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CORONAVIRUS: Rwandan Rugby receives support to fight Covid-19 pandemic

CORONAVIRUS: Rwandan Rugby receives support to fight Covid-19 pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, RWANDA
The aid from Rugby Africa Solidarity Fund was used by Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) to procure both medical and food supplementsKIGALI, Rwanda, July 5, 2020/ -- Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) (http://www.RwandaRugby.com/) has received financial aid to support their respective clubs, referees, players and coaches in order to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.The aid from Rugby Africa Solidarity Fund was used by RRF to procure both medical and food supplements that were distributed at Nyamirambo Stadium on Friday 3rd July.All Rwanda Rugby Federation club members including coaches and referees received relief which included food packages, personal protective masks (for each player), both hand sanitizers' and disinfectants for hand washing and cleaning of Rugby jerseys and balls.Tharcisse Kaman...
Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19

Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- Twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 4702 samples tested yesterday. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to eight hundred and seventy-eight (878). To date, four hundred and thirteen (413) patients have recovered and been discharged, including fifteen (15) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is four hundred and sixty-three (463) and two (2) deaths. The new cases are from Rusizi (15), Rubavu (3) and Kigali (2); heightened vigilance is required everywhere. All active cases are in isolation in stable condition. The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed, especially frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. In addition, face mask...
How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

How Rwanda is spurring a generation of women in technology

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 23, 2020/ -- In 2020, it was the only African country ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. It ranked in the top four in the Report’s political empowerment category, in recognition of the high proportion of Rwandese women lawmakers and ministers. The country therefore seemed a natural fit for a 2018 pilot program of the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative, with Nigeria, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. The Coding for Employment flagship program is establishing 130 ICT centers for excellence in Africa, training 234,000 youths for employability and entrepreneurship to create over 9 million jobs. Hendrina C. Doroba, Manager in the Education, Human Capital and Employment Division at the Bank...
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda to engage in a fireside chat at the first day of a 4-day Leaders Forum hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda to engage in a fireside chat at the first day of a 4-day Leaders Forum hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)

AFRICA
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 23, 2020/ -- The theme of CCA’s Leaders Forum (https://bit.ly/3hNoKZD) is “Resilient U.S.-Africa Business Engagement to Drive Post COVID-19 Recovery”. Discussions will centre around the theme of resiliency in action. Areas to be explored include: The Global Financial Response in Africa; Economic and Health Innovations in Response to COVID-19; Drivers of Growth in Post-COVID and; Sustaining Regional and Bilateral Trade Post-COVID. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCA Leaders Forum, is the first time Heads of State, senior USG officials, African government officials, private sector executives, and leaders from multilateral institutions will be convened around U.S.-Africa Business engagement. In another first, the event i...
Coronavirus: Rwanda Receives Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Equipment from Ruling Family of Dubai

Coronavirus: Rwanda Receives Personal Protective Equipment and Medical Equipment from Ruling Family of Dubai

CORONAVIRUS
KIGALI, Rwanda, June 15, 2020/ -- Rwanda received over 300,000 pieces of personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical equipment from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid A1 Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and his wife H.H. Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Junta A1 Maktoum. DP World and One&Only hotels in Rwanda assisted w ith the logistics of the delivery of these items from Dubai. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the First Lady. Sheikha Hind, are determined to do their bit to support the people of Rwanda during this difficult time. They are very focused on extending their assistance and friendship to help others battling this aw ful pandemic," said H.E. Mohammed Al Shaihani. Executive Director and CEO of the Investment Corpora...
Coronavirus – Rwanda: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Approves an Additional US$111.06 Million Disbursement to Rwanda to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus – Rwanda: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Approves an Additional US$111.06 Million Disbursement to Rwanda to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

CORONAVIRUS
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, June 12, 2020/ -- The IMF approved US$111.06 million (SDR80.1 million), a second disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) bringing the total IMF COVID-19 emergency support to Rwanda to US$ 220.46 million to help urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the pandemic; Rwanda’s economy has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with weaker domestic demand losses of revenue, and a sharp decline in exports and remittances; The additional resources under the RCF will help alleviate pressing financing needs, including for health, social protection, and supporting the most impacted sectors and vulnerable groups. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the disbursement of $111.06 million (SDR80.1 mi...
UGANDA: Another Ugandan shot dead at Rwanda border

UGANDA: Another Ugandan shot dead at Rwanda border

AFRICA, CRIME, RWANDA, UGANDA
KABALE – A Ugandan businessman was on Monday shot dead by Rwanda security forces in Rwerere parish, Burera district, about 5km from the Uganda-Rwanda border. Warren Musekura, a resident of Kagogo village Bigagga parish Butanda sub county Kabale district, was reportedly killed while smuggling match boxes into Rwanda. The brother, Sidini Muhereza, confirmed the news, saying that fellow traders close to the border had informed him about the incident. However, he demanded that the deceased’s body is returned to Uganda for burial. “We appeal to the Rwandan government officials to handover the body of our deceased relative for a decent burial. The deceased has a wife and 5 children,” Muhereza said on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The Kabale District chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa...
AFRICA: Rwanda confirms first COVID-19 death.

AFRICA: Rwanda confirms first COVID-19 death.

AFRICA, COVID-19, HEALTH, RWANDA
KIGALI — Rwanda has on Saturday May 31 recorded the first coronavirus death. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased is a 65-year old truck driver who was residing in a neighbouring country. “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote As of May 30, 2020, the coronavirus tally of confirmed cases in Rwanda stands at 359 of which 250 have fully recovered and discharged from the hospital. The active cases according to latest update stand at 108. So far Rwanda has eased a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, ...
Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at the specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali. The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased was residing in a neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications.  “After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country. “He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote. Further, another 4 positive cases were confirmed from the 1,368 samples tested on Saturday - rising the national total caseload to 359. Thr...
AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested this month after more than two decades on the run, told a French court on Wednesday that the international charges against him were lies. Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. He is accused of bankrolling and arming the ethnic Hutu militias which killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over 100 days in 1994. Asked if he understood the charges, Kabuga told the court through an interpreter: “All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them.” Kabuga was arrested in a Paris suburb on May 16. His lawyers told the court he should be released under court supervision because of his age and ill-health, and that the results of a DNA test ...
Rwanda: Kagame Suspends Governors over accountability

Rwanda: Kagame Suspends Governors over accountability

AFRICA
KIGALI --- Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame on Monday suspended the Governors of Southern and Northern Provinces over matters related to accountability. Emmanuel Gasana, who has been the Governor of Southern Province since October 2018 was suspected alongside Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, the Governor of Northern Province since September 2017. Emmanuel Gasana “Pursuant to the Law n 14/2013 or 25/03/2013 determining the organization and functioning of the Province especially in its article 9,” “His Excellency The President has suspected from duty Mr. GASANA Emmanuel, Governor of Southern Province and Mr.GATABAZl Jean Marie Vianney, Governor of Northern Province owing to matter  of accountability under investigation,” a statement signed by the Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngire...
AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
The 84-year-old had been on the run for so long that the international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 genocide had ceased to work. But he was eventually hunted down last weekend to a hideout in a suburb of the French capital - thanks to an investigation relaunched by Serge Brammertz, a UN war crimes prosecutor heading the body which handles outstanding war crimes cases for Rwanda and Yugoslavia. "We knew already a year ago that he was very likely to be in the UK, France or in Belgium and we concluded only two months ago that he was in France," the chief prosecutor for the UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals' (IRMCT) told the BBC. "The French authorities located the apartment in which he was hiding, which led to the oper...
Rwanda’s wanted genocide fugitive confirmed dead

Rwanda’s wanted genocide fugitive confirmed dead

AFRICA
Arusha. One of the alleged major fugitives in the Rwanda genocide in the 1990s still on the run Augustine  Bizimana is dead. Confirmation of the death of the former Defence minister prior to the 1994 manslaughter comes hardly a week after the arrest of Felicien Kabuga, alleged to be the architect. The Residual Mechanism of International Criminal Tribunals of the United Nations said the confirmation is based on identification of Bizimana's remains in a grave in Congo. He was  a  minister in the Interim government which took over after the killing of Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6th, 1994, triggering the killings. "Confirmation of his death is based on the conclusive identification of Bizimana's remains in a grave site at Pointe Noire, the Republic of ...
EAST AFRICA: Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top spy chiefs.

EAST AFRICA: Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top spy chiefs.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
Ugandan and Angolan officials were stunned last Friday after the Rwandan team demanded that President Museveni fires his top security chiefs, including Brig Abel Kandiho and Col Kaka Bagyenda, as part of the conditions for normalizing relations between the two countries. Uganda and Rwanda officials last Friday met in Kigali in fulfillment of the Luanda protocol that aims at normalizing tensions between the two countries. The meeting was also in preparation of the border meeting between President Museveni and his Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame that is expected this Friday at Katuna/Gatuna border. Uganda was represented by Minister Kutesa, Minister Jeje Odongo (Internal Affairs), Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Director General of External Security Organisation Joseph Oc...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda to sign extradition treaty with Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda to sign extradition treaty with Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
President Museveni and Paul Kagame of Uganda and Rwanda respectively recently reached a consensus to have all prisoners held in each other’s country released. On Friday, representatives from both governments met in Kigali for the third time as part of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between the two neighboring countries and agreed to expedite the preparation for an extradition treaty. “Both parties committed to finalize the extradition treaty to be signed in the presence of heads of state at the fourth quadripartite summit to be held in Katuna common border between Uganda and Rwanda on February, 21, 2020,” the joint communiqué after the meeting on Friday read. After failure to stabilise the relations between the two...
EAST AFRICA: Lighting kills four Rwandan Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

EAST AFRICA: Lighting kills four Rwandan Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA, WILDLIFE
Four mountain gorillas from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda have been found dead inside Uganda’s Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda. According to reports, the gorillas are suspected to have been killed by a lightning strike on February 3. The deceased gorillas include three adult females and a male infant. The Hirwa family of 17 members crossed to Uganda’s Mgahinga national park on August 28, 2019, from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. According to a statement from the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC), a transboundary organization coordinating the management of natural resources in the Virunga massif, the four mountain gorillas were all from the Hirwa family in Rwanda. Following the discovery of the dead gorillas, GVTC says in the stat...
RWANDA: Meet Mahuku, 100-year-old survivor whose family was wiped out during Genocide.

RWANDA: Meet Mahuku, 100-year-old survivor whose family was wiped out during Genocide.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
An introverted man, Paul Mahuku spends most of his day seated on the verandah of a male dormitory in Impinganzima hostel in Huye District. It takes a strong rapport with him to establish a conversation. He usually makes prolonged smiles to strangers he is not comfortable enough to talk to but holds emotional conversations and cracks jokes when talking to people he knows. “My name is not Paul but Pawulo. We only have one Paul in Rwanda,” he jokingly says referring to President Paul Kagame. He lives in Impinganzima-Huye hostel, which accommodates elderly people whose families were completely wiped out by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Mahuku was 74 years old during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and after the killing of all his family, he lived a lonely life un...
EAST AFRICA: Minister Philemon Mateke of Uganda denies Uganda-Rwanda war tweet

EAST AFRICA: Minister Philemon Mateke of Uganda denies Uganda-Rwanda war tweet

AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
Regional Affairs State minister Philemon Mateke says government has launched investigations into the authorship of a tweet claiming he asked government to “respond” to the killing of Ugandans by Rwandan military forces. Early this week, social media, was awash with shares of a tweet attributed to the junior regional affairs minister, in which he is alleged to have asked government to “respond” to the killing of Ugandan by Rwandan forces. The tweet suggested that the minister had lost faith in the use of diplomacy to mend relations between the two countries because Rwanda appeared uninterested in the use of diplomacy. The tweet further indicated that the minister had earlier warned Uganda not to sign a pact with Rwanda because it would not work, adding that no good can...
SPORTS:  Uganda to face Rwanda, Mali, Kenya in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers

SPORTS: Uganda to face Rwanda, Mali, Kenya in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers

Sports
A peculiar draw in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday evening placed East African neighbours Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda in the same pool, drawing immediate excitement even before chances of qualifying are delved into.  Mali, the biggest name in the pool, completed Group E. The first round of group games begins in October this year and ends in October 2021 before the final round of play-offs the following month. Only 10 group winners will progress to the final play-off round, where two-legged ties will decide Africa's five World Cup representatives in Qatar. The qualifiers had been due to begin this March but Caf postponed them after re-scheduling the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations from June to January. .The first round of African qualifiers saw the continent's 28 lowest-ranke...