in the countryside are the major causes of accidents[/caption] Road users in rural Rwanda are more prone to accidents- Rwanda National Police findings indicate. The report that was made public today indicates that road users in the countryside were the most victims of road accidents in the last…
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Concerned Rwandan Challenges Kibeho Virgin Mary Apparition
November,14 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18296" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Thousands of Christian pilgrims at Kibeho Church[/caption] Twenty eight years ago three college girls experienced a strange spiritual situation which made them believe that holy Virgin Mary had appeared to them in a vision but little did they know this would be challenged in court years later. All this took place…
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Meet Ngabo who Turns Stray Dogs into Friendly Animals
November,09 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_18062" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ngabo Faradji picks most abandoned dogs trains them and later finds clients to take them[/caption] When Ngabo Faradji 30, was recruited by KK Security- a security company in 2010, he was disappointed that his supervisor oriented him in the canine unit. Little did he know that he is starting a career…
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One Year Later – Gakenke Disaster Survivors Back on their feet
November,03 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17815" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Northern Province is mostly affected by severe rain[/caption] On May 6th, 2016, Silyvestre Ngendahayo left his home early morning for prayer and fasting behind closed doors at Gakenke Pentecost Church – ADEPR Ganzo. At midnight, heavy rain with thunderstorm hit hard the Northern Province District. The rain was too much…
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Rwanda Introduces Livestock Guarantee Fund
November,02 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17754" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A cow will be given electronic identification card for verification once it is dead[/caption] The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandly (MINAGRI) is planning to establish a guarantee fund for livestock insurance, a move which intends to minimize risks and losses that farmers encounter. In a meeting with insurance companies, farmers,…
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Rwanda to Exhibit First Locally Made Motorcycles
November,01 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17728" align="alignnone" width="1024"] RMC’s motorcycle brands have 5 motor gears compared to 4 in other brands[/caption] Fabrice Gasenga 28, has been using an Indian manufactured motorcycle TVS125 model for taxi his business for 4 years. He didn't expect to find a locally made motorcycle. In February 2016, Gasenga learnt that there was a place…
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Rwandans in Poland ‘Conquer’ Tram with Cultural Dance
October,29 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17598" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Rwandans hold a cultural evening in Warsaw and while on the tram back home they revived the mood[/caption] It was Saturday evening when 100 Rwandans and their friends were on their way back from Warsaw – Poland, for a cultural evening that intended to welcome new Rwandans, mainly students. Shortly after…
Rwandans to Wait Longer for Accurate Weather Forecast
October,28 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17556" align="alignnone" width="827"] Heavy downpour was not predicted[/caption] It rained heavily this morning across the country as millions of Rwandans were conducting community work-Umuganda. Though it is rainy season in Rwanda, people did not expect so much rain and as a matter of fact, they had responded massively to the umuganda activities. President Paul…
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AERG Celebrates 21 Years of Existence
October,28 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17519" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Several officials joined AERG during celebration of 21st anniversary at Amahoro indoor stadium[/caption] Two years after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, at the National University of Rwanda, Huye Campus, life was tough for students who had just survived one of the worst atrocities the world has ever had. Since the country…
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Kenyans in Rwanda Cast their Vote Peacefully
October,26 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17434" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Kenyans in Rwanda beam with excitement after casting their votes at the High Commission premises in Kigali[/caption] Nearly 1000 Kenyan residing in Rwanda have today converged at their embassy in Kigali to vote their next president in the repeat presidential polls. Two polling stations at the Kenyan High Commission opened at…
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Bye Bye ‘Bannyahe’ Slum
October,26 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17412" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bannyahe slum located in Kangondo I, Nyarutarama in Kigali[/caption] In 1999, Evariste Muhire in his 30s then, lived in remote Gitarama cell, Nyamabuye Sector of  Muhanga district. life was tough and he badly needed to go out of the way and look for greener pastures. Muhire boarded a bus to Kigali…
Rwanda’s Visa Policy Increases Visitors by 14%
October,24 2017 Oswald Niyonzima Comments(0)

[caption id="attachment_17357" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Anaclet Kalibata, the Director General of Immigration and Emigration[/caption] Rwanda is reaping big following the relaxing of migration policy since 2013 when all holders of African passports arriving in the country began receiving visa upon arrival.     “The gains are enormous and this policy has not created any major security challenge…
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