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(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A top Rwandan colonel and a retired general were charged Friday in a Kigali court for inciting rebellion by "spreading rumours". The pair are the latest in a series of military men accused of challenging the rule of the country's strongman and president, Paul Kagame. Former presidential guard chief and serving colonel Tom Byabagamba was arrested last week "over suspected involvement in crimes against state security". Security forces also arrested former brigadier-general Frank Rusagara, who had previously served as a senior official in the defence ministry and as defence attache to London. Judge Chance Ndagano said the two men were charged with "spreading rumours... to cause the public to rebel against the government". Rusagara was...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A Rwandan court Friday said it would consider potential fresh evidence in the trial of an ex-army officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, delaying the expected verdict. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the country in 2011 but was extradited by Ugandan authorities last year, despite criticism from rights groups. Police have accused him and 15 other co-accused of being linked to a string of grenade attacks carried out in Rwanda, as part of the dissident Rwanda National Congress (RNC), in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation...
(AL Jazeera 08/29/14)
Four of the six suspects accused of trying to kill a former general from the Rwandan army have been found guilty of attempted murder by a South African court while two others were acquitted. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa fled Rwanda in 2010 for South Africa after falling out with President Paul Kagame. In 2010, the attack in Johannesburg the men were charged over left Nyamwasa wounded in the stomach. According to Al Jazeera’s Tania Page, reporting from Johannesburg, Nyamwasa does not...
(Ipp media 08/29/14)
The East African Legislative Assembly EALA Speaker Margareth Zziwa was yesterday compelled to postpone the House proceedings for 15 minutes as per the rules to call in lawmakers who were not in the room. Until then, there were only two Members of the Assembly from Rwanda contrary to the EALA standing orders. Article 13 (2) of the EALA Standing Rules and Regulations requires the Assembly quorum to be at least 23 elected members out of 45 and at least three...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's president, Paul Kagame. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan "guilty of attempted murder" after acquitting two other Rwandans -- the alleged mastermind and General Kayumba Nyamwasa's former driver. Mkhari also concluded that the bid to assassinate Nyamwasa was driven by political motive. "The attempted murder of General Nyamwasa was.....
(The Citizen 08/29/14)
Dar es Salaam. Three Tanzanian nationals were on Friday found guilty of trying to kill the former Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010. Hemedi Dendengo Sefu, a Tanzanian, was the triggerman during the attempt on Mr Nyamwasa’s life, reports the BBC. He was convicted Friday alongside fellow nationals Hassan Mohamedi Nduli and Sady Abdou, and Amani Uriwane, a Rwandan. The Tanzanian trio are among 6 defendants charged with plotting to kill Mr Nyamwasa, who...
(PANA 08/29/14)
Economy - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) have launched a a collaboration programme to improve the compilation and dissemination of government finance statistics, with the principal aim of meeting the fiscal data requirements associated with the upcoming East Africa Monetary Union (EAMU). In a statement made available to PANA here Thursday, the EAC said a five-day inaugural workshop for statisticians and economists from the EAC partner states to identify the needs for technical assistance...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
Rwanda’s economy has maintained a steady growth of 7.4% thanks to a booming service industry which rose by 22.4% from 12.6% in the first quarter. Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa said private sector financing grew by 47.8% from 12.4% of 2013 in the same period. Central bank Chief Economist, Dr. Thomas Kagabo, attributes said liquidity into commercial banks was a major tool that allowed them to lend more and remain stable. Meanwhile all construction projects that had been put on...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
The next edition of the annual Rwanda Day is just around the corner. This time the venue will be in the American city of Atlanta, where thousands of Rwandans will converge, exchange ideas and network. President Paul Kagame is expected to attend, yet another opportunity for him to mingle with Rwandans and friends of Rwanda and present firsthand the country's achievements in recent years and its future trajectory. As has been the custom, many Rwandans fly from Kigali to attend...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for “swift neutralization” of the FDLR rebel militia operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The call is made in order to bring stability to the country and the Great Lakes region at large. In a press statement issued, the 15-member Council ” regretted that no significant progress was made” toward the neutralization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which announced earlier this year that they would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
NAIROBI, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it is optimistic that the East Africa Community (EAC) will conclude the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with the European Union before the October 1 deadline. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told a media briefing in Nairobi the regional bloc and the EU are closer than ever before. "Most of the clauses have been agreed upon and want is remaining is just three sentences relating to export taxes and domestic...
(The Citizen 08/28/14)
Dar es Salaam. An oil comopany, Enoc Africa, is planning a major expansion programme in Tanzania. “We are planning to invest heavily in Tanzania and other East African countries and beyond between now and next year,” Enoc Africa managing director, Arshid Esmail said. Enoc Africa is a joint venture between Petro (T) Limited and Dubai’s Enoc Supply and Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company owned by the government of Dubai. Currently, the company is actively participating in...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
Visiting Japanese investors have committed to forge business partnerships in the country’s manufacturing sector, auto mobiles, Information and Communication Technology, agro processing, energy, textile and industry. The initiative, announced at a business seminar with members of the private sector, in Kigali, yesterday, could be a spring board for job creation, export diversification and economic transformation, according to economists. It comes at a time when government and the private sector are working toward accelerating the country’s second Economic Development and Poverty...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
President Paul Kagame, and Commander- In- Chief of Rwanda Defence Forces, yesterday held a meeting with RDF Generals and Senior Officers at Defence Headquarters in Kimihurura. The meeting focused on RDF Operational Readiness, Discipline and Welfare. "The Commander-In-Chief discussed with the RDF operational readiness in the maintenance of security as key to national development. The RDF culture of discipline, honour and commitment that has defined RDF for over two decades and has made it a pillar of national and regional...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...

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(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A top Rwandan colonel and a retired general were charged Friday in a Kigali court for inciting rebellion by "spreading rumours". The pair are the latest in a series of military men accused of challenging the rule of the country's strongman and president, Paul Kagame. Former presidential guard chief and serving colonel Tom Byabagamba was arrested last week "over suspected involvement in crimes against state security". Security forces also arrested former brigadier-general Frank Rusagara, who had previously served as a senior official in the defence ministry and as defence attache to London. Judge Chance Ndagano said the two men were charged with "spreading rumours... to cause the public to rebel against the government". Rusagara was...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A Rwandan court Friday said it would consider potential fresh evidence in the trial of an ex-army officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, delaying the expected verdict. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the country in 2011 but was extradited by Ugandan authorities last year, despite criticism from rights groups. Police have accused him and 15 other co-accused of being linked to a string of grenade attacks carried out in Rwanda, as part of the dissident Rwanda National Congress (RNC), in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation...
(AL Jazeera 08/29/14)
Four of the six suspects accused of trying to kill a former general from the Rwandan army have been found guilty of attempted murder by a South African court while two others were acquitted. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa fled Rwanda in 2010 for South Africa after falling out with President Paul Kagame. In 2010, the attack in Johannesburg the men were charged over left Nyamwasa wounded in the stomach. According to Al Jazeera’s Tania Page, reporting from Johannesburg, Nyamwasa does not...
(AFP (eng) 08/29/14)
A South African court on Friday convicted four men of attempting to murder a Rwandan former general who had fled after falling out with the east African country's president, Paul Kagame. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan "guilty of attempted murder" after acquitting two other Rwandans -- the alleged mastermind and General Kayumba Nyamwasa's former driver. Mkhari also concluded that the bid to assassinate Nyamwasa was driven by political motive. "The attempted murder of General Nyamwasa was.....
(The Citizen 08/29/14)
Dar es Salaam. Three Tanzanian nationals were on Friday found guilty of trying to kill the former Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010. Hemedi Dendengo Sefu, a Tanzanian, was the triggerman during the attempt on Mr Nyamwasa’s life, reports the BBC. He was convicted Friday alongside fellow nationals Hassan Mohamedi Nduli and Sady Abdou, and Amani Uriwane, a Rwandan. The Tanzanian trio are among 6 defendants charged with plotting to kill Mr Nyamwasa, who...
(PANA 08/29/14)
Economy - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) have launched a a collaboration programme to improve the compilation and dissemination of government finance statistics, with the principal aim of meeting the fiscal data requirements associated with the upcoming East Africa Monetary Union (EAMU). In a statement made available to PANA here Thursday, the EAC said a five-day inaugural workshop for statisticians and economists from the EAC partner states to identify the needs for technical assistance...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
The next edition of the annual Rwanda Day is just around the corner. This time the venue will be in the American city of Atlanta, where thousands of Rwandans will converge, exchange ideas and network. President Paul Kagame is expected to attend, yet another opportunity for him to mingle with Rwandans and friends of Rwanda and present firsthand the country's achievements in recent years and its future trajectory. As has been the custom, many Rwandans fly from Kigali to attend...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for “swift neutralization” of the FDLR rebel militia operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The call is made in order to bring stability to the country and the Great Lakes region at large. In a press statement issued, the 15-member Council ” regretted that no significant progress was made” toward the neutralization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which announced earlier this year that they would...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
NAIROBI, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it is optimistic that the East Africa Community (EAC) will conclude the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with the European Union before the October 1 deadline. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told a media briefing in Nairobi the regional bloc and the EU are closer than ever before. "Most of the clauses have been agreed upon and want is remaining is just three sentences relating to export taxes and domestic...
(The Citizen 08/28/14)
Dar es Salaam. An oil comopany, Enoc Africa, is planning a major expansion programme in Tanzania. “We are planning to invest heavily in Tanzania and other East African countries and beyond between now and next year,” Enoc Africa managing director, Arshid Esmail said. Enoc Africa is a joint venture between Petro (T) Limited and Dubai’s Enoc Supply and Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company owned by the government of Dubai. Currently, the company is actively participating in...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(The Citizen 08/27/14)
Arusha. The tourism industry is facing a crisis following reports of cancellations by visitors from overseas that have been triggered by a combination of factors, including the fear of the deadly Ebola fever outbreak, The Citizen has learnt. Yesterday, the East African Community (EAC) outlined measures to counter the deadly Ebola disease in the region. The fear of Ebola fever, especially in East Africa—where no case has been detected so far—is driven mainly by the fact that people in the...
(The Citizen 08/26/14)
Dar es Salaam. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has convened in Dar es Salaam for the first time. The sitting opened yesterday and is expected to end on September 5, according to Eala Speaker Margaret Zziwa. She told a news conference yesterday that the assembly, which usually sits in Arusha, was meeting in Dar es Salaam this time around to bring it “closer to the people”. “We want to have direct dialogue with the people on how the integration process is proceeding including talking to them on the benefits of integration,’’ she said.
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...

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(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
Rwanda’s economy has maintained a steady growth of 7.4% thanks to a booming service industry which rose by 22.4% from 12.6% in the first quarter. Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa said private sector financing grew by 47.8% from 12.4% of 2013 in the same period. Central bank Chief Economist, Dr. Thomas Kagabo, attributes said liquidity into commercial banks was a major tool that allowed them to lend more and remain stable. Meanwhile all construction projects that had been put on complete hold at the end of 2013, have contributed 8%. Manufacturing made a turnover of 13.1%. Rwanda is experiencing growth while recovering from a meltdown that dragged the economy to 4.7% in 2013 due to...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
Visiting Japanese investors have committed to forge business partnerships in the country’s manufacturing sector, auto mobiles, Information and Communication Technology, agro processing, energy, textile and industry. The initiative, announced at a business seminar with members of the private sector, in Kigali, yesterday, could be a spring board for job creation, export diversification and economic transformation, according to economists. It comes at a time when government and the private sector are working toward accelerating the country’s second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2). “We are here to express our appetite for Rwanda’s investment business. We are sure our commitment will...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Business Week 08/26/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government last week announced plans to issue a Treasury bond of Rwf15billion (about $21 million). “We want to support the Capital market, making sure that people who need to do their savings have the opportunity of saving with different options,” Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete said at a news conference. The bond has been granted tax incentive as withholding tax on interest has been reduced from 15% to 5% for EAC resident...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Business Week 08/18/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda aims at increasing exports by 28% in the next five years writes AGNES BATETA. This was said by the Minister of Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba during the recently concluded National Exporters’ Conference that took place at the Kigali Serena hotel. “This conference is based on the conclusions reached during the March 2014 meeting that was aimed at looking at ways the country can increase on exports to other countries,” the minister said. Ways to improve...
(Business Week 08/18/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - About 1500 youth will soon have access to Rwf220 million (nearly $290,000) in a deal between the government and Umurenge Sacco. They come from the nine districts that hadn’t received support under a programme to promote entreprenueurship This was initiated by Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) and aims at promoting job creation and self employment to school drop outs. Young people are given short trainings of three to six months in different vocational training centres and...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(PANA 08/13/14)
Four East African countries Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan - have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a 'One-Network-Area' by 31 December, 2014, global telecommunications industry monitor, Pyramid Research, said Monday in its daily update. Subscribers travelling within the corridor will be charged as local subscribers in the visited country network, and the subscriber will only incur prevailing calling rates similar to what local subscribers pay. Quoting IT News Africa, the report said the One-Network-Area is being...
(Voice of America 08/13/14)
Beijing — In July, nations known as the "BRICS," Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, announced the creation of a new, $100 billion development bank (NDB). The project is aimed at lending money to developing nations for investments, much like how the American and European-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank operate. Liu Haifang, a professor at Peking University's Center for African Studies, said the bank will provide developing countries with more options for financing. "Finally they got some alternative sources to get funding for infrastructure and they do not come with these conditionalities.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and African Union (AU) Commission signed a 25-million-U.S.-dollar grant to support development of the AU Commission and other AU organs. The grant was signed in Washington on Friday by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, according to a AU statement released on Saturday. The funding will strengthen capacity of the AU Commission to facilitate economic development and transformation by improving institutional efficiency,...
(PANA 08/09/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched the first phase of a programme for Africa’s integration, with an initial budget of 415 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2017, official sources said in Brussels. In a press statement, the European Commission said that the programme, which targets integration in North Africa, Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, will ensure better coherence in the management of development programmes, by creating synergies between the EU development cooperation and other...
(PANA 08/09/14)
The World Bank Group Tuesday committed US$ 5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, the Group said in a news dispatch from its headquarters in Washington. Making the announcement on the second day of the first US-African Leaders' Summit, World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said the new financial commitment was...
(PANA 08/08/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a Presidential Memorandum, entitled: 'Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa's Capacity for Trade and Investment', to enhance business transactions in Africa. A White House statement, circulated at the US-Africa Business Forum segment of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, said that the memorandum,which was directed to US heads of executive department and agencies, was meant to coordinate their activities on trade and investments in Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/06/14)
Rwanda plans to sell its second international bond of as much as $1 billion next year to fund the construction of an airport and power plants, seeking to tap burgeoning investor demand, President Paul Kagame said. The East African nation wants to build on the success of the $400 million bond issued in April 2013 that was more than eight times oversubscribed, Kagame said in an interview at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington yesterday. At that foreign-debt sale, the...

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(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation on Tuesday appealed against its disqualification from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding a player with double nationality. The Confederation of African Football imposed the sanction after an investigation into Rwandan striker Dady Birori, who plays for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) club Vita as Agiti Tady Etekiama. The Rwandan federation has since contested the disqualification on grounds that the player acquired Rwanda nationality before that of DRC. CAF said that its probe found that the DR Congo-born striker was born December 12, 1986 as indicated in his Rwandan passport, while his Congolese
(AFP 08/18/14)
Rwanda has been thrown out of the African Cup after one of its players was found to have "two identities" and was using a different name and a Congolese passport when playing for his club team, the Confederation of African Football said. CAF said Sunday that striker Dady Birori was ineligible to play for Rwanda and disqualified the country from the African Cup qualifying competition for fielding him. Birori, who CAF said is registered as Tady Etekiama when playing for Congo club AS Vita, was banned pending a hearing on Sept. 17 to decide his sanction. Africa's top football body...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
Rwanda will appeal against the decision to disqualify them from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player. The country's football federation has confirmed to BBC Sport it is ready to file its appeal and is willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rwanda were expelled from the competition on Sunday by the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee. The ruling followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Caf over worries about the cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria. Rwanda are due to play the Super Eagles in Calabar on 6 September in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. "We wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football for their advice on the situation in Nigeria," Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita said. "We're waiting to see if they can change the game, it's a big worry." He...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
RWANDA NATIONAL cycling team has been ranked the sixth best in Africa, according to the latest rankings released by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Tuesday. In ranking for the Africa Tour, Rwanda jumped two places to sixth position from eighth position last year. Valens Ndayisenga is the highest ranked Rwandan rider in 14th position and he also ranked 4th in the U23 category. After the rankings were released, the newly appointed Minister of Sports and Culture Joseph Habineza sent a...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
ENTEBBE, July (Xinhua) -- The national junior football team of Rwanda (Junior Wasps) on Thursday arrived in Uganda ahead of their 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against hosts Uganda Cubs on Saturday. "We are here to get a good result in the first leg and Uganda should not take us lightly," player Felix Ngao told Xinhua on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala. The match will be played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Xinhuanet 06/23/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pledged to ensure that the Congolese refugees living in the country remain safe and secure on Friday while marking the World Refugee Day. Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana said that Rwanda, home to over 73,000 refugees, majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees, who are distributed in five camps in the country. She noted that the World...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(Xinhuanet 05/14/14)
KAMPALA, May (Xinhua) -- Rwanda and hosts Uganda started on a winning note as the U-18 Zone 5 Afro-Basketball Championship got under way here on Monday. Uganda's Girls team saw off their Kenyan counterparts 62-48, before the Rwanda Boys team also beat Kenya 62-42 in the second game. In the first game Sumaya Hasahya scored a game high 21 points for Uganda's U-18 Girls team, while Ritah Immanishimwe and Sarah Ageno picked 15 and 14 points respectively. Kenya had Felmas...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(The Star 02/26/14)
Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will be the venue for the Kenya and Rwanda return leg match of the Senior Africa Women’s Championship qualifier on Sunday. The Starlets will be out to overturn a 1-0 loss suffered in Kigali two weeks ago. The girls have been in residential training under coach Justin Okiring since their return and will move to Machakos to continue their preparations. Confirming the new development Football Kenya Limited’s women’s football development committee chairlady Angeline Mwikali said the...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...

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(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because of financial constraints. “We didn’t manage to organise it here last year after two successful editions because of sponsorship challenges but since we now have Heineken as the official sponsor, we will be organising the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index, which tracks exchanges a tier below the larger, more established emerging markets. But according to United Nations projections, their working-age...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east. The success of Islamic State could shape the thinking of African Islamists, said Andrew Muzonzini, Zimbabwe's head of external intelligence and a member of the African Union's Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. Earlier this month Caf told Sierra Leone and Guinea to move their home matches, and the latter arranged...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(CNN 08/18/14)
To look at, Lake Kivu seems, well, innocent. Situated on Rwanda's western border, it is both a prominent food source in the country, and -- increasingly -- a tourist hotspot. Hotels have rushed to set up along the coast to cater for the influx of visitors, no doubt lured in by the lake's idyllic beach setting. "The lake is very important to tourism," says Innocent Twagirumukiza, founder of Green Hills Ecotours. "When people finish visiting mountain gorillas, or other national parks around Rwanda, this is a good place to come and relax," he adds. What these tourists may not know
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...
(Washington Post 08/18/14)
Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire is a recently retired Canadian senator, former UN Force Commander for the UN Assistance mission to Rwanda and Founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. In 1994, I was tasked with stopping a genocide waged, in part, by children and youth. At the time, I was the United Nations Force Commander for the UN Assistance Mission to Rwanda. My opponents, the Interahamwe,were highly organized in their recruitment and training of youth, well before the killing...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
Rwanda will appeal against the decision to disqualify them from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player. The country's football federation has confirmed to BBC Sport it is ready to file its appeal and is willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rwanda were expelled from the competition on Sunday by the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee. The ruling followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Caf over worries about the cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria. Rwanda are due to play the Super Eagles in Calabar on 6 September in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. "We wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football for their advice on the situation in Nigeria," Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita said. "We're waiting to see if they can change the game, it's a big worry." He...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...
(CNN 08/11/14)
(CNN) -- West African nations are turning to drastic measures in a desperate effort to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Guinea has closed its border with Sierra Leone, a border police official told CNN. Meanwhile, the Zambian government banned arrivals of people from countries where there has been an Ebola outbreak, as a preventive measure to stop the virus from entering the country. "All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola Virus disease are restricted...
(CNN 08/08/14)
(CNN) -- One of the many questions surrounding the revelation that Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received a little-known, experimental serum for their Ebola infection is: "Why did we hear nothing about it earlier, and how did they gain access to it?" Ebola has no cure, although potential medications and vaccines are in various states of development. The serum ZMapp, an experimental product of Mapp Biopharmaceutical, hasn't been tested in humans, which means it doesn't meet a primary requirement for FDA approval -- so its obscurity is no surprise.
(BBC News Africa 08/06/14)
US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said. The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state. The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments. Mr Obama also hosted a dinner for African leaders at the White House. The deals announced on Tuesday included a $5bn partnership between...
(Voice of America 08/06/14)
WHITE HOUSE — One goal of the African leaders' summit in Washington is to build on a strategic relationship that the United States has established in Africa as the continent faces a range of security threats. From establishing drone bases to training African troops, the U.S. has expanded its security relationship with Africa in recent years. The aim is to help African governments combat extremist groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in East Africa and militants in the Sahel...
(Voice of America 08/05/14)
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is working to strengthen ties with Africa at a three-day summit in Washington for some 50 African heads of state. Monday's opening forums touched on a range of issues including security, health, the environment and corruption. At one panel focused on trade, South African President Jacob Zuma urged the United States to renew the trade agreement, African Growth and Opportunity Act, when it expires next year.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
WASHINGTON — President Obama will be welcoming more than 50 African leaders for a three-day U.S.-Africa summit to begin August 4 in Washington, D.C. Not invited are the presidents of four countries with a record of human rights violations: Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have canceled their trips because of the Ebola outbreak in their countries. At the summit, the U.S. is expected to unveil nearly $1 billion in business deals, more funding for peacekeeping, and commit billions more dollars to food and power programs in Africa.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
An outspoken member of the African Diaspora has called on African leaders taking part in a Washington summit to meet with them. Chika Onyeani, publisher and editor-in-chief of the African Sun Times newspaper and chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, acknowledged he’s not speaking for the whole African Diaspora. But, he said it remits an estimated $70 to $80 billion each year to Africa. Onyeani said African leaders should give the Diaspora the same respect they give to other groups...

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