The CityBlue Hotel, Embassy Row is located on the most prestigious street in the country : Boulevard de L'Umuganda.
Our hotel is on the same street as the US Embassy, the UK High Commission, the South African High Commission, the Kenyan High Commission, the Embassy of Burundi and the Embassy of Egypt, yet in proximity to Australian High Commission, the Embassy of Japan, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the offices of the European Union (EU) in Rwanda, the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rwanda, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rwanda, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Rwanda, the Umubano Hotel, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Rwanda, the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Rwanda, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Rwanda.
Within 15 minutes of Kigali International Airport by car and nestled within the prestigious area of Kacyiru, this CityBlue Hotel also lies a stone's throw from the new
Kigali Convention Centre.
With such neighbours, CityBlue Hotel, Embassy Row, Kigali is in great company and yet only a few minutes by car from the exclusive suburb of Nyarutarama, the eclectic bars and restaurants of Kimihurura and the commercial hub of downtown Kigali.
All the bedrooms are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, power showers, luxury mattresses and flat-screen TVs equipped with all the news, sports and entertainment channels. There is also a 40 person conference room with all the latest technology and a magnificent restaurant and bar, known as Harry's Bar & Grill.
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Address : PO Box 2770 | Kimihurura-Rugando, Kigali, Rwanda
Location:Rwanda > Kigali Province > Kigali
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Isimbi Hotel Kigali
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Rutunga Sacco's Gatete (left) receives a certificate from City of Kigali mayor Ndayisaba. Rutunga is one of the six co-operatives in Kigali that were awarded for their good performance. (Michel Nkurunziza)
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Six co-operatives operating in the City of Kigali have been rewarded by the Rwanda Co-operative Agency (RCA) for their impressive performance in the last financial year.
They include three Saccos and three non-financial co-operatives, and received a certificate and Rwf100,000 each.
They are Gasabo District's Sacco Rutunga, which scored 80 per cent to emerge top among the financial co-operatives category. Mageragere, from Nyarugenege District, was the second with 76 per cent, while Kicukiro District's Nyarugunga Sacco was third with 60 per cent.
Maize and soya bean grower Co-operative des Multiplicateurs de Semences Selectionnes (COMSS) was the best among non-financial co-operatives, scoring 74 per cent, followed by furniture-makers Co-operative des Menuiseries des joyeux de Gakinjiro (COMEJOGA), from Nyarugenge District with 71 per cent, while Gasabo's Association pour la promotiondes jeunes et le Developement au Rwanda (AJDR) came third.
The six beat 853 other co-operatives to the prizes, said Damien Mugabo, the director general of the Rwanda Co-operative Agency.
Mugabo said the co-operatives were judged on prudent economic management, transparency in approving loans, planning, as well as profitability of the co-operative and proper co-ordination of activities.
Speaking during the awards ceremony at city hall on Thursday, Fidele Ndayisaba, the City of Kigali mayor, pledged the city authority's continued support to co-operatives, saying the latter play a big role in development of the country.
“Saccos promote financial inclusion, so they should be supported to deliver on their mission,” he said.
He advised Saccos to always evaluate projects submitted for funding to ensure that only deserving ones are supported.
“Lend to borrowers who have viable projects and ensure they repay the loans in time,” Ndayisaba said.
He warned corrupt officials, saying anyone caught red-handed would be dealt with severely.
Rutunga Sacco's board chairman Anastase Gatete attributed the group's performance to innovations employed in debt recovery. He said they disbursed Rwf197 million in loans, of which 92 per cent was recovered.
“We give out loans in a transparent manner and depending on the viability of the applicant's project,” he added, noting that the coop's loan committee and employees observe good governance.
The Sacco has now won such prizes three times since 2011.
“In 2012, we won at the national level, where we received Rwf500,000 prize money,” he said.
COMSS president John Gahozaho said the co-operative observes best financial practices and work ethic. He said because of their dedication, Rwanda Agriculture Board gave them 100 hectares of land to grow maize and soya bean. “We are now constructing two warehouses with the capacity to store 500 tonnes of produce, and house a conference hall, he added.
The co-operative started in 2008 with a Rwf1.4 million working capital and 278 members, each of whom contributed Rwf5,000. It was registered in 2012.
The City of Kigali new offices. Districts can use money realised from a bond issue to fund infrastructure projects, among others, which require a lot of finance to implement. (Timothy Kisambira)
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The local bourse has over the past year attracted a lot of interest, especially following the issuance of the different government and corporate bonds that have all been oversubscribed.
This development underlines the huge potential of the stock market as a source of development finance for government and the private sector.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and the Ministry of Local government have been planning municipal bond issuance for about three years now, but it was not until April this year that enabling guidelines and regulations were published by the Office of the Prime Minister.
Through a municipal bond issue, a district can borrow from individuals or private firms and repay with interest after a specified period thereby reducing reliance on central government for funding.
On the other hand, SMEs can sell shares to the public on the alternative market segment to raise investment capital instead of acquiring expensive loans from banks.
However, as the government reaps the benefits that the Rwanda Stock Exchange presents ; the private sector (read SMEs) and local governments are noticeably absent despite the enabling laws in place.
To make matters worse, when Business Times asked a number of district mayors, most of them were either not aware of the operationability of the bonds or haven't prioritised the idea in their development plans.
“Much as we were sensitised about it, I don't know of any district that has expressed interest in a municipal bond issue to raise development finance,” said Jacques Rutsinga, Kamonyi District mayor.
Rutsinga, however, said it is a good idea since it shows them how they could raise money without depending on the annual national budget allocations.
“There are projects the district is undertaking that can benefit from such a bond issuance,” he noted.
Some of the projects Rutsinga pointed out mainly included infrastructure like the construction of roads or markets which would create flourishing economic activities for people in the district.
“These projects are always there and can be funded at once if we used bonds rather than wait for government funding,” he said.
Unfortunately, Rutsinga just like other mayors we interviewed doesn't see any of the issuances happening during this financial year or in the next. This is despite the fact that the Capital Markets Authority has been sensitising the 30 district mayors on how they can plan municipal bonds, and how they stand to gain.
“We took local government leaders through what it takes to issue a bond, and are still working with them on the matter,” Robert Mathu, the CMA executive director, said.
He, however, said he can't know which district is interested, noting that the local governments work with the local government and finance ministries on financial management prior to issuing.
But it looks like there is a lot to be done to make that a reality. Leandre Karekezi, the Gisagara District mayor, said CMA officials only talked to them about municipal bonds last year, but “we didn't learn anything on how it all works”.
The City of Kigali mayor, Fidel Ndayisaba, recently said a municipal bond issue is not in the city plans this financial year.
However, Philbert Mugisha, the Nyamagabe District mayor, said the district council is discussing the possibility of issuing a municipal bond.
“We are still discussing which projects to finance using the bonds, but this will be after meeting officials from the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) and Ministry of Finance,” he said.
The lack of enthusiasm on the prospect explains quite a lot on the performance of the fixed income securities segment at the Rwanda Stock Exchange, which sector players say is inactive because of low awareness levels.
A paltry Rwf57 million was traded in bonds in eight transactions during the first half of this year from five bonds listed at the bourse, according to central bank figures.
This year, the government resumed its debt issuance programme with quarterly Treasury bond issuance to finance infrastructure projects in its current budget. Municipal bonds too, have constantly been talked about and would fetch similar interest or more as the previous bonds considering Rwanda's strong investor confidence and impressive credit rating.
However, most districts seem not to understand how they can raise development funds through municipal bond issuance.
“We don't have any information on the projects districts would like to finance using the bonds. If local governments want to issue bonds, they should not stay in their offices.
“They should come to Kigali and talk to brokers,” advised Shehzad Noordally, the chief executive officer of CDH Capital, a brokerage firm.
Noordally noted that information about municipal bonds was not being disseminated well, saying if this mistake is not corrected, districts may never issue any bonds.
“When you go to Gisenyi, for example, there are district infrastructure projects that can benefit from a bond issue. But local government have not invited us to visit such projects and advise them how they can use the stock market to raise money to implement them,” he said.
He advised districts to work as private sector bodies in order to have a sense of responsibility on managing the projects and servicing the bonds.
Mathu, however, urged brokers to visit districts to ‘sell' them the idea and advise them on how to go about the process.
“Capital markets require disclosure and following a process. That is why for us we started with the sensitisation of the mayors then asked them if they have projects that could be funded using the bond issuance,” Mathu noted.
“Therefore, brokers should ask districts about potential projects and advise them accordingly, and not the other way round.”
L-R : Mariam Kayitesi, Habba Batamuliza and Faridah Kamaliza. (Courtesy)
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While growing up, Faridah Kamaliza, Habba Batamuliza and Mariam Kayitesi, always did things together. The three sisters used the same approach when they decided to start an events management business. They have defied the odds and old stereotypes, taking the events management sector by storm. They told Business Times Pontian Kabeera what inspired them to join the male-dominated business world
Tell us about your business ?
Though we are sisters, we ventured into events management individually on a freelance basis.
So, by the time we decided to form a company, we had gained a lot of experience in events management and wanted to use our expertise maximally.
Because all of us had a natural passion for organising functions, we figured it was time we capitalised on it to start a business. That's how Hakaifah Group, an events management and consulting company, was born.
We offer complete event planning and management services, entertainment and special events co-ordination and promotion ; organise weddings, birthday parties, conferences and many other events. We offer tailor-made services for companies, organisations, organise trade fairs and festivals and family events across the country.
We ensure attention to detail and quality event presentation in all we do.
Did you face any challenges when starting out ?
Typically, like any start-up, the biggest challenge is to have that first client who will trust you to manage their event. Securing enough investment capital was also a challenge since we hadn't saved up enough money by the time we opened shop. Though we still face challenges here and there, we try our level best to solve them. The Kigali-based company presently employs five permanent staff.
Some of the youth who work with Hakaifah Group. (Pontian Kabeera)
Would you advise a person with little savings to venture into business ?
Some people, especially the youth, think that starting a business requires a lot of money ; what makes a business grow or fail is ones dedication and determination to make it work. Of course you will need some little money to kick-start the enterprise.
For us we were some how lucky because we started with Rwf1 million which we had saved over time.
Some people, especially the youth, claim that saving money for a future venture is hard and instead squander even the little they have on luxuries. For us we vowed from an early age that, come rain or sunshine, we would be ‘our own bosses' in the future.
So we started saving some of the money our parents gave us to buy clothes or shoes.
What are some of the events you have organised ?
We have been behind some of the successful events, including the Annual Agricultural Show, Kwita Izina and Fespad, a cultural festival and the Private Sector Federation's annual Rwanda International Trade Fair.
For us, this is a great achievement that underlines our quality service that has won the trust of big companies and organisations.
Therefore, business people should always remember that quality service speaks volumes, and sells your brand or service.
Faridah Kamaliza says all the big deals they have handle were won through competitive bidding.
Location : Nyagatare, Rwanda
Size : 4,000 students and 250 staff
Cost : 432,500 Rwf– 482,500 Rwf
Majors : Agriculture, Commerce and Applied Economics, Information Technology, Veterinary Science, Communication and Languages
Umutara Polytechnic (UP) was established as an institution of higher learning in 2006 on the site of a former rural secondary school. In 2009, the institution was gazetted as a public high learning institution by an act of parliament and is fully regulated and funded by the government. To support the economic transformation of Rwanda, UP is focused on vocational and technical diploma and degree programs.
The Vision of Umutara Polytechnic
To become the most highly regarded institution in the country and region for the practicability and relevance for our programmes and the success of our graduates at getting and creating jobs.
The Mission of Umutara Polytechnic
To contribute to sustainable development through the provision of well-trained human resources using knowledge based tools, by education and enlightening students and the community through research and the transfer of knowledge and diversified skills that are relevant to the development needs of the country.
UP is located in Nyagatare in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.
1. Faculty of Agriculture
· BSc in Animal Production
· BSc in Agronomy
· BSc in Horticulture
· BSc in Soil and Environmental Science
· BSc in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
2. Faculty of Commerce and Applied Economics
· BSc in Accounting
· BSc in Finance
· BSc in Marketing
· BSc in Procurement
· BSc in Human Resource Management
· BSc in Economics
3. Faculty of Communication and Languages
· Bachelor in Communication and Public Relations
· Bachelor in Advertising and Marketing Communication
· Bachelor in Journalism, Broadcasting and Organizational Communications
· Bachelor in Visual Communication and Graphics
· Bachelor in Translation and Communication (Kinyarwanda, English, French, Swahili)
4. Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences
· BSc in Building and Construction Engineering
· BSc in Surveying and Geomatic Engineering
· BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
5. Faculty of ICT
· Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology
· BSc in Business Information Systems
6. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
· BSc in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
· BSc in Livestock Production and Technology Development
· BSc in Wildlife and Aquatic Resources Management
· BSc in Environmental Health and Epidemiology
To be admitted into UP on a Diploma Programme, a student is required to have obtained 1.5-1.9 points at A level. To be admitted on a Degree Program of any course, a student is required to have obtained 2 points and above at his/her A-level.
To register with UP, a student must present the following :
· Notified A-level certificate or its equivalent
· Photocopy of National ID or Passport
· 2 Passport size photographs (white background)
· Reports of 3 previous years in secondary school
· The required registration fee (42,000 Rwf)
dangerous : Second hand refrigerators and air-conditioners emit gases that are dangerous to the environment and the ozone layer. (Net photo)
when the importation of second hand refrigerators, air conditioners and coolers into the country was outlawed, many thought they were being pushed out of business maliciously.
Those who embraced the new guidelines by the environment authority and trade ministry initially faced many challenges, according to dealers.
“We were required to install new compressors, gauges and gases in imported refrigerators to replace the old ozone-depleting gases in the equipment to make them friendlier to the environment,” says Bazil Serikoko, a Samsung refrigeration products dealer.
Although this change demanded new efforts from business people, the end users are happy about the benefits they present, Serikoko, who is also a refrigeration and air-conditioning technician, explains.
“After replacing the old gauges, the refrigerator or cooler consumes less energy, which helps one save on power bills,” he says. He adds that it also uses minimal amounts of the refrigerant compared to the old equipment.
The directive from Rwanda Environment Management Authority (Rema) was informed by the Montreal Protocol on the protection of the ozone layer that Rwanda signed in 2003. This was followed by a Ministerial Order regulating the importation and exportation of ozone-depleting substances the following year.
The order targeted refrigerant gases, commonly known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that destroy the ozone layer, reducing its ability to shield the earth against harsh sun rays.
Thereafter, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and Rema issued more guidelines and conducted several campaigns to promote a green economy.
With the ban earlier prioritising phasing out the most harmful refrigerant gases first, eventually all harmful CFCs would be disregarded for use as refrigerants in home appliances, according to Rema officials.
According to Juliet Kabeera, the ozone focal person at Rema, the plan was to reduce the usage of the refrigerant R22 by 30 per cent by 2015.
This means that importers must ensure equipment brought into the country meet sstandards and pose no danger to the environment.
Rema officials say the target is to get rid of all equipment that use R22 gases. Currently, the importation of refrigerant CFCs such as R11, R12, R22, is illegal, according to RSB.
“They are a threat to the environment and we recommend usage of only environmentally-safe refrigerants,” says Olivier Rukundo, the head of the import inspection section at RSB.
Rukundo says refrigerants with a lesser effect on the ozone layer, as well as the environment include R134A, R600 and R410.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has unveiled initiatives that seek to improve electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) management in the country.
Under the project, a national e-waste management strategy that will support establishment of sustainable recycling industries will also be instituted.
According to Norbert Remy Duhuze, the director for environment regulation and pollution control at Rwanda Environment Management Authority (Rema), Rwanda has no proper facilities for handling e-waste, nor is there a clear policy.
“Therefore, the project will enable us set up proper e-waste disposal and recycling facilities for materials like old computers, batteries and mobile
phones,” he told The New Times in an interview.
E-waste is not bio-degradable and contains dangerous heavy metals like carbon-zinc, silver oxide, lithium and nickel-cadmium.
The project that started in July is funded by the Environment and Climate Change Fund (Fonerwa) to the tune of $1.3 million (about Rwf919.3 million).
E-waste materials contain hazardous components like mercury, lead which can cause skin diseases and cancer when not properly handled, Duhuze noted.
He said Rwanda has one e-waste collection centre that handles only public institutions-generated e-waste at Gikondo.
“We need more facilities to ensure proper disposal of e-waste. This will also promote government's objective of a sustainable green economy,” he said.
Duhuze said the government is already seeking a consultant to develop a five-year national e-waste strategy and technical guidelines and regulations.
“The project will offer an ‘end-of life' solution for e-waste, allowing for sustainable use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Rwanda. It will also help guard against negative impact of e-waste on health or the environment and strengthen the economy by creating of green jobs.”
Steven Niyonzima, the national co-ordinator at the Rwanda Resource
Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre, said environmentally-friendly e-waste collection centres and ‘dismantling' facilities will be setup in each province by the time the project winds up in 2017.
“We are planning to set up e-waste collection centres, starting with Rusizi, Huye, Bugesera and Rwamagana districts,” he pointed out.
He added that an e-waste dismantling facility will be established at the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District by 2017. All these will create green jobs along the e-waste management value chain.
“Several workers will be needed to collect e-waste and deliver it to collection centres, while others will be involved in sorting and processing the waste at recycling companies and centres,” Niyonzima said.
According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, laptops make up 85 per cent of the total electronic and electrical equipment in public institutions. Of the 15 per cent of the remaining electronic and electrical equipment, 14 per cent are not working.
This, the ministry said, calls for urgent interventions, including building the capacity of stakeholders to ensure proper e-waste management, and adoption of appropriate treatment technologies.
Presently, the most common practices adopted for disposal of e-waste are acid baths, landfills and open air burning, which expose humans and the environment to toxic fumes and substance.
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Umuhamagaro ni igikorwa kiba hagati y'uhamagara n'uhamagarwa. Guhera mu iremwa ry'umuntu Imana yifuje kubana n'abantu, igasabana nabo, igatura hagati muri bo, kandi ishaka ko baba abera nkuko nayo ari iyera; kuko yavuze ngo reka tureme umuntu mu ishusho yacu, ase natwe.
Umuntu yaje gucumura, niho Imana yatangiye kuza imuhamagara iti Adamu urihe? kuko yari yamubuze mu busabane bwayo nayo. Aho niho yateguye kumucungura.
Ibanza gushyira urwango hagati y'inzoka n'urubyaro rw'umugore. Hari igihe umuntu ashidikanya ku muhamagaro bigitangira, ariko iyo wahamagawe urabimenya, ukava aho wari uri ukajya mu kindi cyerekezo gitandukanye naho wari uri; kandi umuhamagaro urarerwa.
Aha twasomye muri Ezekiyeli, Imana yahamagaye abantu, ibanza kubezaho imyanda yabo, ibigirwamana byabo n'ingeso zabo mbi, ibanyanyagizaho amazi yo kubuhagira, ibakuramo umutima w'ibuye, ibaremamo umutima mushya, ibaha Umwuka wayo noneho bashobozwa kugendera mu mategeko n'amateka yayo, bakayasohoza.
Ibi byatumaga bagira imbaraga zituma batsinda abanyamahanga. Amateka ni ibyo Imana yakoreye abantu, igashaka ko bahora babyibuka neza; bikabasubizamo imbaraga, kugira ngo bamenye ko iyabakijije mu gihe cyatambutse ibasha no gukora ibirenze muri iki gihe no mu kizaza, bituma badakukira imitima ibibagerageza. (Ezekiyeli 36.24-27)
Abisirayeli bamaze kwambuka Yorodani, Imana yababwiye gushyiraho urwibutso nk'ibihamya by'ibyo yabakoreye. Natwe iyo twibutse intambara Imana yatuneshereje, bituma dukomera tugakomeza urugendo, tukagira imbaraga n'ubwenge ku banyamahanga bagatinya Imana yacu ituneshereza.
Uhamagawe n'Imana hari ibyangombwa agomba kugira
Aba agomba kwezwa ikamwereka icyerekezo agenderamo. Umuhamagaro wa mbere twese duhuriraho ni uwo kuva mu byaha, ikatubyara ubwa kabiri ariko kuvanwamo umutima w'ibuye ikaduha umutima mushya, tukaba ibyaremwe bishya.
Pawulo yandikira Abefeso yatweretse ko Imana yadutoranije kera isi itararemwa kuko twari mu mugambi w'Imana. Mu bwenge bw'umuntu ntiwabishyikira. Imana yavuze ko yadutoranije kera muri Kristo Yesu isi itareremwa, ishaka ko tuba abera tutariho umugayo mu maso yayo. (Abefeso 1.3-4)
Ntabwo tuzaba abera tugeze mu ijuru, bitangirira mu isi; kuko abera bo mu isi nibo mfura Imana yishimira (Zaburi 16:3). Hariho kwera kw'uburyo bubiri: Hari kwerezwa umurimo aribyo gutunganirizwa cyangwa gutoranyirizwa umurimo runaka; hakabaho no kwera kwo gutungana ugakurwa mu bigirwamana ukaba uwera mu mubiri, umwuka n'ubugingo, aricyo cya mbere kandi cy'ingenzi.
Iyo Imana iguhamagaye ikumenyesha n'icyo iguhamagariye, ikanaguha ibikoresho uzakoresha muri uwo muhamagaro, ikakubwira naho uzakorera; ntiguhamagara ngo igushyire mu rungabangabo. Hari abinjira mu mihamagaro itari iyabo, bigatuma badakora umurimo neza. Utari mu muhamagaro we atera abandi kunebwa, bigatuma bakora nabi; nabo ubwabo bakora ibitari ibyabo bakangirika, kuko baba bakora ibyo batahamagariwe. Kuko umuhamagaro waka mu muntu, umuntu ntiyikoresha ahubwo usigara ukoreshwa n'umuhamagaro. Yesu yabwiye Petero ati “ukiri umusore wagendaga uko ushaka, ariko bizagera igihe utazabibasha, ugasigara ukenyezwa n'undi.
Iyo uri mu muhamagaro wawe ntabwo uhatwa, ubikora neza bigatungana, ntawukubwiriza; umuhamagaro ubwawo ukwigisha icyo gukora. Kandi iyo urangije gukora icyo yagutegetse uranezerwa. Noneho warangiza ukazahembesha uwaguhamagaye. Ababa mu muhamagaro utari uwabo nta ngororano bazahabwa.
Bene Data bakundwa, buri wese nabanze amenye ko yahamagawe cyangwa atahamagawe; niba yarahamagawe amenye umuhamagaro we n'icyo yahamagariwe, kandi awugenderemo neza atunganiye Imana, kugira ngo azagororerwe byuzuye.
Past. UWAKAREMA Aloys
Rejoice Africa Ministries
The Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege has called upon youth leaders to jealously protect and sustain what the country has achieved in the transformation process.
ACP Badege was speaking on Friday to 845 youth leaders in sectors and districts in the Southern and Western provinces, currently undergoing a civic education programme – Itorero – at the university of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Science (UR-CASS) in Huye District.
Present was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi.
ACP Badege noted that Rwanda has taken a commendable step in all aspects including security and economic development, but noted that preserving and promoting these achievements is another thing that as youth leaders, should as well give emphasis.
“Don’t give any favour to anyone that tries or with intention to destroy what Rwandans have worked hard to achieve, you are the powerhouse of this country and your role both in security through community policing, implementation, sustaining government policies and programmes should be among your priorities as well,” ACP Badege said.
He seized the opportunity to show them photos of their youth colleagues who were arrested trafficking narcotic drugs, and urged them to fight such noting that it is one of the threats to youth development, affecting their education, health and their characters and ultimately the country in general.
ACP Badege also enlightened to them on the emerging threat of modern-day slavery – human trafficking – the tricks such as deceit traffickers use and appealed to them to always report strangers or other people that may attempt to seduce them with promises abroad.
One of the youth participants Achille Mpagazehe, who hails from Nyabirasi Sector in Rutsiro District, said the lecture was an eye opener to many on cross-section of issues related to security like human trafficking, and their role in promoting safety and peace.
In the same spirit, ACP Celestin Twahirwa, the commissioner for Public Relations, Media and Protocol in Rwanda National Police, echoed the same message in Timba College of Technology where he was lecturing the first batch of over 500 cell and village leaders of Nyarugenge district also attending civic education programme.
ACP Twahirwa, who dwelt much on preserving what has been achieved, and the role of local leaders in ensuring security, noted that timely information sharing with security agencies will be a vital tool in crime prevention and response.
“Make use of advanced technology and communication at you disposal to effectively implement community policing initiatives and ensure public order, safety and security of your people” ACP Twahirwa advised.
He urged them to be active in organizing parents evening meetings– Umugoroba wa babyeyi – where they discuss various issues related to security and the wellbeing of communities.
Police in Muhanga District on Saturday arrested a man for allegedly impersonating police officers and defrauding people.
Jean Damascene Mutsindashyaka currently detained at Nyamabuye Police station was arrested by security forces at about 9:00am in Gahogo Cell of Nyamabuye Sector, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) John Bosco Karega, the District Police Commander of Muhanga, said.
CIP Karega said that Mutsindashyaka’s arrest followed information provided by one of the victims, who he had conned of Rwf 80, 000.
“He was going around telling people that he is a police officer and promising to get them jobs or help them acquire various services,” CIP Karega said.
“He told one of the victims identified as Claudine Ingabire, that he’s a police officer with connections in Kivu Fishing Project and knows all district leaders, and would help her get a job in the fishing project; that’s how he ended up defrauding her of Rwf 80, 000,” he further explained.
According to the DPC, the Kivu Fishing Project is a ghost firm and doesn’t exist. At the time of his arrest, Mutsindashyaka was found in possession photocopies of academic transcripts belonging to six people and four passport photocopies of different people.
“Police officers have their unique identity, they bear a service card and they are responsible for people’s security not getting them jobs and above that, asking them money. That would as well be bribery or corruption, which Rwanda National Police doesn’t tolerate in any way,” CIP Karega said.
Article 318 of the Rwandan penal code states that “any person who, intentionally obtains a property belonging to another person fraudulently or by using false names or qualities, to give rise to hope or fear of harm and obtains a part or whole of a fortune shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine of Rwf3 to Rwf5 million.
A shocking report has just been released indicating how 1,386 men, 24 women have been reported to have raped children in just 9 months.
Agnes Muhongerwa, Director of Gender Based violence Unit at National Public Prosecution Authority has unveiled that 1,406 cases on raped children were received between 2015 -2016 fiscal year where 1,386 men and 24women were suspected to have raped or forced children into sexual intercourse.
Speaking during the press conference last week, Muhongerwa said 802 cases were sent to court while about 400 cases were not considered due to having lacked evidence hence preventing them from being sent to court.
“Violence and abuse in families got 448 cases of which 308 went to court. It seems many crimes remain unknown because most of the time those who face violence keep silent due to various reasons,” she said.
After being sent to court, she said; 647 cases on raped children were read by court and the prosecution convicted 513 cases.
Out of 71 cases of raping adults, the court convicted 59 cases while those concerning abuse in families the prosecution convicted the suspects at 99.4% level because evidence could be found easily.
Muhongerwa said in human trafficking crimes in nine months, prosecution received 28 cases involving 15 men and 13 women of which 8 cases were sent to court and 13 were rejected.
“We still need more campaigns to explain to people, schools on violence and where they can report their violence cases. Everyone can be a victim of such crime. We want them to be responsible to immediately give information on crimes before evidence is distorted,” she remarked.
The prosecution also tried scientific evidences by sending in outside countries 44 criminal cases and 16 social conflicts cases where for example they had to discover DNA to know pregnancy facts.
“We still have challenges because such crimes are committed in hidden places and arrive late which lead to the disappearance of evidence. We also lack birth certificates as many people do not register them. If you accuse someone of raping a child, you must show birth certificate as evidence to prove their age as a child,” she said. She added that some accusers change their mind on pursuing the criminals due to different reasons.
Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has told Kirehe residents in Eastern Province that government will soon establish a sugar factory that will produce 100,000 tonnes of sugar every year which is over ten times the capacity of Kabuye sugar plant.
Speaking during the community work-Umuganda on Saturday, the Prime minister said factories will require cultivation of sugar cane on about 10,000 hectares to supply it.
The project will be carried out in sectors of Nasho in Kirehe district and Kabare, Ndego sectors in Kayonza district.
Murekezi revealed that there is an investor from Mauritius islands who will be involve in the project. Kabuye sugar produces around 10,000 tonnes and the new factory will help in satisfying the existing demand.
Murekezi also laid foundation stone on a plot where houses will be built for 140 families evicted from the areas for irrigation projects that will irrigate crops on 1,200 hectares.
He lauded Howard Buffet over his irrigation projects to help farmers ensure food security following a drought that triggers hunger in the area.
This comes just a few months after Kabuye sugar plant appealed in March for more land of about 7,000 hectare to grow sugar cane to be able to double its production capacity by 2018. The aim is to support the country in its effort of reducing imported sugar.
They revealed the issue following the floods that affected sugarcane plantation. The plant produces 20% of the sugar needed in the country targeting 30 tonnes by 2020.
Prime Minister Anastase Murekezo speaking to residents in Kirehe district after community work. (Photo by Kigali today)
According to Rwanda Development Board, about 70% of Rwanda’s sugar is still imported. A supply mismatch is projected to widen to 150,000 tonnes of sugar annually by 2020.
Kabuye sugar plantation grows on 2,700 hectare across the Nyabarongo river swamp and the production has stagnated for years to a decline from 2,000 tonnes last year to 12,000 tonnes from 14, 000 tonnes in the previous two years.
Last years’ floods alone made the factory incur over Rwf 100 million losses in infrastructure and stock damage, while an unknown size of sugarcane plantation was washed away.
The issues were in March brought to the attention of the Ministry of Agriculture officials seeking to better infrastructure and increase produce as well as production capacity.
Dereke broke up with Sandra because even though they were both in love his feelings had been waning for months and he ended it before it gets worse.
She recently experienced the end of a two year relationship. Sandra Teta finally reveals that she wasn’t happy with Dereke for ending the relationship on social platforms.
Showbiz fraternity was shocked last week when they saw Dereke posting on Instagram that he is single again out of the blue.
In interview with this website Sandra noted that ending relationship is okay but social platform was not the right forum to end the relationship.
“I don’t understand why he decided to end the relationship on Instagram yet we didn’t fall in love through social media social platforms,” says Sandra
She added, break ups are normal but I think it would be better to approach me n person and tell me in person.
Sandra Teta and Dereke started dating late 2014 after Sandra dumped by then boyfriend Dieudone.
R&B singer Queen Cha reveals that she is busy shaping her music career and she got no time for relationship.
The Icyaha Ndacyemera hit maker disclosed to this website while dropping her new video dubbed ‘Alone’.
“Now I am focused on building my music career and I got no time for boys or committed relationship,” says Queen Cha. Queen Cha was dumped by boyfriend deejay Cox and later confessed that she cheated on him.
She tasted lime light when she released her first single with rapper Riderman dubbed Umwe Rukumbi. Queen Cha was introduced to music industry by her cousin Safi of Urban Boyz group.
Airtel Rwanda has introduced unprecedented bonus offer that will give all its prepaid customers instant 500 per cent bonus airtime on all top-ups or recharges made through their Airtel Money platform. For instance if a subscriber buys airtime worth 1000RWF using Airtel money platform, he or she will be rewarded with 5000RWF bonus Airtime.
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Enihakore Pentecostal Ministry in Gahanga Sector of Kicukiro District has pledged to use evangelism to raise awareness against gender based violence and drug abuse.
The commitment was made during their meeting with police on June25, and brought together over 400 members of the Pentecostal church.
Rev. Pr Emmanuel Nyandwi, the senior pastor at the church, said: “Preventing crimes and ensuring safer and peaceful society is in our core norms, values and principles as a Pentecostal Church. This meeting is therefore important to remind us that what we do have something in common with the police work, which is to ensure safer and God-fearing societies.”
“Before anyone becomes a member of this church, he or she is a Rwandan. Our role as church leaders is to teach them to fear God and that includes teaching them to be responsible citizens that follow the law and to be Christians who play a significant role in the development of communities and the country in general,” Rev. Nyandwi said.
He pledged strong partnership between the church and Police to front the idea of community policing and to strive for the well being of the people by raising awareness against drug abuse and gender based violence, the two high-impact crimes that are still common in societies.
Inspector of Police (IP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the District Community Liaison Officer of Kicukiro, said the meeting is part of the ongoing anti-crime activities to explain to all Rwandans their role in identifying, fighting and preventing crimes through community policing.
Addressing the church members, IP Twizeyimana said that crimes like GBV, child abuse and other sexual related crimes are committed by people under the influence of illicit drugs, which is why fighting the vice of drugs, should be “over-emphasized.”
He thanked them for committing to building safer communities and pledged to support them in their awareness campaigns.
The Mayor of Nyabihu District, Theoneste Uwanzwenuwe has called upon residents to give value to the concept of community policing. He said it is a means to collectively and effectively approach the existing security challenges that affect their well being in their respective communities.
The mayor made the call on Friday while addressing about 150 local leaders and members of DASSO in the district, and 172 students currently in their Senior Six vacation.
This was shortly after the weekly sports exercise that also marked the end of the civic education programme for the vacists.
“We need to work as a team, and what that means is that development, security and socio-economic activities should be approached collectively by leaders, residents and security organs. It means that when you notice anything unlawful or derailing government development programmes, always be quick to report,” Uwanzwenuwe said.
He challenged the local leaders in sectors, cells and villages to be close and work with the people, know their needs and issues affecting them in all aspects of security and development in line with the government policy and programmes, which he said lies in their core responsibilities.
The District Police Commander of Nyabihu, Supt. Alex Fata reminded the local leaders and students that sports are important for one’s quality of life both physically and mentally.
Police had been asked to head sports activities that afternoon in the district.
Supt. Fata urged them to give value and always participate in Friday sports events adding that it’s both a national policy and for the benefit of an individual as well.
He commended their impact in identifying, reporting, fighting and preventing crimes, but added that there are still gaps that give wrongdoers space to carry on with their criminal activities like drug dealers, child abuse and issues related to domestic violence, which should be reported.
“You have equal responsibilities as well to report anything you think will affect the wellbeing of the people and the country in general,” he said, adding that community policing is theirs to jointly work with the police to front the ideal of safety, security and peace as the backbone for development.