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Arsenal supporters discover Rwanda through Visit Rwanda Fan Activation

By Bérénice Rutaganda

The activity aimed at introducing Visit Rwanda to the Arsenal FC fan base in an interactive manner and strengthen the already existing relationship between Visit Rwanda and Arsenal FC.

Rwandan Ambassador to United Kingdom Yamina Karitanyi and the team's commercial director Peter Silverstone were both present.

The event took place during a match between Arsenal and Chelsea. As the two adversaries clashed, “Visit Rwanda” representatives were at the entrance to the stadium bringing a taste of Rwanda to thousands of Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC fans, entertaining them with traditional drummers in full Rwandan regalia, while others were distributing flyers illustrating different tourist attractions in Rwanda.

Visit Rwanda also ran a photo competition for the fans, giving them the opportunity to win signed Arsenal T-shirts as well as tickets to watch Home Games of their choice. To participate, the fans had to take a picture in front of the ‘Visit Rwanda' stand, follow Visit Rwanda Twitter & Facebook Page, then publish the photo with the #VisitRwanda hashtag.

On 23 May 2018, RDB, through the Rwanda Convention Bureau, became Arsenal's first official sleeve partner as part of Rwanda's drive to become a leading global tourist destination.

The three-year deal makes ‘Visit Rwanda' Arsenal's official Tourism Partner. The ‘Visit Rwanda' logo features on the left sleeve of all teams.

Arsenal Supporters participating at the Visit Rwanda Stand at the Emirates Stadium, in London, England.

Bérénice Rutaganda

Traditional healer arrested in Muhanga for illegally treating patients


Xavier Kamanayo was arrested on January 17th when officials from the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Investigation Bureau and Muhanga District visited his house following a tip-off from neighbors who said he practices illegal medicine at his home with no certification.

The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Malick Kayumba, told IGIHE that the healer was arrested and handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) that is holding him on offenses of producing, selling illegal medical products and treating patients without a license.

The 11 patients who were hospitalized at Kamanayo's house were asked to leave the healer's house and were advised to seek treatment at official health centers.

The Spokesperson of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Modeste Mbabazi said: “We are now holding him in Muhanga District. His file will soon be transferred to prosecution.”

Mbabazi said some patients kept going to the healer's house for treatment even when he is in custody.

“Some people still want to go to his house for treatment. People should stop consulting traditional healers who are not certified and check with legally certified doctors,” Mbabazi said noting that seeking treatment from uncertified traditional healers is like committing suicide because if someone gets complications there, it becomes very difficult to follow them up.


14 perish in Rwamagana as mine buries them


The miners of who seven were men and seven women died on spot on Monday at 8h:00 am when the mine belonging to PIRAN Resources Limited collapsed.

John Ntanyungura who survived the incident told IGIHE that the mine showed signs of collapse and it fell on his workmates right when he went out to check the situation from outside.

“Fifteen of us entered the mine, seven women and eight men. Before the mine collapsed, it showed some signs of collapse. When I got out to see, I found it shaking and it immediately caved in. My colleagues who were still inside were all buried alive and I survived. The way it collapsed, there was no chance for anybody to survive,” John Ntanyungura said.

Different officials including the Eastern Province Governor, Fred Mufulukye, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza arrived at the scene shortly after.

“The miners went to work as usual and the collapse happened while they were under the ground. We have not yet established the cause of the incident,” the Governor of the Eastern Province, Fred Mufulukye told IGIHE.

The Secretary and Head of Legal Administration and External Affairs at PIRAN Resources Ltd, Minyati Tristan extended his condolences to families who lost relatives following the incident promising the company's help to families of the victims during burial arrangements.


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14 perish in Rwamagana as mine buries them

By Samson Iradukunda

The miners of who seven were men and seven women died on spot on Monday at 8h:00 am when the mine belonging to PIRAN Resources Limited collapsed.

John Ntanyungura who survived the incident told IGIHE that the mine showed signs of collapse and it fell on his workmates right when he went out to check the situation from outside.

“Fifteen of us entered the mine, seven women and eight men. Before the mine collapsed, it showed some signs of collapse. When I got out to see, I found it shaking and it immediately caved in. My colleagues who were still inside were all buried alive and I survived. The way it collapsed, there was no chance for anybody to survive,” John Ntanyungura said.

Different officials including the Eastern Province Governor, Fred Mufulukye, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza arrived at the scene shortly after.

“The miners went to work as usual and the collapse happened while they were under the ground. We have not yet established the cause of the incident,” the Governor of the Eastern Province, Fred Mufulukye told IGIHE.

The Secretary and Head of Legal Administration and External Affairs at PIRAN Resources Ltd, Minyati Tristan extended his condolences to families who lost relatives following the incident promising the company's help to families of the victims during burial arrangements.


Unilever launches project to see 10,000 residents access clean water

By Samson Iradukunda

Unilever, a multinational leading consumer goods companies, making and selling around 400 brands in more than 190 countries, launched three water sites built in Munini Sector of Nyaruguru District where residents are now be able to fetch water at Rwf10 per a 20 liter jerry can.

The water facilities that have been constructed in three months are part of Unilever's project dubbed ‘Sunlight Isoko y'Isuku' worth Rwf45 million projected to see between 50 and 60 water facilities built in Nyaruguru District.

The water facilities will also serve as shops for cleaning products made by Unilever including soaps sold starting from Rwf50.

Nyaruguru District residents who have started shopping at Sunlight Isoko y'Isuku project sites say the project is a solution to long distances they walked looking for water of which cleanliness they always doubted.

“Before this project was initiated here, access to clean water was really a problem for us. We used to fetch water from stagnant sources in dams at long distances causing children to get late at school,” says Alexis Ntazinda, a resident of Munini Sector.

Désiré Manzi, a 17 year-old boy says the nearest place they could get water is the valley where he travelled for 30 minutes which saw him get tired and get late to school.

“We had no other solution. I sometimes came at the water tap and found so many people which made me get late to school,” Manzi said.

Unilever's Rwanda Country Director, Kelvin Kuria, says Unilever started Sunlight Isoko y'Isuku Project in order to improve the health of members of the communities where they work.

“For us, Sunlight Isoko y'Isuku Project is a way to show the community members that we work for them. Most of our customers are women and children. We only work aiming at improving their lives and social welfare,” Kelvin Kuria said.

“It will also prevent children from dropping out of school due to long distances they travelled looking for water which would take up to two hours. It will help parents also do other household works,” he added.

Kuria said the Project comes to support the Rwandan Government's program to see every Rwandan get access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities by the year 2024.

Only 0,85% of Nyaruguru District residents have water taps at their houses according to the District Mayor, Francois Habitegeko who said, “We are very happy of this project because with no other partners, we as the Government only can't reach the target to see all of our population get access to clean water.”

Habitegeko said now 70.3% of Nyaruguru District populations have access to improved drinking water and sanitation facilities while only 43% residents get water from not longer than 500 meters, which is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Unilever is a British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company selling food, beverages, cleaning agents, beauty and personal care products in 190 countries worldwide.

The company started its operations in Rwanda in 2016 where it has two projects including the Tea project launched in Nyaruguru District in 2017 set to employ over 1000 residents with permanent job contracts.

It followed Unilever's project to sell cleaning products including ‘Sunlight soaps' traded by Zed Investment Ltd.

Sunlight Isoko y'Isuku Project is set to see 10,000 people get access to clean water in Nyaruguru District
Desire Manzi says he will no longer travel long distances looking for water which saw him get late to school
Residents were happy to see water facilities launched nearby their residence
Sunlight branded soaps are among products sold by Unilever in Rwanda
Unilver Country Director in Rwanda said the Project is in line with Unilever's aspiration to help communities improve health


Misinformation on Rwanda keeps FDLR militiamen in DRC jungles- repatriated combatants say

By Samson Iradukunda

A former FDLR commander Major Sébastien Nkundabose who is now a dean at Mutobo Centre where the 500 ex-FDLR combatants who repatriated last year are undergoing a three-month civic training says he repatriated to Rwanda after spending two years at Military Prison in Équateur Province in Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We spent all 24 years in jungles with no salaries believing that the Rwandan Government would hold talks with FDLR on sharing power. We always dreamt of coming back and conquer Rwanda but see; some of us have been brought to Rwanda by force. Those who think will get power in Rwanda through fighting, I tell them to stop those thoughts and the war doesn't build the nation, it instead destroys it,” says Sébastien Nkundabose.

“When we arrived in Rwanda, we were warmly welcomed by officials, different from what we thought that we would be killed,” he adds.

Another ex-FDLR militant Balthazar Ndagijimana who was 19 years old in 1994 when he joined FDLR combatants came back to Rwanda when blind. He also says FDLR hopes of taking power in Rwanda remains a dream.

“That FDLR can take over power in Rwanda is merely a dream. FDLR strength reduced when Gen. Rwarakabije repatriated. He came to Rwanda with a large number of combatants with so much ammunition. We were stronger before but now FDLR was destroyed. Today, I think it is just a dream that they can come and overthrow the government in power,” he says.

“I realize it is impossible. I have been in FDLR for 24 years. I know FDLR enough. Taking over Rwanda is a just a mere say. When you have no ammunition, no army, it is impossible to take over the country,” says Joseph Kabarindwi, another ex-FDLR combatant.

Fake news

Deo Ndayambaje, 57, another ex-FDLR combatant was born in Nyamasheke District. He had a rank of lieutenant and he was the leader of Kanyabayonga Camp.
Ndayambaje says that they took long in DRC forests due to misinformation on Rwanda. He says among other lies they were told is as that Rwanda is now populated by only foreigners.

“Most of the news that reached us was bad and fake news. They said everyone back in Rwanda is killed while those who survive death are imprisoned. Even those who spoke to their family members were told either their property was sold or they were sentenced to imprisonment among other lies,” Ndayambaje recounts.

At Mutobo Demobilization and Reintegration camp, ex-FDLR combatants undergo civic training, entrepreneurship and other knowledge to help them adapt normal life.

At the end of the trainings, they are given Rwf180,000 of which Rwf60,000 is given before training and Rwf120,000 after rehabilitation as they plan for income generating projects back in their communities. Houses are built for ex-combatants with disabilities ad given a monthly stipend.

Major Senastien Nkundimana says FDLR militia men spend long in DRC jungles due to misinformation
Joseph Kabarindwi says FDLR conquering Rwanda is merely a dream


Madagascar President Rajoelina wants to meet Kagame

By Samson Iradukunda

Andry Rajoelina, 44, was sworn in as President of Madagascar on January 19th, 2019 after winning Presidential elections with 55.66 votes cast.

The swearing in ceremony was held at Mahamasina Stadium and saw different guests attending including Rwanda's Senate President, Bernard Makuza who represented President Paul Kagame.

In his message written on his official Twitter handle, President Rajoelina thanked Makuza whom he said they had discussed bilateral relations between Rwanda and Madagascar adding that he looks forward to meeting President Kagame.

“Thanks to Bernard Makuza, Rwanda's Senate President for coming. We discussed bilateral relations and I expressed my will to cooperate more with this country [Rwanda] which is a true African success story. Thank you President Paul Kagame and looking forward to meeting you,” President Rajoelina tweeted.

Andry Nirina Rajoelina becomes President after elections after he led Madagascar from March as President of the High Transitional Authority of Madagascar from March 2009 to January 2014 after the resignation of Marc Ravalomanana.

He also served as the Mayor Antananarivo City, from December among other senior positions he held.

President Rajoelina held talks with Rwanda's Senate President, Bernard Makuza which discussed bilateral relations


  • January 21st 2019 at 04:13

Morocco Justice Minister commends Rwanda's success after genocide

By Samson Iradukunda

Minister Auajjar made the remarks on Sunday after a delegation he leads visited Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site where they paid tribute to 250,000 victims laid to rest there.

Minister Auajjar and his delegation arrived at Gisozi Memorial Site, accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana.

At Gisozi, the Moroccan delegation was shown a documentary film about the bitter times Tutsi went through in the 100 days that left more than a million lives lost in Rwanda.

They visited different parts of Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site as they were explained the history of divisions which led to the 1994 genocide.

Auajjar said what happened is beyond human imagination and efforts should be made to ensure it never happens again.

“My delegation and I were very much touched by what we saw at this site. It was a time to be witnesses of bitter times Rwanda went through but which Rwanda left behind and rebuilt the unity among Rwandans on a foundation of human values, culture, peace and human rights,” he said.

“What President Kagame did here [in Rwanda] makes us Africans proud of his generosity, Rwanda's strength and capacity in rebuilding itself in a very short time after the genocide. It is a great human, social, cultural and economic success,” he observed adding that Rwanda's jucidiciary needs to add more efforts in searching for genocide suspects still at large around the world.

Mohammed Auajjar will hold special bilateral talks with Rwanda's Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye on Monday January 21 seeking to enhance bilateral partnership in the justice sector.

The Moroccan delegation was shown a film explaining the history of divisions that led to genocide that saw over a million lives lost in only 100 days
Morocco Justice Minister Mohammed Auajjar signing in the visitors' book at Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site


Nursery teachers for govt. payroll effective next financial year

By Samson Iradukunda

Currently, salaries of teachers in public nursery schools are paid by parents.

“The Ministry of Education plans that teachers in nursery will be paid salaries by the Government starting with next fiscal year. Efforts by parents are not enough. When the Government doesn't pay them salaries, there are no planned means to follow them up and train them,” Dr. Ndayambaje said adding that the number of certified nursery teachers is still low and unless the Government sets ways to treat them well, they can't deliver expected results.

Rwanda Government projects the number of children between five and six years pursuing nursery education to increase from 24% to 45% in the next seven years.

According to the Education Ministry figures of 2017, there were 3,186 nursery schools of which 455 are public with 1,484 being public-private whereas 1,247 schools are private.

In 2017, there were 6,039 nursery school teachers in Rwanda.

Government projects to increase the number of children in nursery schools from 24% to 45% in next seven years


RDB rewards outstanding individuals, companies at ‘Business Excellence Awards'


The Business Excellence Awards took place on the night of January 18, 2019 amidst pomp and spectacle.

The categories that were awarded this year were; Investor of the Year, Emerging Investor of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Emerging Exporter of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Made-in-Rwanda Enterprise of the Year, Emerging Made-in-Rwanda Enterprise of the Year, the Service Provider of the Year and the SME of the Year.

The Investor of the Year Award was given to the I&M Bank Rwanda, while the Emerging Investor Award was given to Afriprecast, a factory that manufactures precast concrete products.

The Exporter of the Year Award was given to the Africa Improved Foods. Last Year, the Food processing company scooped the 2017 Investor Award. The Emerging Exporter of the Year was awarded to Garden Fresh Ltd, a horticulture exporter in Rwanda, which grows and sells fresh vegetables and fruits to international buyers in the UK and Europe.

The Small & Medium Enterprise of the Year is Pascal Technology Limited, a Rwandan software company that provides ICT Solutions to developing countries in Africa, while the Service Provider Award was allocated to Legacy Clinics.

Officiating the event, Rwanda Development Board CEO, Clare Akamanzi noted the importance of the awards, to celebrate the contribution of the private sector, especially when good results have been registered. Ms. Akamanzi highlighted the milestones reached in 2018.

"RDB for the first time registered investments worth US$ 2.006 billion, an increase of 20% when compared to those registered in 2017. Of the total investments registered in 2018, an estimated 26% represents export-oriented projects," Akamanzi remarked.

"Correspondingly there was a major highlight in the Doing Business performance where we hit our Vision 2020 target of being in the top 30 globally. The World Bank ranked Rwanda 29th globally in its 2019 Ease of Doing Business Report, and 2nd in Africa," she added.

All these great results, she said, were made possible through strong partnerships.

The Minister of Infrastructure who was also the Guest of Honor at the Business Excellence Awards, Amb. Claver Gatete applauded the results of the Excellence Awards and observed that "when these awards keep getting bigger and better it is a sign that the private sector is growing".

RDB's CEO, Clare Akamanzi noted how the private sector bolstered the Rwandan economy. She further highlighted RDB's major highlights in 2018
The Exporter of the Year Award was bestowed to Africa Improved Foods. The Country Director at AIF, Prosper Ndayiragije expressed contentment at receiving the award
The Emerging Exporter of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards was given to Garden Fresh
The Business Excellence Awards Made-in-Rwanda Enterprise of the Year was given to Urwibutso Enterprise. Entrepreneur Sina Gérard applauded the award
The Emerging Made-In-Rwanda Enterprise Award was bestowed to the East African Granite Industries
The Service Provider of the Year Award was given to Legacy Clinics and Diagnostics
The Business Excellence Young Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Jean-Marie Vianney Habiyaremye, CEO & Founder of Cow Horns Rwanda
Nyundo Music Students performed at the Business Excellence Awards

Photos: Moses Niyonzima

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Gas cooker blast kills woman, injures son

By Samson Iradukunda

Nagapfura, 35, a resident of Gisozi Sector, Gasabo District died on spot as the gas cooker exploded as she was cooking at around midnight, Thursday, January 17th, 2019.

Eye witnesses told IGIHE that after the gas cooker explosion, Nagapfura immediately died, her house started burning but the fire was extinguished by Policemen from Rwanda National Police Fire Brigade.

Nagapfura's son who survived the blast was taken to Kacyiru Police Hospital for treatment.

The Executive Secretary of Gisozi Sector, Théophile Niragire said the accident might have been caused by little knowledge in using a gas cooker.

“All we can say is that it might have been caused by the little knowledge of using gas cookers as users have not yet been accustomed to them. Using gas cookers is a good thing as it is environment friendly but we need to teach people how well they are used because if they are not used adequately, they can cause deadly accidents,” Théophile Niragire said.

Niragire urged members of the media, the gas cooker sellers and local authorities to sensitize users on using them adequately and likely consequences if misused.

The gas cooker blast damaged all property in the house


Rwanda condemns early release of Col Aloys Simba, a genocide convict

By Samson Iradukunda

In 2016, Col. Always Simba requested for his early release as he had ended the 2/3 of his sentence.

However, the Government of Rwanda opposed his request as it would be against interests of genocide survivors.

In its submission to the Mechanism, Rwanda provided a detailed opinion from an expert in the trauma of genocide victims, who personally interviewed some survivors and reviewed statements from others.

She described how Simba's release would cause untold trauma for survivors of Kaduha Parish and the Murambi Technical School, where children saw their parents murdered, and parents saw their children murdered. "But Judge Meron somehow overlooked all of this to offer Simba leniency."

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Justice on Thursday, Judge Theodor Meron who was President of International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) released [Aloys] Simba with utter lack of transparency and the release occurred last week in secret.

The statement says that Judge Meron has yet to make his order public, and he shielded it for days from the rest of the Mechanism. Rwanda was also kept in the dark. Such unchecked, underhanded unilateralism has no place in the administration of international law.

“Judge Meron is aware of Simba's responsibility for the massacre of more than 40,000 Tutsi children, women and men at Murambi Technical School. Likewise, he knows that at Kaduha Parish, Simba put traditional weapons, guns and grenades into the hands of mass murderers and ordered them to “get rid of this filth” before they converted what should have been a place of refuge into a human slaughterhouse,” it says.

“He should have served his entire prison term,” the statement notes.

Judge Meron was named by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres as President of the UNNICT for an additional six months mandate slated to end on January 18th, 2019.

The Government of Rwanda says that during his tenure as President of the MICT, “Judge Meron has consistently reversed convictions, considerably reduced sentences on appeal, and released early genocidaires responsible for the worst massacres with no regard for the victims and survivors.”

In his last days as President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, the statement says, Judge Meron cemented his legacy of undermining international criminal justice by releasing Aloys Simba in the dark of night, eight years before the end of his sentence.

The Government of Rwanda says it cannot know whether Judge Meron released Mr. Simba for health concerns, something the Government of Rwanda might not necessarily oppose. “Kept in the dark, however, it cannot know whether this is the case.”

The Government of Rwanda urges the next President to take more seriously the law and the facts, when reviewing applications for early release.

“We likewise urge the next President to operate in an open and transparent manner, so that the Government of Rwanda and others with an interest in the cases pending before the MICT have notice and a reasonable opportunity to respond to pleadings and orders,”

Col. Aloys Simba, 81, served as Presidential Advisor on Security in former Gikongoro and Butare Prefectures before the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Rwanda accuses Judge Theodor Meron of undermining international criminal justice during his tenure as President of the MICT

Samson Iradukunda

AU calls DRC to suspend proclamation of elections final results

By Samson Iradukunda

According to a communiqué released after a High Level Consultation Meeting of Heads of States and Heads of Governments held yesterday in Addis, the participants “attending the meeting concluded that there were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results, as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the votes cast.”

“Accordingly, the Heads of State and Government called for the suspension of the proclamation of the final results of the elections,” the communiqué reads.

The meeting which was chaired by President Paul Kagame also the Chairperson of the African Union agreed to urgently dispatch to the DRC a high-level delegation comprising Kagame and other Heads of State and Government, as well as the Chairperson of the AU Commission, to interact with all Congolese stakeholders, with the view to reaching a consensus on a way out of the post-electoral crisis in the country.

Felix Tshisekedi was announced winner of the presidential elections with 38.57% according to provisional results released by the Congolese National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

Martin Fayulu who followed him with 34.83% of votes denounced the results and filed an appeal in the Constitutional Court demanding a manual recount of the votes.

DRC outgoing President Joseph Kabila didn't attend the meeting that was attended by a number of Heads of State and Government or their representatives from SADC, the ICGLR, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, EAC, the African members of the UN Security Council, among other officials despite the invitation by President Kagame.

“In arranging for this meeting, I also contacted the President of DRC, President Joseph Kabila, in fact I extended the invitation to him as well. He told me he had wished to participate but because of that exact situation he may not be able to travel,” Kagame said.

Samson Iradukunda

AfDB funds Rwanda with Rwf116 Billion to boost water supply and sanitation

By Samson Iradukunda

Adding to the initial funding which was worth 146.9 million Euros, the entire funding to the program is now 261.9 million Euros.

The financing is to cover water supply infrastructures in Rutsiro, Karongi, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Ngororero Kamonyi, Muhanga, Ruhango Nyanza, Bugesera, Ngoma, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Musanze Districts including sanitation facilities to ten schools.

Water access in these districts is currently averaged at 45 percent, 40% lower than the national average which stands at 85%.

About more than 1.5 million people will get improved water supply services with 700,000 of them living in rural and peri-urban areas raising the total number of beneficiaries of the whole project to 5.4 million at completion in June 2023.

“This funding will improve the quality of life and socio-economic development of the people and promote economic growth and transformation,” said the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning after the signing of the agreement.

The AfDB Rwanda Country Manager Mrs. Martha Phiri said, “This additional financing increases the on-going Bank support to the water and sanitation sector in Rwanda to €282 million, demonstrating the Bank's desire and readiness to match the Government of Rwanda's ambitions to achieve speedy socio-economic transformation.”

As per objectives of the National Strategy for Transformation one (NST-1), Rwanda projects that by 2024, all households, schools and commercial facilities will have reliable access to clean water and sanitation services.

Samson Iradukunda

Kagame pardons juvenile prisoners after passing national exams

By Samson Iradukunda

The juvenile prisoners pardoned had been found guilty of rape, defilement, drug abuse and sale among other crimes.

The oldest of the 16 children pardoned was born in 1998 with the youngest having been born in 2003.

Of twelve who sat for National Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), four passed with grade I, eight in grade two, one in grade one and three ‘O' level candidates in grade two.

The children were officially released from jail this Thursday, January 17th in an event held at Nyagatare Juvenile Prison. They were accompanied by their parents. They will now continue their secondary studies out of prison.

Salma Uwamahoro, 17, had been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after she was convicted of terrorism. A resident of Kamembe Sector, Rusizi District, Uwamahoro had served only two years of her sentence.

After her release, Uwamahoro said it is a very joyous day to her and commended the Government of Rwanda for having given chances to juvenile prisoners to have access to education while in prison.

She said her release is an opportunity she will never take for granted and will study hard.

Last year President Kagame also exercised his prerogative of mercy to grant early release of 18 juvenile prisoners who had sat for both PLE and O' level exams and passed well.

The children were joyous to be released on presidential mercy and continue with their studies
16 children were released from Nyagatare Prison after they passed national exams they sat for while in prison
They happily left prison back home


Miss Rwanda pageants advised on preserving integrity

By Samson Iradukunda

The call was made by Senator Tito Rutaremara as he visited the 20 beauty pageants contesting for Miss Rwanda 2019 crown at Golden Tulip Hotel, Nyamata, Bugesera District where they are holding a two-week boot-camp that started on January 13th, slated to end on 26th January 2019.

The call was made by Senator Tito Rutaremara as he visited the 20 beauty pageants contesting for Miss Rwanda 2019 crown at Golden Tulip Hotel, Nyamata, Bugesera District where they are holding a two-week bootcamp that started on January 13th, slated to end on 26th January 2019.

On Tuesday, the girls running to be crowned as the most beautiful and intelligent girl in Rwanda were taken through discussions by Senator Tito Rutaremara and other officials including the Chairman of the National Itorero Commission, Edouard Bamporiki and Dr. Jacques Nzabonimba, the in Charge of Culture at the Rwanda Academy for Languages and Culture.

Senator Rutaremara urged the pageants to treasure unity, patriotism, commitment, responsibility, hard work and humility, among other values, emphasizing on integrity as the most important value of the Rwandan culture as it helps people live together with others in peace and harmony.

“Integrity is the one Rwandan cultural value in which others are wrapped. Integrity is not the body beauty seen by eyes. It is in the inside of somebody. With integrity, you listen to others, avoid arrogance and keep your fidelity. If all we Rwandans had that value, our country would turn into a paradise,” Senator Rutaremara said.

The first day of the boot camp saw the beauty pageants trained in Rwandan traditional dance and pageants walking mode which they will showcase at the final day of the pageantry that will see the declaration of the new Miss Rwanda replacing Liliane Iradukunda who has held the crown since January 24th last year.

The event will be held at Intare Conference Arena in Rusororo, Gasabo District.

Senator Rutaremara took the pageants through the values of Rwandan culture
Pageants are being trained walking styles to display at the final day of the contest
They are trained the Rwandan traditional dances styles
Pageants were given time to ask questions
Senator Rutaremara in the middle of the pageants contesting for Miss Rwanda 2019 crown


  • January 16th 2019 at 13:13

Man held for killing girlfriend, burying her at home

By Samson Iradukunda

Jean de Dieu Habiyakare, 21, a resident of Butare Cell, Nduba Cell of Gasabo District reportedly told neighbors that the girl with whom they had cohabited for two weeks had gone missing on January 7th and that he assumed she might have left to her parents' home which was not known.

However, neighbors questioned the allegation failing to understand how the young woman who was a tailor could have left without bidding farewells to any neighbor or friend.

“He failed to account for how her girlfriend had left when they asked where she had gone,” Nduba Sector Executive Secretary, Jean Damascène Harerimana told IGIHE.

On Monday, as nobody could establish the whereabouts of the deceased, neighbours decided to go to his house for a search.

“During the searching process, they found a mattress stained with with blood spots which he had tried to wash out. They later discovered a ditch covered with banana leaves with a swarm of flies hovering about it. When they dug up the ditch, they found the deceased body which has started decaying,” Harerimana explained.

Habiyakare was arrested by neighbours and handed him to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) along with two other suspects including his father who is accused of hiding information from officials yet, it is suspected, that knew his daughter in law had been murdered. Also arrested is a neighbor who had not disclosed that he saw the suspect digging the pit.

The deceased was only known as Mahoro, but her official identity is not yet established.

It is said after the husband killed her wife, he had remarried his first wife they had been separated.


Kagame to chair AU meeting to discuss DRC disputed elections

By Samson Iradukunda

The meeting slated to be held tomorrow on January 17th, 2019 will see 16 Heads of State and Government at the African Union (AU) headquarters convene in Addis, Ethiopia.
The meeting will be preceded by the emergency meeting of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in which Kagame also was invited in.

The Democratic Republic of Congo held provincial and presidential elections on December 30th, 2018 after which the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC announced Felix Tshisekedi the winner.

Martin Fayulu, a presidential candidate, dismissed the results and filed an appeal at the Constitutional Court.

In a hearing on Tuesday, the Prosecutor told Court that Fayulu had no ample evidence supporting his allegations that elections were rigged hence demanding the manual recounting of votes.

SADC also advised the DRC to verify the votes proposing a unity government comprised of sides of Martin Fayulu and Félix Tshisekedi in a bid to avoid violence and restore peace.

When President Kagame met Joseph Kabila, DRC outgoing President in August 2016


RDB to recognize outstanding investors on Friday

By Samson Iradukunda

The awards giving ceremony to be held for the sixth time in a row are celebrated a bid to recognize the private sector's essential role in growing Rwanda's economy according to RDB.

Both local and foreign investors in Rwanda were encouraged to participate in this year's awards.

The awards will see entrepreneurs be rewarded in different categories including the Investor of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year and the SME of the Year.

Launching the awards in November last year, RDB Chief Executive Officer, Clare Akamanzi, said; “Exports in Rwanda increased by 30% last year and GDP grew by over seven percent. This is clear evidence that the Rwandan private sector has been thriving. The ‘Made in Rwanda' initiative, which aims not only to increase local employment but also reduce the country's trade deficit, is possible because local businesses are playing their role and with the RDB Business Excellence Awards we are recognizing this fact”.

Akamanzi said reducing the trade deficit is very much possible owing to the will the Rwanda's private sector members have.

Africa Improved Foods (AIF) was awarded as the Investor of the Year in the 2017 RDB Business Excellence Awards.

Outstanding investors who won RDB Business Awards 2017


Rwanda National Land Use Master Plan for review

By Samson Iradukunda

The launch of the review was officiated by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Fatina Mukarubibi who said Rwanda as a country with a small land area needs to have well designed and modern land use master plan.

“Rwanda's population is growing fast. We need this master plan to guide how we will use the land today and in the future in accordance with Vision 2050,” Mukarubibi said.

Through the review process, a deep study will be done to show the land needed by different activities and city designs.

The new land use master plan will replace the masterplan designed from 2007 to 2010 which had been set according to Vision 2020. It was being used after approval by the Cabinet meeting held on January 19, 2011.


Economic ambitions surge as more Ngoma households get connected to electricity

By Samson Iradukunda

2652 households in Ngoma District were connected to electricity through a project financed by the Belgian Government that saw Kayonza, Ngoma and Rwamagana Districts get power in the last three months according to the Manager of Rwanda Energy Group (REG) in Ngoma District, Benoît Niyonkuru.

Viateur Sindambiwe, 27, said that two weeks after his area of residence was connected to electricity, he founded a hairdressing salon in Nyaruvumu Cell of Rukira Sector.

“Now our area is developed, I started a hairdressing salon. I also bought a television set. It is really fine now,” he said.

Sindambiwe told our reporter that his daily income is between Rwf1,500 and Rwf3000 with food bills excluded. He plans to start another haircutting salon in which he will employ other young people.

It was not easy for residents of the rural Rukira Sector to get where to get their maize, sorghum and cassava milled. They say the price to mill their foods reduced to Rwf20 from Rwf50 per kilo when they used a generator.

“Before my house was connected, I used paraffin to light lamps which would cost me Rwf2000 per month; now I use electric lamps. This will help my two school children revise well their books,” Bonaventure Kwizera, a resident of Gatonde Cell, Kibungo Sector says.

Jean de Dieu Ndaruhutse, the Executive Secretary of Nyaruvumu Cell says that before their Cell got connected to power, residents used to use paraffin lamps that pollute the air,, had health risks all of of which have since changed.

“Electricity actually means development. It has changed our lives a lot. Now, a plot of land that was worth between Rwf200,000 and Rwf500,000 can't be sold at less than one million,” Ndaruhutse said.

Easy access to clean water

Rukira and Kibungo Sectors are two sectors in Ngoma District in which it was difficult to get access to clean water.

Emmanuel Twizeyimana, an official in charge of distributing clean water to population in Ngoma District, said now electricity helps operate water pumps.

Emmanuel Twizeyimana, an official in charge of distributing clean water to population in Ngoma District, said now electricity helps operate water pumps.

“Electricy helps us use water pumps. The water we get is from valleys and we use electrical pumps which are affordable compared to generators operated by fuel,” he said.

Twizeyimana says that a jerry can of 20 liters of water is bought at Rwf20 with electrical pumps while it was Rwf25 for water pumped using generators.

“Generators are also not easy to use; transporting them to valleys is difficult. They frequently get faulty calling for incessant repairs but with electricity, such problems are no more,” Twizeyimana said.

Connected households in Ngoma District account for 46% according to REG statistics with two other projects under implementation in Kazo, Mutenderi, Murama, Sake and Zaza Sectors projected to see 6,000 households connected this year.

Health services improved after Nyaruvumu Health Centre got connected to power
Water is now more affordable using electric pumps than generators
Hair-cutting salons founded are now generating income for youths
Plots of land have added value since the area got connected to power
Food milling is now easier with electric milling machines


AEE Rwanda supports Gasabo girl-child education with Rwf 170 million


According to the Director of AEE Rwanda in Kigali City, Ev. Albert Mabasi, AEE Rwanda bought scholastic materials and school supplies worth Rwf.70.5 million for primary school pupils and Rwf98.5 million for school fees of secondary school students.

Underprivileged girls from 10 sectors of Gasabo District benefited from the AEE support through “Ubaka Eho Dreams'' project that supports girls aged between 10 and 24 years by especially engaging them on avoiding unwanted pregnancies and HIV/AIDS.

The activity was held in Jabana Sector, Gasabo District last Friday, January 11th, 2019.
Girls were given pens, notebooks and sanitation products for adolescents.

Ev. Albert Mabasi told IGIHE that AEE doesn't only do evangelical work but also engage in supporting communities in social development.

He said that Ubaka Ejo Dreams is a three-year project aimed at helping young girls avoid temptations into early sex and resulting unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.

The project is implemented through the funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Mabasi said the USAID has been helping them a lot in their journey to develop the Rwandan society.

“We want to prevent any new HIV/AIDS infection or the unwanted pregnancies among young girls. We highly commend the USAID as our partner who plays a big role in supporting these activities,” Ev. Albert Mabasi said.

Francine Nyiranzanywahimana, a resident of Kamatamu Cell, Jabana Sector is a mother to one girl child studying in P6 who has been receiving AEE's support since last year.

Nyiranzanywahimana said it is difficult to get basic school items needed by two of her three daughters but she is now happy that one of them will have her school fees paid and be given school materials to her study well and succeed.

“My heart is filled with joy. I was afraid my daughter was going to stop studying but since AEE started helping her, she gets all necessary school items and I can say her future is bright because she studies well,” Nyiranzanywahimana said.

The Director of the Joint Action Development Forum (JADF) in Gasabo District, Domina Ntakabanoza commended AEE and other partners for working together o develop Rwanda.

“When we have partners like AEE, who provide necessary school materials for girls, we get hope that our girls will survive sex temptations and complete the education ladder,” Domina Ntakabanoza said.

Underprivileged girls from 10 sectors of Gasabo District benefited from the AEE support through “Ubaka Eho Dreams'' project
The In-Charge of DJAF in Gasabo District, Domina Ntakabanoza requested parents to speak with their children, advising them against Unplanned Teen pregnancies and alike issues
The Director of the African Evangelical Enterprise in Rwanda (AEE Rwanda), Ev. Mabasi Albert requested parents to work together in protecting children from Harm
One of the underprivileged children, thanking AEE Rwanda for their support


What is fuelling the 'silent war' between Rwanda and Uganda?


According to a recent article in the Virunga, this is another of the many schemes in harassing Rwandans in Uganda.

It is not news to anyone that the relations between Uganda and Rwanda have not been good for more than two decades now. However, it is only over the last two years or so that President Museveni seems to have decided that ordinary Rwandans could be targeted for harassment, incarcerated without access to lawyers or access to their consular officials for support, that they could be tortured while on private business in different parts of Uganda, especially in Kampala and Mbarara.

Interestingly, the targeting of Rwandans for extra-judicial harassment by Uganda security agencies happened to coincide with the intensification of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) operations in Uganda. It is equally interesting that it was around the same time that a clear pattern emerged in the persecution of Rwandans in Uganda: The areas in Uganda where the RNC was recruiting the most also happened to be where most Rwandans have been targeted for arrest. Those refusing to join this group – or to make a financial contribution to it – often found themselves targets of persecution at the hands of RNC operatives working in tandem with those of the Chieftainship of Military Intelligence (CMI). Together they would make arrests, abduct, torture, and sometimes deport, their targeted victims without any pretense at following Uganda's legal processes nor international law.

Eventually, RNC operatives became so emboldened that they began to make arrests on Ugandan territory on their own. They would bundle up their targets into unmarked vehicles in broad daylight and cart them into CMI cells in un-gazetted ‘safe houses' for torture aimed at forcing them to admit to being Rwanda spies. The refusal to join RNC –and/or to contribute money – had become sufficient evidence that their victims must be spies for Rwanda. In the process, they would plant evidence on them, including guns, which is now also standard practice, with a view to place them under military jurisdiction where they could undergo all forms of abuse without knowledge of the Ugandan public. Whether the person was arrested in a restaurant or a taxi park in broad daylight didn't stop CMI from claiming that they were found with guns, usually AK-47's and machine guns.

When the Rwanda high commission in Kampala raised concerns with that country's foreign affairs ministry, these were usually met with a deaf ear. Lawyers were not allowed to access these innocent people. Even women were not spared. Two women who had been tortured in CMI cells said that they had been made to sit in water through which electrical lines pass, resulting in electrocution of their private parts. CMI operatives would then undress them because they “wanted to see how a Rwandan woman looks naked.” Even worse treatment was inflicted on many others.

When in January 2018 the RNC-CMI joint venture was leaked in the media, Rugema Kayumba who was the then coordinator of operations alongside CMI operatives across Uganda did not refute the truth of their working together; instead, he boasted on his Facebook page, “I will not only work with CMI but I will be part of them.”

A scheme to destabilize Rwanda

On November 11, 2017, at least 46 RNC recruits were intercepted at the Kikagati border on their way to a training base in South Kivu, DRC, via Burundi. This was confirmed by Museveni himself on 25 March 2018, during a press conference at Entebbe, “A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo. They said they were going for church work, but when they were interrogated it was found the work wasn't exactly religious. It was something else.”

On 15-16 December 2018, representatives of the RNC and FDLR were in Kampala at the invitation of Hon. Philemon Mateke, Uganda's minister of state for regional cooperation, for a meeting whose aim was to strengthen ties between the two and also reinforce coordination with Uganda's security agencies. The Minister is “the bridge between FDLR, RNC and Uganda.”

The RNC was represented in that meeting by a delegation led by Frank Ntwari, it's so-called commissioner for refugees and human rights and brother-in-law of Kayumba Nyamwasa. Ntwali lives in South Africa but travels to Uganda often where he is accorded armed protection.

After the meeting in Kampala, at the DRC-Uganda border post of Bunagana, DRC officials intercepted the FDLR representatives on their way back from that Kampala meeting. Among them was its chief spokesperson and deputy chief of intelligence Ignace Nkaka, aka LaForge Bazeye Fils. Upon arrest, they were transferred to Kinshasa via Goma for questioning where they recounted details of their Kampala visit.

The United Nations Groups of Experts (UN GoE) Report that came out on 31 December 2018, also confirms the existence of these rebel bases in North and South Kivu that are part of a new coalition grouping called P5, headed by Kayumba Nyamwasa. Significantly, it confirms that their recruitment and movement of rebels is facilitated by ‘neighbouring countries.' One of these was specified in the report; it's Burundi.

Space doesn't allow for the recounting of all incidents that constitute the “silent war” in which only one side is doing the shooting without the other reciprocating. However, a small sample outlined above should suffice, especially since they are cases where the concerned parties themselves confirm the accusations leveled against them. This should help Mr. Taremwa get informed about what is fuelling the bad relations between the two countries in the event he chooses to write a follow-up letter.

Read the Original article in the Virunga:


Rwanda tea price higher than Kenya's on Mombasa auction

By Samson Iradukunda

Figures by Kenya's Tea Directorate indicate that a kilogram of Rwanda tea was sold on Ksh287 (over Rwf2,500) on average while Kenya's tea was sold Ksh262 (Rwf2,300) last year according to Business Daily.

However, it was reported, the price for Rwandan tea reduced compared to previous year down from Sh323 with Kenya's tea also declining from Sh300.

According to brokers, Rwanda produces the best tea in the region which attracts good prices on market.

One of the tea brokers said: “Rwandan tea normally fetches good price at the auction because of good quality that results from best agronomical practices that they have invested in.”

“To Rwanda, quality is regarded as more important than quantities they bring at auctions,” he added.

Currently, seven countries sell their tea through the weekly Mombasa auction with aim to sell it on the international market. The auction is held under management of East African Tea Trade Association.

Rwanda tea growing and production dates back in 1961. It is currently grown on 26,897 ha area in 12 districts. Last year statistics indicate that 42,840 farmers were involved in tea production in Rwanda.

Rwanda's tea production increased from 14,500 tons in 2000 up to 27,824 tons in 2017/2018 fiscal year.

Data from the National Agricultural Exports Development Board (NAEB) indicates that Rwanda exported 25,128 tons which yielded $74,5 million in 2016/17 which increased up to 27,824 tons fetching $88 million in 2017-2018 fiscal year.

As of 2018, there were 16 tea processing factories with 60% women involved.

In May last year, Rwanda tea scooped 11 of 12 awards given at the Africa Tea Convention that was held in Nairobi.

Rwandan women are more involved in tea production sector than men by 10 percent


Rwandan attends wedding in Uganda, gets kidnapped

By Samson Iradukunda

News of Kayibanda's abduction was released by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and East African Community Affairs, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe who said Kayibanda was kidnapped in Kampala, Uganda by the County's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) agents.

In a tweet, Olivier Nduhungirehe posted two pictures of Kayibanda and said: “This is Rogers Donne Kayibanda . He arrived in Kampala, Uganda on Thursday 10 January 2019 to attend the civil wedding of his brother, which took place the following day Friday 11 January 2019.”

“He was kidnapped after the ceremony in Kisasi, Kampala suburb, by CMI [Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence] operatives,” Nduhungirehe's tweet continues.

News of Kayibanda's kidnapping follows several other kidnappings faced by Rwandans in Uganda with some of them subjected to torture.

On Sunday, following the abduction of Fidel Gatsinzi, another Rwandan citizen who was also arrested in Uganda, one Rama Isibo asked what the Government of Rwanda is doing about the ‘illegal detention of Rwandans in Uganda” to which the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Dr. Richard Sezibera replied: “[Rwandan] Government is doing all that is feasible to bring Rwandans home …and asking them to be prudent in harm's way.”

Rogers Kayibanda was kidnapped in Kampala, Uganda, where he had gone for a wedding of a brother

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Man shot dead resisting Police arrest after killing wife

By Samson Iradukunda

Bavugayabo, 38, killed Nyirabenda whom they co-habitated as wife and husband in the fateful night of January 11, 2019 following property disputes. He used a machete to murder the victim.

The Spokesperson of Rwanda National Police (RNP), CP John Bosco Kabera said the suspect fled to Rulindo after committing the alleged crime.

CP Kabera said: “On January 11th, Police launched an operation to search him after we received information that he was hiding in Rulindo. He was trailed in Rweya Village and he was caught trying to cross to Kamonyi District through Nyabugogo River.”

“However, Bavugayabo became violent and resisted arrest and tried to flee. He was shot and succumbed to injuries,” CP Kabera added.

The RNP Spokesperson, Kabera called the public never to take law into their hands and report family conflicts in their neighborhoods before they turn violent.

“Police, local leaders and other entities in justice sector are there to ensure that misunderstandings you can't resolve amicably are addressed to prevent violence and bloodshed,” CP Kabera said as he appealed to the public to always cooperate and avoid being violent.

CP John Bosco Kabera, Rwanda National Police Spokesperson appealed to public to report family conflicts before they turn violent and never take law by hand


Musanze District to relocate residents from disaster risk zones


This was announced by members of Musanze District Council after a field visit they carried out at Nyarugenge District's infrastructure projects including the houses under construction for residents living in high-risk zones in Kigali Cell of Kigali Sector of Nyarugenge District.

Musanze District Advisory Council President, Emile Abayisenga said the project to build houses for residents living in disaster high-risk zones was the most interesting to them during their visit in Nyarugenge.

The project in Nyarugenge is projected to see over 7000 people living in high-risk zones relocate to houses that will be built for them with the same value as those they currently live in. The first phase will see 200 families relocate to the houses under construction.

Nyarugenge District vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs, Jean Marie Vianney Ndayisenga said the District authorities first sensitized the population on the good of being given complete houses instead of being paid money to relocate to places of residence of their choice.

“During conversations with the population, we briefed them about the need for modern infrastructure for them to accept to be built houses," he said adding that some were opposed to that idea but a committee was founded to sensitize them and the people concerned later understood it.

“It is a very good project because we also have citizens living in risk zones. We will now look for technicians to study the same project in our district and implement it there if we get a good place the residents can live in,” Musanze District's Advisory Council President, Emile Abayisenga said.

Local leaders in Musanze District and counterparts in Nyarugenge District signed partnership agreements for knowledge sharing in development programs with Musanze District infrastructure being built as a secondary city.

Development projects under implementation in Musanze District include the construction of Musanze District Hospital, Ruliba-Karama Road where the residents offered land where the road passes without being paid.

The two districts authorities gave each others gifts after signing partnership agreements
Emile Abayisenga, Musanze District Advisory Council President said his team got most interested in the project to build houses for residents in disasters risk zones


We have to think beyond the next day, integrate Godly values in leadership— Kagame to leaders

By Samson Iradukunda

During the 23rd edition of the annual special prayer breakfast themed “Transformative Leadership” held at the Kigali Convention Centre, the President particularly reminded those present that Rwanda cannot be people who need to be taught values continuously: "Like a watch you have to keep resetting or a ball with a hole that you have to keep inflating."

"What mindset will we take home? How will we take what we have learned and apply it to what we do? Instilling godly values in leadership means those values have to be part of who we are," Kagame urged those present.

The president advised leaders to be defined by unity, thinking big and accountability for their responsibilities as leaders.

“Being a team is about bringing people together. We are one team working for the country, fulfilling our responsibility and thinking big. We have to think beyond the next day, think about the generations ahead and what we want to accomplish. Accountability is about the discipline of work, upholding the values that define us," President Kagame noted.

Casting light on what would elevate one beyond petty actions, the Head of State advised on reflecting on one's actions and evaluating each other honestly. "This is what will allow you to practice the values that should define us," he said

"Let us uphold the right values and give ourselves the respect we deserve," he added

President Kagame also warned that Religion should not be seen as an anesthetic that allows one to be numb to the hard challenges one must face.

"I don't think there is any other continent that prays more than the African continent. But prayers must be met with action. Actions towards what we want to accomplish and our goals," President Kagame advised.

Organized by the Rwanda Leaders Fellowship (RLF), the prayer meeting brings together leaders in top positions for fellowship around a breakfast, to reflect on the milestones that the nation has achieved praying for the nation and its leaders.

Initiated in 1995, the RLF is attended by cabinet members, lawmakers, members of the judiciary, police and military top brass, private sector and civil society, including church leaders.


Dr. Byamungu, 4 children laid to rest, widow's eulogy leaves mourners with wet faces

By Samson Iradukunda

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu and his four children, twin boys Calvin Ngabo and Caleb Nziza, who were 17 years old, Carl Manzi, 15 and Bless Chelsea Uwase who was four years old passed on following the car accident that occurred in the night of December 30, last year.

Byamungu died on spot with his children after his car collided with a trailer in a crash that involved three cars.

Dorcas Mukagatare, wife to Byamungu and mother to the deceased four children survived the accident with her brother Dan Rutaremara who was driving the car on the fateful night.

The accident took place in Lwengo on Masaka-Mbarara road in Uganda where they had gone for festive holidays to visit Byamungu's mother who lives in Uganda where Byamungu was born in May 1968.

In her sad testimony, Dorcus Mukagatare who was left alone in her 7-people family after losing her husband and her four children- with the oldest daughter who had died in March 2018- said she felt she had no reason to keep living and if it had not been God, she would have committed suicide.

“I am alive only because I know God. Hadn't I known God, I would have taken pills to kill me. Knowing God lives helped me understand everything happens for a reason,” she said.

“God left me to thank you in the name of Dr. Livingstone and live with you while Ngabo, Nziza, Manzi and Bless [Chelsea Uwase] are not around,” she said crying adding: “Please bear with me, I would not have wished to be here without those people I have just mentioned but the Lord's plans differ much from human's.”

She said: “Except the days we laid our brothers and sisters who died in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi to rest, I have never attended a funeral of three, four people who died together.”

“Dr. Livingstone [Byamungu] was a very good and responsible husband. We had been together as wife and husband for almost 20 years. He loved me and our children very much. He helped me study and graduate. I have nothing to tell you or blame you. Only, rest in everlasting peace in Lord.

“I had very good children who loved God and people. They helped me and they have been at my side even after our first born passed away.”

Mukagatare told a story that brought many to tears when she recounted how she gave birth to her last child, Bless Chelsea Uwera.

She said Uwase was born 12 years after she had decided to stop giving birth and said she was born for a reason. “I am very much sad she is not here today with me.”

“After our first child who was a girl passed on in March last year, my sons told me Bless had been born in her place as she came later being a girl. I was very shocked that God took Bless away from me but he knows why. For me, I would have wished to have gone with them all where I would be together with them but it didn't happen like that,” she said with a slow sad voice crying leaving a minute of silence before she emphasized to say “Lord knows the reason.”

Mukagatare said what happened to her also happened to Lord's servant Job and he remained faithful to God.

“Like Job, I want to let you know today that Almighty God will always be my God in the good and the bad and he reigns eternally,” she said.

Mukagatare promised to the mother of his husband, Livingstone to be her daughter though she can't fit in his son's shoes.

In other testimonies told about Dr. Livingstone Byamungu, he was described as an ardent follower of God and had contributed to construction of St Peter Anglican Church house in Remera, reason why he was bid last farewells inside that church.

“He always told me the ‘best is yet to come' and it was the word on his WhatsApp profile picture,” said his younger brother who now lives in Uganda.

Dr. Livingstone Byamungu was the Chief Investment Officer at Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) after having served several other roles in Private Sector Federation (PSF), Health Poverty Action, World Vision and German Agro-Action.

Unlike times when bodies of victims of the 1994 genocide againts Tutsi were laid to rest in honor, Mukagatare said she had never attended the mourning of five people who died all together
The widow has not yet recovered from wounds she got through the accident
Faces filled with sadness
Minister Johnston Busingye at the mourning
Dorcus Mukagatare vowed to keep faithful to God like Job despite losing all her family members

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Rwanda launches Medusa, the first climate observatory instrument of its kind in Africa

By Samson Iradukunda

The launch of the Observatory operating in the University of Rwanda's College of Science and Technology (CST) will serve to provide data related to meteorology, climate change, and solar intensity among other operations.

Rwanda Climate Observatory is under Rwanda-MIT Climate Observatory Project implemented by Rwanda's Ministry of Education in partnership with Massachusetts Institute (MIT) in order to develop a world-class research program in Rwanda and build the capacity of climate change, air pollution and meteorology.

Efforts to set up the observatory were inspired by President Paul Kagame's visits to USA in 2008 and 2009 looking for ways to enhance science and technology and Rwanda chose MIT as the implementation partner.

The project saw Rwandan graduates from the University of Rwanda go to be trained at MIT as it was requested by President Kagame.

Rwanda-MIT Climate Observatory Project's first phase started operating in 2011 while technical instruments were first placed at sites in 2013. The project is worth $2 million.
The observatory has four technicians who operate at Mugogo Mount in Nyabihu District where more instruments measuring the climate locate.

Dr. Jimmy Gasore, a lecturer at the College of Science and Technology, who is also the Station Chief Scientist at Rwanda Climate Observatory, said Medusa started atmospheric data measurements worldwide since 1979 being used by the researchers' team founded following the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

“This instrument [Medusa] has played a paramount role in measuring the greenhouse gases. We are now happy as it will help us get data on air pollutants and see if we are reducing the production and consumption of greenhouse gases [known as hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs)] and plan accordingly,” Dr. Jimmy Gasore.

“It is the first time for Medusa to be in Africa and they are only twelve elsewhere in the world; in atmospheric research centers and in universities,” he said.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Eugene Mutimura, who officiated the launch of the Observatory, said the observatory was set to measure climate change and atmospheric causes behind it.

“It is a very good step because it helps us know what to do to implement strategies taken by Rwandan Government to reduce greenhouse gases that pollute the air,” Dr. Eugene Mutimura said.

Education Minister, Dr. Eugene Mutimura officiated the launch of Rwanda Climate Observatory with Medusa

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Police warns drivers on traffic offenses as school academic year opens

By Samson Iradukunda

Police says road traffic flow increases as academic term opens and reminds drivers to avoid all traffic offenses that can result into accidents.

“During the beginning of school academic year, there are more passengers using the road and sometimes, drivers over-speed in a bid to do more turns to earn more money, others carry more passengers than usual with others driving under fatigue. We urge them (drivers) to avoid these behaviors as they are among the top causes of accidents that can result into loss of lives,” the spokesperson at Traffic and Road Safety Department at Rwanda National Police, SSP Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi said.

SSP Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi reminded passengers it is their right to be driven in safety and should report any bad driving to police.

“When a driver is overspeeding or speaking on phone while driving, remind him it is dangerous. If he does not understand, quickly let Police know that using numbers available in passengers transport cars. This will help the Police save your life,” SSP Ndushabandi said.

Ndushabandi urged leaders of transport companies to control the conduct of their drivers.

“It is necessary for students going to schools to be facilitated to get early tickets so as to help them turn up at school early and evade problems like theft and irresponsible activities they may face when night falls,” he added.

SSP Ndushabandi reminded drivers and transports companies that nobody, save for Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), is allowed to increase transport fares and offenders will face heavy penalties.

Parents were also urged to send their children clad in school uniforms for easy identification and help in case the need so arises.


Baby rescued after six hours in a pit latrine

By Samson Iradukunda

The baby girl who was born with health complications was born at Kabgayi Hospital where her mother checked-in to give birth on January 6th, 2018.

After giving birth, the mother was admitted at the hospital and on the morning of January 10th at around 6am, medics called her to breastfeed the baby in the room from where the baby was being treated but the baby was nowhere to be seen.

According to investigations, when the medics got out from the room, the mother secretly took the baby out and dumped her in pit latrine.

The Police Spokesperson for the Southern region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP), Bonaventure Karekezi said: “After she threw the baby in the pit, the mother came back crying and told her mother that her baby had been stolen from the medical room.”

“The mother of the suspect called in the doctors who afterwards called Police but other women in the Hospital continued pressing and accusing her of killing her own child,” CIP Bonaventure Karekezi added.

CIP Karekezi said that people at the hospital and neighboring communities started searching for the baby and that is when some of them heard it crying in a nearby pit at about 10:30am.

The Fire and Rescue Brigade was called in and working with residents, they rescued the baby alive at about 11am.

The baby is now still being treated by medics at Kabgayi Hospital while the mother was placed under custody.

The rescue took about 15 minutes according to ACP Jean Seminega, the Commanding Officer of the Fire and Rescue Brigade at Rwanda National Police (RNP) who also said “this is a despicable and heartless act,” wondering “what kind of mother does that.”

Seminega commended the residents for the quick response to search for the baby and facilitating the rescue which was successful.


New TV Station opens in Rwanda

By Samson Iradukunda

Izuba TV first aired on Friday, January 11th, 2018 at about 3pm on Channel 102 on Star Times and with no subscription fees paid to watch it. It started playing music and movies but it will soon start airing shows related to rural community development. in no long time to come.

Izuba TV, the first Community TV in Rwanda and a sister television to Radio Izuba will work be focusing on community social life with headquarters in Ngoma District in Eastern Province where Izuba Radio has been operating from since 2004. when it opened.

Speaking to IGIHE, the Director of Izuba TV, Alphonse Muhire Munana said Izuba TV has promotion of the community development life as the major editorial line.

“It is a sister TV to Izuba Radio. They both work aiming at improving lives of community members and community development. Izuba TV's specialty is that it is the first community TV station in Rwanda and operatimng from outside Kigali. It s daily editorial line will focus on citizens' daily lives,” Muhire Munana said.

“We won't much focus entertainment and sports only not ignoring the big number of Rwandans needing that. We want to link the agriculture, social welfare, child education, child growth and daily life of the Rwandan citizen in general with local the low governance organs as always as they always go hand in hand,” he added.

Izuba TV is coming to Rwandan market for business or to compete with other TV stations already in Rwanda according to Muhire Munana.]

“It is Radio Izuba's continuing job as the first community radio station that opened in Rwanda. With 14 years in the media industry, the media house has been built on a durable foundation,” he said.

All journalists of Radio Izuba have been trained and they are the ones to work start with Izuba TV.

“We will add other journalists as shows increase or when we need other knowledge,” he said adding that the TV will be accessed across the country.

Izuba TV is sister to Radio Izuba that operated since 2004


Mushikiwabo calls for calm in DRC

By Samson Iradukunda

According to provisional results announced on Thursday by the National Independent Elections Commission (CENI), opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi leads with 38.57% of the votes.

However, after the announcing of provisional results, the Independent Candidate, Martin Fayulu protested against the results which attracted protests that have resulted into 11 deaths.

In a statement released by OIF on Thursday following the announcement of the provisional results, Louise Mushikiwabo commended voter turn up and the peaceful environment under which elections were held.

“Mrs Louise Mushikiwabo calls on the political and civil society actors, as well as the population, to maintain a peaceful environment and to privilege in all circumstances the dialogue and the best interests of the Congolese people while waiting for the proclamation of the final results by the Constitutional Court,” reads part of the statement released by the OIF.

“OIF invites candidates to exclusively resort to legal channels in the event of possible disputes; encourage election-related institutions to make every effort to ensure transparency, sincerity and reliability of the crucial stage of managing election results,” the statement adds.

CENI is slated to declare the election final results on January 15th this year with the swearing in of the new President replacing Joseph Kabila- who has ruled DRC as President since 2011- scheduled to be held on January 18th.

Mushikiwabo stated the OIF contributed with all its international partners in helping the DRC hold peaceful elections and “it reiterates its determination to continue, beyond these elections, its efforts to support the consolidation of peace, democracy and the rule of law in this important member state of La Francophonie.”

The OIF has 88 states and governments: 54 members, seven associate members and 27 observers.

Felix Tchisekedi was elected as new President of DRC replacing Joseph Kabila according to provisional results announced by CENI

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Police operations impound 100 errant motorcycles in Kigali

By Samson Iradukunda

The spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety Department, Senior Supt. Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi said the operations target motorcyclists without driver's license, transport authorization permit; those, who are not registered in cooperatives as well as those violating other varied traffic related rules

“If we have to save lives, we have to make sure that every bit of the road safety standards is respected,” SSP Ndushabandi said.

“When you park in the middle of the road or dangerous place to pick or drop a passenger; when you don't go for riding lessons through which you acquire a driver's license and you instead use your basic riding skills; or when you ride on high speed, make u-turn in a wrong or dangerous area, you are putting lives of other road users at risk, and these operations are meant to prevent such deadly behaviours,” he added.

Majority 30 percent of road injuries and deaths registered last year were either caused or involved taxi-moto operators, according to statistics as written by RNP website with statistics indicating that most motorcycles used in criminal acts like transporting thieves or stolen items, trafficking drugs and snatching people's valuables are those that are not registered in cooperatives

SSP Ndushabandi said that continuing operations will also be extended to motorists.
“We started with motorcyclists today but the operation will also be extended to other groups of motorists such as special hires, public service vehicles, private owned and trucks. We want to ensure that every road user understands and respects traffic rules and regulations,” he said.

Reverien Ngendahimana from the Rwanda Federation of Motorcycle Cooperatives ( FERWACOTAMO), said that they are working with RNP, Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA) and Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) to ensure that the motorcycle transport business is “organized and safety for all.”

“It's a policy that every motorcyclist has to belong to a certain cooperative; this helps in monitoring and control and at the same time easier to identify errant members involved in criminal acts or whose behaviors and actions on road put the life of other people at stake,” Ngendahimana said.

With the ongoing installation and registration of all taxi-motos, the federation and Police say it will now be easier to track any motorcycle implicated in any criminal act or violation of traffic rules.

This is because motorcycles registered in cooperatives are being fitted with GPS, and Police appeals to members of the public to always be quick to memorise or note down the number plates of the motorcycle they see or suspect to be involved in any wrongful act.

This makes it easier to trace it back to the owner and to identify the person that was using it that very day or night it was implicated in the unlawful act.


Japanese passport is most powerful in the world in 2019, index shows


It's the second time in a row that the Asian nation has come out on top in the index, which is revised quarterly.

Japan retains its top spot as the world's most travel-friendly passport thanks to the document's access to 190 countries.
South Korea edged up the ranking from October's index to join Singapore, offering access to 189 jurisdictions, thanks to a new visa-on-arrival agreement with India.

That the top countries in the list are all Asian — along with other significant movers from the region — shows that many Asia nations are "sustaining a high comfort level with mutually beneficial economic migration," Parag Khanna, the founder and managing partner of FutureMap in Singapore, told Henley & Partners.

Elsewhere in the region, China jumped almost 20 places in just two years, from 85th in 2017 to 69th this year.

European countries also performed favorably, with European Union member states (along with Norway and the US) filling in the places behind the top three nations — although the UK continues to drop down the rankings, along with the US.

The two held a joint-first position in 2015, according to a press release from the firm.

Henley & Partners' Group Chairman Christian Kalin, who created the Passport Index, says the ranking is a bright spot in an increasingly isolationist world.

"The general spread of open-door policies has the potential to contribute billions to the global economy, as well as create significant employment opportunities around the world," he said.

"South Korea and the United Arab Emirates' recent ascent in the rankings are further examples of what happens when countries take a proactive foreign affairs approach, an attitude which significantly benefits their citizens as well as the international community."

The index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, says it bases its ranking on "exclusive" data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and "is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department."


Africa cannot just be a source of raw things- President Kagame


President Kagame was speaking at the Rwanda-Japan Business Forum organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), on the second day of his official visit in Japan.

“Africa's middle class is increasing year in, year out; there is increasing urbanization in Africa moving faster than probably other continents. Africa has different kinds of resources starting with our own people and the natural resources that we have,” President Kagame said.

He noted that between the natural resources and the people, the innovation and technology, there was no problem that was not going to be addressed to provide the continent with the solutions it wants. “Africa and Rwanda have simply no other choice but to keep adding value to what we are doing.”

President Kagame also welcomed and encouraged Japans to do more business in and with Rwanda.

“We are trying to catch up, and we are being helped to by these developed countries and people with whom we work. Doing business, the kind of different investments that we have to make together are very critical,” Kagame noted

Last Year, Rwanda Development Board chief executive Clare Akamanzi said the number of Japanese investments in Rwanda has gone up from three to 19 in the last five years, with the portfolio expected to grow further.

“However this doesn't mean that everything is where we want it to be. We have to do more every time and that's why when people kept saying that we have to listen, to pay attention to businesses from Japan, I completely agree with them,” he added.

President Kagame said Rwanda cannot be complacent that has done enough despite the glowing results from studies, experience and data show that tremendous progress is being made.

“That's a good story but it always tells us that we have to do more.”

“I want to assure you that the Government of Rwanda will continue to do our best, to provide a conducive and supportive environment for successful ventures.” President Kagame guaranteed.

President Kagame called Japan Investors to do Business with and in Rwanda


Mushikiwabo speaks on her goals as the new SG of La Francophonie


In an interview with Boursorama, a leading source of financial and economic information in France, Mushikiwabo re-iterated her future goals for La Francophonie, where she said that she would like to see French as the language of the Internet.

Extracts of the Interview

Q: Your election as Secretary General marks the coming of an African leader, after Canada's Michaëlle Jean, at the head of the La Francophonie (OIF). Is it unavoidable when we know that Africa holds 80% of the growth in the number of Francophones in the world?

A: Africa is a driving force of La Francophonie. It is a natural even normal that Africa is at the head of La Francophonie. That said, I am also aware that La Francophonie goes far beyond Africa. As the Secretary-General, I will do my best to make everyone feels at home in our organization.

Q: Your candidacy was strongly supported by France while you are very close to Rwandan President Paul Kagame. At the head of La Francophonie, how will you guarantee your independence?

A: I am also a professional. I work for La Francophonie. I represent La Francophonie. I will put all my energy into this organization. From now on, I am no longer the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs. Any action, any decision, any activity of La Francophonie, I will execute as the secretary general of La Francophonie.

Q: Rwanda has replaced French with English as a compulsory language at school. Is this compatible with the direction of La Francophonie?

A: Rwanda is a French-speaking country. It is also an English speaking country. It is also a Swahili-speaking country and first and foremost, we speak Kinyarwanda, our national language. We are a multilingual country and I think that the fact that the Rwandan president does not really speak French - he begins to speak French, very happily - is confused with the importance of the French language in the country. French is the foreign language most spoken by Rwandans and the importance of the French language will grow. In Rwanda, we believe very much that this coexistence of languages does not necessarily cause problems.

Q: This is what French President Emmanuel Macron defends: the defense of French in a Plurilingualism framework. Is this the future of La Francophonie?

A: The French language has no complex compared to English. But the world today is such that it is beneficial for the French to speak other languages. We go much further with several languages. We are more fortunate in employment and training with more languages. I really do not mind.

Q: What are your goals as the head of La Francophonie?

A: I would very much like to see the French language as the language of the internet. With the proportions of young people in the French-speaking world, it's very feasible. But there is still work to be done, I do not delude myself. Digitalism can be used as an asset for employment issues. When we go through the francophone area, we hear, "La Francophonie, what is it for me?" These are legitimate questions. All that is digital concerns the youth, so I think we can combine very well the digital aspect and the interest of the youth.

Q: Critics point to a "dispersal" of OIF... Is a refocus necessary?

A: There is indeed a debate that's needed. Criticism is legitimate: we do a lot of small things and we should refocus, bring several activities together under clear themes, well defined: the economy, the influence of language.

Q: The OIF now has 88 members, including some countries that have a distant relationship with French. Should the membership criteria be reviewed?

A: Why not? I find that the fact that many countries which have very little to do with the French language wanting to become members of La Francophonie, a sign of attractiveness, which is a very good thing. Only, I think we must also be observant of our space, our activities, and our values. We can create a system of members who have a status more or less different from the full members. But it is up to the member states to decide.

The Secretary-General of La Francophonie, Louise Mushikiwabo challenged herself to make French, the language of the Internet


Rwanda, Israel open Airways to first-ever Direct Flight


This development follows an aviation agreement signed on Monday between Transportation and Intelligence Minister Israel Katz and Rwandan Ambassador Joseph Rutabana.

"The open sky agreement has led to a significant increase in flights to and from Israel," Katz said, according to a religious news source Srugim. "The agreement opens Israel to hundreds of airports around the world," and at the cheapest prices, Katz added.

The agreement outlined that each country can operate up to seven scheduled flights between Ben Gurion Airport and the capital of Rwanda, Kigali.

Rwanda and Israel established diplomatic relations soon after the former Belgian colony gained independence in July 1962, but those ties were severed later in 1973 after the Yom Kippur War when most African states – under Arab pressure – broke relations with Israel. With the reestablishment of ties in October 1994, Rwanda sent an ambassador to Israel but had to close the embassy because of budgetary constraints some six years later.

The embassy was reopened with Rutabana's appointment as ambassador in the summer of 2015. Israel is represented in Rwanda by a nonresident ambassador operating out of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.


Prominent model Mupende stabbed to death


The model was reportedly stabbed to death by a 23-year-old house-boy, named Antoine Niyireba. Social media was awash with news of her tragic death yesterday, around 9pm and later confirmed by Rwanda Investigation Bureau spokesperson Modeste Mbabazi.

Born in Kenya, the deceased was the general manager of popular fitness centre in Kigali, WakaFitness. She was set to walk down the aisle next month, as her wedding invitations indicated.

The alleged killer's whereabouts are still unknown.

As it can be seen on her twitter wall, Alexia had been working with several institutions including RwandAir.

In different interviews she once gave, she described herself as one who liked naturalism and who did not favor make-up. Her favourite star was Ne-Yo. She preferred romantic movies to action-packed ones. All in all, Mupende was a simple human who loved God and aspired to 'be closer to him'. Her tragic death leaves a lasting mark on many.

Uwera studied at Namasagali College and St Lawrence in Uganda and later moved to Rwanda where she took up a course in Business Information and Technology.