Monday 23 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/14/17)
KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Heavy downpour that hit Ngoma district in eastern Rwanda on Monday has left 221 families homeless, Rwanda's Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs said late Wednesday. The ministry said in a statement that victims had sought temporary shelter at their neighbors' homes, adding that government officials had visited the affected areas to provide urgent basic relief aid. Victims not living with their neighbors have been sheltered temporarily elsewhere in the district with the help of local leaders, it said. Since August, heavy rains have destroyed nearly 400 houses and 76 hectares of crops in different parts of the east African country, according to the ministry.
(The New Times 09/14/17)
Stakeholders within the Information and Communication Technology sector on Wednesday met at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) to discuss ways to develop the internet economy as well as accelerate uptake of internet connectivity. Dubbed the 'Rwanda Peering Day', the event brought together institutions and individuals who are mainly internet service providers in the country to look for ways to enhance and promote internet usage in Rwanda. Peering is the exchange of data directly between internet service providers, rather than via the internet. With the help of the Internet Exchange Point (IXP), service providers connected to it easily exchange data. The Rwanda Peering Day, therefore, gives a chance to different internet service providers to come together and discuss ways of fast-tracking...
(The East African 09/13/17)
President Paul Kagame has called on Rwanda’s judiciary to give ‘special focus’ on corruption cases and other financial crimes involving high-ranking officials. He said the anti-graft fight should not only target low-ranking officers but also senior government workers. “We still have people in the judiciary who pursue their own gains, and those who seek services from our courts know this,” President Kagame said while addressing judicial officers at a ceremony to mark new financial year 2017-2018 in Kigali. Rwanda is ranked as the least corrupt country in the East African region and its zero-tolerance policy has attracted praise in the region and globally. However, anti-corruption watchdogs decry that the ‘big fish’ often get away with graft. The President told the...
(The Guardian 09/13/17)
Between April and July 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were murdered in the most rapid genocide ever recorded. The killers used simple tools – machetes, clubs and other blunt objects, or herded people into buildings and set them aflame with kerosene. Most of the victims were of minority Tutsi ethnicity; most of the killers belonged to the majority Hutus. The Rwanda genocide has been compared to the Nazi Holocaust in its surreal brutality. But there is a fundamental difference between these two atrocities. No Jewish army posed a threat to Germany. Hitler targeted the Jews and other weak groups solely because of his own demented beliefs and the prevailing prejudices of the time. The Rwandan Hutu génocidaires, as the...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(Financial Times 09/11/17)
As dusk settles on Kigali, the Rwandan capital’s year-old convention centre comes alive. Illuminated from within, the futuristic structure, designed to resemble a traditional house, glows like a bright, living ball of light. The $300m facility, which dominates Kigali’s cityscape, is the most visible of several investments that President Paul Kagame is banking on to deliver the country’s next stage of economic transformation. Ground has been broken on an $800m airport, there are 1,200 five-star hotel rooms, and special economic zones are beginning to attract foreign investments. The government has also helped RwandAir, the national airline, acquire a dozen aircraft and is funding $50m of its annual running costs. The aim is to turn the tiny, landlocked country into a...
(The New Times 09/11/17)
President Paul Kagame has reiterated his call to Rwandans, young and old, to work harder and ensure the nation’s achievements in the past two decades are safeguarded and progress maintained. During a thanksgiving National Prayer Breakfast themed “Instilling Godly Values In Leadership” held at the Kigali Convention Centre, the President particularly reminded those present that success cannot be attained without dedication to the job. Bringing to mind how the country sank to its lowest during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Kagame emphasised that Rwandans have a responsibility to ensure that the nation never moves backwards. “We are the ones to carry on with this journey [of nation building], be it the old or the young. Nothing worth having comes...
(The Independent 09/11/17)
The recent police quizzing of former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara has taken a new twist with the authorities questioning why she claims to have been arrested whereas not. Police on Sept.04 took in Rwigara for questioning in an on-going investigation over alleged tax evasion and forgery. The tax evasion case has been long-running and the forgery case stems from Rwigara’s alleged conduct when she sought to contest in the recent presidential elections. In order to contest, a candidate required signatures from hundreds of citizens across the country. Authorities allege that rather than collect genuine signatures, Rwigara made forgeries and that her list also had names of dead people. It is because of this that the electoral authorities barred Rwigara...
(News of Rwanda 09/11/17)
When President Kagame visited the Vatican City in March this year on invitation by Pope Francis, he was presented with a gift. For President Kagame, the Pope’s gift was a similar sign of the tragedy Rwanda went through and where it is heading today. “The gift was a designed photo which the Pope said symbolized a journey Rwanda has moved from darkness to a successful end,” President Paul Kagame told religious leaders and government officials at the National Prayer Breakfast on Sunday. One of the cultural beliefs in Rwanda is that ‘God spends the day elsewhere and comes home to Rwanda’. However, according to President Kagame, during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, “Humans became unrecognizable. The tragedy turned the country...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
Several leaders from two Rwandan parties not recognised by the authorities have been arrested, police and opposition officials said Thursday. Since President Paul Kagame's re-election on August 4 with 99 percent of the vote, police in Rwanda have targeted a string of political opponents for questioning or arrest. Kagame and his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide and he is credited with creating a peaceful country since then, but he is also widely criticised for suppressing basic freedoms. Diane Rwigara, who was blocked from challenging Kagame in the August election...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
Rwandan police have arrested supporters of jailed opposition figure Victoire Ingabire who they said were planning to join an armed group in a neighboring country. Ingabire was jailed for 15 years in 2012 for conspiring to form an armed group to undermine the government and for seeking to minimize the 1994 genocide. Among the seven people arrested was Boniface Twagirimana, the vice president of Ingabire’s party, and Leonille Gasengayire, a member of the party - FDU-Inkingi - which has never been registered as an official political movement, the police said on Wednesday. Both have in the past accused the government of killing or being behind the disappearance of party members, which the government denies. Ingabire returned from exile in the...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(AFP (eng) 09/06/17)
A Swedish man of Rwandan origin will face trial in September in a special Stockholm court for his alleged role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, the court said on Wednesday. Theodore Tabaro, 49, has been charged with "murder, attempted murder, rapes and kidnappings" against the Tutsi minority. The alleged crimes took place between April 9 and May 31, 1994, in the Winteko, Nyakanyinya and Mibirizi sectors, in southwestern Rwanda, according to the charge sheet, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. Tabaro, whose name appears on a list of wanted genocide suspects published by Rwandan authorities...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
KIGALI, (Reuters) - Rwanda’s economy is expected to grow at between 4.2 and 6.2 percent in 2017 but it may struggle to achieve the upper limit due to slowing public spending and the impact of drought on agricultural output, the World Bank said on Wednesday. GDP growth is undercut by weak private sector investment, lower than expected returns from public and private investment in the hospitality sector in areas like conferences and exhibitions and a volatile external environment, the Bank said. “It (6.2 percent) seems ... quite hard to reach. The impact of drought on agriculture which affected the last quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017 will be an issue,” said the Bank’s senior economist for Rwanda, Aghassi...
(The New Times 09/06/17)
The government of Rwandan has opened talks with the United States on the review of the American Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in a bid to ensure continued duty-free access to the US market. In July this year, the American began an out of cycle review on the eligibility of Rwanda and other East African Community partner states following a move by the region to phase out and eventually ban import of second hand clothes. This move was aimed at supporting the regional textile industry and preserving the dignity of the East African citizens. As part of the move, Rwanda last year increased taxes on used clothes from $0.2 to $2.5 per kilogramme, while taxes on used shoes will increase...
(Xinhuanet 09/06/17)
KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's economic growth has been slowing down since mid-2016 resulting in a 6 percent growth in 2016 and in 4.2 percent annualized growth in the first quarter of 2017, but growth is expected to pick up in the second half of this year, a World Bank report said Wednesday. The 10th edition of World Bank Rwanda Economic Update, launched in Rwanda's capital city Kigali attributed the slowdown mainly to a combination of drought, weak export prices and construction activities following the completion of large investment projects in 2016. The report also said improvement in macroeconomic policy environment in 2017 with inflation decelerating to below 5 percent by June 2017, down from the peak of more than 8...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/05/17)
Rwandan police on Monday arrested Diane Shima Rwigara, a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, charging her with forgery and tax evasion. Her mother and sister were also arrested on the tax charges. Earlier this year, electoral authorities barred Rwigara from standing in August’s presidential vote, which Kagame won, saying she had not submitted enough supporters’ signatures and some of the names she did sent in belonged to dead people. Rwigara denied the allegations. ”They are accused of tax evasion and secondly Diane Rwigara is accused of using fake documents while she was gathering signatures for (her) presidential candidacy,” police spokesman Theos Badege told reporters on Monday.

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