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Made-in-Rwanda: Has perception about locally made products improved?

Five years ago, John Migambi, 28, was working in the marketing department of one of the Rwandan distilleries. His job was basically to convince customers to consume the company’s products. But he would be fired in 2015 because of poor returns mainly due to the negative perception...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

GBV: The silent menace of trauma among victims

In a slum perched on a slope just below Mount Kigali, is a tiny two-bedroomed tin-roofed house among many similar ones. Located in Kimisagara Sector, Nyarugenge District, this is the humble abode of 20-year-old Mama Kaliza, her three children, her mother and her elder sister. The family eke a...

Friday, January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

As new academic year begins, how ready are students, schools?

On Monday, January 6, pre-primary, primary and secondary schools reopened for the new academic year 2020/21. You could easily notice students in school uniform on Kigali roads either with luggage heading to boarding schools even as many boarding students had reported during the weekend. The...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 11:54 PM

Police to launch campaign against gender-based violence

In late November 2019, a shopkeeper in Kigali allegedly defiled a three-year-old girl who was sent to the shop to buy airtime. Her parents found out a week later when they could hardly provide evidence for the case. The defiler was arrested three weeks ago and denied all charges. Rape and...

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 1:16 AM

Joyful mothers as they receive New Year baby gifts

Janviere Umuhoza is a 29-year-old who just became a mother. She gave birth to her first bouncing baby boy, Jovite Ian Kayonga on New Year at University Teaching Hospital of Kigali. (CUHK) One of Umuhoza’s 2020 goals was to have a baby, now New Year’ first day has become an...

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 7:23 PM

Over 80 per cent pass national exams

Of the 280,456 candidates who sat Primary Leaving Exams 227,273 candidates, accounting to 81 per cent passed while in Ordinary Level it was 99,120 out of 114,424 (87 per cent) who passed. The pass rate in Ordinary Level rose from 83 per cent recorded last year. The number of candidates, however...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 1:38 AM

Female candidates outshine their male counterparts in TTC national exams

Fifty-eight per cent out of the 3,938 candidates who passed the senior six national exams in Teachers Training Centres for 2019 are female candidates while 39 per cent of them are male. Overall, 3, 869 it implies that 98 per cent of all candidates passed. TTC best performers were awarded...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 1:32 AM

Local officials arrested in RIB crackdown on defilers

Innocent Bizimana, 27, is a shopkeeper in Kinyinya Sector, Gasabo District. Less than a month ago, a 3-year-old client went to his shop to buy airtime and Bizimana reportedly defiled her. When her parents found out, they reported Bizimana to local authorities. The local officials...

Monday, December 30, 2019, 9:28 PM

REB releases national exam results

Rwanda Education Board (REB) will on Monday, December 30 announce the results for national exams for candidates who sat for Primary Leaving Examinations and Ordinary Level exams. The announcement comes seven days before the school starts on January 6th 2020. According to the announcement by...

Monday, December 30, 2019, 1:40 AM

Young innovators on what is needed to achieve 2050 goals

Twenty years after it was launch, Vision 2020 is finally just days away. During the just concluded Umushyikirano, a mascot imaginary child named Keza Nyiramajyambere underlined essence of the transition from vision 2020 to vision 2050. As was described by Rwanda Development Board’s...

Friday, December 27, 2019, 12:38 AM

A crushed Christmas for ‘street children’

Marius and Fils, 24 and 18 respectively, have grown up in a life of street children in Nyarugenge District. Marius dropped out of school in 2015 before he joined street life, while Fils embarked on the toughest life when he was just 8 years old. They met a year ago and have since become...

Friday, December 27, 2019, 12:22 AM

Parliamentary staffer Mushingwamana gets 10 years for rape

Gasabo Intermediate Court on Tuesday, December 23 handed a ten-year jail sentence to Evode Mushingwamana, an accountant at Rwanda Parliament after he was convicted for rape. Mushingwamana was also ordered to pay a fine of Rwf1 million. Mushingwamana, who was suspended by parliament following...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 12:56 PM

Govt to raise legal alcohol drinking age

The Government is considering to raise the legal age for buying and consuming alcohol from 18 years, saying that the current policy has failed to contain alcohol abuse among teenagers. The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana, made the disclosure at the Youth Forum...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 12:30 AM

Umushyikirano: What are the impressions?

From December 19th-20th, Rwandans were attending and following the 17th National Umushyikirano Council. Some 2,000 Rwandans from all walks of life and diaspora converged in Kigali Convention Center for the two-day council.  Umushyikirano was also being followed live from five sites: Rusizi...

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kagame: 2020 will be an even better year

President Paul Kagame called on participants of the 17th Umushyikirano to not only reflect on achievements but strive to deliver more for the citizens of Rwanda. The President was closing the 2nd day of the 17th National Umushyikirano Council that began Thursday, December 19 at Kigali Convention...

Saturday, December 21, 2019, 12:46 AM

WEF Report: Rwanda leads Africa in gender equality

Rwanda has been ranked 9th in the 2020 Global Gender Gap Index that was published on December 17, slipping three places compared to the 2019 report. The World Economic Forum’s report has also placed Rwanda the only African country among the top 10 countries in gender parity. ...

Friday, December 20, 2019, 8:12 PM

How the 2018 Umushyikirano resolutions were implemented

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that 81 per cent of last year’s Umunshyikirano resolutions were achieved while 12 per cent remain on watch. He made the disclosure during a presentation on how the 10 resolutions of the 16th National Umushyikirano Council were implemented. He was...

Friday, December 20, 2019, 12:35 AM

Is the online child protection policy serving its purpose?

Mary Tengera is a mother of three, including a teenager. Her daughter is an active user of social media and the siblings own phones. As a mother, she finds it difficult to monitor her children. It is almost impossible for her to control what her children do on the internet. Tengera...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 6:38 PM

Why UR medical graduates have petitioned parliament

Medicine graduates from the University of Rwanda have recently petitioned parliament after failing to come to an agreement with the university and the Higher Education Council (HEC). The two institutions have asked the doctors, who graduated last month, to conduct a mandatory five-month...

Monday, December 16, 2019, 8:02 PM

Investigators trained on GBV and child abuse case management

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) crimes in Rwanda have risen drastically with over 5,000 cases recorded so far this year. The rise is partly attributed to improved awareness of the law by the public that leads to silence breaking. However, poor investigations continue to undermine...

Monday, December 16, 2019, 2:21 PM

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