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  • Rwanda offers to take in Africans abused in Libya

    LIBYA, 2017/11/30 Rwanda's offer follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers. Rwanda is willing to provide refuge to as a lot of as 30,000 African migrants suffering abuse and slave-like conditions in Libya, the foreign minister told AFP Wednesday. "Rwanda is currently under discussions... to see how we can help in welcoming migrants held captive in Libya," said Louise Mushikiwabo. "It has just been decided so numbers and means are still under discussion but Rwanda estimates the number to be welcomed around 30,000," she said, adding that this figure "is not confirmed from presently on but an estimation".
  • Rwanda police rearrests female critic of Kagame, her mom and sister

    RWANDA, 2017/09/09 Diane Rwigara, a fierce critic of Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, has been rearrested by the police days next she was released. A relative confirmed to the BBC that the 35-year-old, her mother, Adeline and sister, Anne were picked up on Friday morning at their home in the capital, Kigali.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Uganda on High Alert as Kenya, Rwanda Go to Polls

    KENYA, 2017/08/01 Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday morning called a conference of select Cabinet ministers to chart a blueprint about Uganda's national of preparedness in relation to the upcoming elections in neighbouring Rwanda and Kenya. The conference, sources familiar with the matter told Sunday Monitor, was attended by Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, junior Internal Affairs minister Mario Obiga, government Chief Whip Rose Nankabirwa, minister in charge of General Duties Mary Karooro Okurut, Security minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde and officials from the Finance ministry. Sources, who attended, intimated that the conference largely deliberated on the August 8 Kenyan polls, which pit the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta against four-time presidential aspirant Raila Odinga.
  • Rwanda: I&M Bank Gives Facelift to Survivor's Home

    RWANDA, 2016/04/20 i&M Bank refurbished a home of an 8-year-old widow who is a genocide survivor in Buhoro cell of Musambira sector in Kamonyi district. Virginie Mukarubega's home was painted and installed with solar energy, rainwater harvesting tank, furniture and foodstuff. "I am very happy to get this home renovated. I used to buy candles, torches or kerosene lamps for lighting but would instantly run short of funds. We have been borrowing chairs from neighbours at the same time as we get any visitors. It was like a shame," she said. The renovation is part of the bank's corporate social responsibility activities. Since 2014, i&M Bank has been in partnership with AEGIS Trust Rwanda to honour genocide victims, helping survivors to rebuild their lives, inclunding sensitisation and confronting prejudices that can lead to genocide.
  • Africa in the news : Rwanda , South Africa and Nigeria

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/11/30 Rwandan Senate approves potential third term bid for President Paul Kagame This week, the Rwandan Senate unanimously endorsed constitutional changes that will allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third presidential term. Before this month, the chamber of deputies—the lower chamber in Rwanda’s parliament—had by presently agreed to the constitutional change. The decision confirming the change will presently be subject to approval through a referendum, which is from presently on to be scheduled. Indeed, the referendum is expected to confirm the constitutional change, given Kagame’s popularity; as last May, the parliament received a petition—signed by two million people—asking for this change which allows Kagame to run a third time.
  • The Effects Of Extending Presidential Terms In Africa: The Case Of Burundi, Uganda And Rwanda

    BURUNDI, 2015/11/26 Attempts to extend presidential terms in nations of the Great Lakes region such as Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda are fueling political and social tensions that could well reignite ethnically-based violence in a part of Africa with a history of genocide. The tendency for African leaders to extend or prolong their terms in office seems to be slowly regaining momentum. Between April and November 2015, the Great Lakes region is once again at the brink of turmoil, brought about by leaders attempting to extend their terms in office in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. Those who hold political office seem to have vested interests in maintaining the status quo. Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in power since the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, received a green light from the Senate to remain in power for an extra term or additional. Yoweri Museveni, in office since 1986 at the same time as he emerged as the victor in the Ugandan civil war, has secured a prolonged remain and is biding to extend his term again through constitutional amendment. In April 2015, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi launched a controversial bid to extend his remain to three consecutive terms, triggering massive protests. This culture poses a threat to peace, human rights and democracy in the region, but can still be averted for the better good.
  • Talented young business women stand to win Rwf11m in continental contest

    RWANDA, 2015/05/18 A lot of startups by young Rwandan women find it hard to access funding from established financial institutions. This has greatly affected the increase of a lot of small firms started by women, particularly young graduates. However, talented young Rwandan women with innovative startups stand a luck to win $15,000 (Rwf10.9 million) in cash prizes in the ongoing second She Leads Africa annual Entrepreneur Showcase for the majority talented female entrepreneurs across Africa and the Diaspora.
  • Additional than 5,800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda

    BURUNDI, 2015/04/18 Additional than 5,800 Burundian refugees have crossed into Rwanda so far this month amid fears of violence before elections later this year, the UN refugee agency has said. Failure to organise free and equitable elections could prompt a return to deadly violence in Burundi, according to a top UN rights official. Presidential elections are scheduled for June 26 and incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza has not publicly said if he will seek a third term. A dispute over whether Nkurunziza can run for a third term has led to a political crisis, said to be the worst since the 12-year civil war in the East African country ended in 2005.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.