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MTN Rwanda Pays Out Interest To Mobile Money Subscribers

By IGIHE

Payment of interest is in accordance with the E-money regulations set by the Central Bank of Rwanda to give Mobile Money customers interest earned on MTN's escrow accounts.

This interest is calculated on an average monthly basis on the subscriber's wallet closing balances and awarded on a quarterly basis to all MTN Mobile Money users who actively use the service to make payments, send and receive money, among others.

MTN's Chief Business and Corporate Affairs Officer, Chantal Kagame, said, “MTN is committed to ensuring that its customers reap the benefits of using the Mobile Money service. With more and more digital transactions being done as we move towards a cashless society, we encourage our customers maintain an end of day balance on their wallets that earn them interest.”

In this phase of driving a cashless economy and boosting financial inclusion in the country, MTN Rwanda is repositioning itself as the MFS provider of choice in Rwanda and will continue to engage all its partners and customers to use and also save more on Mobile Money so they can get more interest on their money.

“MTN Mobile Money services have brightened the lives of all our customers as well as played a big role in developing Rwanda's financial infrastructure. The introduction of ‘Mobile Money Cash Back' will not only increase customers' level of trust in Mobile Money services but increase money in the ecosystem backed by money in the bank”, added Mrs. Kagame.
Mrs Kagame also encouraged Rwandans to always transact using Mobile Money as a faster and safer way that reduces the bulkiness of carrying cash, improve overall efficiency in doing business and ultimately, save money.

In line with the Rwandan government drive for a cashless society, the penetration Mobile Money in the country has seen a continuous rise with the enhancement of existing offerings such as MoMoPay for merchants, Tap&Go payments for bus services, Bill Payments, Bank Push & Pull, Loans & Savings, Bulk Payments, Electricity purchase, Payment of Government services, Regional and International remittances and many more.

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Joseline Umulisa and Étienne Niyigena win Tennis tournament for remembrance

By IGIHE

The tournament that took place at Tennis playgrounds in front of Amahoro Stadium in Remera over the entire week was concluded during finals held on Saturday in seven categories.

Umulisa Joseline won in women professionals beating Ingabire Meganne 2-0 sets ( 6-1, 6-1) while Niyigena Étienne won men professionals category beating Havugimana Olivier 2-0 sets ( 6-2,6-4).

In the category of amateurs (Men double), Kasim Ntageruka and Mutagoma beat Mugarura and Kaningu Christian 2-0 sets ( 6-4, 6-2).

In the category of amateurs (men single) Bahati Théoneste beat Serge 2-0 sets ( 6-4,7-6).
The Wheelchair Tennis (women category) was won by Mutesi Faith beating Imanishimwe Yvonne 2-1 sets (4-2,4-6,6-4) while Ndayishimiye Ernest beat Dusabe Viateur 2-0 sets ( 6-0,6-4) in men category.

The President of Tennis Federation in Rwanda, Karenzi Théoneste lauded all players that participated in the tournament to remember for the 25th time, Tutsi killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and highlighted that the federation shall keep organizing tournaments promoting their talents.

Identified Tennis players killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi include Kanyamahanga Gaston, Nyamunyura Samuel, Nyirarucyaba Emmanuel, Gatera Vincent, Rubangura François, Kwitonda Théogène, Ruzindana, Rutahira Vedaste, Rutayisire Fidèle and Bayingana Jean De Dieu.

An international Tennis tournament for children under 18 years bringing together participants from 16 countries is starting this Monday.

The President of Tennis Federation in Rwanda, Karenzi Théoneste was present to the event
All players that participated in the tournament to remember for the 25th time, Tutsi killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
Umulisa Joseline won in women professionals
Niyigena Étienne won men professionals category

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Camellia: Exclusively Culture. Coffee. Charm

By Ivan Kimenyi

It was a late afternoon involving several men in slate-blue suits, students wearing casual, elegant businesswomen absorbed in their work, as concerned waiters were delicately pouring drinks into glasses. It was all very convivial, I thought, chuckling.

Opposite my seat, was a business lady having an executive breakfast. Quite appetizing, should I say. A beef sausage, fried eggs on toast, spinach, and some mushroom. Nearby, an absorbed student was having coffee, in a paper cup, like me. An Expresso, I think. Ah, the joy of these. The coffee here is hot, not scalding hot, just at the right temperature.

“Can you taste the cocoa nibs?” asked the barista, Alex in evangelical tones. “Yes, I can,” I said, startled. I had almost forgotten the barista across me from the bar. “How about the crème?” Alex asked. “Heavenly,” I said because, at that moment, I truly could be in heaven.

The crêpes I had ordered along helped things along, plus the tiny square of banana cake, offered to accentuate the beverage's flavors.

“Are you still hurrying up?” he asked concerned. “Unfortunately, yeah,” I answered. I had a meeting with my boss in the next ten minutes.

Suddenly drinking my double mochaccino when on deadline felt like self-sabotage. “Maybe you can pass by later,” Alex said sympathetically. “We can argue again on what's best, your Mochaccino or my classic Café Latte.” He laughingly added. I laughed back. Alex and I always have this everlasting debate on which is better, his preferred drink or mine. Each day, we both come up with new arguments and I seriously doubt if we'll ever win it.

Upstairs, inside MIC shopping mall, on the top floor which overlooks King's College Chapel, has to be one of the best spots in all Camellia branches.

If you've had a busy week, there's nothing quite like a large mug of their Breakfast tea or coffee while you enjoy the stunning view, perhaps watching the students, cyclists or simply passers-by.
Those feeling peckish can try the giant marinated quarter chicken or the traditional beef goulash, which never seems to decrease in size. If you've got a sweet tooth, there's a selection of tempting crepes and pancakes (the maple syrup pancake stack is divine). For those who want a well-earned treat, Camellia also offers a selection of pastries, such as Black Forest Cakes, delicate Carrot Muffins and Vanilla cakes, perfect for any day in Kigali.

And then there's the Coffee. Absolutely spellbinding. A lifesaver for some of us. Worth trying sometimes – especially if Alex is your Barista.

Café Camelia offers a superb experience to all who delight in quality food
Camellia's delectable Executive Breakfast

Ivan Kimenyi

Minister Shyaka urges Muslims against misinterpretation of Quran

By IGIHE

He made the request yesterday as he graced the completion of international competition on reading and learning by heart the Quran held at Kigali Convention Center.

The competition was organized by Muslim Community in Rwanda in collaboration with Haya Alkair-a Saudi Arabia Muslim organization.

Minister Shyaka said that Quran is a book teaching people to live in harmony and cooperation and urged Muslims to read its good message to stand against people misinterpreting it that might lead to involvement in wrong doing.

“ Learning and understanding Quran for Muslims is an opportunity to dig deeper into its insights leading them to explore the good message it carries and stand against negative intentions that might arise from illiterate readers or people misinterpreting it be it radicalism among other tarnishing the reputation,” he said.

"Islam means peace which aligns with Rwanda's core goals to maintain peace and security. It goes with the saying ‘Birds of feather flock together'. Being a Muslim in Rwanda must be translated into loving peace, striving for it and love the beautiful country like Rwanda,” added Minister Shyaka.

The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana assured that Muslim Community in Rwanda shall keep supporting goof governance that paved way for Islam freedom after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“Such activity highlights good governance in our country giving indiscriminate religious freedom. History shows that during Belgium colonial rule in 1924, a law was established to bring Muslims together in a camp to exclude and isolate them from other Rwandans,” he said.

Based on Islam freedom currently, Mufti Hitimana said that over 100 Muslims memorized the Quran unlike before 1994 where no one did learn the Quran by heart.

The Quran reading international competition is held in Rwanda for the 8th time. 51 contestants from 25 countries reached finals of this year's competition.

The competition was organized by Muslim Community in Rwanda together with Haya Alkair-a Saudi Arabia Muslim organization
The completion of international competition on reading and learning by heart the Quran held at Kigali Convention Center.
The Quran reading international competition is held in Rwanda for the 8th time.
Khalid al Hajaj, representing the partners of this competition
Sheikh Salim Hitimana assured that Muslim Community in Rwanda shall keep supporting goof governance that paved way for Islam freedom
Minister Shyaka said that Quran is a book teaching people to live in harmony and cooperation

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Two arrested over illegal money exchange business

By IGIHE

The arrest is part of the ongoing operations against illegal dealers in foreign currency exchange business.

Police spokesperson for the Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira identified the suspects as Christian Bahati and Elina Musabyimana, who after the search were found with $ 3, 045 and 670, 200 Congolese francs, respectively.

The duo arrested on Saturday was also found in possession of Rwf130, 000 and Rwf147, 000, respectively.

Speculators and illegal money-changers have often been blamed for the volatility in the currency market.

CIP Gasasira said that the duo was arrested red-handed, exchanging money in Gasutamo Village, Mbugangari Cell.

“This was a Police targeted operation based on credible information on specific people involved and their bases. What they were doing is illegal and has negative impact on the economy,” he explained.

The arrest of the duo came few days after two other women were apprehended in the same area over similar crime.

Economists say that unlawful financial businesses could distort the forex market, trigger dollarisation of the economy, fuel inflation and reduce the competiveness of local products in the international market.

According to Central Bank regulations, no individual or company is allowed to trade in currencies without a license.

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First Lady Jeannette Kagame runs 10 km in Kigali International Peace Marathon

By IGIHE

Yesterday's Kigali International Peace Marathon which aims at promoting peace through sports was attended by 3899 participants from 55 countries who contested in its three categories namely: Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (21.097) km and Run For Peace (10 km).

First Lady Jeannette Kagame participated in Run For Peace category where she run 10 km along with the Minister of Sports and Culture, Espérance Nyirasafari; the mayor of Kigali City, Chantal Rwakazina among other dignitaries.

Philip Kiplimo from Uganda won 42 km run in men category while Jepchirchir Korir from Kenya won in women category.

Chepchirchir Celestine from Kenya won the Half Marathon in women category while Kiminine Shadrack from Kenya won in men category.

Kigali International Peace Marathon started in 2005 supported by President Paul Kagame.
Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) president, Fidele Mubiligi Fidèle said that this year's marathon was successfully completed though Rwandans didn't emerge among first runners.
“ The marathon ended on a high note in general. Half Marathon was won by Rwandans last year but no Rwandan won for this edition except one who emerged the second in women category. It is normal in competitions. This year's marathon attracted competent runners because awards were increased,” he said.

Three Rwandans who performed well in each category of Kigali International Peace Marathon were also awarded.

First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame has run 10 km in ‘Run For Peace' circuit of Kigali International Peace Marathon
MRS. Kagame on a picture with other leader who were present in this Marathon Run For Peace. from the left: the Cabinet Minister of Gender and Family Promotion: , Nyirahabimana Solina; Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board, Francis Gatare; Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye; the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, in the Office of the Prime Minister, Kayisire Marie Solange; the cabinet minister at the Ministry of Sports and Culture,Nyirasafari Espérance; the mayor of kigali city, Rwakazina Marie Chantal; Director General of Imbuto Foundation, Umutoni Sandrine the First Lady's advisor Jeannette Kagame, Radegonde Ndejuru
3899 participants from 55 countries participated in Kigali International Peace Marathon
Jepchirchir Korir from Kenya won in women category
Philip Kiplimo from Uganda won 42 km run in men category

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President Kagame receives USAID Administrator

By IGIHE

Mark Green came to Rwanda as part of his visit to various countries in Africa including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Mozambique.

According to a communiqué from the Presidency, Kagame and USAID Administrator also discussed the agency's plans to boost cooperation with concerned countries to eliminate reliance on foreign aid.

Rwanda will finance 68% of her 2019/2020 budget.

Rwanda and USAID enjoy good relations in different areas including agriculture, food sufficiency, health and education. The agency has allocated USD $ 71 million to support these areas this year.

Through Chemonics International Inc, USAID donated USD $ 32 million to buy medicine and equipment used to prevent HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

The organization also donated USD $ 11million through Hinga Weze project to promote small scale agriculture.

The project runs in 10 districts including Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma, Karongi, Ngororero, Nyabihu, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke and Rutsiro.

USAID has other projects supporting 50,000 vulnerable households from 12 districts including Muhanga, Kamonyi, Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe, Huye, Ruhango, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Rulindo, Gakenke, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge.

Other projects supported by the organization include Turengere Abana and Gimbuka projects supporting children from secondary and primary schools.

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Rwanda ranked 12th in Sustainable Development Goal's implementation

By IGIHE

The report was revealed during the ongoing Sustainable Development Goals/Africa summit, which is scrutinizing how far the SDGs are implemented.

Seychelles and Libya are excluded on the ranked countries due to the fact that they do not meet the 97 weighing criteria that are based on 17 goals of SDGs. Tunisia leads the list with 66% points, and South Africa lags behind with 29%.

In early September 2015, United Nations established new 17 SDGs to replace Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Tunisia tops, followed by Seychelles, Morocco, Cape Verde and Egypt respectively. Rwanda leads East African countries and 12th on the continent, Kenya follows and 15th on the continent, Tanzania 16th, Uganda 18th and Burundi in 34thposition in Africa.

South Sudan, Central Africa, Tchad, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo bottom the list. Africa remains behind towards SDGs implementation due to extreme poverty. In 2015, 410 million people were below the poverty line.

Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana, Rwanda's minister of finance and economic planning, encouraged Africans to own up the goals and implementation process.

“Countries need to eye SDGs as their own and stop assuming that other players help implement them; it is Africa's luggage” Dr Uzziel said.

Dr Agnes Kalibata, the president of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), says that the delay in SDGs implementation is not due lack of funds but downplaying what benefits they will bring.

The 2019 annual sustainable development goals report ranked Rwanda as the 12th in 52 verified countries on SDGs implementation

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255 prison warders graduate at RCS training school

By IGIHE

The new warders who passed out yesterday have completed nine months' training at RCS training school in Rwamagana district on prisoners' rights, handling guns and resolving disputes.

It is the 3rd intake since the school was established.

The Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye who graced the event said the ceremony reflects Rwanda's efforts to build professional prison warders.

“The core objective is to equip prison warders with skills to correct inmates to transform them to comply with Government's regulations,” he said.

“We commend your commitment and courage that characterized you during the training. You have to apply acquired basic skills on duty, working together with fellows and strive to maintain a good reputation of RCS,” added Minister Busingye.

He urged them on professionalism and respecting laws.

The Commissioner General of RCS, CGP George Rwigamba said the new recruits join existing 1600 prison warders. He revealed that another training program is scheduled next year to increase the number which is still low.

RCS has 13 prisons countrywide.

It is the 3rd intake since the school was established.
The new recruits join existing 1600 prison warders.
The Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye said the ceremony reflects Rwanda's efforts to build professional prison warders.

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Two arrested over illegal mineral trade

By IGIHE

One of the duo identified as Thacien Munyaneza, 38, was intercepted with 110kgs of cassiterite on Thursday in Kigali. Other 35kgs were recovered from an illegal dealer in Kayonza District.

Munyaneza was arrested on Thursday as he transported the minerals on a motorcycle RE 573G, which was also impounded.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie Gorette Umutesi said that Munyaneza was intercepted in Nyabugogo, Kimisagara Sector of Nyarugenge District.

“Police in Kigali received information that a motorcycle had left Rutongo concession with a consignment of stolen cassiterite,” CIP Umutesi said.

“The motorcycle was tracked and intercepted in Nyabugogo, its rider arrested and minerals seized,” she added.

It is said that illegal dealers connive with workers in mining sites to steal minerals from concessions. In other cases, people conduct illegal mining activities especially at night, which sometimes result into disasters in cases where miners don't know the status of the concession, thus tilting weak or unsupported cliffs.

Article 1 of the Ministerial Regulations No 001/Minifom/2011 relating to fighting smuggling in mineral trading stipulates that nobody is allowed to purchase or sell minerals without commercial registration.

Article 4 of the same instrument indicates that transportation of minerals outside mining licensed areas (concessions and permits perimeters) is only allowed, when the consignment shows the source mine, its value and when it has the right tag.

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It is time for Africa to correct what went wrong - Kagame

By IGIHE

Kagame delivered the message yesterday as he officially inaugurated three-day Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) Conference held in Kigali.

The conference is organized by Eisenhower Fellowships (EF), an organization that was started in 1953 in honor of the 34th US President Dwight Eisenhower.

The summit is themed around Africa's integration in multiple aspects such as trade, work, technology, governance and partnerships.

It brought together over 200 delegates including top government officials, business leaders, academics, scientists and journalists.

The conference took place at a place where African Continental Free Trade Agreements (AfCFTA) were signed by 44 countries during the AU General Assembly held in Kigali in March 2018.

AfCFTA went into implementation since 30th May 2019.

As he addressed participants, President Kagame said Africa understands benefits of working together.

“I think it went into implementation for two reasons mainly Africans willingness and external factors that contributed to dividing the continent which have been slowing down. The outside is preoccupied with their own problems, rather than thinking everything is fine and all they have to do is to manipulate things, starting with Africa,” he said.

“It is the right time for Africa to correct mistakes we made. We sometimes knew that what we do affects our people and economy. Africa is at high pace to address its problems,” added Kagame.

He highlighted the youth should take the lead to correct what went wrong.

“ If you look at Africa and the enormous wealth, people should be asking why is it that parts of the world that were at the same level of economic standing 40-50 years ago, today are 100s of time better off,” he said.

“The question must be what went wrong. This is a question everyone should be answering including the young ones because otherwise how will they correct it, they must understand they owe it to themselves to understand the challenge and address them,” added Kagame.

The president explained that the youth represents great wealth along the journey to implement real Africa's collaboration with the rest of the world.

“We know there is a lot of work to do to be where we want to be. We know we can count on not only ourselves but others for cooperation and collaboration; those are keys for us to be able to continue making progress,” he stressed.

Serving with Rwanda's example, Kagame reflected how Rwandans unity was the enabler during 25 years resilience process after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Rwanda is the first African country to host the Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) conference.

The organization's mission is to identify, empower, and connect innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

Rwanda is the first African country to host the Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) conference.
President Kagame said Africa understands benefits of working together.
He highlighted the youth should take the lead to correct what went wrong.

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Fast tracking SDGs is our responsibility as Africans - Kagame

By IGIHE

President Kagame made the observation yesterday as he addressed participants in the Sustainable Development Goals Summit held in Kigali yesterday.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.

These goals' targets by 2030 are Poverty eradication, achieving Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Reducing Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and Partnerships for the Goals.

On the third day of the Summit reflecting on three years of SDGs, President Kagame talked on the report of Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A) highlighting that on almost every Goal, the continent is not on track to achieve the 2030 targets that even the best are lagging behind the rest of the world.

“This would not necessarily be discouraging, if the rate of change was high. We all know where Africa is coming from, and how much catching up we have to do. However, on too many indicators, the pace of progress is stagnant or even declining,” he said.

President Kagame stressed, the most important thing is the right mindset understanding that ‘The SDGs are universal and ambitious, meaning they set targets that apply to countries at every level of economic development'.

He explained that achieving the SDGs represents the attainment of a significant level of prosperity and well-being, not merely the elimination of extreme poverty that Africa should consider it as the problem and responsibility.

“The development assistance is not growing, and it is reasonable to expect that trend to continue. Foreign investment is also flat. On the other hand, speeding up progress toward the SDGs is first and foremost our problem and responsibility as Africans,” said Kagame.

SDGC/A report show SDGs financing gap in Africa estimating between 500 billion and 1.2 trillion dollars per year.

President Kagame stressed the need to work closely with partners noting that the political leadership on this topic has to be heard most strongly from African voices. He said remittances from the African diaspora are now the largest source of external income for our continent.

SDGC/A has recently announced plan to concert much effort on education, health and agriculture as central areas to other goals.

President Kagame hailed the initiative emphasizing that the idea to establish dedicated African funds for education, water, and health has a lot of merit.

“This is an opportunity to work with Africa's partners in new and better ways, and deliver human-scale projects that directly touch the lives of farmers, families, and schoolchildren,” he said.

Director General to the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC/A), Dr. Belay Begashaw also highlighted that achieving SDGs remains a major concern of Africans.

The Chairperson of African Union Commission (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat said that intervention of private sector is of great importance to preparing, implementing and assessing the impact of SDGs and AU Vision 2063.

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Copa América Brasil 2019 is exclusive on StarTimes and might be free to watch

By IGIHE

Starting from 14th June to 7th July, 12 national teams (10 South American teams, plus Qatar and Japan) will participate the Copa América in Brazil this year.

As all knows, Copa America is titled as “Thrilled with sexy football”, and explicitly expressed by super football stars like Messi (Argentina), Sanchez (Chile), Suarez (Uruguay), Fermino (Brazil), and J Rodriguez (Colombia). Their style is the purest and most enjoyable football culture which is thrilled by most football fans. StarTimes will broadcast all Copa América matches live and HD on ST World Football and ST Sports Premium.

Here are the tips for Rwandan football fans to watch and enjoy the “trilled with sexy football” Copa America 2019 for free:

Existing StarTimes Subscribers: Subscribe to any monthly bouquet and you can watch Copa America for free, plus get upgraded to a higher bouquet for free.

New Customers: Just buy a StarTimes decoder or a TV (Starting from 149,000 Rwf) and watch Copa America for Free.

Here are the Fixtures of Copa America 2019. .

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MTN Rwanda Pays Out Interest To Mobile Money Subscribers

By IGIHE

Payment of interest is in accordance with the E-money regulations set by the Central Bank of Rwanda to give Mobile Money customers interest earned on MTN's escrow accounts.

This interest is calculated on an average monthly basis on the subscriber's wallet closing balances and awarded on a quarterly basis to all MTN Mobile Money users who actively use the service to make payments, send and receive money, among others.

MTN's Chief Business and Corporate Affairs Officer, Chantal Kagame, said, “MTN is committed to ensuring that its customers reap the benefits of using the Mobile Money service. With more and more digital transactions being done as we move towards a cashless society, we encourage our customers maintain an end of day balance on their wallets that earn them interest.”

In this phase of driving a cashless economy and boosting financial inclusion in the country, MTN Rwanda is repositioning itself as the MFS provider of choice in Rwanda and will continue to engage all its partners and customers to use and also save more on Mobile Money so they can get more interest on their money.

“MTN Mobile Money services have brightened the lives of all our customers as well as played a big role in developing Rwanda's financial infrastructure. The introduction of ‘Mobile Money Cash Back' will not only increase customers' level of trust in Mobile Money services but increase money in the ecosystem backed by money in the bank”, added Mrs. Kagame.
Mrs Kagame also encouraged Rwandans to always transact using Mobile Money as a faster and safer way that reduces the bulkiness of carrying cash, improve overall efficiency in doing business and ultimately, save money.

In line with the Rwandan government drive for a cashless society, the penetration Mobile Money in the country has seen a continuous rise with the enhancement of existing offerings such as MoMoPay for merchants, Tap&Go payments for bus services, Bill Payments, Bank Push & Pull, Loans & Savings, Bulk Payments, Electricity purchase, Payment of Government services, Regional and International remittances and many more.

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Joseline Umulisa and Étienne Niyigena win Tennis tournament for remembrance

By IGIHE

The tournament that took place at Tennis playgrounds in front of Amahoro Stadium in Remera over the entire week was concluded during finals held on Saturday in seven categories.

Umulisa Joseline won in women professionals beating Ingabire Meganne 2-0 sets ( 6-1, 6-1) while Niyigena Étienne won men professionals category beating Havugimana Olivier 2-0 sets ( 6-2,6-4).

In the category of amateurs (Men double), Kasim Ntageruka and Mutagoma beat Mugarura and Kaningu Christian 2-0 sets ( 6-4, 6-2).

In the category of amateurs (men single) Bahati Théoneste beat Serge 2-0 sets ( 6-4,7-6).
The Wheelchair Tennis (women category) was won by Mutesi Faith beating Imanishimwe Yvonne 2-1 sets (4-2,4-6,6-4) while Ndayishimiye Ernest beat Dusabe Viateur 2-0 sets ( 6-0,6-4) in men category.

The President of Tennis Federation in Rwanda, Karenzi Théoneste lauded all players that participated in the tournament to remember for the 25th time, Tutsi killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and highlighted that the federation shall keep organizing tournaments promoting their talents.

Identified Tennis players killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi include Kanyamahanga Gaston, Nyamunyura Samuel, Nyirarucyaba Emmanuel, Gatera Vincent, Rubangura François, Kwitonda Théogène, Ruzindana, Rutahira Vedaste, Rutayisire Fidèle and Bayingana Jean De Dieu.

An international Tennis tournament for children under 18 years bringing together participants from 16 countries is starting this Monday.

The President of Tennis Federation in Rwanda, Karenzi Théoneste was present to the event
All players that participated in the tournament to remember for the 25th time, Tutsi killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
Umulisa Joseline won in women professionals
Niyigena Étienne won men professionals category

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By Amanzi

Camellia: Exclusively Culture. Coffee. Charm

By Ivan Kimenyi

It was a late afternoon involving several men in slate-blue suits, students wearing casual, elegant businesswomen absorbed in their work, as concerned waiters were delicately pouring drinks into glasses. It was all very convivial, I thought, chuckling.

Opposite my seat, was a business lady having an executive breakfast. Quite appetizing, should I say. A beef sausage, fried eggs on toast, spinach, and some mushroom. Nearby, an absorbed student was having coffee, in a paper cup, like me. An Expresso, I think. Ah, the joy of these. The coffee here is hot, not scalding hot, just at the right temperature.

“Can you taste the cocoa nibs?” asked the barista, Alex in evangelical tones. “Yes, I can,” I said, startled. I had almost forgotten the barista across me from the bar. “How about the crème?” Alex asked. “Heavenly,” I said because, at that moment, I truly could be in heaven.

The crêpes I had ordered along helped things along, plus the tiny square of banana cake, offered to accentuate the beverage's flavors.

“Are you still hurrying up?” he asked concerned. “Unfortunately, yeah,” I answered. I had a meeting with my boss in the next ten minutes.

Suddenly drinking my double mochaccino when on deadline felt like self-sabotage. “Maybe you can pass by later,” Alex said sympathetically. “We can argue again on what's best, your Mochaccino or my classic Café Latte.” He laughingly added. I laughed back. Alex and I always have this everlasting debate on which is better, his preferred drink or mine. Each day, we both come up with new arguments and I seriously doubt if we'll ever win it.

Upstairs, inside MIC shopping mall, on the top floor which overlooks King's College Chapel, has to be one of the best spots in all Camellia branches.

If you've had a busy week, there's nothing quite like a large mug of their Breakfast tea or coffee while you enjoy the stunning view, perhaps watching the students, cyclists or simply passers-by.
Those feeling peckish can try the giant marinated quarter chicken or the traditional beef goulash, which never seems to decrease in size. If you've got a sweet tooth, there's a selection of tempting crepes and pancakes (the maple syrup pancake stack is divine). For those who want a well-earned treat, Camellia also offers a selection of pastries, such as Black Forest Cakes, delicate Carrot Muffins and Vanilla cakes, perfect for any day in Kigali.

And then there's the Coffee. Absolutely spellbinding. A lifesaver for some of us. Worth trying sometimes – especially if Alex is your Barista.

Café Camelia offers a superb experience to all who delight in quality food
Camellia's delectable Executive Breakfast

Ivan Kimenyi

Minister Shyaka urges Muslims against misinterpretation of Quran

By IGIHE

He made the request yesterday as he graced the completion of international competition on reading and learning by heart the Quran held at Kigali Convention Center.

The competition was organized by Muslim Community in Rwanda in collaboration with Haya Alkair-a Saudi Arabia Muslim organization.

Minister Shyaka said that Quran is a book teaching people to live in harmony and cooperation and urged Muslims to read its good message to stand against people misinterpreting it that might lead to involvement in wrong doing.

“ Learning and understanding Quran for Muslims is an opportunity to dig deeper into its insights leading them to explore the good message it carries and stand against negative intentions that might arise from illiterate readers or people misinterpreting it be it radicalism among other tarnishing the reputation,” he said.

"Islam means peace which aligns with Rwanda's core goals to maintain peace and security. It goes with the saying ‘Birds of feather flock together'. Being a Muslim in Rwanda must be translated into loving peace, striving for it and love the beautiful country like Rwanda,” added Minister Shyaka.

The Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana assured that Muslim Community in Rwanda shall keep supporting goof governance that paved way for Islam freedom after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“Such activity highlights good governance in our country giving indiscriminate religious freedom. History shows that during Belgium colonial rule in 1924, a law was established to bring Muslims together in a camp to exclude and isolate them from other Rwandans,” he said.

Based on Islam freedom currently, Mufti Hitimana said that over 100 Muslims memorized the Quran unlike before 1994 where no one did learn the Quran by heart.

The Quran reading international competition is held in Rwanda for the 8th time. 51 contestants from 25 countries reached finals of this year's competition.

The competition was organized by Muslim Community in Rwanda together with Haya Alkair-a Saudi Arabia Muslim organization
The completion of international competition on reading and learning by heart the Quran held at Kigali Convention Center.
The Quran reading international competition is held in Rwanda for the 8th time.
Khalid al Hajaj, representing the partners of this competition
Sheikh Salim Hitimana assured that Muslim Community in Rwanda shall keep supporting goof governance that paved way for Islam freedom
Minister Shyaka said that Quran is a book teaching people to live in harmony and cooperation

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Two arrested over illegal money exchange business

By IGIHE

The arrest is part of the ongoing operations against illegal dealers in foreign currency exchange business.

Police spokesperson for the Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira identified the suspects as Christian Bahati and Elina Musabyimana, who after the search were found with $ 3, 045 and 670, 200 Congolese francs, respectively.

The duo arrested on Saturday was also found in possession of Rwf130, 000 and Rwf147, 000, respectively.

Speculators and illegal money-changers have often been blamed for the volatility in the currency market.

CIP Gasasira said that the duo was arrested red-handed, exchanging money in Gasutamo Village, Mbugangari Cell.

“This was a Police targeted operation based on credible information on specific people involved and their bases. What they were doing is illegal and has negative impact on the economy,” he explained.

The arrest of the duo came few days after two other women were apprehended in the same area over similar crime.

Economists say that unlawful financial businesses could distort the forex market, trigger dollarisation of the economy, fuel inflation and reduce the competiveness of local products in the international market.

According to Central Bank regulations, no individual or company is allowed to trade in currencies without a license.

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