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Imirambo y'abari mu bwato bwarohamye mu Kivu muri RDC yatangiye kuboneka i Rubavu

By Mukwaya Olivier

Imirambo 11 y'abaguye mu mpanuka y'ubwato buheruka kurohama mu Kiyaga cya Kivu ku ruhande rwa Repubulika ya Demokarasi ya Congo (RDC), yabonetse ku ruhande rw'u Rwanda mu Karere ka Rubavu ndetse igikorwa cyo gushakisha indi kirakomeje.

- U Rwanda /

Huye: Abakirisitu Gatolika babambye uwakinnye ari Yezu mu nzira y'Umusaraba (Amafoto)

By Prudence Kwizera

Imbaga y'Abakirisitu Gatolika bo mu Karere ka Huye bakoze inzira y'umusaraba yo ku wa Gatanu Mutagatifu bazenguruka Umujyi wa Huye, bigana urugendo rwa Yezu Kristu ubwo yari amaze gutangwa na Pilato ngo bambwe.

- Iyobokamana /

Nigeria: Amb. Kamanzi yeretse urubyiruko impamvu rukwiye kurandura ingengabitekerezo ya Jenoside

By Evariste Nsengimana

Ambasaderi w'u Rwanda muri Nigeria, Stanislas Kamanzi, yasabye urubyiruko kwirinda amacakubiri n'urwango kugira ngo ahazaza h'u Rwanda n'Isi muri rusange hazabe ahazira ingengabitekerezo ya Jenoside.

- Amakuru /

Inzoka zatumye Perezida wa Liberia yimuka mu biro bye

By IGIHE

Inzoka zagaragaye mu biro bya Perezida George Weah wa Liberia, zatumye ava mu biro bye kugira ngo habanze hatunganywe, ajya gukomereza imirimo mu rugo rwe.

- Muri Afurika /

Perezida Kagame na madamu bakiriye itsinda ry'abagize Inteko Ishinga amategeko ya Amerika (Amafoto)

By Rabbi Malo Umucunguzi

Perezida Paul Kagame na Madamu Jeannette Kagame, kuri uyu wa Gatanu yakiriye muri Village Urugwiro, itsinda ry'abagize inteko ishinga amategeko ya Leta Zunze Ubumwe za Amerika, bagirana ibiganiro byibanze ku mubano w'ibihugu byombi.

- U Rwanda / ,

Umujyanama mushya wa Mwiseneza Josiane yamaganye ababibye amacakubiri bitwaje izina rye

By Muvunyi Arsène

Mwisenza Josiane watowe nk'umukobwa ukunzwe [Miss Popularity] mu irushanwa rya Nyampinga w'u Rwanda w'uyu mwaka, yerekanye umujyanama ugiye kumufasha gushyira mu bikorwa imishinga ye, anakomoza ku macakubiri yagarutsweho ubwo yahatanaga muri Miss Rwanda 2019.

- Imyidagaduro /

Islamic State yigambye igitero cy'iterabwoba muri RDC

By HABIMANA James

Abantu batatu barimo abasirikare babiri ba leta baguye mu kurasana hafi y'Umujyi wa Beni muri Repubulika Iharanira Demokarasi ya Congo, umutwe w'iterabwoba wa ISIS ukaba watangaje ko ariwo uri inyuma y'iki gitero.

- Muri Afurika /

Uwa Gatanu Mutagatifu: Imbaga y'abakiristu Gatolika bitabiriye Inzira y'Umusaraba (Amafoto)

By Akayezu Jean de Dieu

Abakirisitu by'umwihariko abasengera muri Kiliziya Gatolika, bemera ko ku musaraba ariho Yezu yatangiye icyiru cy'ibyaha agatsinda Shitani yari yarigaruriye abantu.

- Iyobokamana /

Cristiano Ronaldo ashobora kuva muri Juventus

By Akayezu Jean de Dieu

Rutahizamu wa Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo, ashobora kuva muri iyi kipe iri mu zikomeye mu Butaliyani nyuma yo gusezererwa n'ikipe ya Ajax mu mikino ya ¼ cya UEFA Champions League.

- Football /

Ibitazasibangana mu mateka y'imikino 89 imaze guhuza Rayon Sports na APR FC

By Eric Tony Ukurikiyimfura

Kuri uyu wa Gatandatu tariki ya 20 Mata 2019, hateganyijwe umukino w'amateka hagati y'abakeba bo mu rw'imisozi 1000 uzahuza ikipe ya Rayon Sports na APR FC, ukabera kuri Stade Amahoro i Remera saa 15:30.

- Football /

Semaine de l'Armee : RDF lance un programme de sensibilisation des citoyens.

By Jovin Ndayishimiye

La ceremonie a ete organisee a l'occasion des travaux communautaires (Umuganda) reunissant les citoyens locaux avec des commandants des RDF, des dirigeants locaux et le Ministre de l'Administration Locale, le Professeur Anastase Shyaka.

Ce programme de sensibilisation des citoyens a débuté en 2009 sous le nom de la« Semaine de l'Armée ».
« Le Président de la République et Commandant Suprême de l'Armée nous a formés à servir les citoyens », a déclaré le Général Jacques Musemakweli, Chef d'Etat-Major de la Force de Réserve.

"La première sécurité, c'est quand les gens sont capables de travailler et de prospérer. Ainsi, ils ne peuvent avoir de pensées négatives", a-t-il expliqué.
Le Gen.Musemakweli a annoncé que des Officiers medecins spécialistes seront répartis dans trois Hôpitaux de la Province de l'Est, à savoir celui de Rwinkwavu et de Gahini dans le District de Kayonza, et l'Hôpital de Bugesera dans le District de Bugesera, afin de fournir des services de dentisterie, d'ophtalmologie et de petite chirurgie.

"Une autre responsabilité est celle de contribuer au dévéloppement du pays, ce pour quoi nous sommes ici aujourd'hui", a-t-il dit.

"La sécurité et le dévéloppement sont frère et soeur", a-t-il ajouté.
De son cote, le Ministre Shyaka a recommandé à la population de s'occuper du dévéloppement de la famille, base du dévéloppement du pays en général.
« Si vous aimez votre pays, cherchez a vivre en paix et dans le dévéloppement chez vous », a-t-il déclaré.

Pour les dirigeants locaux, le programme devrait être pour eux une opportunité d'apprendre de la valeur et de la détermination de la RDF.
"Nous espérons que, si nous continuons à travailler avec la RDF, les autorités de base s'en sortiront mieux", a-t-il déclaré.

Jean de la Paix Gasirimu, 33 ans, du village d'Agasharu, cellule Bicumbi à Mwulire, a déclaré : "Le rôle de l'armée est très visible pour tous."
“Les soldats des gouvernements précédents n'ont jamais participé au dévéloppement des citoyens”, a-t-il souligné.

Le Général Musemakweli a dit que la RDF a soutenu les agriculteurs dans l'aménagement de la vallée de Nyirabidibiri , en particulier dans la culture de légumes.
Le barrage, qui a coûté 2,096 milliards de Frw, a une profondeur de 14 mètres et qui contient 1 million de mètres cubes d'eau, s'étend sur 215 hectares.

Au moins 1 142 ménages bénéficieront directement de ce barrage. La RDF prévoit de fournir des services médicaux gratuits à au moins 137 900 patients. Ils construiront également 1 141 maisons pour les familles vulnérables.

Source : New Times.

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Burera: Baheruka amazi meza ubwo Perezida Kagame yari yabasuye

By N.Kubwimana Janvière

Abaturage bo mu Kagari ka Mubuga, Umurenge wa Butaro mu Akarere ka Burera, bavuga ko baheruka kuvoma amazi meza ubwo Perezida Kagame yabasuraga, bakaba nayo barayahawe nyuma yo kumara imyaka itatu bavoma amazi y'ibishanga.

- U Rwanda /

Uko u Rwanda rwemerewe kujya mu irushanwa rya East Africa's Got Talent ku bwa burembe

By Muvunyi Arsène

Umuyobozi w'Irushanwa rya East Africa Got Talent Lee Ndayisaba, yavuze uburyo yarwanye intambara kugira ngo abanyarwanda bemererwe kurijyamo.

- Imyidagaduro /

Ibyo wamenya ku migenzo ikorwa mu bihugu bimwe ku wa gatanu mutagatifu

By Evariste Nsengimana

Icyumweru gitagatifu cyangwa iminsi ibanziraza Pasika, abakirisitu hirya no hino ku Isi bayifata nk'idasanzwe, ndetse imwe bakayikoraho imigenzo yihariye ishushanya inzira y'umusaraba Yezu yanyujijwemo mbere y'uko abambwa.

- Mu Mahanga /

Umukinnyi wa Arsenal wavuye mu kibuga akajya mu bwiherero yatangaje benshi

By Eric Tony Ukurikiyimfura

Mu mukino wa ¼ cya Europa League waraye uhuje Arsenal na Napoli mu Butaliyani, myugariro w'iyi kipe yo mu Bwongereza, Nacho Monreal, yavuye mu kibuga hagati mu mukino ajya gukoresha ubwiherero, ibintu byavugishije abafana batari bake.

- Football /

Papa Francis yogeje imfungwa ibirenge azigisha kwicisha bugufi

By Ferdinand Maniraguha

Umushumba wa Kiliziya Gatolika ku Isi, Papa Francis, yogeje anasoma ibirenge by'imfungwa 12 azisaba kujya zicisha bugufi.

- Mu Mahanga /

Nyaruguru: Abayobozi babiri bafungiwe kunyereza amafaranga y'abahinzi b'icyayi

By Emma-Marie Umurerwa

Ushinzwe gucunga umutungo hamwe n'umuyobozi wa koperative y'abahinzi b'icyayi ba Nyaruguru, Cootenya, bari mu maboko y'Ubugenzacyaha bacyekwaho kunyereza miliyoni hafi zirindwi z'amafaranga y'abanyamuryango.

- U Rwanda /

Komiseri muri IBUKA yavuze uko u Rwanda rworetswe n'abayobozi ‘bagufi mu bwenge'

By Ishimwe Israel

Abakozi n'abayobozi ba Banki y'Ubucuruzi ya KCB Rwanda ku wa 18 Mata 2019, basuye Urwibutso rwa Jenoside rwa Nyanza ya Kicukiro, banunamira inzirakarengane zirenga ibihumbi 12 ziharuhukiye.

- U Rwanda /

Dr Bizimana yasabye urubyiruko guhangana na bake bagifite ingengabitekerezo ya Jenoside

By Hakizimana Jean Paul

Umunyamabanga Nshingwabikorwa wa Komisiyo yo Kurwanya Jenoside, Dr. Bizimana Jean Damascène, yagaragaje uburyo ingengabitekerezo ya Jenoside igenda icyendera mu banyarwanda asaba urubyiruko kwigira ku mateka mabi yagejeje u Rwanda kuri Jenoside.

- U Rwanda /

Telefoni za TECNO Spark 3 na Spark 3 Pro zagejejwe ku isoko ry'u Rwanda (Amafoto)

By Ishimwe Israel

Ikigo gikora kikanacuruza telefoni zigezweho, TECNO Mobile, cyamuritse inshya zo mu bwoko bwa TECNO Spark 3 na Spark 3 Pro zikoranye ikoranabuhanga rihambaye mu gufata amashusho.

- Mobayilo /

Gasabo: Umugabo yiciye umugore we kwa sebukwe amuteye icyuma mu mutima

By Emma-Marie Umurerwa

Nizeyimana Aloys utuye mu Mudugudu wa Ruseno mu Kagari ka Mukuyu mu Murenge wa Ndera, yasanze umugore we Niyomukiza Naomi, iwabo (kwa sebukwe) aho yari yamuhungiye, amutera icyuma mu mutima arapfa.

- U Rwanda /

Uganda yahawe inkwenene ku mugambi mushya wo guhindanya isura ya RDF

By IGIHE

Igitangazamakuru gikorera kuri Internet, Chimpreports, kimwe mu bikoreshwa cyane nk'umunwa w'ubutegetsi bwa Museveni, mu mugambi wo guhindanya u Rwanda, kuri ubu cyibasiye igisirikare cyarwo RDF, kizisebya ko abasirikare barimo kwambuka bajya muri Uganda gushaka ibyo kurya no kunywa.

- U Rwanda / ,

Abanyarwanda babiri birakekwa ko baba barashimutiwe muri Uganda

By IGIHE

Abanyarwanda babiri barimo Sendegeya Théogene na Magezi Emmanuel birakekwa ko baba barashimutiwe muri Uganda kuko guhera umwaka ushize ntawe uzi irengero ryabo.

- U Rwanda /

"Left To Tell", igitabo cya Ilibagiza cyatangiye gukinwamo filime

By Muvunyi Arsène

Igitabo cya Ilibagiza Immaculée yise ‘Left To Tell Discovering God Amidst The Rwandan Holocaust' kirimo ubuhamya bw'uko yarokotse Jenoside n'uko yatanze imbabazi kiri gukinwaho filimi igishingiyeho.

- Sinema /

Agahimbazamusyi ku bakinnyi ba Rayon Sports gakomeje kuzamurwa mbere yo guhura na APR FC

By Ntare Julius

Abakinnyi ba Rayon Sports bakoze imyitozo ibanziriza iya nyuma ku mugoroba wo kuri uyu wa Kane, bemereye abayobozi n'abafana ko biteguye gutsinda mukeba APR FC bakongera kubaha ibyishimo badaheruka.

- Football /

National security and citizens' development go together -Minister Murasira

By IGIHE

“You can protect the country against enemy assaults. We have no gaps with this. But there emerges the issue of development. When citizens understand that all activities are their concern making it their own, it triggers a good culture of dedication and love for the nation,” he said.

“A citizen must understand that activities done in Rwanda are meant to enhance his/her welfare. You cannot assume to be in comfort while citizens are not safeguarded,” added Maj Gen Murasira.

He was launching Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) Citizen Outreach Programs 2019 (COP2019) which focuses on addressing human security issues in the areas of agriculture, health, and providing shelter for vulnerable people and building infrastructure among others.

The program will be conducted from 17th April until 30 July 2019. It aligns with RDF mandate to support Government efforts in poverty reduction, infrastructure development, healthcare, education and other activities aimed at addressing human security challenges.

Maj Gen Murasira was accompanied by Kigali city officials during activities in which they joined residents of Kigali sector in Nyarugenge district to launch the three-month-long activities.

They laid a foundation stone to the construction of 3.8 km water conduit to distribute safe water to residents of Kigali sector, especially in Karama model village.

Minister Murasira said that the uniqueness of the program is the mobilization of citizens to play an inclusive role in development projects brought to them and urged them to make it their own.

Other activities planned during RDF COP2019 include: Providing free medical services, improving health and sanitation to 137,900 patients, construction of 1,141 houses for the vulnerable in selected areas, cultivating 11,139 hectares, controlling erosion and protecting the environment on 453 km, and developing terraces on 1,114 terraces.

The Mayor of Kigali city, Marie Chantal Rwakazina unveiled that RDF will give them the support of renovating bridges, building water conduits, roads, conserving marshlands and building houses for vulnerable residents in different districts.

Antoine Uzabakiriho, one of the residents told IGIHE that it is of great value to engage in development activities with soldiers, unlike the past where citizens were afraid of approaching soldiers.

“It is apparently a commendable milestone collaborating with our soldiers in such activities. We are thankful to God because the country has changed for good. Nothing will hinder our way to happiness and development,” he said.

RDF Citizen Outreach Progam was launched in 2009. Figures from the Ministry of Defense indicate that activities worth over Rwf 200 billion were conducted last year.

The Minister of Defense, Maj Gen Albert Murasira during Rwanda the Defense Forces (RDF) Citizen Outreach Programs 2019 (COP2019)

IGIHE

Lil G ex-lover gives birth with Producer Pacento

By IGIHE

Umulisa, 23, became famous in 2017 when she fell in love with Lil G before breaking off the relationship to love Producer Pacento.

Both Pacento and Umulisa currently live together as though they haven't gone through religious and legal marriage rituals.

News of the newborn has been confirmed to IGIHE by Akimana Patience Dedithe [Pacento]

“It is true that we have begotten a baby boy. He will take over my duties in my older age. The mum has delivered at King Faisal Hospital,” he said.

Benitha Umulisa has been recently featuring in video clips of different artists. She featured in the video clip of ‘Mfumbata' song of Urban Boyz, ‘Every Thing' of Uncle Austin and Meddy, ‘Bikakubera' of Marina among others.

Pacento has also gained fame for producing songs of different popular artists in Rwanda.

Benitha Umulisa alias Queen Nitha, ex-lover of artiste Lil G has given birth to a baby boy with Producer Pacento

IGIHE

Nzigiyimfura ‘butcher of Nyanza' appears in USA

By IGIHE

Rwanda's Prosecutor General, Jean Bosco Mutangana has told IGIHE that they request the USA to investigate the presence of the suspect to be brought to book.

“We request USA investigation departments to follow up the matter, establish whether the man is on their territory to seize him and bring him to book based on the evidence we shared with the USA pinning the suspect for a role in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Nyanza,” he said.

He highlighted that Rwanda's Prosecution is ready to collaborate with USA for investigation in case they want to try him in the USA.

Nzigiyimfura known as the butcher of Nyanza for a role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi has been hunted by Rwanda's Prosecution and was reported living in Lilongwe, Malawi 10 years ago.

Reports indicate that he was accused by genocide convicts who narrated how Nzigiyimfura who was a businessman in Nyanza led different attacks during the genocide.
He had changed his names to Vincent Nzigiye when living in Malawi and run his businesses smoothly.

The African Rights report in 2009 released testimonies accusing Nzigiyimfura that he collaborated with soldiers, politicians, local leaders, business people and civilians who led killings in Nyanza, Kavumu, Remera and in different areas like Nyabisindu and Kigoma.
It is said that he also worked closely with Celestin Ugirashebuja who was the mayor of Commune Kigoma who fled to the United Kingdom.

Nzigiyimfura is also accused of having supported different people accused of role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to escape justice. His name was for several times heard in Gacaca courts alleged of involvement in setting roadblocks to seize Tutsi to be killed during the genocide.

IGIHE

Kibagabaga Hospital condemns medical practitioners for role in genocide

By IGIHE

It was unveiled towards the end of last week as they marked the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The ceremony was preceded by a walk to remember that started from premises of the hospital to Kibagabaga genocide memorial. It was attended by different leaders, employees of the hospital and health centers under its control, security officials and residents in the neighborhood of Kibagabaga Hospital.

The Director of Kibagabaga Hospital Dr. Avite Mutaganzwa hailed those who joined them for the commemoration and honoring victims of the1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He said that medical practitioners who took part in killing people during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi should feel ashamed for failure to comply with professional ethics of saving lives.

Dr. Mutaganzwa assured survivors that what happened will never happen again. He asked them to remember and renew.

Joselyne Mukabalisa, one of the employees of Kibagabaga Hospital shared a testimony that the premise of the hospital was their home where she survived though other family members were killed.

She explained that working at the hospital induces pride to her because it always reminds her of their home and what happened during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Employees of Kibagabaga Hospital gathered for commemorating and honoring victims of the1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
The staff of the Hotel largely condemned medical practitioners who took part in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, killing patients they had to protect in different parts of the country
The ceremony was preceded by a walk to remember that started from premises of the hospital to Kibagabaga genocide memorial.

IGIHE

Rwandans in Mali commemorate

By IGIHE

During the ceremony that attracted over 300 participants in Bamako at Amitié Hotel, the president of the Rwandan community in the country, Alice Gasarabwe reminded participants that genocide was a result of a long-term plan which took lives of over one million innocent Tutsis.

Rwanda's ambassador in Mali headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Dr. Harebamungu Mathias thanked RPF Inkotanyi soldiers for heroism and stopping the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and leading Rwanda to apparent transformations.

Harebamungu said that Rwanda was an abandoned country but was resurrected, gained strength and international repute under the good leadership of President Paul Kagame.
Talking on the importance of remembrance, he emphasized that it aims at mobilizing the youth to be always on alert to ensure what happened never occurs again.

The Minister of Sports in Mali, Lawyer Jean Claude Sidibe said that his country supports and lauds what Rwandans have achieved in economic development, social welfare, security and democracy under the championship of president Paul Kagame.

Minister Sidibe revealed that Mali citizens learn a lot from Rwanda especially the process of resilience after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations in Mali, Mbaranga Gasarabwe expressed delight for Rwanda's initiative of seeking own solutions and promoting self-dignity.

He said the latter enabled the country to fast track unity and development with the aim of preparing a bright vision for its children.

The Rwandan community in Mali were on Saturday joined by friends to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi for the 25th time

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Artiste Gisa cy'Inganzo released

By IGIHE

Following his release, Gisa was welcomed by artiste Social Mula and his advisor Twahirwa Theo.

Talking to IGIHE, Twahirwa has said: “ I saw him in good health without any problem. He has even grown bigger. He has not yet developed any plans because he needs to have a rest first and refresh his brains.”

Gisa is known for songs that gained popularity including ‘Genda ubabwire', ‘Umuturanyi' among others.

He was once taken to Iwawa rehabilitation center after being caught with drugs in 2015.

He had promised to never use drugs again when he graduated from Iwawa prior to the time he was arrested again for a similar offense in 2017.

Artiste Gisa James known as Gisa cy'Inganzo was yesterday released after completing the sentence he was handed for drug abuse in 2017

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Kinshasa welcomes RwandAir in style

By IGIHE

Upon arrival at Ndjili airport, RwandAir aircraft (Boeing 737-800NG) was welcomed with plumes of water salute ceremony.

The Boeing 737-800NG set off from Kigali International Airport with 119 passengers on board.

Vano Ol one of passengers expressed delight for the flight via a tweet saying it is a great milestone because “The situation was complex before as a passenger from countries like Ivory Coast or Benin had to fly through Bruxelles or Paris to reach Kinshasa.”

RwandAir will be conducting three weekly direct flights to Kinshasa on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. RwandAir plans to increase more three-night flights effective next month.

Delegates from both Rwanda and DRC signed agreements to open airspace in March 2019 enabling RwandAir to conduct flights to Kinshasa and Congo Airways doing the same.

RwandAir flights are expected to promote cooperation and trade between citizens from both countries.

With its 12 aircrafts, RwandAir conducts flights to 26 destinations in East, Central, West and Southern Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

RwandAir also plans to launch flights in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from April this year to be followed by flights to Tel Aviv in Israel and Guangzhou in China. It also expects to launch flights to other destinations in New York.

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Women's Fight for Human Rights: Is this it?

By Claudine DeLucco Uwanyiligira

As we were waiting to go through the security clearance process, a very humorous lady approached me and asked me with a huge smile on her face: “Are you from here?”

I replied with a smile of my own: “Why do you want to know?”

“Because you were saying hello to people you don't know, with an open face, on a crazy cold morning, Lady!” she said, also laughing. “We rarely do that here, you know,” she continued. “You must be from Africa,” she suggested. “You people are always happy despite the hardship we read about in the news. Gosh, how do you guys do it?”

“I am indeed from Africa and specifically from Rwanda and we also get very worried about you from what we see in the news! Media can exaggerate. We are fine as you can see.”

“A few unfortunate incidents should not define who the people of a certain country are” she concluded.

“Exactly,” I commented. Many great things happen in Africa but only the bad ones make it into the news. We are trying to change that narrative,” I informed.

Then suddenly in a tone that could be misinterpreted as an attack, she asked; “Talking about great achievements, if you are from Rwanda, what are you doing here? You do not have any dog in the fight. Your country is leading the World in female representation in the parliament.”

At that very moment, my mind started to wonder. “What would she say if she knew that also 50% of the Rwanda ministerial cabinet is made up of women, and the woman right in front of her was also one of the leaders in Rwanda? What would have been her comments if she had learned that women empowerment was reached without a struggle because the Rwandan president believed, and keeps saying that involving women in rebuilding the country, ‘just makes sense'? Everything being equal, with such a beautiful story to tell, I should not have been in that particular room. I should have looked for the one hosting a panel on a theme that would read more appropriately; “The Rwandan Women Leaders' Challenge: What do they do to deserve the trust?”

Unfortunately, everything is not equal. As Rwanda commemorates the Genocide Against Tutsi for the 25th time, as a woman, a genocide survivor, and a citizen of the World, I now feel, more than ever, that I have a responsibility to be anywhere that peace is discussed as an alternative to violence of the kind that brought my country to ashes in 1994.

In fact, when I decided to respond to the USIP invitation, I was not intending to go there to brag about how Rwandan women are lucky to have an empowering leadership while my sisters on the panel were telling stories of their hardships and struggles for basic human rights. No. I just wanted to listen to them, eventually, hug them and inform them that even though Rwandan women presently enjoy that empowerment, they were also in painful situations in the past.

Before and during the genocide against Tutsi, Rwandan women knew the worst of human rights abuse. They were humiliated on a daily basis, unjustly incarcerated and tortured just because of who they were - Tutsi. During the genocide, our grandmothers, our mothers, aunts, and cousins were raped in public - sometimes by men young enough to be their sons. Babies were forced out of the wombs of those who were pregnant using spears and other tools before forcing flashlight batteries, needles and pieces of bottles into the victims' private parts. My own mother, 64 years old, was cut alive into pieces before being thrown into a deep hole with my cousin, his wife and children, and our neighbors from elders to babies. Most of the women in the country from the Hutu ethnic group, forced into exile by the extremist government, were often used as human-shields and sex slaves. Twenty-five years later, some of those women still living in exile in those deadly forests, especially in Congo, are now made to watch their daughters as young as 9 years old being impregnated by negative forces and eventually dying from those premature pregnancies or suffering from fistula, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases with no medical care available.

When Mahdouba Seraj from Afghanistan spoke about hoping for peace for too long- like our mothers did, while women are threatened and sometimes shot on the streets, or when Scovia Arinaitwe talked about how she was incarcerated and tortured in Uganda right after a c-section, similar images of Rwanda's sour past rose in my mind and brought back a bitter taste in my mouth. I suddenly felt like screaming, echoing Seraj's closing questions: “This is it? When will women's struggles end?”

It was equally troubling to watch a young woman like Isabella Picón from Venezuela, advocating for peace like women of my generation did. Why couldn't she be given a chance to enjoy her beautiful, tender, and inspiring age? I was also angry to see Judy Richardson on her own country's US stage speaking of the fights for human rights since 1963. Does it really make sense that Syrian Mariam Jalabi, who has a great degree from McGill University, has to spend hours and hours in conference rooms claiming obvious rights instead of being given the opportunity to use her knowledge for the betterment of this World we share with men?

Why did this World's setup put women like Kathleen Kuehnast, Maria Stephan, and Marie Berry in the position of going to school to “focus” on conflict, violence and the like, instead of mastering in Sharing Peace for a change? Maybe then, Bonnie and Michon who now use media to promote peace, would have the opportunity to produce a documentary about the first woman on the moon for instance? Where are all those HeForShes to reassure women of the World that this is NOT it?

The Author, Claudine Delucco Uwanyiligira is the Deputy Director General - Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

A powerhouse panel of inspiring women leading nonviolent movements in Syria, Venezuela, Uganda, and Afghanistan at the Women Leading Nonviolent Movement Conference

Claudine DeLucco Uwanyiligira

Rwanda to officially launch subsidized National Agriculture Insurance Scheme

By IGIHE

The cabinet meeting approved the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) last year in November. The program is supposed, to begin with, 68,000 cows from ten selected districts; Nyanza, Gicumbi, Musanze, Rwamagana, Gatsibo, Ruhango, Nyagatare, and Burera.

It was also supposed to provide agriculture insurance to farmers in 10 districts including Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Bugesera, Gisagara, Kirehe, Gicumbi, Huye, Rulindo, Ngoma and Rwamagana.

Under the livestock insurance scheme, a farmer having a cow valued at Rwf 400,000 provides Rwf 18,000 insurance fees while the Government caters for 40% of farmers payments. The livestock value is determined by the farmer.

Lambert Niyonshuti, a specialist in agriculture and livestock insurance at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has said that the program has already started and mobilization is underway to attract farmers.

He explained that over 200 Burera residents have subscribed for the insurance.

“We mobilized and we plan to organize various meetings with citizens in collaboration with sector veterinarians to engage with interested farmers,” he said.

Farmers hailed the program and observed that it should be extended to all Rwandans as Alphonse Ahimana from Coko sector of Gakenke district explained. “We commend the insurance for its aspect or reducing risks but it has not yet reached us,” he said.
A farmer will be required to make daily records of the livestock welfare or agricultural projects.

Rwanda will officially launch a subsidized National Agriculture Insurance Scheme

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RIB arrests SACCO manager over embezzlement

By IGIHE

The manager went into hiding from April 11, after an audit found out that Rwf9,000,000 was missing from the SACCO coffers. The arrest took place in Muhanga district after a tip-off from the public.

Article 10 of the law on fighting against corruption stipulates that any person, who embezzles for personal or someone else's interests property, funds or securities entrusted to him or her by virtue of his or her office, or any person who uses for personal gains, the staff under his or her authority commits an offense.

RIB Spokesperson Modeste Mbabazi warns the public and especially people in high institutional positions and financial managers against this crime.

“Embezzlement of funds especially in SACCOs denies other members to acquire loans and develop their projects, we therefore as RIB will continue to bring the culprits to book but also sensitize the public more on this crime,” said the spokesperson.

Upon conviction, the manager of SACCO Umutuzo is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than seven (7) years but not more than ten (10) years and a fine of three (3) to five (5) times the value equivalent to the value of the embezzled property according to the law.

RIB lauds the continuous public partnership in preventing crimes and calls upon the public to report any acts done in breach of the law

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Akagera National Park records over 40,000 visitors, earns USD $ 2 million in 2018

By IGIHE

It also reads that Akagera National Park earned USD $ 2 million (over Rwf 1.8 billion) in 2018 and expressed optimism for an increased number of tourists in 2019.

The management of the park revealed that such earnings enable the park to be self-financed at 75 % and sustain activities beneficial to neighboring communities.

“A new center is set to be launched to harbor different activities including the establishment of vegetable gardens, beekeeping, and poultry, tree nurseries, a shop for handcrafts among others to start this year. They are all meant to help neighboring residents to improve wealth, increase yields and access to markets,” reads the statement.

Concerning service delivery improvement the management has said that Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) is building four telecommunications towers in the park to upgrade the network.

They are being built nearby Akagera Game Lodge, Rwisirabo, at Mutumba hill and Muhororo.

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