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Shell, BP move to acquire two petroleum firms in Rwanda

Two renowned global oil and gas firms, Shell and BP Plc, are in the process of acquiring leading petroleum dealers in Rwanda in two separate deals.  The firms are set to join a market, which currently has about 20 active players by acquiring existing operators. Royal Dutch Shell, through its...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:49am

Gov’t teams up with Johnson & Johnson to treat mental health

Mental health patients in Rwanda will access drugs at subsidised prices courtesy of a new partnership between the Government and Johnson & Johnson. The American big-pharma yesterday signed a five-year deal with the Ministry of Health that will see prices slashed by up to 70 per cent. The...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:46am

Commonwealth official arrives for CHOGM preparations

Nabeel Goheer, the Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, is in Rwanda for preparations of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which Rwanda will host in 2020. It will be the 26th meeting of the heads of government of the Commonwealth of Nations. On his...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:42am

Agric forum to focus on ways to reduce Africa’s food imports

Rwanda is set to host the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) next month to discuss solutions to problems challenging smallholder farmers amid reports that the continent spends tens of billions of dollars on food imports annually. According to statistics from the African Development Bank (...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:38am

Muhanga police arrest three suspected robbers

Police in Muhanga District are holding three men suspected to be part of a gang involved in breaking into people’s homes mainly to steal electronics. The trio was taken into custody following an operation that was conducted on August 5. The suspects are reportedly behind the recent robbery...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:34am

Hoteliers urged to install security devices

Police, yesterday, held separate meetings with owners and managers of hospitality facilities and private security service providers operating in Musanze and Rubavu districts, and urged them to take “precaution” and ensure “maximum security” of their premises. The...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:33am

Zimbabwe court bails opposition members accused of post-election violence

A court in Zimbabwe on Tuesday freed on bail 27 opposition supporters arrested last week on accusations of fomenting violence in the aftermath of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory over Nelson Chamisa. Six people were killed last week in a post-election army clampdown on...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:29am

What you need to know about September parliamentary polls

Next month Rwandans will go to the polls to vote for people who will represent them in parliament after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Monday released a list of 521 candidates approved to contest in the elections. The commission had received 539 applications. With the elections drawing...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:27am

Parliament to be dissolved on Thursday

The lower house is scheduled to be dissolved Thursday as Rwandans prepare to hold elections for new Members of Parliament. The elections are due September 2-4. The outgoing Parliament is third since Rwanda held its first post-Genocide parliamentary elections in 2003. President Paul Kagame is...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 8:21am

Congo police and opposition supporters clash in Kinshasa

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa fired teargas at stone-throwing supporters of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi on Tuesday, as he drove to the electoral commission to file his candidacy for president, witnesses said. Tshisekedi heads the Union for Democracy and...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:09am

Ethiopian government signs deal with Oromo rebels to end hostilities

Ethiopia’s government has signed an agreement to end hostilities with the Oromo Liberation Front, which it had previously declared a terrorist movement, state television reported on Tuesday. The deal appeared another step in a drive by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to improve security and...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:03am

Amnesty calls US coalition to probe deaths in Syria’s Raqqa

Amnesty International has urged the US-led coalition battling ISILin Syria to conduct a thorough investigation into civilian deaths in the 2017 campaign to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa. The coalition’s admission last month that it killed 77 more civilians than previously reported was...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:37pm

Ivory Coast president pardons 800 people including ex-first lady

The president of the Ivory Coast has pardoned 800 people, including the former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who was serving a 20-year sentence for her role in the deadly post-election violence of 2010. Gbagbo was convicted of undermining state security, disturbing public order and organising...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:35pm

Bakuru on his passion for collecting old and classic cars

From his home in Nyarugunga, a few kilometers from Kigali International Airport, Paul Bakuru’s garage harbours four old cars that he enjoys taking care of without driving them at all. Married with four kids, Bakuru is an entrepreneur and automobile enthusiast who early this year initiated...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 10:10am

Why gov't is reviewing the school calendar again

The Ministry of Education has disclosed that the school calendar will start in September instead of January with effect from the 2020 academic year. The new directive is for primary and secondary schools. The ministry officials said that they are still in the process of analysing its feasibility...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:36am

Blood centre targets to collect over 75,000 blood units

The National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) targets to collect over 75,000 units of blood this year compared to over 68,000 that was collected last year, officials have said Alexia Mukamazimpaka, the head of blood donors’ mobilisation at NCBT, disclosed the information on Monday in...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:29am

RIB arrest two suspected social media hackers

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested two men accused of hacking into people’s social media accounts to steal money. Muhammad Usanase and Abdoulkarim Munana all from Eastern Province in Ngoma District, are being accused of cybercrimes. Usanase, 21, is accused of hacking into...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:27am

Rwanda launches search for investors in bed nets factory

Failure to secure an investor who meets the standards set by World Health Organisation (WHO) is holding back plans to construct a mosquito net plant in Rwanda. The Government first mooted the idea of constructing a factory to manufacture treated mosquito nets, locally, in 2015 following widespread...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:25am

More women, political parties get green light to contest for parliamentary seats

Two political parties will for the first time front candidates in the forthcoming September Parliamentary elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced yesterday. At a media briefing held at their offices, the Chairperson of NEC, Kalisa Mbanda, said that the council approved 521...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:22am

Kagame opens Giants of Africa training camp

President Kagame on Monday joined the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Adam Silver, and Masai Ujiri, the President of NBA’s Toronto Raptors to officially open this year’s edition of Giants of Africa training camp. Ujiri is also the founder of the Giants of...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:10am