Plans to set up banana processing plant in Gisagara gain momentum

Gisagara will soon install a modern banana processing plant, the first of its kind in the district. And banana farmers are already upbeat, saying this presents a major market for their produce. The facility will be co−owned by Gisagara District and Mountain Natural Food Ltd. Léandre...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

University students urged to embrace ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’

University students should embrace the Ndi Umunyarwanda programme and promote it at all cost because it is a pillar to  Rwanda’s success. The Minister for Local Government and his Sports and Culture counterpart made the remarks over the weekend while addressing students at the...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Senators call on districts to ensure planned settlements

Senators have urged local governments to do more to ensure housing and other infrastructure projects under construction meet the national urbanisation plan. Senators Prof. Laurent Nkusi and Jeanne d’Arc Mukakalisa made the remarks after an assessment tour of infrastructure projects in Huye...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cassava farmers count the cost of 'endless' diseases, call for support

When Francois Hitimana invested in cassava farming, he was expecting to harvest enough to hit the bank with a wide grin. Apart from his family having more than enough of the staple food at the end of harvest, he expected to achieve self-reliance.  However, fate had other ideas for Hitimana...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

We did not borrow dignity – Senate president

Senate President Bernard Makuza yesterday presided over the burial of 11,800 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, a ceremony at which he challenged Rwandans to always strive for their dignity. Among those that were buried include remains of 11,512 victims, retrieved from a memorial...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Genocide Survivor gets house, cow as Youth Connekt month ends

Esther Mukamusoni, an elderly Genocide survivor from Gitovu Cell of Kinazi Sector, in Huye District was on Saturday, given a house asthe YouthConnekt month in the district ended. The assistance from the youth followed weeks of homelessness after her house collapsed. The house worth Rwf3.1...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Minister Kanimba pledges to fix concerns of rice farmers

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) pledged to address challenges rice farmers in the districts of Gisagara, Huye and Nyanza, are facing in order to improve production. Minister Francois Kanimba made the remarks on Friday while on a tour of Gisagara District, to assess the operations of...

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Genocide: Medics told to honour ethics to save life

Medics who participated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have been criticised for breaching their professional code of conduct. Mourners made the condemnation, on Saturday, at Kabutare Hospital in Huye District as the medical facility remembered its former employees, patients and caregivers...

Monday, May 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

South: Grassroots leaders pledge to champion devt

Cell executive secretaries from Southern Province have resolved to improve governance, which they said will not only improve the welfare of the people, but also spur development in their respective areas. They made the vow on Thursday during a meeting that brought together 532 cell members and...

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Ruhango family murderer gets life sentence

The Muhanga Intermediate Court last evening sentenced a man to life in prison after he was convicted for the gruesome murder last year of a mother and her five children in Kamusenyi Cell, Byimana Sector in Ruhango District. During the proceedings last month, the suspect, Steven Baribwirumuhungu,...

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rusizi households to relocate

A total of 34 households are set to be relocated from Katabuvuga, Rungunga, Muhuta and Cyagara river banks in Rusizi District to Gombaniro Village in Bugarama Sector, by June. There are fears that the river banks may burst during the rainy season which may result into loss of life and destruction...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

New road to boost business in Gisagara District

The murram road that’s under construction in Gisagara District is set to ease doing business in the area and access to other districts, residents said. The 28 kilometre road, with 7 metres wide, begins at the border of Gisagara and Huye districts.It connects the sectors of Save, Gikonko and...

Friday, May 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Huye in good service delivery drive

Hoteliers in Huye District have been urged to ensure good service delivery as part of the effort to improve the performance of the tourism sector in the area. The call was made during a meeting that brought together representatives of hotels, and lodges operating in the district; convened to...

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Can 'legendary' sycamore tree preserve Genocide history, facts?

Genocide survivors in Huye District have devised a new way of preserving history and facts about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to prevent distortion. The new way involves planting, numbering and coding a sycamore tree (locally known as umuvumu) at locations that contain crucial information...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Regional youth pledge to fight political manipulation

High School students from the Great Lakes Region have vowed to fight manipulation of all sorts that could lead to violence in their societies. They noted that opportunists often exploit poverty among the youth, and pledged to work hard for self-reliance. The youth were speaking on Saturday at...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Huye coffee farmers decry low prices, inadequate washing stations

A bumper season would normally elicit smiles and optimism, but for coffee farmers in Huye District, it has turned into regrets as they are forced to sell their produce at give-away prices. Huye, home to Maraba premium coffee, is arguably the country’s biggest coffee producer but the farmers...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Call for arrest of Genocide fugitives as 35,000 victims get decent burial

Concerted effort should be made to ensure Genocide fugitives still at large are arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. The call was made on Saturday during the reburial of remains of over 35,000 Genocide victims at Rukira Genocide memorial site in Huye District. The victims were among those...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Call for action as Rwanda marks day of the Midwife

The number of professional midwives in the country is still low, creating a gap in the provision of better services for safe motherhood. This was pointed out as Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Midwife. A national event was held at Kabgayi Hospital in...

Friday, May 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

FARG moves to bridge funding gap for vulnerable Genocide survivors

Many vulnerable Genocide survivors face serious needs concerns, but the fund for support of Genocide survivors (FARG) is moving to set up long-term projects for them as one of the best ways to respond to the challenge. Theopiste Mukamudenge, a 69-year-old vulnerable Genocide survivor with no...

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Simugomwa invested Rwf6000 in leather to turn around his fortunes

When Emmanuel Simugomwa, 35, was orphaned in 1995 at the age of 14, he had no clear vision of what he would do to survive. The idea that he would turn leather into bread did not even come closer to the proverbial figment of his imagination at the time. But there was a messenger of hope. It came...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

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