Nyamagabe bribery suspect tried in public

COURT IN NYAMAGABE District on Thursday conducted a public trial of a man accused of attempting to bribe a police officer, to allow residents follow the proceedings and perhaps understand that bribing public officials was a crime. Schadrack Niyonsaba was arraigned before the Gasaka...

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Nyamagabe residents look to future with hope, optimism

One year and half ago, Chantal Uwizeyimana moved from full-time subsistence farming and started a small retail business with hope of increasing her revenue and improving the living conditions of her family. The 25-year-old resident of Gasaka Sector, Nyamagabe District, owns a small stall, just...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Local leaders allay fears over charcoal-burning

Every day, dozens of trucks loaded with charcoal set off from various parts of the country, particularly outside the capital Kigali, transporting cooking energy to urban centres. To those involved, this is a profitable business, but it also means that several hectares of forests are decimated by...

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Huye to invest in avocado farming and processing

Local leaders in the southern district of Huye have urged residents to invest in growing avocadoes, a crop they regard as having the potential to transform lives. Avocadoes are grown by several individuals in the district but the crop is generally reserved for home consumption. Now...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Gisagara residents acquire financial management skills

Over 148 residents in Gisagara District have completed a community-oriented programme that aims at promoting self-reliance through proper financial management. The group is the first to graduate from the programme which started mid-last year and is funded by Global Communities/Usaid Ejo Heza in...

Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Nyamagabe prioritises infrastructure devt

Local authorities in the southern district of Nyamagabe are prioritising development of infrastructure, including roads and modern commercial buildings, to spur local growth and urbanisation. Among the key priorities include the construction of a four-storey modern market to help boost...

Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Huye rehab centre to offer addicts specialised treatment

Rwanda is set to launch a specialised treatment and medical centre that will seek to provide care and treatment to drug addicts. The Isange Rehabilitation Centre is an initiative of the Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with the ministries of Health, and Gender and Family Promotion. The...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Key suspect in Ruhango family murder misses hearing

A court in Muhanga yesterday adjourned the hearing in the case involving a man accused of murdering six members of one family after he allegedly fell sick and couldn’t turn up for the hearing. Steven Baribwirumuhungu is accused of murdering a mother and her five children last year.Josephine...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Maraba coffee farmers buoyed by new drive to boost output

Huye District residents are expecting bumper harvests of coffee following a coffee extension programme in the district. The move, which seeks to increase areas covered by coffee in the district, is expected to help generate more revenue for farmers, increase productivity, raise household income as...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Sigh of relief for farmers as govt begins distributing disease-free cassava variety

The Ministry of agriculture has started distributing disease-free tuber varieties to farmers as a way of saving the struggling cassava sector following the deadly outbreak of Cassava Streak Brown Disease (CSBD). Locally known as ‘Kabore,’ the disease causes poor cassava root (...

Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

How art brought fame, fortune to Huye man

He is well known and respected in the world of arts.  He has produced hundreds of art works in a career that spans decades. He is a specialist in carving figures and designs out of wood. Huye’s Jean Baptiste Sebukangaga, 77, is better known for his numerous artworks, which has enabled him to go...

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Authorities move to curb rampant cattle theft

When William Bahati was chosen among beneficiaries of the government-backed One-Cow-Per-Poor-Family scheme, or Girinka as it is commonly known, about three years ago, he thought it was the end of hardship. Indeed, he was confident that the cow would transform his life and usher him and his...

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Prosecution yet to appeal bail for former Karongi Mayor

Prosecutors are yet to decide whether to challenge a court’s decision that granted bail to the former Mayor of Karongi, Bernard Kayumba. Kayumba is jointly charged with three other district officials in a case involving counterfeiting reports related to the community health insurance...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rusizi mayor denied bail

THE MAYOR of the south-western district of Rusizi, Oscar Nzeyimana, and four of his co-accused have been denied bail and sent on remand for 30 days. Five officials of the district are on trial over counterfeiting documents related to the community-based insurance, Mutuelle de Sante. Nzeyimana...

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Nyabarongo boat tragedy: Survivors’ painful wait for remains of loved ones

SHE SITS pensively on a bench inside a relatively small rented house. An old mat, a jerry can, a mortar and pestle and a basin are spread on the floor of the living room. As our interview begins, she speaks with a low tone, a clear indication that she is still in shock. And as she starts delving...

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

Students told to champion positive change within their communities

Students at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre–South (IPRC/South) have been urged to exploit available opportunities and invest their skills and strength in bringing about positive change within their communities and contributing toward the development of the country. The call...

Friday, January 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Police arrest ex-Nyamasheke mayor Habyarimana over forged documents

Former Nyamasheke mayor Jean-Baptiste Habyarimana has become the third district leader in Western Province to be detained in relation to ‘forgery’ and a possible embezzlement of public funds, particularly money meant for the community health insurance, Mutuelle de Sante. Habyarimana...

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Kigeme Congolese refugees set to get cash instead of food aid

AS PART of efforts to enhance food security among refugees, authorities are set to introduce cash aid to feed the more than 18,000 Congolese refugees currently sheltered in Kigeme camp in the southern district of Nyamagabe. Refugees have been living off monthly food rations, comprising mainly...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

O-Level best candidate attributes success to confidence, hard work

WHEN results of last year’s Primary Leaving and Ordinary Level examinations were released on Monday, Patience Irakoze was far away at her home in the remote Kigembe Sector, Gisagara District. He knew the results were out and waited with mixed feeling of confidence and fear. He said he believed he...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Southern Province leaders launch hygiene campaign

Authorities in the Southern Province are conducting a three-month campaign that seeks to promote hygiene and sanitation within local communities. The campaign, in all eight districts of the province, has been on for the last three weeks, the provincial governor, Alphonse Munyantwari, told...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:00 AM