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New Kigali mayor vows to boost city’s recreational facilities, tourism

The lack of ample recreational options for City of Kigali residents as well as visitors is on the list of things the new Mayor, Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, wants to give serious attention and sort out during her term in office. Rwakazina first made this clear during campaigns after being nominated as...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 9:27am

Nyabihu and Nyamasheke lead vasectomy drive in Rwanda

The Western Province districts of Nyabihu and Nyamasheke have the highest number of men who underwent vasectomy, according to research from the Rwanda Biomedical Centre. Vasectomy is a wsurgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. During the procedure, the male vas...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 8:58am

No obstacle to African Union reforms is insurmountable – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that the African Union Assembly has set up support structures and engagement mechanisms at multiple levels to ensure that the African Union reforms process is not hindered by any challenges. Kagame made the remarks while chairing a Consultation Meeting on AU Reform...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 8:41am

Gender minister warns against child abuse

The Minister for Gender and Family promotion, Esperance Nyirasafari, has warned parents and guardians over physical abuse of children while disciplining them. Nyirasafari said physical abuse of children was not a guarantee that they will stop behaving badly and argued that children need to be...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:40am

Rwanda deposits instruments of AfCFTA & Free Movement of people ratification

Rwanda yesterday became the third nation on the continent to deposit the instruments of ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area.   The development was confirmed by Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Foreign Affairs State Minister via twitter.   Rwanda also became the first to...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:28am

The Great Wall of China: A trip of a lifetime

Anyone who has studied history could have learnt about the Great Wall of China and what it means for the history of the Asian country. However, not everyone has had an opportunity to visit this historical site which is one of the wonders of the World. Fortunately, a group of three journalists...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:28am

Gishoma Peat plant to resume operations after Rwf160m loss

Gishoma Peat power plant is expected to start operating next month after floods halted operations at the plant something that led to losses of Rwf160m in salaries alone. The Plant which was constructed by RUNH Power Corporation Ltd at a tune of $39.2 million is located in Bugarama Sector in Rusizi...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:01am

President Kagame in Ethiopia for State Visit

President Kagame and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Friday met for bilateral talks at the National Palace in Addis Ababa. The two leaders committed to strengthen ties in key sectors including Defence, Air Services, Capacity building and in multilateral fora. The meeting was followed by a...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 4:14pm

Kaboneka assures new Kigali City mayor of govt support

The Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka on Friday assured the newly-elected City of Kigali Mayor, Marie Chantal Rwakazina, that she has all the support she needs from his ministry so as to deliver in her new job. Kaboneka made the pledge shortly after Rwakazina, 45, an...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:43am

Govt moves to curb property devaluation during public auctions

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has sent a warning to unlicensed brokers who get involved in shady public auctions. Speaking yesterday at a consultative meeting to discuss efficient and effective enforcement of court judgments, and other executory orders, Busingye said that while...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:43am

Over 2,000 Kigali women tipped on forthcoming parliamentary polls

Women rights activist Marie Immaculée Ingabire has called on Rwandan women to support female candidates in the forthcoming parliamentary elections to ensure they maintain their majority in the next parliament. Women currently constitute 64 per cent of members of the Lower House....

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:43am

Over 150 couples tie the knot in mass wedding in Nyagatare

The launch on Wednesday of Gender Accountability Day saw 156 cohabiting couples from five sectors in Nyagatare District legalise their union. The event was held in Rwimiyaga Sector and the partners were awarded civil marriage certificates. The two-day drive in Nyagatare, by the Ministry of Gender...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:43am

Regional transporters tipped on Kagitumba as alternative route

Officials from the Northern Corridor countries have said that the newly upgraded Mirama Hills-Kagitumba One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) will serve as a key alternative freight transport and transit, and will ease cross-border trade. Mirama Hills-Kagitumba border post started 24-hour operations last...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:31am

Police take road safety campaign to highways

The road safety campaign week continued, yesterday, on all highways countrywide as police officers engaged motorists and passengers on traffic rules and regulations to ensure behaviour change and promote road safety. In the City of Kigali, officers educated passengers, drivers and motorcyclists on...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:25am

African media challenged to adopt Pan-African mindset

The African media has a key role in ensuring that people from the continent regain their Pan-African consciousness and positive attitude about their continent. The statement was made by the Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, while addressing the Pan-African Movement conference in...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:25am

Survivors welcome final verdict in Simbikangwa Genocide trial

The umbrella of Genocide survivors’ organisations, Ibuka, and the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) have welcomed the decision by France’s highest court to uphold the 25-year sentence for Genocide convict Pascal Simbikangwa. The Cour de Cassation, on Thursday,...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:04am

Rwandan tech firms pitch to global markets in France

President Paul Kagame ended his two-day working visit to Paris yesterday by attending the Viva Tech Summit, a technology summit which opened in France Thursday, bringing together top global tech firms and startups from across the world. The summit was opened by French President Emmanuel Macron and...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:50pm

Marie-Chantal Rwakazina is the new City Mayor

The council of the City of Kigali has elected 45, year old economist Marie-Chantal Rwakazina as the new mayor, replacing Pascal Nyamurinda, who resigned last month. She won 146 votes cast by city councilors against 8 that were cast in favour of her challenger, 32-year old Henriette Murekatete, a...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

Regional officials meet in Kigali to streamline revenue collection

The Eastern and Southern Africa chapter of the World Customs Organization (WCO-ESA) held its 28th Regional Steering Group meeting in Kigali this week. Delegations from more than 20 countries were hosted by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA). According to RRA, the meeting aims at creating delivery...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:14pm

Hygiene is the primary vaccine against child disease – Minister Gashumba

The Minister for Health, Dr Diane Gashumba, has urged members of the public to uphold hygiene, starting from the household, in a bid to fight malaria and other poor hygiene-induced diseases. The minister was speaking at the launch of the Integrated Maternal and Child Health Week in Rubavu District...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:09pm