At a time when Ngoma District is grappling with finding alternative and cheaper transport means for agricultural output produced in the district, a ferry on Lake Mugesera has resumed operation after it had been grounded for months.

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Aviation industry players should take advantage of the growing demand for air transport to grow their operations and create jobs for the youth, Dr Abu Sufian Dafalla, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) director for infrastructure, has said.

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JOSEPH HABINEZA is the new Sports and Culture Minister. He returns to the Ministry three years after he resigned from the same post. The amiable Habineza, fondly known as Joe, replaces Protais Mitali, who has served in the same capacity for the past three years.

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THIS MONTH’S Spoken Word was a blend of poets, aspiring writers and musicians from across Kigali at Lebanese restaurant on Wednesday.  

By 8:00pm everyone was ready to share their thoughts on different subjects varying from love to pain and anger. The topics were delivered with dramatic, sarcastic and emotional intonations.

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TWO YEARS ago the Economist news magazine published an article on Africa’s budding democracy entitled “a glass half-full.”

The article compared Senegal with Mali where in the former, the President conceded electoral defeat to a much younger rival and Mali where junior army officers then stormed and looted the Presidential palace in the capital Bamako, abruptly ending a 20 year stretch of democracy that had raised hopes for the wider West African region.

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For a long time now, the international narrative about Africa has focused on how outside entities can help the people of that continent. This is changing. To an increasing degree, Africa is taking control of its own destiny

Across the continent, countries are creating innovative solutions to their own biggest challenges.

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“A PAP smear, No thanks,” says 26-year-old Mary Kaitesi. It’s the same response when I ask 20-year-old Rose, a university student. 

The rate at which  young girls are shunning the Pap smear test is worrying.  Yet it is a harmless test that could save many from cervical cancer. The Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. Cells scraped from the opening of the cervix are examined under a microscope. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb).

Dr Alphonse Butoyi, a gynaecologist at Kanombe Military Hospital says that he sees three to four women per week coming for consultation on the Pap smear test.  It’s a similar trend across most healthy facilities across the country. 

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The Government of Rwanda established the Higher Education Council (HEC), to oversee strategic planning for the higher education sector. HEC was established by the Ministry of Education under the Law No 72/03 of 28/04/2006 with the primary mission of maintaining quality assurance in the provision of higher education.

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