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Today — November 16th 2018IGIHE.com English Version

Police arrests 13 over electronics theft

By IGIHE

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kayigi, the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said that the "suspects also include people running black-market for electronics and dealing in assorted stolen items."

Electronics including desktop and laptop computers, and television sets were also recovered from the suspects during the operation, CIP Kayigi said.

"Among the recovered electronics are 38 laptops stolen from different people in various parts of Kigali, and were being sold in black electronic shops in Nyarugenge Sector," he said.

"The operation was in response to series of thefts in different parts of the City of Kigali. The aim is to dismantle these black market shops that deal in stolen electronics," the spokesperson explained.
He said that some electronics like computers and phone-handsets are stolen through house break-in, vandalizing car windows and snatching them from pedestrians.
In other cases, the syndicate after stealing a mobile phone start calling contacts in the phonebook tricking their targets that they were recommended for a job by the rightful owner of the stolen phone.

If the target falls in the trap they demand that to get the job he or she must have a laptop as a prerequisite so as to install the software required to do the work.
When you give them the laptop to install the said software, that will be the last time you see them.

Kayigi urged those who have lost their electronic items to crosscheck with the nearest police stations where unclaimed exhibits are stored.

He, however, advised the general public to buy goods from recognized shops to avoid purchasing stolen items.

He further advised to always keep receipts or mark their items to prove ownership once such properties are recovered.

In some cases, Kayigi said, some claimants fail to present proof.

“We always find it had to hand over property recovered from suspected thieves because people who come to claim they do not have documents to ascertain ownership. You have to prove beyond doubt,” CIP Kayigi explained.

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UR extends registration fee payment deadline

By IGIHE

The UR academic year 2018/19 kicked off last Monday, November 12 with registration going on for the fresh and continuing undergraduates.

However, some students could not register, lacking the Rwf35,000 registration fees. Registration for the academic year 2018/19 which started on September 29.

“The University of Rwanda does not wish any student to miss classes and is allowing all students to provisionally register even before paying the required registration fees and start their studies,” the announcement reads in part.

“However, all students are required to have paid or to have agreed on a payment plan for registration fees not later than 15th December 2018,” the announcement signed by the Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda, Prof. Philipp Cotton, states warning that “Failure to pay or to agree to a payment plan of the required registration fees by the above-mentioned date will result in cancellation of provisional registration for the Academic Year 2018-2019.”

All Principals, Campus Registrars and Campus Directors, as by the announcement, are required to take measures to ensure that no student is prevented from access to University services on account of not having paid registration fees.

Students who exclusively talked to IGIHE on being allowed to register without paying required registration fees to commend the University for the intervention and say they won't miss classes which could affect their studies.

“I am very happy. I could not register online because I had not paid the registration fees due to family problems. Now that I can register, I will keep looking for that money and I hope to have got it by the deadline set,” says Alex Nshimiyimana, a level 4 student in Geology and Mining Department at UR College of Science and Technology.
By Samson Iradukunda

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Minister of Defense intervenes to address Rubavu farmers' delayed payments

By IGIHE

The Minister who was visiting farmers cooperatives in Bugeshi and Mudende sectors yesterday was briefed by farmers on the issue of delayed payments for their food commodities which sometimes take an entire week.

Murasira who is entrusted with overseeing the district on behalf of the central government assured farmers that their concern is going to be squarely addressed.

"I have noted your problem. It is about being paid money at the agreed price and get it without delays. I promise you that we have taken measures to pare it down. You will be getting it on bringing the produce,” he promised.

He urged the residents to save money for buying manure.

Before residents used to sell a kilo of Irish potatoes for Rwf60 but when the yields began to be taken to collection centers, the price rose to Rwf120.

Vice Mayor in charge of Development affairs in Rubavu District Janvier Murenzi, said that residents have a problem of people who used to gain more profits from potato business which undermined farmers' progress.

"The problem farmers have are people (brokers) who come down to potato fields and give them less money. The farmer is now able to take the potatoes in a designed place and sell at a fixed price.”

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Expert advice to mothers on best breastfeeding practices

By IGIHE

An exception, WHO recommends, should only be due to medically proven reasons or when the baby loses her mother.

As working mothers are kept away from their babies, some mothers do not get enough time to breastfeed their babies appropriately and wean them off earlier though some others do it due to ‘civilization' claims that breastfeeding makes breasts loose.

Many women chose to replace breast milk with cow or processed milk which, according to scientists, is unhealthy and less nutritious compared to human milk.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE, Dr. Diane Patricie Kayitesi, a pediatrician at Muhima Hospital, Kigali, urged parents to respect the child's right to be breastfed.

“Actually, there are mothers who feed their babies with cow milk when they are below one year. This is not good because it has been scientifically proven that it causes ‘iron deficiency anemia', a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells,” says Dr. Kayitesi.

“Normally, a baby should be breastfed at least eight to 12 times a day. That a mother leaves her home for work to get livelihood is not a reason to start feeding her baby with processed or cow milk. She instead should press milk from her breasts and leave it for the baby at home as it can be kept and serve its purpose with no problem,” she advised.

“Mothers who decide to keep breast milk should keep it in hygienic conditions as it can last for six hours with no problem and the kid drinks it in her mother's absence,” Dr. Kayitesi revealed.

The pediatrician also said stress, inappropriate rest and poor diet are among reasons that make mothers lack enough breast milk. On this, she said, “To get nutritious and enough breast milk, a mother should rest properly, eat clean and enough and drink enough to never get dehydrated.”

Dr. Kayitesi suggests big and medium institutions reserve places for breastfeeding mothers. Expert advice to mothers on best breastfeeding practices.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises mothers to properly and exclusively breastfeed babies at least for the first six months to keep them healthy and build the baby's immunity during his entire life.

An exception, WHO recommends, should only be due to medically proven reasons or when the baby loses her mother.

As working mothers are kept away from their babies, some mothers do not get enough time to breastfeed their babies appropriately and wean them off earlier though some others do it due to ‘civilization' claims that breastfeeding makes breasts loose.

Many women chose to replace breast milk with cow or processed milk which, according to scientists, is unhealthy and less nutritious compared to human milk.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE, Dr. Diane Patricie Kayitesi, a pediatrician at Muhima Hospital, Kigali, urged parents to respect the child's right to be breastfed.

“Actually, there are mothers who feed their babies with cow milk when they are below one year. This is not good because it has been scientifically proven that it causes ‘iron deficiency anemia', a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells,” says Dr. Kayitesi.

“Normally, a baby should be breastfed at least eight to 12 times a day. That a mother leaves her home for work to get livelihood is not a reason to start feeding her baby with processed or cow milk. She instead should press milk from her breasts and leave it for the baby at home as it can be kept and serve its purpose with no problem,” she advised.

“Mothers who decide to keep breast milk should keep it in hygienic conditions as it can last for six hours with no problem and the kid drinks it in her mother's absence,” Dr. Kayitesi revealed.

The pediatrician also said stress, inappropriate rest and poor diet are among reasons that make mothers lack enough breast milk. On this, she said, “To get nutritious and enough breast milk, a mother should rest properly, eat clean and enough and drink enough to never get dehydrated.”

Dr. Kayitesi suggests big and medium institutions reserve places for breastfeeding mothers.

“It is vital for a mother to let her baby suck the breast completely before she changes for another. When a baby gets satisfied when he/she has not finished all the milk from the breast, the mother should press the milk out to be kept to allow the body to make milk in both breasts,” Kayitesi notes.

“It is vital for a mother to let her baby suck the breast completely before she changes for another. When a baby gets satisfied when he/she has not finished all the milk from the breast, the mother should press the milk out to be kept to allow the body to make milk in both breasts,” Kayitesi notes.

Dr. Kayitesi, a pediatrician at Muhima Hospital says businesses and work should not make mothers deprive of their rights to be breastfed

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RSSB to include more insurable occupational hazards

By IGIHE

This was revealed Wednesday in a validation meeting that brought together medical professionals, health insurance companies and ministries aimed at reviewing Bareme Officiel Rwandais des Invalidités (BORI) a document that was written in the 1980s detailing occupational diseases with a relatively short list of diseases, mainly in mining”

Oswald Munyandekwe, RSSB's Director of Pensions said in an exclusive interview with IGIHE said there are new diseases to add on the list citing HIV/AIDS infection that can be passed on to a medical practitioner in the process of treating patients and back pains resulting from long hours of immobility.

"It was a challenge for workers to get compensations for work-related diseases or accidents, but for now, most of them will be included in the list in order to protect workers," he said.

He also talked about the 1975 BOBI (Bareme Officiel Belge des Invalidités) a guideline to the government of Rwanda's insurance laws, changed to Bareme Officiel Rwandais des Invalidités (BORI), written in French only, leaving out doctors that can only comprehend English.

Another challenge Munyandekwe mentioned, is that it was difficult to obtain information from the guideline and the level of disability was not specified.

Munyandekwe said that both books were reviewed by medical practitioners and other health insurance professionals. So far, some reviews have been completed, left with Presidential and ministerial decrees likely to be done before December.

Munyandekwe said the two Guideline documents will be available in both French and English languages, but will later to be translated to Kinyarwanda.

Theobard Ndayisaba, who works with one of the insurance companies operating in Rwanda, says that like insurance company workers, they are grateful for the project and the work is done because they have been introduced to end disagreements between physicians and health insurance companies about the degree of disability that someone lived with.

He said, "You would have a physician describing the level of a disability, and find that it was groundless. It would only lead to disagreements. It would happen that the doctor who treated a patient would not be the one who described the level of a disability. As a result, what the doctor said would be in disagreement with an insurance company.”

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Participate in national planning process for sustainable solutions- Minister Shyaka to Gicumbi residents

By IGIHE

The call was made by the Minister of Local Governance, Prof. Anastase Shyaka as he addressed residents of Bukure Sector in Gicumbi District as he launched at the national level the ‘Citizen Participatory Planning 2019-2020', a program through which citizens discuss and suggest priorities to be addressed in the 2019/20 fiscal year.

“As Rwandans, we all need to create solutions of our problems through our own abilities. Citizens collaboration with leaders is an urgent need to implement the planning that seeks to resolve problems and get durable solutions,” Minister Shyaka said.

According to Prof. Shyaka, if there is a development activity citizens want to get like schools, roads among other activities that need citizens' participation, they should do it by themselves and not wait for aid without playing their part.

He urged them to always participate in Umuganda monthly community activities and contribute to them using their own materials as the Government will intervene with funding. “This will help the country achieve targets set as fast as possible,” he said.

For instance, Minister Shyaka said, Rwandan citizens contributed 62% to the budget used in the construction of the Nine and 12 years basic education classrooms nationwide.

The Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN), Dr. Claudine Uwera said that when citizens take part in planning and implementing development activities, they also play a role in protecting and preserving the achieved activities which make the development sustainable.

During discussions, residents of Bukure Sector requested for a nursery, primary and secondary school with a university, electricity, tarmac roads, and industries among other wishes.

“This program that involves citizens' participation in planning is very good. In the first days, we were not properly approached. When they come back to show us what can be implemented among the priorities we raise, we will take our part to the highest level as we know we will be working for ourselves,” said Frodouard Hategekimana, a resident of Rwesero Cell in Bukure Sector.

When the Ministry of Local Governance ends the Participatory Planning 2019-2020 program, priorities suggested will be studied on a national level and share with citizens what will be done accordance with the country's financial means and they contribute in their implementation.

Citizens shared what they think should be prioritized in 2019-2020 fiscal year

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UR explains accommodation status

By IGIHE

The report revealed that universities are able to provide hostel facilities to students at a 12% rate which impacts the quality of education as students live far away from where they undergo their studies from.

The Commission's report noted that due to long distances between the university and their residences, students leave the university back home early fearing for their lives during nights.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Institutional Advancement at University of Rwanda (UR), Ambassador Dr. Charles Muligande said that the University is doing all that is possible to help students get proper residences though some chose to live outside them and rent houses for themselves.

“It is not necessary for UR to have hostels for all the students because they don't even use all the available lodgings. They make their own choices where to live. When they rent houses outside the university, eight students can share yet at the University such overcrowding is not allowed,” Dr. Muligande said.

Muligande said that students do not use all the lodging resources available. Here, he gave as an example a students' hall of residence at UR Huye Campus with the capacity to accommodate 400 students only has 200 students.

“Some chose to rent houses outside where they can get houses at lower prices. The University hostels charge only Rwf4000 and Rwf5000 in Kigali. They do not pay electricity and water bills,” he explained.

Dr. Muligande says that before a number of UR students were relocated to its campuses across the country, Huye Campus was home to over 11000 students but today hosts about 9000 students this academic year which he thinks will not upset students' accommodation.

Dr Charles Murigande Deputy Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement at UR

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Mountain gorillas' status changes from "critically endangered" to "endangered”

By IGIHE

There are now more than 1,000 of the animals in the wild, up from an estimated population of 680 a decade ago.

IUCN confirmed that mountain gorillas have been increasing at an unprecedented rate, such that they should no longer be designated as critically endangered wild animals in the world.

IUCN monitors the level at which the world's leading animal and plant species are preserved based on the evidence and analysis of experts.

IUCN on Wednesday announced that gorillas in the Central African Republic, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo were removed from the group of the 'critically endangered' to "endangered" based on the hazards that still threaten them to reproduce.
Mountain gorillas live in lush and misty forests along a range of dormant volcanoes in East Africa. Their habitat falls inside national parks spanning parts of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

40 years ago, Dr. Diane Fossey who became popular in Rwanda for the care of wildlife and environmentalists were pained by the fact that a mountain gorilla community known as 'Group 4' became extinct as a result of poaching.

Group 4 was the first gorilla community to be researched on in Rwanda by the Research Institute and the Karisoke Research Center under the supervision of Dr. Fossey.

Fossey, who died in 1985, had projected that the primates may be extinct by 2000. Instead, their populations have been slowly increasing thanks to sustained and well-funded international conservation efforts.

Anna Behm Masozera, the director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program based in Kigali said that they have made progress in terms of their protection, and allowing an environment where mountain gorillas can continue to thrive and grow.

“But it's important to note that mountain gorillas' numbers could still slip back very quickly. We still have just two fragile and small populations split between two national park areas,” he noted.

Several factors have enabled mountain gorillas' modest rebound, said Masozera.
The three governments have stepped up enforcement of national park boundaries - areas where hunting, logging, and paved roads are illegal.

The Government of Rwanda recently announced the expansion of the Volcanoes National Park from 160 km, by an increase of ¼ in less than five years.

In May 2017, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) doubled the cost of visiting gorillas from $750 to $1500 for all people, aiming at finding investments in gorilla protection projects.
Last year, Rwanda's touristic revenues hit $438 million, with an increase of $34 million compared to 2016.

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Rulindo district bans eatables in offices, workers express grave disappointment in the anti-meal decision

By IGIHE

The warning is contained in a circular issued by Rulindo District on November 13.

“I write this letter to let you know that bringing foodstuff in offices is prohibited. Failure to respect this directive will be considered as indiscipline,” reads part of the statement signed by Rulindo District Executive Secretary, Godfrey Muhanguzi.

They were also told any worker at the District or Sector caught with foodstuff at the office will be punished in accordance with Presidential Order No65/01 of 04/03/2014 determining modalities of imposing disciplinary sanctions for public servants.

The circular says an inspection carried out on public servants management revealed that some staff bring bread, chapatti, and doughnuts among other foodstuffs and eat them inside their offices causing untidy environments and soil official documents.

“Heads of departments at the district and executive secretaries of sectors are requested to ensure that no staff under their supervision brings and eats food in the office,” reads the anti-meals statement.

Different staff of the district who talked to IGIHE expressed grave disappointment over the decision by the district.

On conditions of anonymity, one said: “We start working at 7.00 a.m and many of us live far from the office which requires us to wake up early and pack that doughnut for instance. There are also those who fail to get time to go to restaurants for lunch and so bring food in offices.”

On dirtying official files, he said it is impossible. They suggested that the district sets up a place for the staff to take their meals from.

The statement warns staff at the District and Sector level in Rulindo

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Yesterday — November 15th 2018IGIHE.com English Version

Outstanding investors to be recognized in 2018 RDB Business Excellence Awards

By IGIHE

The sixth edition of the RDB Business Excellence Awards will award investors in the categories; 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, 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”.

Speaking in the 2017 gala event CEO Akamanzi, noted that the winners were the captains of the industry.

“When you win, Rwanda wins and when Rwanda wins, we all win. This is, therefore, an evening of celebrating excellence demonstrated by the business community in the country. But it's also been a special way of celebrating the growing ecosystem that ensures private sector remains at the forefront of everything we do here in Rwanda,” she noted.

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

Both local and foreign investors in Rwanda are encouraged to participate in this year's awards by applying online on this link before the 15, December deadline.

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Kagame in Qatar for a two-day official visit

By IGIHE

The two Heads of States had last met on September 24 this year as they participated in the 73rd United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Their talks then focused on how to improve and maintain bilateral relations in different areas particularly the economy, investment, and tourism.

The Emir of Qatar talked with President Kagame about the problems affecting the region and the globe and the role Qatar can play in enhancing the security and safety among the member states of the African Union.

Rwanda and Qatar have good bilateral relations.

On February 18 this year, President Kagame met Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani in Munich, Germany where they discussed how both countries can enhance their relations and how existing challenges can be addressed.
In May last year, Rwanda and Qatar signed agreements to establish diplomatic relations. Qatar Airways carries out flights between Kigali and Doha and other directions including Dubai.

On May 26, 2015, the two nations signed partnership agreements related to fight against drugs. They were signed at the sidelines of Qatar International Anti-Drug Forum that was held in Doha.

The anti-drug partnership agreements were signed at the end of the year 2014. There are drug dealers arrested in Rwanda then after passing at Doha International Airport on their way from Southern America.

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Former MP Omar Kiyogoma passes on

By IGIHE

Kiyogoma who was a member of the Ideal Democratic Party (PDI) was bid last farewells by family and friends yesterday after sending off prayers in a Nyamirambo mosque Kigali at a place known as ONATRACOM.

His fellow Muslim, Abbas Mukama who also replaced him in Rwanda's parliament in 2000, told IGIHE that prior to his death, Kiyogoma had been sick for long and that he breathed his last at Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali.

“It was a long time since he fell sick. When he left parliament in 2000, he was employed by the Government to the commission that drafted Rwanda's constitution that was enacted in 2003 after which he retired. He has been suffering from diabetes and heart sicknesses. He lived with those two sicknesses,” Abbas Mukama said.

He passed on [Tuesday] at Kibagabaga Hospital as he lived at Kibagabaga,” Mukama added.

Hamidou Omar Kiyogoma was appointed as a member of the committee that was charged to draft the 2003 constitution.

A member of Parti Democratique Islamique (PDI) which opposed to President Juvenal Habyarimana's regime, Hamidou Ismael Kiyogoma was hunted to be killed during the 1994 genocide like other politicians who opposed to MRND's regime.

After the 1994 genocide against Tutsi erupted on April 7, 1994, Kiyogoma fled to Saint-André College where he stayed until April 14 when an RPF commando evacuated him and saved his life.

The Ideal Democratic Party was established as the Islamic Democratic Party (Parti Démocratique Islamique) in 1992. In 2003 the party adopted its current name as a result of Rwanda's constitutional prohibition of religious-based parties.

Family and friends as former Member of Parliament, Hamidou Kiyogoma was buried at Nyamirambo Cemetery
Hamidou Omar Kiyogoma was buried on Wednesday afternoon
MP Musa Fazil Harerimana who also served as the Minister of Interior Affairs and former MP Abbas Mukama were fellow members of PDI Party with Kiyogoma, they accompanied him at his burial

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U23 AFCON 2019 qualifiers: DRC holds Rwanda to a goalless draw

By IGIHE

The game was staged at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu District bordering the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday.

Through the 90 minutes of a game that was referred by an Ivory Coast official ended with neither side scoring.

The Junior Leopards of DRC dominated the 90 minutes and got several chances which they could not convert due to good performances of the Junior wasps' defenders and impressive goalkeeping by Fiacre Ntwari, Rwanda's U23 goalie.

No player of DRC was showed a yellow card while Rwandan players were thrice booked.

The return leg match will see Rwanda's Amavubi u23 fly to Kinshasa to play against DRC at Stade des Martyrs on November 20 this year. The eventual winner of the two games will advance to the next round to face Morocco.

In other qualifying games of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, Mauritius was beaten by Kenya 0-5 while Burundi hosted Tanzania and defeated them 2-0 in Bujumbura as Ethiopia humiliated Somalia in a game that ended with a 4-0 win over neighbors in the African Corner.

Uganda defeated South Sudan 2-1 while Seychelles and Sudan shared spots in a tie that saw the 90 minutes' end in a 1-1 draw.

Rwanda's national football team was held to a goalless draw in the first leg in qualifiers of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
Democratic Republic of Congo's team
The game was staged at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu District bordering the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday.

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Africa's unity and speaking one voice has proven to be a positively disruptive force on the international scene – Minister Sezibera tells AU Executive Council

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While efforts are underway to ensure that the African Union Commission can leverage the best minds and skills, Minister Sezibera observed that strong accountability and performance systems are also essential for the AU institution to be more effective.

“Performance-based measures must be strengthened for the senior leadership and institutionalized across the entire organization, with adequate measures in place to address non-delivery. As we design performance management mechanisms for our Commission, we must also commit to being more accountable ourselves as member States, to fulfilling our obligations, and being held to account when we don't” Minister Sezibera said.

Citing examples of achievements with ongoing AU reforms - notably the reduction in AU's reliance on partners' funding this year, Minister Sezibera noted that African Union's self-financing in a sustainable and predictable manner will be a key determinant of its accomplishments.

For this to be sustained, Minister Sezibera encouraged member states to create the necessary growth, starting with the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area; and by honoring financial obligations, including by adopting the 0.2% levy through national legislative bodies.

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With MyMTN APP, subscribers with smartphones will no longer have to use codes to top up

By IGIHE

Usually for customers to load airtime, they were required to use a code, which would be bothersome for some users because they had to save or remember the code regularly.
MTN on Tuesday launched a new technology dubbed MyMTN App, which will help its smartphone owners who use the company's services to get them more conveniently.

MyMTN APP is an all in one self-care app that gives users full control in managing their phone account, monitors your usage pattern, manages data usage and subscribes to products and services from a mobile device, all on-the-go.

Launching the App on Tuesday at MTN Rwanda headquarters, Desire Rudahunga, MTN's Senior Operations Manager said they believe users will like the new facility.

"Someone who has this application will be able to purchase data bundle or use mobile money without going through the process of using codes,” he said.

He added that the app comes in line with fast-growing smartphone penetration in the country while giving subscribers greater control of their own mobile services and enable them to solve issues without having to contact the company's agents.

"Now someone who wants to purchase water, electricity, to pay for a TV card and other services, will be able to put it in this application and on the date of the service you want to do, it will be automatic," he said.

MTN's new application is unique because users are not charged any fee to use it.
MTN's Senior Manager Arthur Rutagengwa, also said that the application will address the challenge of using codes a time-consuming process.

The application is already available for all MTN post-paid and prepaid smartphone subscribers and can be downloaded for free from app stores such as Apple Store, Google Play and Blackberry World.

Officials said that the use of the application isn't meant to replace MTN's current USSD format, but to give customers a choice on what is suitable for them.

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Two teachers arrested over suspected exam malpractices

By IGIHE

The duo identified as Michel Nsabyimpuhwe and Alex Habyarimana was arrested red-handed yesterday, October 13 trying to help pupils cheat at GS Kirambo, a 12 years' basic education school which also serves as a site for national primary leaving exams located in Kirambo Cell, Gitesi Sector of Karongi District.

Nsabyimpuhwe is a teacher at Murambi Primary School whereas Habyarimana teaches at Muvungu Primary School.

After their arrest, they were handed to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) which has started investigations as Modeste Mbabazi, the Bureau Spokesperson confirmed it to IGIHE.
Mbabazi said that the investigations are looking for other teachers who might have got involved in the plot to help pupils cheat.

National primary leaving examinations for the academic year 2018this year have attracted a total 255,173 primary school pupils of who 138,831 are girls.

A total of 138,831 girls and 116,342 boys are sitting for the 2018 primary leaving exams, an increase of 7.6 percent compared to last year

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RICTA urges Rwandan businesses to embrace .rw domain, online visibility

By IGIHE

In an era that saw online sales increase by 35% and yield $25,000 billion in the last three years, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTD), the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Information and Communication Technology Association (RICTA), Ghislain Nkeramugaba believes that embracing online business will bring down further the cost of doing business, win global consumers and increase profitability.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE, Nkeramugaba gave insights into how digital transactions and online interaction can benefit enterprises and yield economic growth.

“Online businesses interact with customers without physical contact, universal in character and reach more customers including international buyers and reduce rent costs,” Nkeramugaba explains.

RICTA says as businesses do online commerce, a local domain (.rw) can help increase international traffic for local content and boost the sale of products made in Rwanda.
Rwanda's .rw domain name was registered in October 1996 but had only managed to get over 3,000 subscriptions by February this year.

“Growth has been slow and we are trying to create awareness about the value businesses can get from using the .rw online presence,” said Nkeramugaba.

When the .rw domain was registered in 1996, its management was given to a Belgian company as the trustee and its management was transferred to RICTA in 2012.

Christian Muhirwa, the CEO of Broadband Systems Corporation — a local hosting company says that many local businesses are also still largely doing business the conventional way and do not have digital footprints, yet to yield from online markets.

RICTA has set as a target to get over 5000 local domain new subscriptions over the next five years and the “Doing Business Online'' campaign by RICTA is expected to reach over 500 local small and medium-sized businesses.

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali awarded as Luxury Business Hotel

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“On behalf of the team at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali I am proud of this achievement provided through the passion and dedication of our Associates in making consistent strides towards excellence in service at the Hotel and Convention Centre. To have Received this honor from the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards, recognizes the true commitment of the teams here at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali in creating memorable impressions with our guests,” said Denis J. Dernault - Complex General Manager.

Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike and this year's Awards Gala Ceremony was attended by participants from over 100 countries.

Hotels can be nominated by guests, travel agents or tour operators for consideration in the World Luxury Hotel Awards, which is made possible by the nomination facility on World Luxury Hotel Awards website. The Awards are voted for by guests and are awarded to luxury hotels or hospitality groups across 99 different categories, presented on a regional, continental, global and country basis, with one hotel receiving the overall global accolade.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali has been as well recognized as Africa's Leading Conference Hotel, Rwanda's Leading Conference Hotel and Rwanda's Leading Hotel at the 25th World Travel Awards; Rwanda Best Conference Venue Hotel, Rwanda Best MICE Hotel, Rwanda Best Convention Hotel and Rwanda Best Business Hotel during 2018 Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards; Africa Best Architectural Design and Africa Best Hotel Development category, at a ceremony held at this year's 2018 Africa Property Investment Summit.

Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali has been named Luxury Business Hotel in Rwanda by the 2018 World Luxury Awards

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President Kagame says African nations should renounce the culture of reliance to develop

By IGIHE

The President made the remark in an interview with a French newspaper, Liberation on Sunday, November 11, 2018, when he was in Paris on the sidelines of Peace Forum which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the World War II.

President Kagame was among the four African heads of state invited to attend.
In the interview, President Kagame also talked about the issue of the current global leadership, the arrest of Diane Rwigara and Ingabire Victoire as well as Rwanda's relations with France.

No one should look at their own interests only

On world leadership today, President Kagame said that the idea is a good one, but today's world remains divided between those who have too much power and impose the rules and those who suffer them and must apply them.

“These are part of the world I come from: the world of Africa and, more generally, underdeveloped countries. But now, even states that have too much power are divided! It is the philosophy of the "me first" that dominates openly. Nobody even pretends to speak in the name of good and evil. And this self-evident predominance of selfish interests is echoing in developing countries, becoming a competitive terrain, contributing to the global instability of the planet,” he said.

He said that Africa should also look at its weaknesses and invest more efforts in making reforms, if it wishes to achieve more.

“If Africa wants to weigh on the world stage, it must renounce in the same way the temptation of "me first", strengthen its integration. But first and foremost, it must work to really take into account the needs of peoples. You have to be yourself, without systematically depending on the help of the West,” he said.

He noted that in Rwanda, when government set up medical insurance coverage for all, with varying contributions in accordance with incomes, some donors offered to finance those of the poorest but Rwanda refused, because “we consider that even the poorest have to take ownership of this system and pay, if only a very modest minimum."

He added that Africa must go beyond the logic of charity.

“Desperate situations exist, with urgent needs. But we must also offer citizens the means to emancipate themselves, find enough hope for them to stay at home,” he said.

He added that Africa would have to learn about it without having to rely on the West.

President Kagame was also asked about the problem of immigrants in the European Union, saying that he found African countries willing to set up plans to deal with the problem in as a short period of time as possible.

He also said that on the subject of immigration, it is especially the impression that Westerners improvise strategies in the very short term while the problem is not demographics, but mismanagement of demographics, or more precisely bad governance.

“Before being a challenge, demography is an asset for Africa. I, rather, feel that it is this booming youth that will help change Africa. It is clear that it challenges certain practices, upsets the order of things. I remain hopeful that future generations will be better than our own and those who have contributed to the waste of this continent,” he said.

Rwanda's development is very fast

President Kagame emphasized that Rwanda is an ever-developing country, saying that changes are taking place very quickly and faster.

“It is now a country in peace, reconciled. Development is the cement without which all the other great principles are in vain. We can preach reconciliation, forgiveness, guarantee justice. But these are vain words if people are hungry or untreated. I'm not saying we have to neglect others, but should act with dynamism,” he said.

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South African Foreign Affairs Minister discloses her conversation with Kayumba Nyamwasa

By IGIHE

Last week, Randburg Chief Prosecutor Yusuf Baba announced that the inquest into the death of Karegeya would begin on 16 January 2019 and that he would question over 30 witnesses to get to the bottom of the killing.

Kayumba Nyamwasa, former General in the Rwandan Army, was in 2011 convicted and sentenced by the court to 24 years of imprisonment in absentia.

Nyamwasa faces charges including war crimes, terrorism, genocide and crimes against humanity.

He fled to South Africa where he also founded the Rwandan National Congress (RNC).

Sisulu insisted though that she did not think the inquest would upset the efforts by the two governments to normalize relations. She disclosed that she had met Kayumba to discuss with him South Africa's plans to normalize relations with Kigali. She said she had been “pleasantly surprised” to discover that he was ready himself to negotiate with the Rwandan government to try to resolve his issues with it.

Sisulu said that when she held a conversation with Kayumba, the two countries had not yet discussed Rwanda's expected demand that South Africa should curb Kayumba's political activities in South Africa as a condition for normalising relations.

But if Rwanda did raise that concern, South Africa would raise its own concerns, she said.

In 2014, diplomatic relations between the two countries turned sour – leading to the expulsion of diplomats from both Kigali and Pretoria. South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats charging them of involvement in Kayumba Nyamwasa's shooting. Rwanda also reacted by dismissing six South African diplomats.

Since then, Rwandans were barred from getting visas to South Africa while South Africans come to Rwanda easily.

While in Rwanda in March 2018, meeting the United Nations General Assembly, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, requested the Minister of Foreign Affairs to monitor this issue.

In March 2018, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Rwanda to attend the historic Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

He held bilateral talks with President Paul Kagame in Kigali.

Later on during the last panel of AfCFTA, Ramaphosa responded to a question raised by one of the participants about South Africa's still denying visas to Rwandans.

“Consider Rwanda-South Africa visa issue, as a matter that is solved. We are working with President Kagame to put relations between Rwanda and South Africa on a much better footing,” President Ramaphosa said amidst much applause from the audience.

“Amongst the issues we discussed, was that we must resolve the challenge of issuing of visa to people of Rwanda wanting to visit South Africa,” he added.

"At the moment I spoke to President Kagame, we agreed that we would build a better relationship with South Africa and Rwanda, and our problems that we have made, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), will soon be able to follow this issue."

In a press meeting in Pretoria, Prime Minister Sisulu told journalists that the two heads of state demanded the ministers of Foreign Affairs for both countries to work on reinstating relations between the two countries.

Last week, Randburg City Chief Prosecutor Yusuf Baba, announced that an inquiry into the death of Patrick Karegeya, a former Rwandan army soldier who was shot dead in South Africa would start in January.

Sisulu said that all the issues could not undermine efforts that were invested in terms of restoring bilateral relations.

According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Minister Sisulu said: "Do I think the problem of the former general will make things worse? No, but it will make things clear between us and Rwanda, why we have been in the present situation and what we are doing so that they will never happen."

"I met with Rwandans led by Gen Nyamwasa, to tell them that we are going to negotiate with the Government of Rwanda and we would like to hear their views as refugees in our country, we had to start by talking with them,” he added.

"And I was pleased with their response, saying they are happy to have the opportunity to negotiate with the Government of Rwanda in order to resolve the issue on both sides," he said.

Last month, it was reported that the Rwandan Prosecution was considering to issue arrest warrants against Kayumba Nyamwasa in South Africa.

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First Lady Jeannette Kagame says family planning is key to poverty reduction

By IGIHE

Ms. Jeannette Kagame made the remarks as she addressed the special pre-conference luncheon of the International Conference on Family Planning held in Kigali from November 12-15.

Ms. Kagame revealed that due to concerted efforts and global partnerships formed by the Rwandan Government, more Rwandans are making formal decisions on family planning as years pass on.

"The gap in unmet needs for family planning among Rwandans, fell from 40% in 1992, down to 19% by 2015 whereas Rwanda witnessed an increase from 10% in 2005, to 48% in 2015 in the use of modern contraceptive methods.

“While this progress is encouraging,” she said, “we cannot slow down our efforts, as significant challenges are still ahead of us, for example. The need for more sufficient and accurate information on sexual and reproductive health, especially among the youth, the capacity of more healthcare givers to provide quality services and therefore effectively promote family planning and sexual reproductive health and the small number of players and partners providing adequate services and interventions in response to unplanned and teenage pregnancies.

The acceleration of economic growth and poverty reduction, she said, requires access to comprehensive family planning services, for a more favorable population age structure, with more people being of working age.

“Improving family planning by availing comprehensive sexual education, is therefore essential to ensuring the holistic development of our communities,” she noted, adding that “we should continue to advocate for universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services, so that our communities are able to fully enjoy the right to plan their families, whenever and however they wish.”

Speaking on the report entitled ‘Future Drivers of Growth in Rwanda', launched last week by the Government of Rwanda with the World Bank, Ms. Kagame stressed on innovation, integration, agglomeration, and competition as key drivers for Vision 2050 for sustainable development as key drivers to be most focused on.

Ms. Jeannette Kagame delivering her remarks in the special pre-conference luncheon of the International Conference on Family Planning
The First Lady of Rwanda, Ms. Jeannette Kagame with Martine Moise, the First Lady of Haiti

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Livestock Insurance program earns international accolade for Rwanda

By IGIHE

The award is designed for innovative programmes or projects that bring social impact and transformation within communities of African countries.

Nsengyunva initiated the Livestock Insurance scheme where farmers annually subscribe to a modest Rwf 2000 premium and get their cows treated and monitored at a small fee whenever the need so arises. His innovation that won the award beat competitors from 49 countries with five (Rwanda, Egypt, Mauritius, South Africa, and Morocco) making it to the final stage.

Nsengiyumva recently announced that the insurance program has been instrumental in addressing animal care challenges where farmers buy veterinary drugs at cheaper prices compared to open markets.

The Minister of Local Government, Professor Anastase received the award on Monday on behalf of MINALOC on November 6th, 2018 on the occasion of African Association for Public Administration and Management's round-table conference in Gaborone, Botswana.
He thanked Vincent Nsengiyumva for helping the residents by coming up with a solution to their problems and earning the country an honor.

He added that the award is a great honor for Rwanda, positioning her on a global scale.
"This award is an honor for Rwanda and has a close relationship with the culture of the country as well as the leadership of Rwanda today that is generating own solutions to own problems. We are asking for this program to be up-scaled to other sectors so as to serve other residents," he added.

The Livestock Insurance works in the same way as Mutuelle de Sante; it's annual, categorized and begins in July. Subscribed farmers have their cows treated and pay 20% of the vet drugs and treatment costs.

One of the farmers in Nkungu Sector, Patrice Sibomana recently reported that before, they were given cows in the Girinka program but that it was hard for them to afford veterinary drugs. “With the cow insurance scheme, we can afford timely monitoring, treatment, and feeding. Better results are realized in better milk yields and healthy animals,” he explains.

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Supreme Court adjourns Muvunyi's Rwf 1 billion appeal case

By IGIHE

The latter is a private company that engages in the production, processing and marketing of pyrethrum.

Muvunyi was found guilty of embezzling over Rwf1 billion by Musanze Commercial Court. He then appealed to a higher court and was cleared of all charges against him.

Horizon-Sopyrwa also appealed to the Supreme Court claiming that it was dissatisfied with the decision taken by the Commercial Court.

Sopyrwa, in its accusations against Muvunyi, says in 2007, using the privilege of his office, embezzled $1,200,000 (over Rwf1 billion) from 20 tonnes of liquid pyrethrum that were about to be exported.

The company also claims for a refund of fines from Muvunyi it was charged by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) on the funds of the tender that it was offered by the Ministry of Health for the purchase of mosquito nets worth Rwf1, 103, 618, 028.

The money was deposited on the company's account, but was not reflected in the financial statement yet Muvunyi transferred it to his hotel's account in a Musanze bank.
Controversial agreements

Muvunyi was accompanied by his advocates, Christophe Niyomugabo and Alfred Bandore.
Horizon Group Ltd, was represented by Isaie Mpayimana and Mr Emmanuel Abijuru.

The hearing started at 12h35 with the judge reading the background of the case and justification for appeal to the Supreme Court before postponing hearing of the case to December 21, 2018, at 8.30 a.m.

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Solar Project in Senegal wins Phanes Group's second Solar Incubator

By IGIHE

The announcement was made at the “Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa” conference in Kigali, Rwanda, where three finalists presented their proposal to a panel of international industry experts from responsAbility, ECREEE, Hogan Lovells, Phanes Group, RINA, and African Development Bank.

“We are proud to announce Mr. Hadj as the winner of this year's Solar Incubator. It was a difficult decision as we received a strong response of project proposals with the potential to positively impact their communities. Our experience now in the second year of the incubator encourages us to continue with this initiative because there is a great deal of local talent on the continent who have the potential to benefit from such a platform,” said Andrea Haupts, COO of Phanes Group.

Maintaining a long-term stake in the project, Mr. Hadj and Phanes Group will work collaboratively, aiming to bring the solar energy project to financial close. The Solar Incubator phase will kick off with an intensive face-to-face workshop for Mr. Hadj in Dubai, UAE, where he will work with Phanes Group's team and its incubator partners to set the foundations to deliver a bankable project. During that phase, Mr. Hadj will gain access to commercial and technical know-how covered by experts from project finance, project development and execution, legal and CSR, followed by further remote mentoring sessions in the succeeding months.

“Ultimately, Mr. Hadj's project convinced the evaluation panel not only with its strong CSR component but also with his knowledge and commitment to the region where he hails from. We believe in Mr. Hadj's determination to bring his project to life in a challenging market environment, where our expertise and training can make a difference,” Mrs. Haupts added.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Dubai, and want to encourage the other candidates to keep persevering in bringing their proposals to fruition, as everyone would have deserved to win.”

The goal of the Phanes Group Solar Incubator, held under the theme, “Your Project, Our Expertise, For a Sustainable Future,” is to provide access to commercial and technical knowledge, and eventually funding, to promising PV projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and to help entrepreneurs overcome obstacles that could prevent solar initiatives from reaching fruition.

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Government owes citizens Rwf2.4 billion in expropriation arrears

By IGIHE

When Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) presented the fifth edition of its governance scorecard 2017-2018 to the two chambers of Parliament, it was revealed that the domestic debt was one of the sub-indicators for low citizens' rating of services delivery.

It was noted that some state-owned institutions delay to pay entrepreneurs who are awarded different tenders, which in turn affects money circulation among citizens.
RGB acting CEO, Dr. Usta Kaitesi said that this is a serious issue.

"Some of the critical issues that arose during the Governance Month were delayed payments, starting at Rwf2.3 billion and compensation amounting to Rwf2. 4 billion in the past five years,” she said.

Kaitesi added that use of technology in services provision is low at 44.11% against the 100% target by 2024 as per the Government's Seven-Year-Government Program.

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Rwanda to host inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum

By IGIHE

Themed ‘For A Green and Climate Resilient Africa', the forum will highlight the importance of sustainable economic transformation and signal green growth as a priority for Africa. The Forum will encourage private sector investment in green growth, improve the understanding and use of finance as a tool for climate resilience, build partnerships between stakeholders working in Africa's green growth sector and provide a platform for partners to engage and build relationships that accelerate the green growth agenda.

Participants will examine the opportunities that come with green growth as well as some of the challenges impeding its uptake across the continent. The Forum will cover the breadth and depth of these topics through high-level sessions on policy and strategy, technical discussions on climate finance and sustainable infrastructure, green technologies, an exhibition and field visits to local green growth initiatives.

It will also be a time for policymakers from across the continent to share their experiences in fostering green growth and for participants to ponder new concepts like the Circular Economy, which will be essential for the continent's shared prosperity.

The Minister of Environment Dr Biruta Vincent, said that the meeting is important because Africa needs to achieve sustainable environmental development.

“To achieve the goals Africa has set for itself, our development must be clean, green and climate resilient. This requires us to share knowledge, experience and bring policymakers and investors together to turn ideas into reality. Our message is simple: Africa is open for green business,” he said.

Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute said that the forum is an opportunity to explore opportunities in environmental management.

“The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is proud to be an organizing partner for the Africa Green Growth Forum. GGGI's Member countries are committed to transforming their economies to a new model of green economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive - and we look forward to joining leaders from Africa to ensure opportunities of green growth can be realized,” he said.

A highlight of the week will be the Africa Green Growth Investment Forum, a one-day event bringing together government leaders and investors to explore the opportunities for green growth across the continent and chart a course for harnessing them. This event will include keynote addresses and a high level panel featuring government officials and major investors. During the Forum, a concert will also be held at which the Rwanda Green Growth awards will be presented in four categories: industry, media, youth and local government.

The Africa Green Growth Forum is organised by a range of partners including the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Environment and its agencies, the Rwanda Green Fund and Rwanda Environment Management Authority, the Global Green Growth Institute, the United Nations Development Programme and One UN Rwanda, Climate Investment Funds, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the African Circular Economy Alliance.

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10 students burn to death in Ugandan school

By IGIHE

Eye witnesses describe the situation as very sad as the school community and country comes to terms with the deaths.

Manya Secondary School is one of the best schools in Rakai District and Greater Masaka with support from German sponsors.

Rescue efforts from community members responded in time but the arsonist is believed to have put a padlock first.

This led to suffocation and severe burns.

First pointers are alleging that an expelled Senior Four student set the school on fire. Over 50 were injured.

Latif Zaake, the Regional Police Commander confirmed the incident.

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472 Ngoma families to be evacuated from high-risk zones

By IGIHE

The Head of the Department of Social Affairs in Ngoma District, Thomas Kagame said that there are many families that live in high-risk zones, a situation that could endanger their lives.

"Reports from sectors show that there are 8 out of 14 sectors in our district, with about 472 households living in high-risk zones. These include Remera, Kibungo, Karembo, Gashanda, Murama, Mutendeli, Kazo and Zaza. There is a program to evacuate them from the high-risk zones to a well-organized village," he said.

Information available indicates that over the past few years, the figures of the population who lived in villages were at 98%.

Kagame says that although the percentage is considered to be high, it doesn't take away the fact there are those who want to build illegally in other locations other than in the village who create slums.

He explains that in 1998 and 1999, Ngoma District relocated many people who lived in canyons (high risk zones) in houses that were built with materials that were not longlasting and after twenty years have become dilapidated.

"Now the new and efficient way that the government has established is aimed at protecting the population, improving their living conditions so that they live safely and not fearing that disasters may strike and houses collapse on them. It is a program to accommodate them in strong houses and living together in a model village, where residents build a house, with one house being able to accommodate 4 families (4 in 1),” he said.

When highlighting the status of this program and how far it has gone in Ngoma District, the head of Social Affairs said: "We have Mutendeli Model Village where 40 families were relocated and Rukumberi Model Village for 57 families. We have now added a new house, that was built all over the sectors built in such a way that one house may accommodate 4 families; and it is a continuous program, aiming at getting people to live in a better environment," he said.

The government of Rwanda, among other goals, targets that in 2024, each sector will have at least one model village, which includes all the infrastructures that people need to live better.

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Airtel rewards more ‘Yora Kashi' winners

By IGIHE

Airtel rewards more ‘Yora Kashi' winnersKagabo Jean Pierre, Rugambwa Sebarema, Uwizeyimana Benoit, Twizere Efuta, Nzabamwita Marie Louise, Umuhoza and Mburanumwe Albert won Rwf 367,500, Rwf 410,500, Rwf 391,000, Rwf 372,500, Rwf 946,500, Rwf 373,000 and Rwf 387,500 on November 08, 2018. They were rewarded respectively after dialing *155# to participate in the promotion to be picked in the raffle draw.

A thrilled Nzabamwita Marie Louise commented after her win that; “It was the first time I was called that I had won, I did not believe it. But the promotion is real and I have won money that I will use to help me in my personal business. I now know that anyone can win.”

Airtel Tigo launched the promotion to give its subscribers a chance to win up to Rwf 1 million daily, Rwf 2 million weekly and a grand prize of Rwf 20 million.

The promotion will see at least 206 winners in total rewarded in cash and all participants will get to enjoy free minutes and internet.

The winners are randomly selected live on the national TV (TVR) every day at 7pm in addition to roadshows all around the country where they get to enter a cash box and pick as much money as they can in limited time frame.

To participate in the 90-day promo, Airtel customers can dial or send an SMS to the 155 line at the cost of 150Frw only.

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SORWAL former employees to regain jobs

By IGIHE

The Huye District-based factory was closed for evading taxes worth over Rwf4 billion.

Almost ten years later, in September 2018, SORWAL was auctioned and bought by an investor, Osman Rafik for Rwf168 million.

On handing over the factory by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) to the investor, it was announced that new management will offer jobs starting with those who had been working for the factory before its closure.

His representative, Cleophas Barajiginwa reassured former employees that they will be reinstated on their jobs. "They were professionals and they told us about the issues of not being paid, to which we felt we should give them jobs. We have already received 63 and we expect to employ 300."

Some of the reinstated employees say they are happy to regain a regular source of income.
One of them, Mediatrice Nyota says; "The investor welcomed us and told us that all of us who had been working in Sorwal will be employed again. I am myself excited because I have been in poverty for some time. "

SORWAL former employees who went to court and sued for unpaid wages will be paid by RRA while those who didn't take their complaints to courts or those who sued but their cases were not decided on do not have right to the outcome of the auction.

It is reported that more than 130 Sorwal employees have not been paid.

SORWAL was founded on October 25, 1981.

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255,000 sit for national primary exams

By IGIHE

The total number of girls is 138,831 girls and 116,342 boys. In comparison with the students who sat for the exams last year, there has been an increase of 7.6 percent.

When he officially launched the primary school national exams at Kacyiru I Primary School, the State Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Munyakazi Isaac told pupils that the exams are an opportunity and time to show their skills.

"It's a time to prove that you have the capacity to move on from one level to another,” he said.
He said that the exams are a time to self-evaluate for both learners and teachers and to take a look at how to address the learning challenges.

On the first day, exams include Mathematics and General Studies, while the second will be Science and Kinyarwanda, and English on the third day.

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12 juvenile delinquents in Nyagatare Prison sit for national exams

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The twelve children include two girls sitting for exams at GS Nyagatare Primary School.

It is for the third time that children in Nyagatare Prison are allowed to sit for exams. Rwanda Correctional Services Spokesperson SSP Hillary Sengabo told IGIHE that since the law allowed prisoners to sit for exams, all the children sitting for the papers have been passing well.

“This is the third time that children have sat for national exams and all those who did them in the past, passed them,” he said.

He added that about 55 children in jail have done the national exams in the past three years. They have all since been released on the President's clemency.

The children were convicted of crimes involving rape, drug abuse, and robbery.
Six children studying in ordinary level will also sit for the national examinations.

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Our Judiciary Is Independent-Kagame

By IGIHE

The statement was made to AFP journalist, who asked him about the recent remarks of OIF Secretary General Michaëlle Jean about the Rwigaras' case.

On November 8, Michaëlle who is the OIF Executive Secretary until January 2019, when the newly-elected secretary Louise Mushikiwabo takes over, wrote on Twitter about the case of Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Mukangemenyi.

She said, "Let us take a close look at the lawsuit filed in Rwanda against the freedom activist Diane Rwigara and her mother provisionally released in early October, accused in a Kigali court of ‘inciting insurrection'”.

It is a statement that displeased many Rwandans on social media who criticized her.

While in Paris this week, President Kagame criticized Michaëlle's statement, saying that the case has nothing to do with OIF.

"Our judiciary is independent; everybody should know. This issue is not in line with Francophonie,” he said.

President Kagame was attending the Paris Peace Forum, held in Paris in France. He was one of the 70 state and government officials from all over the world attending the event.
Many people have wanted to relate the case of Diane Rwigara and her mother, Mukamemanyi Adeline Rwigara to politics, an aspect Rwanda considers an invalid inference.

Diane is accused of committing offenses against state security and forgery of registration documents in the build up to presidential elections in 2017. Her mother is also accused of inciting public insurrection, divisionism and sectarianism.

The prosecution sentenced them both to 22 years in prison if the court finds them guilty of the charges facing them in the trial to be read on December 6, 2018.

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Eastern Province Umurenge Saccos lose Rwf556 million to embezzlement

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The theft was announced in the meeting on the functioning and management of small-scale financial institutions in the Eastern Province, that was held in Nyagatare District on Friday. The meeting was attended by Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda (BNR) John Rwangombwa, Governor of the Eastern Province Fred Mufulukye, district officials and their deputies, as well as the directors and managers of all Saccos in the province.

The Umurenge Saccos were started countrywide with the mandate of improving public access to financial services . In 2008 access to finance was rated at 21%, while the FinScope Survey 2016 ranked the same at of 89%.

However, according to BNR's head of Small-Scale Financial Institutions Auditing Department, Kevin Kavugizo, the Saccos have been dogged by embezzlement, poor financial management, non-performing loans and illegal termination of job contracts resulting into court cases, a combination of which has caused losses worth Rwf556 million.

Governor Rwangombwa said Saccos have been so instrumental in addressing access to finance challenges and those embezzling and mismanaging them shall be brought to book.

“We ask Sacco managers to use them in the development of the population because they have been set up for the development of rural areas. We will also take serious measures to punish those who misappropriate resources and steal from Saccos," he said.

He urged residents to work closely with Saccos, promising that those who perform poorly will be expelled.

Eastern Province Governor Fred Mufulukye urged participants to improve the functioning and coordination and to monitor activities and projects to maximize efficiency.

He asked security institutions to cooperate with local authorities to assist Saccos in recovering loans.

During the meeting, it was resolved that Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) and Police will investigate individuals suspected of mismanaging Sacco funds with intent of prosecuting them before the courts of law. Umurenge Saccos were established in 2009 to address access tto finance challenges. after the government realized that the public was not accessing financial services properly. Today, they have an equity of Rwf121billion and 2.7 million members.

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92 Rwamagana children sexually abused in ten months

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It was announced at Groupe Scolaire St Aloys, on Thursday during an activity aimed at raising girls' confidence in self-reliance. There were girls from nearly all secondary schools in Rwamagana District.

It is an idea from the Women Political Leaders Global Forum to support women and girls to participate in decision-making.

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) Director in Rwamagana District, Jean Paul Nsabimana said in the past ten months they received 92 cases of sexually abused children. Those charged with the crimes were 72 and they were handed to the Prosecution while another 20 are still at large.

He urged girls to denounce culprits who lure them into having sex by offering them trivial items, reminding them of reporting to security institutions.

Eastern Province Governor Fred Mufulukye said that among the causes of child abuse, family conflicts or parents who do not follow up their children and advise their children.
He urged girls to be confident and embrace Rwandan values.
"You need to learn well and strive to be confident, first of all. Those who deceive you and engage you in prostitution or drug abuse have no compassion for you except for killing your bright future. So please, embrace values and maintain them,” he said.
He urged them to have goals, skills, willingness as well as zeal because they will get them triumph.

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Transform Africa Summit 2019 launched, will focus on digital innovations

By IGIHE

Following the four successful editions of Transform Africa, the fifth Transform Africa Summit will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 7 - 10 May 2019 under the theme “Boosting Africa's Digital Economy.”

Transform Africa 2019 will be held at Kigali Convention Centre and will bring together over 4000 participants including different Heads of States and Governments, private business people, international organizations to discuss how to accelerate Africa's ICT driven economy.

As Transform Africa Summit 2019 activities were officially launched on Friday, 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.

“Something important in the summit will be Africa's digital innovations. They will be exhibited because we want Africa to be a digital innovation continent. Giving our youths chances to innovate will enable our continent to reach the economic level we need,” he said.

Dr.Touré stated that “Smart Africa means business. We are here to assure you that every minute and every dollar you invest brings returns in multiple ways.”

Transform Africa 2019 will be preceded by Africa's digital-driven economy Summit which will discuss trade, job creation, digital money transactions, infrastructure, industrial development, ICT in agriculture and health services and women inclusion in ICT.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT AND Innovation, Claudette Irere said "Boosting Africa's digital economy will support not only the region but the continent to become a more deeply integrated and dynamic digital investment and innovation growth hub.''

“Transform Africa Summit (TAS) has not only provided a platform for African businesses and startups to prosper but has taken the frontier when it comes to empowering Africa's youth,” she said.

Since it started being held in 2013, over 15,000 participants from over 112 countries have participated in Transform Africa Summit.

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APR FC to face Club Africain as Mukura VS clash with Free State Stars in CAF competitions

By IGIHE

This follows the resolutions in a meeting of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that was held in Rabat, Morocco, last Saturday, of which decisions were announced to football federations in countries members of CAF on Friday morning.

APR Football Club that will represent Rwanda in the TOTAL CAF Champions league 2018/19, the African major football interclub competition, will face Club Africain ‘CA' that finished third in Tunisia national football league last season.

The first leg game will be hosted by APR FC at Kigali Stadium on November 27 this year while the return leg match will be staged at Stade Olympique de Radès in Tunis on December 4, 2018.

The winner between the two will face the winner between Sudan's Al-Ahli Khartoum Club and JKU SC Football Club representing Zanzibar.

In the TOTAL CAF Confederation Cup, Africa's football secondary interclub competition, Rwanda is represented by Huye based Mukura Victory Sports which won the Peace Cup 2018. Mukura VS drew Free State Stars representing South Africa in the competition.
Free State Stars FC is coached by Belgian Luc Eymael who was once the coach of Rayon Sports FC, a local club and Olivier Kwizera, Rwanda's national football team Amavubi's goalkeeper plays for them.

The first leg match between Free State Stars against Mukura Victory Sports will be held at Goble Park Stadium located in Bethlem City of Free State Province in South Africa on November 28, 2018 with the return leg match set to be played at Huye Stadium on Decemeber 5, this year.

How the draw went for other East African football clubs

· Le Messager FC de Ngozi (Burundi) vs Al-Masry SC (Egypt)
· Gor Mahia FC (Kenya) vs Nyasa Big Bullets (Malawi)
· Simba SC (Tanzania) vs Mbabane Swallows (Eswatini)
· Vipers FC (Uganda) vs Al-Merrikh (Sudan)

Club African came third in Tunisia's national football league last season

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Ministers explain farm-gate price ceiling

By IGIHE

The Analysis highlighted that farmers complain over the fact that the Ministry of Trade and Industry has set Rrw191 as the sale price for a kilo of Irish potatoes and sold at between Rwf450-500 in Kigali City.

In a joint press conference by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana and the Minister of Local Governance, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, the trio explained that setting up price ceiling is done in the interest of farmers.

The Ministers were answering journalists' questions on complaints by farmers over the harvest prices set up by the government below the market equilibrium.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, said that setting up prices aims at helping farmers to sell their harvest on adequate and fair prices.

“Three years ago, one kilo of Irish potatoes were sold at Rwf50. People should understand and embrace frequent price changes in the market. This is why prices are always studied and regulated. We now want to be working with farmers' cooperatives to let the beneficiaries know the information on price changes on time.”

A 32-member committee was set up to observe how prices are respected and over 145 people who didn't abide by the price ceiling have been punished.
The Minister of Local Governance, Prof. Anastase Shyaka said that food security now abounds and excess food available for sale.

Prof. Shyaka said: “Now we have good problems. Earlier, we had problems of food shortage; now there is an abundance of Irish potatoes, milk, rice. Crops we used to call subsistence have now turned into cash crops. Production has been abundant and it is causing problems.”

“These problems are really good as they push us into another direction,” he added.
The Analysis by Rwanda Civil Society Platform recommended the use of good post-harvest technologies for Irish before they perish.

The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana said that setting up farm warehouse for potato storage is not a priority as there are other more inexpensive methods available.

“We are now focused on the value addition to crops harvested. The harvest collection sites are a better thing we have with regard to resources available. The potato storage facilities can also be set up but farmers cooperatives may lack electricity for their daily operations,” she said.

Minister Mukeshimana highlighted the lack of capital and poor knowledge of farmers as challenges that impede farmers from getting the expected harvest.

Dr. Mukeshimana said that Rwanda recently lost its milk market in Uganda and Kenya but 25 rice factories were set up to satisfy the local market.

On the issue of agro-processing plants that owed farmers about Rwf1.5 billion, Mukeshimana said Rwf480 million has already been paid to farmers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Ministry of Local Governance and of Trade and Industry are working together to promote citizen centered framework in the entire value chain for intensified crops.

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Onomo Hotel officially opens in Kigali

By IGIHE

The ceremony to officially launch operations of Onomo Hotel Kigali brought together different people who work in hospitality, hotels and tourism sector in Rwanda with different members of the private sector, diplomats and local authorities.

The $20 million Hotel is a three-star hotel painted with Rwandan traditional articles, baskets and other artifacts made in cow dung mixed with dust beautifully colored.

The hotel has three meeting rooms with capacity to receive up to 200 people, a Business Centre, a restaurant and a bar open 24/7 in addition to an outdoor swimming pool and fitness room.

The hotel has fast 3G LTE internet which enables clients to keep connected to the world once at the hotel.

Located in the Nyarugenge District, close to most of Kigali city's businesses and a few minutes from its center, ONOMO Hotel Kigali will offer 99 rooms and 10 modern and fully-equipped suites in line with international standards, combining comfort and modernity.
The President of Onomo Hotels, Ruggieri Julien said they chose to extend their operations in Rwanda due to its vision.

“We started our operations from West Africa. To extend our operations, we found that Rwanda is the East African country with fast growing economy and good governance and then found that building a three-star in Rwanda is a good thing,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Michel Sebera said Onomo comes to the Rwandan market to expand Rwanda's tourism based on conference hosting.
He said: “Rwanda has set up a firm platform to help private business people in expanding their investment. Rwanda supports the economy driven on services and will always help the private investors to provide good services.”

Rwanda projects to yield a $74 million income from the conference hosting tourism this fiscal year up from $42 million yielded in 2017.

Miss France 2000, Sonia Rolland Uwitonze is Onomo Hotel's brand ambassador and she says it is a privilege and pride for her.

“It is special for me because I have never been employed by any hotel in Rwanda before. I was very impressed by the fact that they used the Imigongo arts on the walls of the hotel and that is why I accepted to be their ambassador. When you look at the hotel from afar, you see Rwandan identity and arts. I am very proud to be the ambassador of hotel that defends the Rwandan local products and partners,” she said.

The Onomo Hotels chains has now 12 hotels on the African Continent with plans to have finished constructing a total 20 hotels by 2022.

The latest hotel belonging to Onomo Hotels was officially opened in Durban on October 7 this year adding to others located in Dakar, Abidjan, Libreville, Bakamo, Lomé, Conakry, Rabat, Cape Town, Sandton, and Johannesburg among other African cities.

The official opening of Onomo Hotel Kigali was graced by fashion models including Moshions House, Inzuki Designs and Art Explosion with talented acrobats from Gatenga Youth Centre.

Official numbers by the Rwanda Development Board indicate that in 2017, Rwanda had 10 488 hotel rooms.

Miss Sonia Rolland Uwitonze is the Brand Ambassador of Onomo Hotel Kigali
Acrobats from Gatenga Youth Center graced the ceremony
Onomo Hotel Kigali is painted with Rwandan traditional artifacts

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Senators commend Rwanda Police on disasters preparedness

By IGIHE

The Senate made the commendation yesterday as Members of the senatorial Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security held a meeting with Rwanda National Police (RNP) leadership on matters related to the force's readiness against disasters.

The senators headed by the committee chairman, Senator Michael Rugema were received by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza. Present was also the Deputy Inspector General (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye.

IGP Munyuza said that RNP continues to build its capacity in terms of skills and acquisition of hi-tech disaster response equipment.

He, however, added that as RNP continues to acquire more equipment, it has also strengthened its awareness and training of different groups of the public on prevention and use of basic disaster response gadgets as the “immediate remedy.”

Currently, RNP is equipped with at least 16 firefighting trucks deployed at the provincial level and in the City of Kigali. Others include crane and earth mover trucks, 28 marine boats deployed in all inland lakes as well as other basic tools.

The crane truck has the capacity to rescue people trapped in about 50 meter-building.
“Disaster response and prevention require effective planning and well-organized mechanisms, and Police is part of the national disaster management committee where all institutional efforts are coordinated to ensure efficient readiness and response in case of need,” IGP Munyuza said.

In its presentation to the senators, the force highlighted that it has conducted contingency exercises to respond in case of emergencies-like volcanic eruption, Ebola outbreak, plane crash, fire outbreak, and mass migration.

Common disasters in the country include landslides, fire outbreak, collapse of mining sites, floods, heavy winds, marine and road accidents.

IGP Munyuza observed that RNP continues to reinforce its Fire and Rescue Brigade by acquiring more modern equipment, with plans to have firefighting trucks and other gadgets stationed at the district level and covering all border posts.

Currently, firefighting trucks are deployed at the regional level. The force, however, disclosed that it is in the process of adding six other firefighting trucks to its fleet.
Living in high-risk zones, illegal mining and fishing, as well as old or substandard infrastructures, were highlighted as other risks to loss of lives.

Senator Rugema commended RNP for continuing to build its capacity.

“In the last two years we have experienced disasters and lost hundreds of people in Rwanda like never before,” Senator Rugema said, adding: “This set the torn for institutions responsible to walk the talk. We understand the issue of limited resources our country faces and we feel Rwanda National Police has taken the best direction of raising awareness as the best immediate option.”

RNP has so far trained more than 200, 000 people on fire prevention and how to use different traditional methods, firefighting gadgets and inspected over 1, 200 public and private facilities.

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