Weekly Review

Gov’t signs education grant pact with World Bank The government and the World Bank, signed an agreement that will pave way for the disbursement of $35m (approx Rwf20bn) under the Fast Track Initiative (FTI), a crucial fund in support of government policy reforms which aim to improve the quality of basic education.
Finance Minister, James Musoni, and World Bank Country Manager, Mimi Ladipo, exchanging documents after signing a $35m grant to support the Education Sector on Thursday.(Photo/ J Mbanda)
Finance Minister, James Musoni, and World Bank Country Manager, Mimi Ladipo, exchanging documents after signing a $35m grant to support the Education Sector on Thursday.(Photo/ J Mbanda)

Gov’t signs education grant pact with World Bank

The government and the World Bank, signed an agreement that will pave way for the disbursement of $35m (approx Rwf20bn) under the Fast Track Initiative (FTI), a crucial fund in support of government policy reforms which aim to improve the quality of basic education.

The signing fulfils the total of $105 million allocated to the country under this initiative.

The grant will support; teachers’ development, the establishment of a framework for the implementation of decentralised procurement, and school level selection of text books and the implementation of the girl’s education policy.

Interpol welcomes arrest of genocide suspect

The International Police (Interpol) welcomed the move by Italian authorities, to arrest Fr. Emmanuel Uwayezu, a Rwandan Genocide fugitive, saying it is a ‘powerful’ example of international co-operation.

Italian authorities on Wednesday, arrested Uwayezu, who has been working as a Catholic priest in Italy for the last 12 years, and is suspected to have participated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

In a media release the same day, the organisation’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin, is quoted praising efforts by the Rwandan and Italian National Central Bureaus (NCBs).

Nakumatt rewards TPF stars

Nakumatt Holdings Ltd., stepped in to celebrate Alpha Rwirangira’s triumph, by donating shopping vouchers valued at Rwf800,000 to all the Rwandan star performers at the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) competition.

During a fans meet and greet session at the 24-hours Nakumatt City Centre supermarket, at UTC, Alpha, Nina Bola and Christian Rwirangira received gift vouchers with Alpha taking home a Rwf400,000 voucher, while Nina and Christian received Rwf200,000 each. Alpha is the winner of the recently concluded TPF.

Genocide remains found in Tanzania

Remains of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, have been discovered buried in the Kagera region in Tanzania, an official of the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG) said this week.

Martin Muhoza, the in-charge of conservation and exhibition at the commission, said in an interview that nine hundred and seventeen bodies of the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi,  are buried in Ngara District of Tanzania.

Oil exploration continues

The Canadian firm Vangold, is continuing its exploration of the Kivu region to find oil, State Minister Butare warns that there are no guarantees, that we might get as lucky as neighbor Uganda.

Two years ago, Vangold Resources Ltd, Canadian oil, gas and mineral company, approached the government, seeking permission to explore the Kivu graben for oil.

That request, was partly driven by the discovery of oil deposits in the Albertein graben by Tullow Oil, a London-registered company as well as the Canadian enterprise, Heritage Oil, which have made significant discoveries in Uganda.

The other fact is that the Kivu graben, is regarded as the extension of the Albertein graben, and could thus contain oil deposits as both are located in the Western rift valley.

Too much blood on Gatete’s hands

Prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), this week, gave a detailed statement that individually linked Genocide suspect Jean-Baptiste Gatete, to all the crimes leveled against him.

Gatete is charged with six counts that include; Genocide or complicity in the alternative, conspiracy to commit Genocide, and extermination, murder and rape as crimes against humanity.

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