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Today — April 19th 2019IGIHE.com English Version

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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Unidentified person lays wreath with words containing genocide ideology at Ntarama Memorial

By IGIHE

It is said that the words written on the wreath read ‘We will always Forget you.”

The wreath was laid at the memorial yesterday as residents in Ntarama sector commemorated for the 25th time the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, an event that was preceded by a walk to remember.

Following commemoration activities, a genocide survivor who stayed around inspecting the place where relatives are buried saw the wreath, got traumatized and started ripping the wreath. Residents rushed to the scene, assembled parts of the wreath where they found genocide ideology words.

The Executive Secretary of Ntarama sector, Marthe Uwamugira has told IGIHE that security officials were alerted and are hunting for the suspect.

“We are still searching from those who took pictures and sharing information that might lead to the arrest of the culprit. We have also alerted security officials,” she said.
Uwamugira warned residents against genocide ideology and urged them to be watchful reporting whoever is identified with such destructive ideas.

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Man kills child, commits suicide

By IGIHE

It is said the man committed the murder and suicide after attempting to kill his wife who fled the home.

The incident took place around 9 pm yesterday after heated arguments with her 26-year old wife, Tuyizere.

IGIHE has learned that after escaping the husband, Tuyizere alerted neighbors who returned to the house with her and found the man hang and the baby dead.

Police spokesperson in Kigali city, CIP Marie Goretti Umutesi, has told IGIHE that the man was known as a drug addict.

“They had no family conflicts known but the man was a famous cannabis smoker. We always advise spouses to report conflicts to family friends or seek assistance from officials to mend relations,” she explained.

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Mine collapses in Nyarugenge, kills four

By IGIHE

The incident took place yesterday as the six mine workers were on mining activities in Mageragere sector.

The mine belonging to ETMIN Ltd was licensed six months ago.

John Kanyangira, the director of mining inspection unit at Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RBM) has told IGIHE that the investigation is underway to establish the cause of the accident.

“The mine collapsed as six mine people entered it to do their work. Four died while two of them sustained minor injuries. Following the accident, we are seeking support from Rwanda.

Investigation Bureau to identify the cause. The owner of the mining company is subject to be brought to justice if there is evidence that he neglected workers' protection,” he said.

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Yesterday — April 18th 2019IGIHE.com English Version

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)

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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

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

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 too 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 all that women empowerment was given 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, we 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 the 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 sexually transmitted diseases with no medical care available.

When 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 Scavia talked about how she was incarcerated and tortured in Uganda right after a c-section, the similar images of Rwanda's sour past rose in my mind and brought back the bitter taste in my mouth. I suddenly felt like screaming, echoing Saraj's closing questions: “This is it? When will women's struggle end?”

It was equally troubling to watch a young woman like Isabella 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 on her own country's US stage speaking of human rights fights since 1963. Does it really make sense that Syrian Mariam, 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, Maria, and Marie 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?

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

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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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Unidentified person lays wreath with words containing genocide ideology at Ntarama Memorial

By IGIHE

It is said that the words written on the wreath read ‘We will always Forget you.”

The wreath was laid at the memorial yesterday as residents in Ntarama sector commemorated for the 25th time the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, an event that was preceded by a walk to remember.

Following commemoration activities, a genocide survivor who stayed around inspecting the place where relatives are buried saw the wreath, got traumatized and started ripping the wreath. Residents rushed to the scene, assembled parts of the wreath where they found genocide ideology words.

The Executive Secretary of Ntarama sector, Marthe Uwamugira has told IGIHE that security officials were alerted and are hunting for the suspect.

“We are still searching from those who took pictures and sharing information that might lead to the arrest of the culprit. We have also alerted security officials,” she said.
Uwamugira warned residents against genocide ideology and urged them to be watchful reporting whoever is identified with such destructive ideas.

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Man kills child, commits suicide

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It is said the man committed the murder and suicide after attempting to kill his wife who fled the home.

The incident took place around 9 pm yesterday after heated arguments with her 26-year old wife, Tuyizere.

IGIHE has learned that after escaping the husband, Tuyizere alerted neighbors who returned to the house with her and found the man hang and the baby dead.

Police spokesperson in Kigali city, CIP Marie Goretti Umutesi, has told IGIHE that the man was known as a drug addict.

“They had no family conflicts known but the man was a famous cannabis smoker. We always advise spouses to report conflicts to family friends or seek assistance from officials to mend relations,” she explained.

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Mine collapses in Nyarugenge, kills four

By IGIHE

The incident took place yesterday as the six mine workers were on mining activities in Mageragere sector.

The mine belonging to ETMIN Ltd was licensed six months ago.

John Kanyangira, the director of mining inspection unit at Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RBM) has told IGIHE that the investigation is underway to establish the cause of the accident.

“The mine collapsed as six mine people entered it to do their work. Four died while two of them sustained minor injuries. Following the accident, we are seeking support from Rwanda.

Investigation Bureau to identify the cause. The owner of the mining company is subject to be brought to justice if there is evidence that he neglected workers' protection,” he said.

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Kwibuka 25: RIB reports fewer cases of genocide ideology

By IGIHE

The majority of genocide ideology cases during the commemoration week held from 7-13 April 2019 were related to hurting words compared to previous years characterized by killing livestock of genocide survivors and destroying while their houses.

RIB received 72 allegations of genocide ideology cases during the commemoration week preceding 100 days of mourning. So far 69 suspects have been arrested.

The Southern Province accounts for 25 of the allegations, Eastern has 25, Western has 3, Northern Province has 7 while 10 allegations are from Kigali city.

The spokesperson of RIB, Modeste Mbabazi has told IGIHE that prevalence genocide ideology has reduced compared to previous years.

“It is evidenced in the increased participation in commemoration talks. Even those who were reluctant came in large numbers and gave testimonies and revealed where remains of victims are located,” he said.

Mbabazi explained that there were reduced numbers of trauma cases during the commemoration period.

“Before genocide ideology was propagated by intellectuals but current suspects are not people with advanced education. They do it in bars or for other reasons. Today it is mainly manifested through spoken word. Before, they would beat genocide survivors, throw stones at them, destroy their houses or chop their livestock among others,” he said. 72 genocide ideology allegations were filed during the commemoration week in 2018 down from 114 of 2017.

The spokesperson of RIB, Modeste Mbabazi has said that prevalence genocide ideology has reduced compared to previous years

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Catholic Church apology wanting- IBUKA

By IGIHE

The commutation request was part of the message Catholic Church bishops in Rwanda delivered to Christians for the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi on 7th April 2019 as commemoration activities began. The message was read in all churches across the country.

Following criticism of the request, the Catholic Church released the apology statement on 13th April 2019 as the commemoration week closed.

“There are clauses from the letter that hurt people especially the ones concerning the request for commuting sentences of old and sick genocide convicts,” reads part of the statement signed by the President of Episcopal Conference in Rwanda, Bishop Philippe Rukamba.

“We regret that the message hurt people especially considering the period during which it was communicated. This was not our intention. We apologize for having communicated the message during the commemoration period,” adds the statement.

Speaking to IGIHE, the president of IBUKA, Prof Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu has said that the apology of the Catholic Church is wanting because it sought apology for communicating the message in commemoration period only. He explained that the church should be aware that these convicts were not remorseful they were given enough time to do so.

“Why does the Catholic Church want the convicts to be pardoned yet they are reluctant to repent. Our concern is beyond what the church is apologizing for. The Catholic Church may seek apology over communicating the message during the commemoration period with the intention of doing it again after this period. We blame two things. The time during which the apology is sought and asking for a reduced sentence of these convicts” added Prof Dusingizemungu.

He explained that “The statement of the Catholic Church is wanting. We think there are people who don't feel the severity of genocide crime. Those people in advanced ages are the ones who developed genocide ideology. Why don't they want them punished? Their sickness might persist after release because they are old. Do they want someone handed a life sentence to be commuted? It is like abolishing the punishment, or they might not be aware of the severity of genocide crime.”

As he attended the commemoration of politicians killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi on 13th April 2019 at Rebero, the Executive Secretary the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana criticized the request of Catholic Church.

“When there are people requesting to release these older inmates yet they are the ones who poisoned Rwanda, it is suffocating the truth,” he said.

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Sculpture used by Habyarimana and wife to inflame genocide ideology exhibited

By IGIHE

The work of art portrays a standing tall man holding a straw drinking from a vessel laid on the head of a person kneeling in front of him.

The sculpture was shown on 12th April 2019 at the launch of works of art exhibition at the “Rwanda Art Museum” in Kanombe to run for 100 days.

The exhibition taking place at the house of former president Habyarimana is held for the first time since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was stopped.

It seeks to use arts to explain horrors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, educating history to the youth and preserving it to build hope for the future.

24 works of art were exhibited at the event. These include works from nine artistes and other youth selected by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) through competitions. They are additional to 164 works of arts existing at the Rwanda Art Museum in Kanombe.

Ambassador Masozera requested artistes to use their talent positively unlike the past where arts were used to sow genocide ideology.

He explained that the sculpture was found in the sitting room of Habyarimana when RPF Inkotanyi soldiers conquered Kanomba in May 1994. It was among other works of arts displayed in his house some of which having shapes of a snake. “ This work of arts is displayed for the first time as one of the tools that were used to sow hatred among Rwandans. We were told that Habyarimana and his wife (Kanziga Agathe) used it to show to guests that Tutsis tyrannized Hutus to the extent of drinking beer from vessels laid on their heads,” he said.

“It is similar to the spreading ideology that the queen mother Kanjogera used to stand leaning on a spear plunged on shoulders of children. They were used to sow divisions and encouraging people to revenge,” added Masozera.

Masozera said he received the sculpture made from wood from a soldier who arrived at Habyarimana first.

“The message portrayed by works of art displayed here has no language barriers. Artistes should know that they can be destructive if wrongly used,” he advised.

The Executive Secretary of Kicukiro district, Adalbert Rukebanuka said it is of great value to exhibit works of art memories to a place where genocide was planned.

“Workers who lived in this house told us that there was pigs abode in the proximity of the house where they threw Tutsi killing during the genocide to feed these pigs,” he revealed.

The Director General of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda, Amb Robert Masozera holding the sculpture found in the house of former president Juvénal Habyarimana which he used to fuel divisionism leading to the execution of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi
24 works of art were exhibited at the event
These works of Art include works from nine artistes and other youth selected by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC)

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Sophia, World's 1st humanoid robot granted citizenship awaited in Kigali

By IGIHE

The Transform Africa Summit is the Smart Africa flagship event. Following four successful editions, the fifth Summit will take place at Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda from 14 to 17 May 2019.

Under the theme “Boosting Africa's Digital Economy”, the Summit is expected to attract over 4,000 participants, including Heads of State and Government, First Ladies, UN Broadband Commissioners, Ministers, Regulators, Mayors and Governors, Public and Private Sector, International Organizations, Industry Leaders, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Young Innovators, Civil Society and Academia.

In addition to the Smart Africa Leaders Summit, the Smart Africa Women's Summit and interactive plenaries, the summit will feature subject specific streams tackling current ICT topics. Delegates will be able to attend insightful and engaging streams including Hubs as well as several customized sessions by our partners.

As he unveiled Transform Africa Summit 2019 activities in October 9, 2018, the Executive Director of Smart Africa Alliance that partners with Rwanda to organize the Summit said the fifth edition of the Summit will focus on Africa's digital-driven economy.

Dr. Hamadun Toure said digital innovations by Africans are a pillar of Africa's digital-driven economy and will be showcased and sponsored so that they play a role in creating new jobs for the youth.

The presence of Sophia in Kigali will be an opportunity to interact with the humanoid robot for participants of the summit and learn from advanced technologies in artificial intelligence.
Different reports indicate that Sophia is a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company ‘Hanson Robotics'. Sophia was activated on February 14, 2016, and made its first public appearance in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. It is able to display more than 50 facial expressions.

Sophia has been covered by media around the globe including CNBC, Forbes, Mashable, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian among others and has participated in many high-profile interviews.
In October 2017, Sophia became the first robot to receive citizenship of any country.

The robot was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, becoming the first robot ever to have a nationality. This attracted controversy as some commentators wondered if this implied that Sophia could vote or marry, or whether a deliberate system shutdown could be considered murder.

Social media users used Sophia's citizenship to criticize Saudi Arabia's human rights record. In December 2017, Sophia's creator David Hanson said in an interview that Sophia would use her citizenship to advocate for women's rights in her new country of citizenship; Newsweek criticized that "What [Hanson] means, exactly, is unclear".

On November 27, 2018, Sophia was given a visa by Azerbaijan while attending Global Influencer Day Congress held in Baku. December 15, 2018, Sophia was appointed a Belt and Road Innovative Technology Ambassador by China'

Experts who reviewed the robot's open-source code stated that Sophia is best categorized as a chatbot with a face. Many experts in the Artificial Intelligence field disapprove of Sophia's overstated presentation. However; Ben Goertzel, the chief scientist for the company that made Sophia, acknowledged that it is "not ideal" that some think of Sophia as having human-equivalent intelligence, that Sophia's presentation conveys something unique to audiences.

In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Programme's first-ever Innovation Champion and is the first non-human to be given any United Nations title. As part of its role, Sophia will help to unlock innovation to work toward achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. On stage, it was assigned its first task by UNDP Asia Pacific Chief of Policy and Program, Jaco Cilliers.

In January 2018, Facebook's director of artificial intelligence, Yann LeCun, tweeted that Sophia was "complete bullshit" and slammed the media for giving coverage to "Potemkin AI". In response, Goertzel stated that he had never pretended Sophia was close to human-level intelligence.

Sophia is known for human-like appearance and behavior compared to previous robotic variants.

According to the manufacturer, David Hanson, Sophia uses artificial intelligence, visual data processing, and facial recognition. Sophia also imitates human gestures and facial expressions and is able to answer certain questions and to make simple conversations on predefined topics. It uses voice recognition (speech-to-text) technology from Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google) and is designed to get smarter over time.

Sophia's intelligence software is designed by Hanson Robotics. The Artificial Intelligence program analyses conversations and extracts data that allows it to improve responses in the future.

Hanson designed Sophia to be a suitable companion for the elderly at nursing homes or to help crowds at large events or parks hoping that the robot can ultimately interact with other humans sufficiently to gain social skills.

Sophia has nine robot humanoid “siblings” who were also created by Hanson Robotics. Fellow Hanson robots are Alice, Albert Einstein Hubo, BINA48, Han, Jules, Professor Einstein, Philip K. Dick Android, Zeno, and Joey Chaos.

Sophia, the world's 1st humanoid robot is awaited in Kigali to feature at the 5th Transform Africa Summit 2019 (TAS2019)

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We created conditions to make survivors feel that they lost a lot but not all is lost-Kagame

By IGIHE

He revealed this yesterday as he joined Christians of Saddleback Church led by American evangelist Pastor Rick Warren for the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi held in California.

Pastor Rick Warren is one among close friends of Rwanda for over 15 years.

During the event, President Kagame held a panel discussion with Pastor Rick Warren on the theme ‘Recovering From Traumatic Experiences.'

Pastor Rick expressed solidarity with Rwanda to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi saying what happened should be always reflected on. He explained that Rwanda rebuilt from a traumatic experience and asked President Kagame the secret to the journey walked through.

Replying him, President Kagame said: “ We had a tragic situation where over one million people died. Every individual has their own struggles and problems to deal with. The starting point is to create an environment to make sure individuals don't feel alone.”

“We created conditions to make survivors feel that they lost a lot but not all is lost. There are others who want to be with them, feel their pain with them. It was a starting point,” he added.

To overcome a long term plan for the genocide that left Rwandans divided; President Kagame said that Rwanda promoted common ambitions among people.

“If you look at our history, the country was divided, ideology and politics played out so that a section of our population was made to believe the other is not only different but they should hate each other. We found a way of saying we are a family with different individuals but at the same time we have a lot in common and a lot of common aspirations,” he explained.

When asked on strategies to lead a traumatized country, President Kagame highlighted: “We are aware that you can't dictate feelings. The best you can do is to create the environment where somebody can start seeing things happening. When the country is investing trying to do certain things for education, health, shelter and bringing in the very people who have been traumatized it is also showing they are not helpless. It is not a hopeless situation.”

“We tried to communicate to the victims that they still can pick themselves up with the family they have tried to build in the country and create a better future than the life they lived in the past. The truth is stubborn and you must be very stubborn to cope with the situation so we keep trying and we keep questioning and finding answers,” he added.

Following the launch of “The Purpose Driven Life” book written by Pastor Warren; Rwanda requested Saddleback Church to send its members to Rwanda as a country driven by a purpose. It led to the establishment of “Peace Plan” in Rwanda with the aim of sowing peace among Rwandans.

With Worldwide presence; Peace plan is the brainchild of Rick Warren. It brings together Christian churches to promote reconciliation, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick and educate the next generation in order to build a positive life, church, and nation.
Saddleback Church has so far sent over 26000 Christians in 197 countries including over 2800 that passed through Rwanda.

They held different activities including training medical practitioners, working closely with farmers, judges, and pastors among others.

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35-year old man arrested in Kigali over genocide ideology

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The spokesperson of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Modeste Mbabazi has confirmed to IGIHE that “The arrested man was caught on the road shouting that Hutus will never live in harmony with Tutsis.”

“He was arrested when he met an old man identified as Kagubari Canisius, 65, whom he once threatened to kill in addition to Tutsis relatives killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,” he explained.

Mbabazi said that the arrested man was once arrested in 2016 for similar words full of genocide ideology. He is detained at RIB Station in Rwezamenyo as investigations get underway.

RIB recently announced to have received 47 cases of genocide ideology in the first four days of commemoration week.

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Gatsibo Genocide survivors promise a cow to president Kagame for rescuing them

By IGIHE

The pledge was revealed on Thursday last week during the commemoration of victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi killed in the former commune of Kirambi where 17 remains were accorded decent burial at Kiziguro memorial.

The president of IBUKA in Gatsibo district, Jean Nepomuscène Sibomana said that having RPF Inkotanyi chaired by President Kagame was God's plan to rescue Rwandans.

“We thank God for giving us a good leader who trained us to forgive that Rwandans have now united against divisionism,” he said.

Sibomana requested officials present during the event to convey their gratitude to President Kagame on their behalf.

“Please, convey our gratitude to president Kagame for rescuing us. Tell him that genocide survivors in Gatsibo will give him a cow as recognition for his efforts in liberating us. We would have been wiped out hadn't he led soldiers to liberate us,” he pledged to request survivors in the area to make sure the promise is fulfilled.

The president of IBUKA in Gatsibo district, Jean Nepomuscène Sibomana

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One person with genocide ideology is like cancer in the body, must be extracted – Gen. Kabarebe

By IGIHE

General Kabarebe said this on Friday during the commemoration in respect of former employees of the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MINITRANSCO) and Public Works and Energy (MINITRAPE) currently merged under the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Gen Kabarebe told MININFRA employees that since 1957 Rwanda had the misfortune of bad leaders who promoted genocide ideology until its execution of genocide in 1994.

He said that genocide ideology is like cancer likely to affect the whole body if not burnt.

“Even a thief that fled the country, leans on genocide ideology. A neighbor intending to destabilize Rwanda has no other choice other than assuming that Rwandans can be divided easily referencing to the genocide that took place. That is how they understand it but the strong foundation has been already built. Institutions with zero tolerance to genocide ideology were put in place,” he said.

“Those outsiders have no power to fight Rwanda. However, they cause one problem. Even one person with genocide ideology is like cancer in the body. There are apparatuses that burn cancer in the body. This is what we should do. Even if one person is tracked with genocide ideology, it must be burnt lest it spreads,” he said.

The Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete said that employees of the ministry received enough explanations during the commemoration week helpful to tackle genocide ideology.

He said it will enhance their contribution to building the country and empowering Rwandans.

165 former employees of Mantraps and Minitransco are reported to have been killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The Senior Presidential Adviser on security matters, Gen. James Kabarebe delivering remarks during a commemoration in respect of former employees of the Ministry of Transport and Communication and Public Works and Energy, currently merged under the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi
The Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete lighting the fame of Hope

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