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Justice for survivors as court upholds Genocide life terms

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has upheld life sentences against three men convicted for masterminding the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Those whose life sentence was maintained include Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Édouard Karemera, the former...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Media freedoms: Regional scribes to meet in Kigali

Media practitioners from the region will today meet in Kigali for a dialogue on media freedoms where they will discuss a peer review mechanism on self-regulation and access to information. The meeting, organisers say, is to consider best practices from some countries that can take the sector to...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Gatsibo, Rwamagana leaders faulted for poor performance

Residents of the two districts in the Eastern Province that came last in the 2013/14 performance contracts (Imihigo) have blamed the poor performance on failure to involve them in development programmes. The residents of Rwamagana and Gatsibo say their district and local leaders need to involve...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwf12bn funding to enhance decentralisation

Efforts to enhance decentralisation and capacity building have gained momentum, thanks to a financial deal signed yesterday between government and the Kingdom of Belgium in Kigali. According to the agreement, the European country will channel Euro13.5m (about Rwf12 billion) grant toward...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Implement law on medical liability insurance, senators say

Senators have expressed disappointment over delays in implementation of the law establishing medical professional insurance, which was passed and published in the Official Gazette two years ago. The legislation seeks to ensure that health workers, as well as patients, are insured against any...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Smart Rwanda Days conference to highlight ICT impact on devt

About 400 delegates drawn from various local institutions, business community, ICT stakeholders as well as foreign participants are expected to attend the second edition of Smart Rwanda Days meeting slated for October 2 in Kigali. This year’s edition of Smart Rwanda Days will be held under...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Gashora Girls Academy wins entrepreneurship debate

Gashora Girls Academy emerged the best debating school in the 2014 National Young Entrepreneur’s Debating Championships after beating off stiff competition from Greenhills Academy, the outgoing champions.  Students in audience follow the debate competition. (Timothy Kisambira) The competition...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Cassava virus dents farmers hopes

Vital Rwibasira secured a Rwf22 million bank loan and invested it in a hitherto lucrative venture, cassava growing. The resident of Kinazi Sector, Ruhango District expected to reap big and improve his livelihood. But as fate would have it, his plantation was invaded by brown streak disease,...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Police officers train in use of hi-tech traffic gadget

Ten Police officers attached to the department of Traffic and Road Safety, on Sunday, started five-day training on use of ‘Advanced Speed Laiser,’ a newly acquired hi-tech gadget used to measure the speed of vehicles. This training of trainers’ will also benefit other police...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Five pilot districts review Ubudehe categories

Government is reviewing ubudehe categories in five districts to reflect the current economic status. Launched on August 30, the review which is being piloted in Nyarugenge, Gicumbi, Gisagara, Rulindo and Rutsiro districts aims at informing decisions regarding welfare support.It will see the social...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00am

TI welcomes arrest of murder suspects

Transparency International, the global civil society watchdog leading the fight against corruption, has welcomed the arrest of suspects in the 2013 murder of its employee Gustave Makonene. This comes after Police in Kigali last week announced having in custody two of its officers - Corporals...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Youth leaders challenged to focus on grassroots impact

District youth representatives have been challenged to focus on performance contracts (Imihigo) that will leave a visible impact on the fellow youth at the grassroots. Rosemary Mbabazi, PS, Ministry of Youth and ICT The call was made by Rosemary Mbabazi, the permanent secretary in the...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Locals train in water resource management

Residents from three districts in north-western parts of the country have been trained on how to repair boreholes that were installed in their communities. The training that benefitted more than 20 people was provided by volunteers from Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica). It was...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Police intercept vehicle carrying banned plastic bags

Police in Nyarugenge District at the weekend intercepted a vehicle loaded with more than 10,400 cartons of banned plastic bags and 20 rolls of substandard electrical cables said to have been sneaked into the country through a porous border point in Bugesera District. The plastic bags and the...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Woman held over drug trafficking

Police in Nyarugenge District are holding a woman found in possession of 40 kilogrammes of cannabis. The narcotics were found concealed in three bales of clothes in her house in Kimisagara Sector. The suspect had been disguising as a second-hand clothes dealer. She is currently detained at...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Kamembe airport upgrade to boost tourism industry

The aviation industry is primed for further boost when refurbishment of Kamembe Airport in Western Province is completed. The Rwf5.1 billion works that start in November will see the airport’s runway extended to 2.2 kilometres from 1.5 kilometres to accommodate big aircrafts, as well as help...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Even review of milestones helps devt - Jica chief

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) is one of the development partners whose support the country has been able to achieve milestones in areas such as agriculture and ICT. For the last nine years since they re-established their Kigali office, Jica has facilitated initiatives that have...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

SMEs urged to give regional markets priority

Emerging Markets Africa director Michiel Hillen says by focusing on regional markets for their agricultural products, the entrepreneurs would not only increase their profit margins, they would also have more reliable markets as there are less likely to be changes in standards management. Rather...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Public institutions urged to support drive to equip schools with computers

Secondary schools, especially those under the 12-year basic education (12YBE) programme, would get more computers if government institutions availed old machines to be repaired and delivered to needy schools. This was revealed by education officials last week while delivering some repaired...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Foreign scribes take part in Umuganda

Journalists from eight African countries yesterday joined residents of Taba Cell in Nyarugenge District for the monthly community work, Umuganda. They interacted with the residents and local leaders as they helped build houses for some of the Rwandans evicted from Tanzania last year. Speaking to...

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:00am

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