Saturday 19 August 2017
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zuniga brought his entire family to trek through the lush forests and mist-shrouded volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas. He described their encounter with the critically endangered primates as "an almost spiritual" experience, and said it was the only reason they made Rwanda a stop on a trip taking in a safari in Kenya, and a tour of South Africa. But Rwanda is no longer content with being a whirlwind stop on a tourist's itinerary, and is working hard to broaden its appeal beyond its world-famous mountain gorillas while narrowing its niche market to the wealthiest of visitors. Zuniga counts himself lucky that his family of five scored their permits to see the gorillas...
(The New Times 07/26/17)
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is set to deploy short term an electoral observation mission to the upcoming presidential in Rwanda scheduled for 4th August 2017. This was confirmed in a press statement from the regional bloc whose headquarters are in Lusaka, Zambia. Another team will be sent to Kenya for the general elections scheduled for 8th August 2017. Bishop Mary Nkosi from Malawi will lead the team to Rwanda and they are expected to arrive to Kigali on Thursday 27th July, while Ambassador Dr. Simbi Mubako from Zimbabwe will lead the team to Nairobi. The two heads of the observation missions, according to the statement, are members of the COMESA Committee of Elders. The teams'...
(Others 07/26/17)
Political campaigning is under-way in Rwanda to elect a president. For many, there's only one worthy candidate, it's current president, Paul Kagame. He's been in power since 2000 and he's looking to keep his seat for the next 17 years. President Paul Kagame launched his campaign for re-election this month. He is running for a third term after Rwandans voted overwhelmingly in support of constitutional changes allowing him to extend his term in office until 2034. Kagame has officially been president since 2000 - but effectively in control since his rebel force marched into Kigali to end the genocide there in 1994. Kagame is widely admired for restoring stability to the East African nation. This includes presiding over rapid economic...
(The New Times 07/26/17)
The Italian Air Force Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Enzo Vecciarelli, is in the country on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening military relations between the two countries. The Italian officer and his delegation were yesterday at the Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) headquarters in Kigali where they held discussions with Defence minister James Kabarebe, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, and other top officials. The acting Military and Defence Spokesperson, Brig Gen Ferdinand Safari, told reporters that the visit of the Italian delegation is "in line with our normal and good bilateral relations." Safari told reporters that their main area of cooperation is in matters regarding the air force, an area "where Italy is more...
(AfricaNews 07/26/17)
Rwandans go to the polls to elect a new president for a seven year term. The August 4 presidential election is seen as a walk in the park for incumbent Paul Kagame. The 59-year-old Kagame has been in charge since 2000 after taking over from the then President Pasteur Bizimungu, who resigned paving the way for vice-president Kagame to take charge of the country ravaged by the 1994 genocide. This election is the third since Kagame became president. He won the 2003 and 2010 polls with landslides. Garnering over 90% of valid votes cast in both instances. He faces two contenders come August 4. As part of Africanews’ coverage of the Rwandan elections, our Africa Elections page profiles the three...
(The New Times 07/26/17)
The Italian Air Force Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Enzo Vecciarelli, is in the country on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening military relations between the two countries. The Italian officer and his delegation were yesterday at the Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) headquarters in Kigali where they held discussions with Defence minister James Kabarebe, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, and other top officials. The acting Military and Defence Spokesperson, Brig Gen Ferdinand Safari, told reporters that the visit of the Italian delegation is “in line with our normal and good bilateral relations.” Safari told reporters that their main area of cooperation is in matters regarding the air force, an area “where Italy is more...
(eNCA 07/25/17)
KIGALI – Political campaigning is under-way in Rwanda to elect a president. For many, there's only one worthy candidate, it's current president, Paul Kagame. He's been in power since 2000 and he's looking to keep his seat for the next 17 years. President Paul Kagame launched his campaign for re-election this month. He is running for a third term after Rwandans voted overwhelmingly in support of constitutional changes allowing him to extend his term in office until 2034. Kagame has officially been president since 2000 - but effectively in control since his rebel force marched into Kigali to end the genocide there in 1994. Kagame is widely admired for restoring stability to the East African nation. This includes presiding over...
(The New Times 07/25/17)
The International Monetary Fund is set to disburse about $25 million as part of the Standby Credit Facility of $204 million (about Rwf159.7 billion) approved last year in June to help government keep external reserves above the critical level. The $204 million facility was approved last year at a time when the government was working to tackle diminishing commodity prices and rising import bill which had adversely affected export earnings and put pressure on foreign exchange reserves. The first disbursement last year in June was $72.09 million. The disbursement, to be made in coming days, was preceded by the seventh review of Rwanda's performance under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) and the second review of the arrangement under the Standby...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
Three African nations are holding major elections in August: oil giant Angola, East African powerhouse Kenya and tiny, rapidly developing Rwanda. Campaigning is under way in all three nations ahead of these votes. While these nations are geographically, politically and economically very different, analysts say each of these polls could be a turning point for their nation. Rwanda First up is tiny, landlocked Rwanda, which will vote August 3-4. Again, the undisputed favorite is the longtime president, who has ruled since the end of the tiny nation’s horrific 1994 genocide. Even the head of the European Union electoral commission said to VOA in May, “I think you would not lose any money if you bet on Mr. Paul Kagame.” Senior...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(AfricaNews 07/24/17)
Rwanda’s electoral commission has announced plans to hold the country’s first presidential debate which will br broadcast live ahead of the August 4 elections. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the state-run broadcaster Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) announced on Thursday without giving a date for the debate, The EastAfrican reported. “RBA gave room for the debate, where candidates or their representatives will appear at the same time. They will speak about their policies with a moderator conducting the debate,” said spokesperson for the NEC, Moise Bukasa, who added that it is likely to be held a week before the elections.
(The New Times 07/24/17)
Independent presidential candidate Philippe Mpayimana has promised to reduce taxes on used clothes, popularly known as 'cagua', if he wins the August 4 vote. Mpayimana was yesterday campaigning in Kigali districts of Nyarugenge and Kicukiro where he told residents that he will support small businesses in the city. He said that even though government increased taxes on imported used clothes in favour of locally-made products, once elected, taxes should be reduced again until the local textile industry is capable of producing garments at a more affordable price. According to Mpayimana, discouraging used clothes in favour of local industry is good but that the phase-out should be implemented in such a way that it will not hurt small and medium enterprises...
(The New Times 07/24/17)
he United Nations has commended the role by Rwandan Police peacekeepers serving under the UN Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for their quick response to protect an IDP camp, when it was attacked by an armed group, recently. Between June 30 and July 2, the Rwanda Formed Police Unit Two (RWAFPU2) contingent in CAR successfully secured an Internally Displaced person (IDP) camps in Kaga-Bandoro region, when it experienced series of attacks from ex-Seleka militias. The IDP camps located about 400km from the capital Bangui, is a home of about 25, 000 displaced persons and currently under the protection of RWAFPU2. In a formal letter dated July 21, and directed to the contingent commander of RWAFPU2, Chief Superintendent...
(African arguments 07/24/17)
The arrest then release of Colonel Rusatira is often held up as an example of false accusations against genocide suspects. But a new look at the evidence raises the possibility that justice was not served but obstructed. For the United Nations, the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda will always be remembered with shame as it failed to act and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. But even within this embarrassing stain on the international body’s history, there are some moments which are even more woeful than others. One of those is the massacre that took place at the Don Bosco Ecole Technique Officielle (ETO) in Kicukiro, on the outskirts of the capital Kigali. Just a...
(AfricaNews 07/21/17)
Frank Habineza, Rwandan presidential aspirant and main opposition candidate in upcoming polls, has given a good account of the incumbent Paul Kagame but adds that Rwanda could do with change, a leading English daily The New Times has reported. Habineza, Kagame and a third candidate are criss-crossing the country canvassing for votes. On one of his campaign stops earlier this week in Rulindo and Nyabihu districts located in the northern and western provinces respectively, Habineza promised to build on successes of the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi, if elected. “We have had a better country but we want the best one, we will build on what has been achieved to bring about positive change; we will not destroy what has been achieved by...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(AfricaNews 07/20/17)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has likened the case of the country to a seed that was buried but germinated – a reference to its difficult past and how it survived a genocide. The 59-year-old leader made the remarks when his campaign team stopped in the Bugesera District located in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. Bugesera is home to one of the main memorial sites of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. “Bugesera, like the rest of Rwanda was a seed that was buried but germinated. Bugesera exemplifies many things. “You cannot speak about Bugesera and not mention the historical context of this area. It exemplifies effects of bad leadership and what can be achieved with good leadership,’‘ he stressed. He tasked people...
(Xinhuanet 07/20/17)
Rwandan presidential candidates will for the first time in the history of the Rwanda elections appear in a live television debate ahead of August 4 polls, said the National Electoral commission (NEC) of the country on Wednesday. The three candidates, incumbent President Paul Kagame of the ruling party Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda and Philippe Mpayimana, an independent candidate, will face off next week, in the much anticipated television debate, NEC's executive secretary Charles Munyaneza told Xinhua on a telephone interview. He said the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency and NEC are currently organizing the live presidential debate.
(The New Times 07/20/17)
At least 3,718,502 women are expected to vote in the forthcoming presidential polls due on August 4. This number will account for 54% of the 6,888,592 people registered to vote. If we are to go by this voter demographics, one would safely say that the women’s vote will significantly determine who becomes the next President of Rwanda come August 4th. There are three candidates in the race including RPF-Inkotanyi Presidential candidate Paul Kagame, Independent candidate Philipe Mpayimana and Frank Habineza of the Green Party. The three candidates have 15 days to wrap up their campaigns, but what will it take for any of the three candidates to be assured of the women’s vote. Observers interviewed cited women empowerment and poverty...

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