Rwandan poultry investor secures multi-million deal to supply eggs to UN

At Jean-Baptiste Musabyimana’s poultry farm in Eastern Province’s Bugesera District, automated machines are turned on to supply feed to about 70,000 layer chickens. Other machines power drinkers that provide the chicken with water. While at this farm, located in Bugesera’s...

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 11:42 PM

Gender Summit to tackle $42 billion women financing gap

The 2019 Global Gender Summit due in Kigali next month is expected to devise comprehensive strategies to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women in Africa, organisers have said. That is the evaluation of the gap between men and women in terms of access to finance, according to Vanessa...

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

New study shows Rwanda made “notable progress” in reducing child mortality

Rwanda has made tremendous gains in reducing under-five mortality rates over almost two decades now, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. IHME provides a rigorous and comparable measurement...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 2:53 PM

FEATURED: RCA commits continued support to cooperatives for optimise economic gains

Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) has committed to harnessing the socio-economic potential of cooperatives in a bid to drive up the country’s development and further improve livelihoods of their members. The commitment was made by the RCA Director-General, Prof. Jean Bosco Harelimana...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 1:02 PM

Rwanda targets zero hunger in the next six years

Rwanda has seen a significant improvement in its food security status with statistics from the 2018 comprehensive food security and vulnerability analysis showing that 81.3 per cent of the population is food secure. The findings showed that 18.7 per cent of the country’s households,...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Global cooperative movement meets in Kigali to discuss development

Participants from 95 countries from around the world have gathered in Kigali for the international cooperative conference that is discussing how to advance socio-economic development through the cooperative movement. Over 1,000 participants are attending the conference that is being held under...

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Minister rallies communities on teenage pregnancies, GBV

The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion has urged communities to actively participate in tackling domestic violence and defilement, which has led to the rampant teenage pregnancies. Soline Nyirahabimana was speaking on Tuesday, during the celebration of the International Day of Rural Women...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 11:50 AM

Rwanda to digitise civil registration

The Government plans to digitise civil registration, a process where it will develop a database of births, deaths, civil marriage and legally accepted divorces for citizens and residents. The new system will consolidate data from various public institutions, among them, the National...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 12:32 AM

Civil society: Rural women still face discrimination 

As the world marks the International Day of Rural Women, today, civil society organisations have said that rural women don’t have access to technologies and are still subjected to unpaid care work Through a women’s umbrella, Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe, civil society organisations...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 1:54 AM

Insurers change pricing to shore up revenues

Vehicles that have been involved in many accidents will be subjected to higher insurance premiums if insurance firms adopt a new pricing strategy. Under the proposed risk-based being planned by the Rwanda Insurers Association and the National Bank of Rwanda, vehicles with low accident records...

Monday, October 14, 2019, 12:10 AM

Senate passed over 700 resolutions in 8 years

Rwanda Senate passed 723 resolutions in the concluded 8-year term which it submitted to the government for implementation purposes, an Executive Summary of Activities of the Second Legislature of the Senate (2011-2019) shows. The document, which was published on the Senate’s website last...

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Lawyer petitions Supreme Court over property tax law

The Supreme Court on Friday heard a petition filed by Edward Murangwa, a Rwandan lawyer who is challenging the new law on immovable property that was enacted last year in September, saying it was unconstitutional. The case, heard by a panel of justices led by Chief Justice Prof Sam Rugege,...

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:57 AM

Rwanda contributes $2.5m to Global Fund

Rwanda has heeded Global Fund’s appeal to raise at least $14 billion to step up the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by contributing $2.5 million (about Rwf2.3 billion). The pledge was made by the Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba, who was representing President Paul...

Friday, October 11, 2019, 12:20 AM

FEATURED: RSSB schemes improve Rwandans’ welfare after Genocide ripped society apart

Social security, which was then managedby the institution called Caisse Sociale du Rwanda (CSR) – the Social Security Fund of Rwanda (SSFR) –, was hit by insecurity including political instability and economic slowdown and downturn. Further still, it was stricken by the looting of its...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 1:14 AM

New bill seeks to ensure standard system of measurement

Members of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Economy and Trade have started scrutinising a new bill that seeks to address cases of inaccurate measurement which might be causing losses to some people while making others get undue benefits. The proposed bill follows the Rwanda Quality Policy...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:42 AM

Caution urged on direct recruitment of people with ‘special skills’

People who have rare or special skills will be recruited in the public service without competing for the positions if a new draft law establishing the general statute governing public servants is approved. However, some Members of Parliament, and Rwanda Workers’ Trade Union...

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s poultry industry on the rise

Rwanda has 15 large commercial poultry farmers keeping between 20,000 and 100,000 layers each and 108 medium farms with between 5,000 and 20,000 layers. That was revealed Thursday by Dr Solange Uwituze, Deputy Director-General of Animal Research and Technology Transfer at Rwanda...

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Poultry farmers appeal for affordable animal feed

Expensive animal feeds is affecting the productivity of the poultry industry, farmers have said, calling for subsidies to lower the cost. If the prices for chicken feed are reduced, farmers argue that the livestock industry can significantly improve the livelihood of rural Rwandans, especially...

Friday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

RIB: Fear of DNA evidence in defilement cases fuels infanticide

Some men who commit defilement are now killing their own children born out of it, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has said. According to RIB, some abusers have resorted to committing infanticide because they fear that subsequent DNA tests might implicate them. Isabelle Kalihangabo, Deputy...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 1:01 AM

MPs call for urgent action against defilement

Effective strategies should be devised to curtail the rise in cases of defilement and teen pregnancies, Members of Parliament have urged. Defilement means any sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 18 years old, whether or not the person consents. One of the most shocking cases that...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00 AM