Kagame awarded highest honour

President Paul Kagame was this week awarded "The Distinction of the Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of Pioneers" by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

President Paul Kagame was this week awarded "The Distinction of the Grand Cordon in the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of Pioneers" by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

The award given to Kagame is the highest honour in Liberian. It was in recognition of his exemplary leadership and exceptional contribution to the promotion of women's rights.

Kagame was in Liberia on the invitation of Johnson-Sirleaf where he attended the International Colloquium on Women which coincides with the International Women's Day.

The meeting was attended by over 1000 participants from all over the world according to press reports.

Kagame woos investors

It was reported that Kagame has given security, political stability and a sound macroeconomic climate as major reasons investors should establish their investments in Rwanda.

He made the remarks this week during an interactive discussion panel that was organised as part of the ongoing London Corporation Forum on Investing in East Africa that was held in London.

The high level forum brings together political leaders of the East Africa region and senior members of the British business community. It aims at demonstrating to investors the positive changes taking place in the region.

Museminali expected in Kinshasa

Foreign affairs minister Rosemary Museminali is expected to travel to Kinshasa at the end of the month for routine “four plus four” bilateral sessions. This is part of the ongoing bilateral cooperation between Rwanda and DR Congo.

Museminali was also quoted in the press saying that the issue of General Laurent Nkunda will also be discussed.

EAC Chief Justices in Kigali

Chief Justices from the East African Community partner states held a meeting in Kigali this week. They discussed the regional framework on good governance.

They include Rwadna chief justice Aloysie Cyanzaire, Bejamin Odoki of Uganda, Johnson Gicheru of Kenya, Augustino Ramadhan of Tanzania and Adrien Nyankiye of Burundi.
Tourism master plan

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) through the office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN) are drafting a tourism master plan according to press reports.

The plan is expected to transform Rwanda into one of the leading tourism destinations in the world. It is being developed by different stakeholders including potential investors in the area.

Rwandatel sacks 120 workers

The telecommunications company Rwandatel this week sacked 120 workers in a restructuring process. Most of the sacked workers later in the week, stormed the offices of CESTRAR, the umbrella body of workers’ unions to protest their sacking.

Central business district launched

Kigali City Council this week officially launched the process of selling plots in the Central Business District (CBD). The CDB was unveiled recently as part of the Kigali Master Plan.

The parcel of about 10 hectares that is located in Ubumwe Cell in Nyarugenge District (former Lower Kiyovu), was first bought by the Social Security Fund of Rwanda (CSR) a couple of years back with the aim of readying it for sale to different developers.

According to press reports, the launching of the CBD was aimed at opening up the plots to willing developers.  CSR prepared packages that have instructions for investors who need to buy plots and put up buildings.

Bruguire case on brink of collapse

It was also reported that the Louise Bruguiere case against senior government and army official is on the brink of collapse.

Rose Kabuye the director of state protocol was late last year arrested and transferred to France, as part of a case brought against senior Rwandan government officials.

Bruguire claimed that they had a role in the downing of the plane carrying Juvenal Habyarimana, in 1994.