Govt explains mayoral exits

The Minister for Local Government, Anastase Shyaka, has weighed in on the latest mass exits of district leaders attributing it to fail to deliver on their responsibilities. At least 10 district officials, including mayors and their deputies from four districts, either stepped down or...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 10:02 AM

More local govt exits as Muhanga District Mayor resigns

Beatrice Uwamariya has quit as Muhanga District Mayor, it has emerged.  Her resignation was confirmed Tuesday by the head of the district Council in a week of dramatic exits by district mayors, vice mayors and executive secretaries. Uwamariya submitted her resignation to the district...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 4:30 PM

Ngororero District vice mayors, executive secretary resign over ‘personal failings’

Ngororero District Vice Mayor for Finance and Economic Development, Christine Kanyange, and her Social Affairs counterpart, Janvier Kuradusenge, have resigned, over what they termed as “personal failings”. The Executive Secretary of the district, Gilbert Rukazambuga, also quit,...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 3:08 PM

Rwandan murdered in Mozambique laid to rest as Kigali demands for urgent arrest of killers

Deceased leader of the Rwandan Diaspora in Mozambique, Louis Baziga, was laid to rest on Monday amidst Kigali’s demands to Maputo to urgently arrest his murders. The call was made by Claude Nikobisanzwe, Rwanda’s envoy to Mozambique, as he eulogized Baziga during a funeral service in...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

e-Courses to tackle gender inequalities in agriculture

Women have generally not been having a say in deciding what to do on farms or manage produce as well as income, but a new project seeks to address that problem through e-courses on gender in agriculture. Officials said that the e-learning materials that were launched on Friday in Kigali are part...

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 10:43 PM

Poachers defying fishing suspension on Lake Kivu

A crackdown has been mounted on fish poachers to comply with the Government’s directive to suspend fishing activities in Lake Kivu until October 13 to allow restocking. According to a statement issued recently by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the two-month suspension of...

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Germany in partnership to grow local wine industry

Rwanda and the Rhineland-Palatinate have committed to promoting cooperation in agriculture mainly in technology-driven farming, and sustainable winegrowing - the cultivation and harvesting of grapes, officials have said. The development will be achieved thanks to the joint Letter of Intent on...

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5:41 PM

Rwanda to test GM potato varieties

Rwanda is set to join other Eastern Africa countries in growing genetically modified (GM) Irish potato varieties, a technology that has, in the past, attracted wide-ranging public scrutiny in the country.  Dr. Patrick Karangwa, the Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), told...

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Sweet potato flour offers new prospects for agro-industry

Processing sweet potato into flour has proven to be one of the means to diversify bakery products, prevent post-harvest losses and provide farmers with a ready market for their produce, players in the potato value chain have said. They were speaking on Monday, during the 11th African Potato...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwf25 billion fruit market to reduce post-harvest losses

A wholesale market to be constructed at Kigali Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District is expected to reduce post-harvest losses by improving logistics planning, quality control, and storage of fruits and vegetables, officials have said. Current projection estimates on the market cost are...

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12:01 AM

Urban refugees to get health insurance

Refugees who don’t live in camps will, beginning September this year, get access to health insurance coverage, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has said. The development follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between MINEMA, Rwanda Social Security...

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Schools question viability of ‘milk to all students’ programme

Schools are sceptical of a proposal by the Ministry of Education to provide milk to all students every day without increasing the cost of school feeding. In February this year, the ministry announced that each school child should get at least half a litre of milk per day. However, the...

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

RSSB to phase out health insurance cards

If you are a subscriber to Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) medical insurance, soon you won’t be required to carry a medical insurance card while seeking healthcare services from health facilities. This because the Board is shifting to fingerprint or facial recognition technology as a...

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Swine disease outbreak hits Gisagara pig farms

BETWEEN July 20 and August 10, 2019, Emile Iradukunda lost 44 pigs valued at Rwf700,000 in monetary value. Iradukunda is one of the 52 farmers in Gisagara District whose 106 pigs succumbed to a disease that Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has since identified as swine erysipelas—a bacterial...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Govt increases funding for ‘mutuelle de santé’

The Government will, beginning this fiscal year, implement more subsidies for the community-based health insurance scheme known as mutuelle de santé, which has been grappling with funding challenges.   The extra funding totalling to Rwf10 billion, according to Rwanda Social Security Board (...

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

World Bank confirms Rwanda’s poverty reduction rate

The World Bank has clarified and endorsed the country’s poverty reduction rate after news reports claimed the statistics about Rwanda’s poverty reduction had been tampered with. The statement which was published on the World Bank’s website on Friday says the World Bank staff...

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2:25 AM

Premium prices fuel optimism among Rwanda tea exporters

On August 13, Rwanda tea made by Kitabi Tea Company – a tea factory located in Nyamagabe District – fetched the highest price ever recorded at the Weekly Mombasa Tea Auction, outshining lots from other countries. It sold at a record $6.06 (Rwf5,300) per kilogramme. It was followed by...

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Two pensioners on a mission to tackle malaria

A mosquito bite is one of the unpleasant incidents that people want to avoid as it can result into a malaria infection, but new products developed by two pensioners seems to have a response. People in bars, shops, homes, students attending classes, as well as security guards on duty, among...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

With new head offices, Gasabo promises better service delivery

People seeking service from Gasabo District will no longer struggle to get parking for their cars, among other inconveniences, thanks to the new district office complex to which the district relocated on Tuesday, an official has said. Raymond Chrétien Mberabahizi, the district vice mayor for...

Monday, August 12, 2019, 11:43 PM

Steel factory closed over harmful emissions

Rwanda EnvironmentManagement Authority, (REMA) has shut down SteelRwa, a steel making factory for air pollution. Coletha Ruhamya, REMA Director-General told Sunday Times that the Rwamagana-based plant was emitting harmful gases. Ruhamya said the environmental protection body had warned the...

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

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