Hugues Mugemana

Ejo n’ejobundi: Portraying Genocide memories through street plays

On a rainy evening on November 17, Kigali Genocide Memorial hosted a theatrical production dubbed, Ejo n’ejobundi, loosely translated ‘yesterday, and after tomorrow.’ Staged under the theme: C’est quoi pour Vous la mémoire?, translated in English to mean, ‘what...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Understanding the dangers of diabetes

Early in life, Manzi, now 22, was a healthy and happy kid, and then at the age of 10, things changed. He started to lose weight and felt the urge to ease himself a little more frequently than normal. His teachers once disciplined him for “excusing himself in the middle of an ongoing lesson...

Monday, November 18, 2019, 2:26 AM

Contaminated Kenyan food products removed from shelves

Rwanda has banned several Kenyan-produced peanut butter and maize flour brands from its market following their recall by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) due to high levels of aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are poisonous carcinogens that are produced by certain molds which grow in soil, decaying...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:54 PM

Demobilisation Commission wins JICA President Award

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday awarded Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) the President Award. RDRC was chosen due to the sustainability, impact and continued efforts toward peacebuilding and reconciliation activities within Rwanda and the...

Friday, November 8, 2019, 3:21 PM

CNLG skeptical of convicts teaching about genocide

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has expressed reservations about the idea of greater involvement of Genocide convicts in sensitising people about the crime. This follows a request for Genocide convicts to be provided with more platforms to contribute to educating...

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Inmates push for access to higher learning

Inmates at Nyarugenge prison, commonly known as Mageragere, have requested that they are facilitated to further their studies in universities and other tertiary insitutions to be able to have a better chance at life, once they have been released after serving their sentences.  They...

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:37 AM

Stakeholders speak out on key challenges and opportunities in agriculture sector

With 70 per cent of the population practicing agriculture and the sector contributing about 28 per cent of the country’s GDP, addressing challenges in the agriculture sector is critical. While this may be true, some of these challenges also present themselves as opportunities for...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Civil society welcomes scrapping of morning meetings for villagers

The Ministry of Local Government this week published an announcement halting public or private awareness gatherings for farmers.  Usually, the meetings take place in the morning, prompting farmers to lay down their tools.   “We are requesting all concerned authorities, that...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 9:02 PM

Intayoberana’s journey through EAGT

Three months ago, Clementine Umutoni, 11, Christian Sibomana, 16, and their peers were just kids dancing in Intayoberana, a traditional dance troop in Rwanda. In 2015, Umutoni and Sibomana joined Intayoberana in pursuit of a place to cut a rug but in a traditional way and also broaden their...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

GAERG seeks to tackle mental illness stigma in new campaign

Rwandan Graduates Genocide Survivors Organisation (GAERG) is planning a national campaign to raise awareness on mental health and tackle stigma against mental patients. The campaign also seeks to help the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to cope with trauma. This was revealed...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 1:36 AM

Uncertainties about e-motorcycles untangled

Efforts to embrace the use of clean energy in the transport sector has resulted in the introduction of e-motorbikes. In a recent press conference Safi Ltd, a local start-up announced it was set to start the first phase of using shared e-motorcycles and bicycles in Kigali. This phase will see at...

Monday, October 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Intayoberana finish 2nd as East Africa’s Got Talent ends

Rwanda’s representatives in the talent show East Africa’s Got Talent (EAGT) finished second, within touching distance of the grand prize of the $50,000. Uganda's singing duo Esther and Ezekiel won the competition.  Five contestants had reached the grand finale....

Monday, October 7, 2019, 1:12 AM

Scarcity of public toilets in Kigali could soon become a thing of the past

There are currently 31 public washrooms in the City of Kigali. This presents a major challenge for a metropolis of an estimated 1.2 million people. Particularly, there are barely public lavatories along major roads across the city. “I recently felt like using the ladies’ room...

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Smartphone hazards: Is your phone unhealthy for you?

On September 30, international media reported the tragic death of Alua Asetkyzy Abzalbek, caused by the explosion of her smartphone under her pillow. The 14-year-old is said to have gone to bed listening to music on her charging smartphone in Bastobe, Kazakhstan. According to local reports,...

Friday, October 4, 2019, 6:46 PM

EAGT: Rwanda’s chances getting slimmer

The first edition of East Africa’s Got Talent comes to a close this weekend, October 6, as top acts battle it out to be crowned the winner. There is a wide range of performers from Rwanda’s Intayoberana to Kenyan acts Spellcast and Janelle Tamara, and others. The winner gets a...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Bumbogo gets Rwf200 million ECD centre

Early Childhood Development Centres should serve as the foundation for the future of the nation, Dr Anita Asiimwe, the National Coordinator of the National Early Childhood Development Programme, has said. She was recently inaugurating a new ECD centre in Bumbogo sector in Gasabo District. The...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda to scale up usage of minimally invasive surgery

Rwandans suffering from gallbladder inflammation, known as Cholecystitis, and soon other ailments that require surgery, will no longer need large incisions thanks to minimally invasive surgery. The plan is to scale up the technology to be used in other major surgeries. This was noted by Dr...

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:39 AM

SOS pledges more support to promote children's rights in Rwanda

On Wednesday 25, Siddhartha Kaul, the president of SOS Children’s Villages International, paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente at the latter's office in Kimihurura, where he underscored his organisation's commitment to provide Rwandan youths with skills that...

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 10:27 AM

Kigali kiosks are back, bigger and better

Lately, it’s hard not to notice a modern wooden kiosk around Rwandex, which easily catches the eye of most passersby. This is one of many such kiosks that will increasingly be seen in the city, according to the City of Kigali’s Director of Urban Economic Development Unit, Augustin...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

“Made-in-Rwanda products shouldn’t be underestimated – Impano Sports boss

In 2015, East African countries, announced their plan to phase out and eventually ban second-hand clothes, a bold move aimed at developing local and regional textile industries as well as promote the dignity of the East African citizens. The Made-in-Rwanda initiative gained a new momentum, which...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM