Jean de Dieu Nsabimana

Farmers bank on mechanisation to boost production

Despite the coronavirus pandemic having stopped people’s businesses, farmers are working hard to make sure there is enough produce at the end of the season. With above 80 per cent of farmers having already finished planting, mainly beans and soybeans, there are farmers who have delayed for...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 2:04 AM

Eastern province faulted for stalled, idle public projects

The Auditor General has faulted authorities in the eastern province for failure to follow up on the implementation of some public projects. Some projects had either stalled or remained idle, Obadiah Biraro said last week as he and the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 10:57 AM

Why few girls have embraced TVET

Nadia Uwitonze is a 21-year-old third-year student pursuing a course in electrical and electronic technology at IPRC Gishari, Rwamagana District. Uwitonze is also one of the ten female students in a class of 38. The decision was not an easy one to make to pursue her dream course. Every so often...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

RPF cadres to strengthen cells in higher learning institutions

RPF-Inkotanyi’s party cadres in higher learning institutions in the Eastern Province on Saturday pledged to devise ways of making the special cells more productive. Alain Nyirimana, a student at the East African University of Rwanda, in Nyagatare, said the problem they identified was a...

Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Officials: Teacher-student sexual relationship must be fought irrespective of age

Head teachers, education leaders and local government officials have declared that no matter the age of the student, there should never be sexual relationship between the teacher and  students. As Rwanda’s fight against underage girls’ pregnancies continues, it was identified...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 1:22 PM

Heroes Day: Rwamagana inaugurates 150 houses for needy families

Florida Mukanyangezi, 46, has been living with her husband in a rented house for more than 15 years in Cyinyana Cell, Gishari Sector in Rwamagana District. At some point in her life, she was not able to pay rent anymore, and Gishari Sector paid rent for the disadvantaged family for more than a...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 6:03 PM

Agric minister urges all-out effort to curb post-harvest losses

In spite of an expected good maize harvest in Eastern Province, there are fears that millers might reject large quantities due to poor postharvest handling. It is for that reason that the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana and the Minister of Local Government...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:19 AM

Kayonza upgrades main Genocide memorial site

Preparations to rebury victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Kayonza District is well underway as upgrading of Mukarange Genocide Memorial nears completion. According to the district mayor, Jean Claude Murenzi, the site, which will have the capacity to hold the remains of 40,000...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

RPF Women League commit to promote ECDs in Eastern Province

Members of the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi Women League in Eastern Province have committed to establish and promote home-based Early Childhood Development (ECDs) centres at village level. The women explained that every child has right to healthy development and should be protected from malnutrition and...

Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:16 AM

Rukumberi youth find niche in pod peas, chili exports

Less than a year since they started growing chilli, pod peas and French beans for export to Europe, youth members of ‘Twigire Muhinzi’ Cooperative in Rukumberi, Ngoma District, are laughing all the way to the bank. After practicing farming for years without much success due to...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:27 AM

Kayonza: Ndego farmers upbeat over good rainy season

It is Tuesday morning and dozens of farmers in Ndego are gathered at the Karambi trading centre in Kayonza District where they are attentively following farming lessons being provided by a non-governmental organisation. They are also receiving fertilisers and seeds ahead of the Season 2020B in...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:09 AM

Nyagatare to get new hospital

Nyagatare District is set to inaugurate a new Rwf4billion Gatunda Hospital by the end of this fiscal yearafter two years of construction. Nyagatare, which is the largest district in the country has 14 sectors and a population of around 700,000 population but had only one hospital. Officials...

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Heavy rains affect bean production

Rain has been “too much” this season, and has not done any good to crops like beans and soya. Farmers and consumers are worried that the prices of rice on market will hike sooner than they used to. For centuries, beans have been the main food staple for Rwandans; traditionally, they...

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:49 AM

Govt to repossess idle farms in Eastern Province

People who own tracts of land they received over ten years ago during the land redistribution exercise in Eastern Province and have not put that land to use are likely to lose it next month. The province has given them up to February 28 to have started productive farming activities on the land...

Friday, January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Uzabakiriho: A 23-year-old’s love for the environment

When it was time to fill in forms and specify their preferred future courses for upper secondary, Jean-Claude Uzabakiriho did not have to think twice, since the only option he could see was his childhood dream, forestry. Uzabakiriho is currently a student at Integrated Polytechnic Regional...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwamagana rice plant to reopen after five years

Rwamagana rice processing plant is set to be re-opened at the end of the current rice season in Junefive years after closing due to disagreements by farmers. Managed by Australian investor ICM-Rwanda, the plant wanted only the long grain rice variety yet Rwamagana mainly grows short grain (...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

PM Ngirente: Agriculture is full of opportunities

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has challenged leaders to help farmers make most of public investments brought to them by the Government and its partners. He made the call Friday while on a working visit to Kirehe District, Eastern Province where he was accompanied by several senior government...

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gabiro: Last warning against illegal mining in military domain

Eastern Province and military officials have issued last warning to people doing illegal mining activities in the Gabiro Combat Training Centre. Located in districts of Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Kayonza, the military domain is often invaded by people grazing their cattle, burning charcoal, and this...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:06 PM

Plan to bring civil registry services to hospitals gathers momentum

Vestine Uwase, resident in Cyanya cell, Kigabiro sector in Rwamagana district, is an expectant mother who regularly comes to Rwamagana Health Centre's maternity section for antenatal services. This is her second pregnancy. Due to her busy schedule at work, however, Uwase registered her...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 11:13 AM

Over 220 needy families given houses in Gatsibo

It was a sigh of relief for 227 homeless families in Ubudehe Category One across 14 sectors of Gatsibo District after receiving new houses on Friday. Ubudehe programme is a socio-economic initiative where Rwandans are classified based on their economic status. The programme, currently has...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:33 AM