Emmanuel Côme Mugisha

COVID-19: Five Rwandan books to read during the lockdown

This is the second week of the new, unprecedented normal of – working, learning, working out - from home. The stay-at-home lifestyle feels uncomfortable at first, but gets unusually cozy as one crafts new habits. However, some routines like taking in so much information - (and...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 1:57 AM

How to access free books during the lockdown

With the government ordering folks to quarantine themselves, there needs to be a way to battle the boredom while cooping oneself at home. Are you bored and on budget during lockdown? If you’re already tired of bingeing on your favourite TV shows on streaming services, reading can help...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 1:49 AM

WHO urges countries to maintain essential health services during COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has cautioned against the straining of global health systems, as countries continue to grapple with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the respiratory disease outbreak rages, there is an exponentially rapid increase in demand for health facilities and...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:18 PM

Google commits USD800m, 3 million facemasks in fight against COVID-19

US-based tech giant Google has pledged more than $800 million relief effort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aid will come both in cash and advertising credits on the internet giant's platforms. The firm also pledged to sponsor production of about 3 million face masks through the...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:18 PM

Coronavirus: Kinshasa goes under partial lockdown

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s capital Kinshasa on Thursday evening announced a stay-at-home order, placing its over 11 million residents under lockdown for the next three weeks. The drastic decision, which, however, will be implemented in intervals, is an effort to contain the...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 1:30 PM

How to keep your devices safe from hackers while working from home

The coronavirus outbreak has forced Rwanda into complete lockdown. Studying, praying and working from home are becoming the new normal. But working from home is shipped with its own trojans. Some private computers run old antivirus software or a cheap (or even free) VPN. Home internet, if any,...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2:56 PM

The App Store is expanding to Rwanda

American tech giant, Apple on Monday announced its virtual platform App Store will be launched in 20 new countries this year, Rwanda inclusive. In a statement published on its website, the firm said that this was part of its strategy to expand to as many markets to serve better Apple users...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:28 PM

Homeschool resources you can turn to amid COVID-19 closures

It has been a few days since the Rwandan government suspended all schools and colleges to control the spread of COVID-19 disease. The initial closure was for a period of two weeks, but it is likely to be extended as new cases are reported. Unsure of when normalcy will...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19: Resources for homeschooling amid school lock-down

It has been a few days since the Rwandan government suspended all schools and colleges to control the spread of COVID-19 disease. The initial closure was for a period of two weeks, but it is likely to be extended as new cases are reported. Unsure of when normalcy will...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:30 PM

Law enforcement warns Rwandans of fraudsters taking advantage of Coronavirus

Rwanda Investigation Bureau has warned the public of fraudsters who are taking advantage of the coronavirus, pandemic to fleece the public.  They disguise of government officials promising to do favors in exchange for money.  Now one of Rwanda's law enforcement organs -RIB...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:34 AM

Nyamasheke coffee farmers hail new school by Dorman Coffee

Dorman Coffee Rwanda, an East African coffee producer Friday unveiled nine renovated classrooms of a primary school in Kanjongo sector, Nyamasheke District. Located in a district that produces the most coffee in the country, Ruheru St Augustin Primary School is surrounded by hills dotted with...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

CHAN 2020: Ferwafa refutes ‘fake news’ about Rwanda’s withdrawal

Rwanda Football Federation, Ferwafa, has refuted rumours that the national football team will not participate at the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020) over COVID-19 fears. “It’s not true that Amavubi will not participate in CHAN 2020 due to coronavirus,” Francois Regis...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Ferwafa plays down ‘fake news’ about Rwanda’s CHAN withdrawal

Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has refuted rumours that the national football team will not participate at the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020) over COVID-19 fears. “It’s not true that Amavubi will not participate in CHAN 2020 due to coronavirus,”...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 10:38 AM

New visa regime comes into force

The Directorate General of Rwanda Immigration and Emigration has published a new visa regime. Following visa upon arrival policy, the regime waives visa fees for hundreds of countries. The update was unveiled on March 10. It takes immediate effect. In the first place, after President Paul...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:31 AM

Coronavirus: FERWAFA bans pre-match handshakes

The Rwanda football federation (FERWAFA) has temporarily banned the traditional fair-play handshake before football matches as a precaution against the outbreak of coronavirus. There hasn’t been any recorded case of coronavirus in Rwanda but the Government has put in place preventive...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 9:22 PM

Over 1,000 households to be evacuated from high-risk zones in Kigali

As Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicts heavy rains that are likely to cause serious hazards, the City of Kigali authorities have said that they are set to urgently relocate more than 11,000 families dwelling in disaster-prone areas. City authorities disclosed on Monday, March 9, at a news...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:56 PM

Report says climate change may not be Africa's top worry

Measured against other issues such as corruption and unemployment, climate change is not a top-of-mind concern for Africa, according to a new report. The African Youth Survey 2020, based on 4,200 interviews with young adults from sub-Saharan Africa, shows that only 2 per cent of the...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 11:48 AM

Rwanda inks deal to host Africa’s only big data hub

Rwanda last week signed signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to host the only big data regional hub for Africa. The hub will be set up at the National Institute of Statistics (NISR) Training Center and Data Science Campus in the capital Kigali. An assembly of...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 10:29 AM

Five die in flooded cave while praying

An incessant rainstorm that pelted down last night has killed five among eleven believers who were praying in a cave located in Nyamagabe District, southwestern Rwanda. By the time of publication, three bodies had been found while local police and authorities searched for the rest. The victims...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:24 PM

FEATURED: BPR opens new branch, upgrades mobile and internet banking services

BPR Atlas Mara on Thursday opened up a new branch in Kigali’s Central Business District as part of the efforts to ease services delivery to its clients. In a colourful ceremony, the bank unveiled an upgraded mobile and internet banking platforms by adding more services. The new branch...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:08 PM