Sunday 20 August 2017
(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...
(The News 06/28/17)
President Paul Kagame gave an interview on a wide range of issues on Sunday 25 July at RBA. One of the questions he was asked was about the largely youthful leadership at every level and across different sectors in the country and what impact they have. His answer: It is a reflection of the reality in the country. The majority of Rwandans – over seventy percent - are young people. He is, of course right. Rwanda is in many ways a youthful country. The Rwanda we see today, as a nation, united, stable and progressive, and consciously charting its path to the future, is barely twenty three years old. We are often measured against countries that have had a continuous...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(The Associated Press 06/21/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's military says a 52-year-old woman has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the southwestern district of Rusizi near the Burundi border. Rwandan military spokesman Col. Rene Ngendahimana says the attack occurred late Tuesday in the same area where gunmen killed two civilians in March and fled into Burundian territory. Ngendahimana says eight others were injured in this latest attack. He says it is not yet known whether the attackers came from Burundi. Relations between Rwanda and Burundi have been strained following allegations by Burundi's government that rebels opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza are being trained and armed in Rwanda.
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
A UN tribunal has agreed to review its appeals judgement against a former Rwandan minister found guilty of genocide crimes, a case blocked for months by the detention of one of the court's top judges. In a statement released Monday the UN's Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals said in a rare legal move it would review its ruling convicting Augustin Ngirabatware for his role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. Ngirabatware, planning minister at the time of the genocide, was found guilty of inciting, aiding and encouraging militiamen in his home district of Nyamyumba in northwestern Rwanda to kill their Tutsi neighbours. He was sentenced in 2012 to 35 years in jail, but this...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/20/17)
The U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday it was reviewing trade benefits to Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after a complaint over a ban on imports of used clothing into the East African market. USTR said the "out-of-cycle" review was in response to a petition filed by the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), which complained that the ban "imposed significant hardship" on the U.S. used-clothing industry. "Through the out-of-cycle review, USTR and trade-related agencies will assess the allegations contained within the SMART petition and review whether Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are adhering to AGOA's eligibility requirements," USTR said in a statement. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
oundation of mutual respect, shared values and an unshakable commitment to democracy and development. President Lungu said the two countries have shown strong commitment to working together to achieve progress in regional economic integration, peace security and stability. The President was speaking during a state banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame who arrived yesterday for a two day State visit. There is need for African countries to work closely to reform the African union to make it more responsive to challenges of the time and the future, Mr. Lungu said. He said Zambia will cooperate fully in the important discussions which will yield vital recommendations to reform the African union (AU ). He added that...
(The Associated Press 06/19/17)
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Rwanda's ruling party on Saturday chose longtime President Paul Kagame as its candidate for the August election, where he is expected to face a handful of challengers who either represent small parties or are independent. Kagame, who has ruled this East African nation since 2000, was elected unopposed by Rwandan Patriotic Front members. Out of 11 registered political parties, nine have said they would back Kagame instead of fielding their own candidates, drawing criticism from the opposition. In the 2010 election the president won with 93 percent of the vote. The 59-year-old Kagame's decision to pursue a third term comes after the country's...

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