Rwanda

COVID-19: Rwanda receives $109m emergency funding from IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday that it has approved $109.4 million credit to Rwanda. The disbursement will help the country, which has registered 84 coronavirus cases so far, to address the pandemic. The emergency assistance is drawn under the Rapid Credit Facility (...

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 1:26am

Rwanda conducts over 1200 COVID-19 tests

Rwanda has hitherto tested more than 1200 people of COVID-19, with only 11 turning out to be positive, it has emerged. The first positive case in Rwanda was recorded on Saturday, March 14.  Some 900 people had been tested for the virus before the first positive case was registered....

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11:06pm

COVID-19: How do you keep students busy? Experts share their tips

On March 14, the Government announced that all schools and higher education institutions, public and private will be closed with immediate effect.  The move was to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  The announcement left many parents wondering how best to keep their students...

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11:12am

COVID-19: Varsity students stranded in mad rush to get them back home

Hundreds of University of Rwanda students in Huye District are stranded on campus after failing to find buses back home as public transport companies prioritise high school learners. Public transport has been disrupted across the country since Sunday when the Ministry of Education embarked on a...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 3:54pm

Kagame joins WHO's 'Safe Hands' campaign

President Paul Kagame has has become one of the latest global leaders and celebrities to join the World Health Organisation's social media campaign that seeks to show people how to properly wash their hands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. The Rwandan leader joined this...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:01pm

Basic protective measures against coronavirus

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 9:24am

Covid-19: Stop handshakes, govt urges public

The Government of Rwanda Friday urged citizens to stop handshakes and close body contacts as part of efforts to contain the New Coronavirus (Covid-19) threat. While Rwanda has not recorded any Covid-19 case the virus continues to spread to several African countries more than two months...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 4:53pm

Senior Ugandan official named in anti-Rwanda acts by one of the Kinigi attackers

An exclusive interview this newspaper has had with Seleman Kabayija – the deputy commander of the RUD-Urunana perpetrators of the terror attack in Kinigi of October last year – has further exposed Philemon Mateke’s involvement in acts to cause instability in Rwanda. Mateke,...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:54am

FDLR commanders trial resumes in Nyanza

The High Court Chamber for International Crimes in Nyanza, on Tuesday, March 10, opened the substantive hearing in the case of two top commanders of the FDLR militia. The FDLR comprises remnants of masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda in which more than one million...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 3:50pm

COVID-19: Six new instructions for screening at all points of entry to Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Sunday night issued six new instructions for COVID-19 screening at all points of entry to the country as the government continues to up preventive measures. It noted that the recommended measures are aimed at protecting all residents and visitors of Rwanda. The...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 11:24pm

102-year-old Genocide survivor who lost all her 17 children reminisces about meeting the king, old times

Everyone at the hostel calls her ‘Kibondo’ (Kinyarwanda for 'baby’), but she is the oldest resident in this home of the elderly based in Huye District, Southern Province. She got her nickname apparently because she fondly calls everyone she meets, ‘kibondo'....

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 2:49pm

Coronavirus: Concerts, gatherings suspended

The City of Kigali has put a temporary ban on music concerts, expositions and other forms of gatherings that bring together many people as a precaution in the wake of the fast spreading New Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new measures, which were announced on Sunday, led to the cancellation of two...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 11:15am

Rwanda inks deal to host Africa’s only big data hub

Rwanda last week signed signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to host the only big data regional hub for Africa. The hub will be set up at the National Institute of Statistics (NISR) Training Center and Data Science Campus in the capital Kigali. An assembly of...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:29am

COVID-19: Will Rwandans listen to reason, stop shaking hands, hugging?

AS the world continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 3,200 people globally, mainly in China, the Government of Rwanda on Friday urged citizens to stop close body contact as part of efforts to thwart the ominous threat. In a statement, the Prime Minister...

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:40am

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 not only a threat to our health but our culture as well

The heart of our culture is under attack from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Rwandans are known to be physical types, not those muscular kind but those who love body contact. Our traditional form of greeting is a warm hug as well as shaking hands. It is not rare to find a Rwandan dangerously...

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:32am

Belgium hands back colonial-era mining data to Rwanda

The data and research on geology and mining in Rwanda, which was recorded during the colonial era by Belgium, have been digitised and returned to Kigali. The move will support Rwanda’s mineral exploration efforts, according to Francis Gatare, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 10:48am

Amavubi host Congo in friendly match

Friday Rwanda Vs Congo-Brazzaville 3pm Rwanda take on Congo-Brazzaville in a warm-up match this afternoon at Amahoro Stadium as the national team steps up preparations for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2020 finals. This will be the second international friendly match...

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:56pm

MPs task gov't to revise land transfer fees

The fee charged on land transfer is a burden to citizens with small plots especially in rural areas and they need to be revised, Members of Parliament have told the Ministry of Environment. MPs argued that charging Rwf30, 000 for the completion of a transaction for each parcel of land ...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 9:06am

Rwanda, Uganda sign extradition treaty

Rwandan dissidents, especially members of Rwanda National Congress (RNC), involved in anti-Rwanda operations in neighbouring Uganda could soon face justice in Kigali following the signing of an extradition treaty between the two countries. The treaty was signed during the fourth...

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 5:11pm

Israel diplomats, representatives in Rwanda go to early polls

Israel diplomats and other representatives in Rwanda were among the first to go to polls as the country begins the process to elect its next Prime Minister. By 12:40 PM Kigali time, at least only four embassy diplomats had voted and the polling station was expected to close at 8 pm. "Any...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:09pm