Monday 24 July 2017
(The News 07/07/17)
Rwanda is one of the African countries that are most committed to cyber security, a new report has shown. The second edition of Global Cybersecurity Index, that was released by the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency, on Wednesday, ranked Rwanda second in Africa after Mauritius. The survey measures the commitment of countries to cyber security based on five pillars namely: legal, technical and organisational measures, capacity building and international cooperation. The report helps countries identify areas of improvement. The report indicates that Mauritius scored particularly high in the legal and the technical areas, while Rwanda scored high in the organisational pillar for its stand-alone cyber security policy that covers both the public and private sector. The Minister for Youth...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/05/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is accusing diplomats of meddling in the country's internal affairs. Kagame, who is seeking another term in August elections, said on Rwanda Television Tuesday that it's "unacceptable" for Western diplomats to summon presidential candidates. According to a list approved by the electoral commission, Kagame is up against Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda. Three others still await approval. One of the aspirants, Diane Rwigara, on Tuesday met the head of the European Union delegation, Michael Ryan, who in a Twitter post asked electoral officials to clarify Rwigara's situation. Kagame said that "diplomatic missions "should not replace the electoral commission." Kagame, who has been Rwanda's de facto leader or...
(The News 07/05/17)
The Youth in the country have been called on to help ensure a peaceful environment in the forthcoming presidential election slated for August 4. This call was made by Sylvestre Kagabo, the Huye and Gisagara Electoral Zone coordinator, during a forum with youth from Southern Province's districts, last week in Huye District. "The majority of voters in Rwanda are youth, more than 60 per cent. They should serve as an example to other citizens by being advocates of peaceful elections and massively participating in the exercise," he said. The forum was organised by Never Again Rwanda under a project dubbed 'Inzira Nziza', which supports the youth to express their views on democratic values. Bonny Mukombozi, a governance and rights' programmes...
(NPR 07/05/17)
Shyira is a picture-perfect Rwandan village, surrounded by luscious green mountains. No matter where you look, even at the tip of some of the highest mountains and along the precipice of the most dangerous slopes, there are houses. On July 4, while Americans celebrate their independence, Rwandans are celebrating Liberation Day — commemorating the day in 1994 when rebel troops marched into the capital Kigali and ended a genocide against the country's Tutsi minority. On Tuesday, even before the morning fog dissipated, Rwandans began arriving in Shyira on foot, by motorcycle, hitchhiking. Some of the men wore suits; the women wore their most beautiful kitenge. This year, President Paul Kagame — who'd led the troops into the capital 23 years...
(Voice of America 07/05/17)
More than 7 million children in West and Central Africa are displaced every year, the United Nations children's agency said in a report released Wednesday. Lack of economic opportunities, wars and climate change are forcing more than 12 million people in West and Central Africa to migrate annually, the report said. "Children in West and Central Africa are moving in greater numbers than ever before, many in search of safety or a better life," UNICEF regional director Marie-Pierre Poirier said. Climate change is already a harsh reality in many parts of Africa, where rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall have disrupted food production, fueled widespread hunger and forced farmers to abandon their land. A half-million people have crossed the Mediterranean...
(Others 07/04/17)
With “Birds Are Singing in Kigali,” Polish directors Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze not only draw parallels between the horrors of war in Rwanda and Poland, but also explore the often violent natural order of the world. Speaking to Variety, Kos-Krauze discusses the challenging project, which she finished by herself after the death of her husband, as well as the many positive aspects of shooting in Rwanda. The film screens in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. What inspired you and your husband to tell this particular story about Rwanda?
(The News 07/04/17)
The Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU II) currently deployed in the capital Juba under the UN Mission in South Sudan have joined efforts to raise awareness against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The awareness, which was launched last week, is being conducted through a football tournament organized by the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to which Rwanda police peacekeepers took part. The tournament brought together 8 football teams including RWAFPU II , UNMISS Female Team, IDP Female Team, Nepal I FPU, China Battalion, Ethiopia Battalion, Nepal Battalion, IDPs (PoC I) and IDPs (PoC III). The RWAFPU II beat Ethiopia 3-1 before seeing off Nepal 1with a 2-1 win to qualify for the finals. The Rwandan peacekeepers will play...
(The News 07/04/17)
MTN Rwanda recorded a 3 per cent increase in total revenue in the first quarter of the year compared to Q4 of 2016. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority quarterly report shows that MTN Rwanda is winning revenue market share in Rwanda, outpacing the competition. Commenting on the results, MTN Rwanda chief executive officers, Bart Hofker, said the telecom firm expects the positive trend to continue. "We are focusing on improving our core business, which means new attractive propositions for our customers and more investments in our network, which we expect will pay off in the longer term." MTN Rwanda is currently revitalising its brand and introduced value-based MTN Irekure voice packs which have been well received by customers and are...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(RFI(EN) 06/30/17)
Three NGOs said Thursday that they had filed a lawsuit against BNP Paribas for alleged "complicity" in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in Rwanda. The organisations - Sherpa, which defends victims of economic crimes, Ibuka France, a Rwanda victims' association, and the France-based Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda - accuse the French bank of financing the purchase of "80 tonnes of arms used to carry out genocide" by the Hutu regime. The four-month campaign led to the massacre of about 800,000 people, mostly from Rwanda's Tutsi minority. BNP authorised the fund transfer to the regime in June 1994...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/17)
Three non-governmental associations said Thursday that they had filed a lawsuit against BNP Paribas accusing the bank of "complicity" in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority in Rwanda. The groups accuse the French bank of financing the purchase of "80 tonnes of arms used to carry out genocide" by the Hutu regime, even though "the bank had to have known the genocidal intentions of the country's authorities." BNP authorised the fund transfer to the regime in June 1994, the groups said in a statement, accusing the bank of "complicity in genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity".
(The Associated Press 06/29/17)
PARIS — Three rights groups have filed a lawsuit accusing France’s biggest bank of complicity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, for allegedly helping Rwandan authorities purchase weapons despite a U.N. arms embargo. The three organizations — Sherpa, Ibuka France and CPCR — said in a statement Thursday that BNP Paribas is suspected of authorizing transfers worth $1.3 million from the Rwandan state bank to an arms dealer. The dealer is believed to have provided weapons to the Hutu-led government. The lawsuit was filed in a Paris court Wednesday. BNP said it would not comment until it has further information. More than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists in the Rwandan genocide. It remains a sensitive subject...
(The News 06/29/17)
Rwanda’s trade development efforts are set to receive a $500 million (about Rwf420 billion) boost from the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). The bank, which is currently holding its Annual General Meeting in Kigali, is in talks with the Government on disbursing funds to areas that support trade development in the country. The bank’s President and Board Chairperson, Dr Benedict Oramah, told The New Times that they are looking at funding a number of initiatives in the country to promote trade. Among the areas of interest include development of industrial parks, RwandAir expansion, and Bugesera International Airport construction. Finance and Economic Planning minister Claver Gatete said the Government is keen on working with the bank to promote the country’s trade-related activities...
(The News 06/29/17)
President Paul Kagame yesterday hosted a delegation of about 20 members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) who were in the country on a four-day visit. Eliseo Neuman, who heads the Africa Institute at the American Jewish Committee, spoke to reporters on behalf of the delegation and said the visit to Rwanda sought to to explore business opportunities as well as develop a deeper understanding of the historical connection between the Jewish people and the Rwandan people. Stanley M. Bergman, a member of AJC and Chief Executive of Henry Schein, a US-based distributer of medical, dental and veterinary supplies, said he was moved by the business environment and opportunities the country has to offer. "We have found that Rwanda would...
(The News 06/29/17)
The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, on Tuesday joined scores of people to watch the premiere of ‘L’espèce Humaine’ (French for ‘human species’), a play on the Holocaust, featuring Rwandan artist Diogène Ntarindwa, best known as Atome. The play is based on a 1947 book by Robert Antelme, which he dedicated to his sister Marie-Louise, who died during the infamous deportations of European Jews. In the book, the French author described his own hardships and experience in a Nazi concentration camp – one of the many such sites where Adolf Hitler’s German forces killed millions of Jews. The play premiere in Rwanda was part of the ongoing activities to mark the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, with...
(AfricaNews 06/28/17)
Rwanda’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) has rejected the candidacy of 35-year-old Diane Shima Rwigara for not meeting filing requirements. She and four other candidates fell short of required number of signatures, NEC Chairman, Kalisa Mbanda told journalists on Tuesday. The independent presidential aspirants, who are required to present 600 signatures each from all the 30 districts, have until Sunday to provide the remainder. “We verified the signatures and the independent candidates fell short of the required number in all districts. They have five days to bring the missing elements in their files.
(AfricaNews 06/28/17)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has stated that his country will proceed with the ban on used clothes despite threats by the United States to review trade benefits to Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. He told local media last week that Rwanda will choose to grow its local textile industry at the expense of being a member of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). “This is the choice we find that we have to make. As far as I am concerned, making the choice is simple, we might suffer consequences. Even when confronted with difficult choices, there is always a way,” he said after officially applying to run for a third term in office. “Rwanda and other countries in the region...

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