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In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in the genocide of roughly 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Tutsi rebels defeated the Hutu regime and ended the killing in July 1994, but approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda. Despite substantial international assistance and political reforms - including Rwanda's first local elections in March 1999 - the country continues to struggle to boost investment and agricultural output and to foster reconciliation. A series of massive population displacements, a nagging Hutu extremist insurgency, and Rwandan involvement in two wars over the past four years in the neighboring DROC continue to hinder Rwanda's efforts.

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The New Year 2018 has kicked off in high gear for Rwandair, the national carrier of Rwanda with launches of new routes. The latest news is the now scheduled May 16 launch of its new Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route. Rwandair is one of the fastest growing airlines on the continent reaching out to more ...
Rwanda has for the first time been ranked the second best cycling nation on the continent by the International Cycling Union (UCI) behind powerhouse Eritrea, according to the latest ranking released by the world cycling governing body. The development follows Team Rwanda's impressive performance at ...

Kigali, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda maintained the third position in the fight against corruption in Africa and is ranked first in East Africa, according to Corruption Perception Index 2017 released by Transparency International on Thursday. Among 180 countries, Rwanda was ranked 48th least corrupt ...
Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) had last week recommended that the Christian-run station, Amazing Grace FM, be shut down for a period of three months for airing a controversial sermon that disparaged women. But the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA) on Wednesday ordered that the ...
Rwanda will host this year's African Karate Championship from August 31 to September 2. The Union of African Karate body, UFAK has announced. The president of Rwanda Karate Federation (FERWAKA) Eugene Semigabo confirmed the news of Rwanda being entrusted to host the games in August.
Rwanda and Cape Verde are the leading African countries in the war on corruption. They tied at position 48 out of 180 nations, with 55 points, in Transparency International's report of 2017 rankings. Rwanda was the leader in East Africa while Kenya jumped improved by two places but was still in trouble as ...
The Ministry of commerce, Trade and Industry, Permanent Secretary, Kayula Siame has expressed gratitude to the Heads of State for Zambia and Rwanda for their visionary guidance to their countries. Mrs. Siame said this has necessitated the convening of the 6th Session of the Zambia - Rwanda Joint ...
In March 2016, the head of states in the EAC, which comprises of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan agreed to ban import of used clothes in the region in three years as part of the EAC Vision 2050 and the Industrialization Policy to enhance a manufacturing sector that currently ...
Rwandans can now file a complaint about an unsolved/delayed issue and get a feedback from concerned leaders just a click. The ministry of local government (Minaloc) has put in place an online platform where any citizen can file a complaint which would be referred to competent institutions - top leaders ...
Kampala -- The US has warned East African Community (EAC) leaders that will converge in Kampala this week that their planned ban of the importation of used clothes by 2019 violates conditions set to expand trade and investment in Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA.
Israel's support for the Rwandan government's proposal to rewrite its history has far-reaching implications for Rwanda itself. Israel's support grants legitimacy to Paul Kagame, the Rwandan dictator, who is intensifying his harsh internal repression. Kagame has managed to remain president for life by ...
Mr. Chanda says President Lungu will travel to Rwanda on a reciprocal visit at the invitation of his counterpart Paul Kagame. ... Mr Chanda said the President will also underscore the need to accelerate trade with Rwanda and the entire COMESA region, with Zambia having key export commodities that ...
Team Rwanda riders won a total 10 medals; 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals to finish third on the final medal table behind Eritrea (20 medals) and Ethiopia, 13 medals. This was by far, the best performance for Rwanda in African championships. The closest Team Rwanda had come was at the 2016 ...
Access to Financial Services in Rwanda is currently driven by two major types of services - Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs) and mobile phone-based financial services known as mobile money transfer services provided by MTN, Tigo and Airtel. The service was first introduced in 2010 by MTN.
"Lessons from Rwanda call for the need to implement reforms so that the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) can be implemented to attract investment needed to resuscitate the economy," said ZNCC. According to the latest World Bank annual ratings, Zimbabwe is ranked 159th among 190 economies in the ...

Kigali, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's horticultural exports recorded a significant increase in 2017, a top official of the National Agricultural Exports Board (NAEB) said on Thursday. Speaking at a horticulture event, Bill Kayonga, Chief Executive Officer of the NAEB, said Rwanda earned 21 million U.S. dollars ...
Kigali, Feb.15 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's finance Minister Claver Gatete Thursday urged Rwanda's development partners to move beyond traditional financing. Speaking at a meeting with development partners in the western district of Rubavu, Gatete stressed the important role the private sector is envisaged ...
Newly decorated Africa's top cyclist Joseph Areruya of Rwanda was on the other hand, the sole double medal winner of the day. The reigning Tour du Rwanda and La Tropicale Amissa Bongo champion, Areruya, struck gold in Under-23 riders and bronze in elite men category. However, it was Eritrea that ...
Tech adoption and digitalisation of economies is among the top priorities for most sub-Saharan African countries, Rwanda included. The tech sector continues to have an increasing number of investors while governments are seeking to incorporate technology to their ambitions. For the last two days, Kigali ...
More than 30 students from Harwood Union high school, Peoples Academy and Stowe High school leave tomorrow for a three-week stay in Rwanda. ... It costs $3,700 per student to head to Rwanda, said Kris Krueger, the mother of Jesse Krueger, the Peoples Academy student who will leave for Rwanda ...
This week has been very volatile in the top echelons of African politics. South African president Jacob Zuma finally crumbled and resigned after his party recalled him. New President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will have to do a lot of cleaning up, especially redeeming the African National Congress's dented image.
The cabinet has picked a top University of Rwanda official to be the inaugural Vice Chancellor of the recently created Rwanda Polytechnic. Dr James Gashumba, the man put at the helm of Rwanda Polytechnic (RP), created as a result of the merger of eight Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres (IPRCs), ...
HOSTS Rwanda and Eritrea dominated day one of the 14th African Continental Road Championship in the Team Time Trial (TTT), yesterday. The two cycling giants won a combined seven medals out of eleven medals that were up for grabs. Rwanda won four while Eritrea claimed three, including two gold ...
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that the journey towards Rwanda's middle income status will among other things require improvement in the education system and better global positioning. He was speaking during a panel discussion on Rwanda's development path over the next 30 years ...
You have probably watched a viral video on social media of a couple skating in wedding attire, that is none other than Abdoul Karim Habyarimana and his wife Firidausi Uwase who celebrated their union recently by skating on the streets of Kigali. Unlike other weddings, where the couples prefer using posh ...
Rwanda is making arrangements to deliver food assistance to support more than 3,000 families in the Eastern Province who need urgent assistance to combat the worst effects of a prolonged drought. According to the Ministry of agriculture and Animal Resources' (Minagri), despite other parts of the country ...
For some years now, the growing high-end Hotels in Rwanda have complained about 'poor quality' of local fruits and vegetables - pushing them to import the products. This will be history in the near future. Rwanda and Israel have jointly ventured into a horticulture project that experts in this field say has ...
Hundreds of Chinese living in Rwanda and friends on Friday night gathered at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC) to celebrate the Chinese New Year, also known in modern China as Spring Festival. Organised by the culture ministries of Rwanda and China in conjunction with the Chinese embassy in ...
Ahead of a mass planned deportation, +972 Magazine joins two members of Knesset on a trip to Rwanda and Uganda to investigate what happens to the asylum seekers Israel is sending there. The one thing that remained most elusive: a future for asylum seekers pushed out of Israel. By Oren Ziv.
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual interfaith event bringing together thousands of leaders from over 100 countries. Rwanda also holds one similar event annually bringing together leaders from public and private sector, friends of the country, to pray for the country and give thanks for the past year.
Kigali, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Rwanda's year-on-year inflation increased to 1.3 percent in January, the statistics office said on Saturday, up from 0.7 percent in December. ... The increase was mostly due to non-food items like housing, fuels, electricity and gas, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda said.
The story of cycling in Rwanda is a phenomenal one. The game has been on the rise and the national cycling team (Team Rwanda) has been the shoulder to lean on for local sports enthusiasts. Led by 21-year-old Areruya, local cycling has been nothing short of a country's pride, first winning the 2017 Tour ...
Kigali, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese art group on Friday staged an art performance in Rwanda's capital city Kigali, sending Chinese New Year wishes to Rwandan people and overseas Chinese. The evening gala was held at one of Rwanda's landmark buildings Kigali Convention Center. Under the ...
Rwanda's best riders were named by Team Rwanda head coach Sterling Magnell mid this week as the team enhances preparations in Bugesera District. Magnell told local media on Thursday that Team Rwanda's ambition in the Africa Continental Road Championship is to win medals hence the reason ...
Kigali - Rwanda said on Friday it wanted no part in Israel's "internal politics" after turning away two opposition Israeli lawmakers who wanted to discuss their country's controversial plan to deport African migrants and asylum seekers. The MPs said they had come to Rwanda on a "fact-finding mission" to ...
In the two decades since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has become the world's gender equality champion -- on paper, at least. In 2013, it was the first country ever to have more women than men in parliament. According to the World Economic Forum, it now ranks fifth in efforts to reduce the gender gap ...
The Rwandan Media Commission (RMC) is set to deliberate on anti-women comments made by a preacher on a local radio station. RMC said it will sit early next week following a complaint filed by a women's civil society Pro - Femmes Twese Hamwe. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads. A former ...
Rwanda Energy Group (REG) basketball team head coach Cyrille Kalima has urged his players to stay focused and strive to win many more titles as the club roots for a treble this season. The former Kigali Basketball Club technician made the appeal in an exclusive interview with Times sport on Sunday ...
A Plaistow woman will brave an obstacle course, sprint through a muddy bog and host a charity games night to help tackle poverty in Rwanda. Share. Comment. email this article to a friend. To send a link to this page you must be logged in.
Tanzania hopes to increase its rice exports to Kenya and Rwanda by one-third this year, according to forecast by a trade tracker. According to the East Africa Cross-border Trade (EACT), the trade volume will be boosted by supplies from the August harvest and high carry-over stocks, which are likely to ...
Thomas, 29, an Eritrean who has been incarcerated in Holot for the last 11 months, called on Rwanda to refuse to cooperate with deportation from Israel. "We are human beings. They can't buy us," he said. "We aren't in need of a state, we're in need of human rights there are no human rights in Rwanda ...
Represented at the meeting were key players in the tourism sector like the Rwanda Development Board, the sector regulator; Rwanda Convention Bureau, as well as golfers from the Kigali Golf Club, local and regional tourism and hospitality service providers, and representatives from the United Nations ...
A French hospital has sacked a genocide convict barely a week after he was hired, following protests from Rwanda. On Monday, the media reported about the recruitment of Genocide convict and fugitive Charles Twagira, by Paul Doumer Hospital, a geriatric, public facility managed by Assistance Publique ...
A Rwandan video producer, who was based in the United States, has reportedly committed suicide. innocent 'Ganza' Ndayishimiye, who was living in Illinois, Chicago, is said to have committed suicide over the weekend. The cinematographer, who specialised in drone and aerial pictures has worked on a ...
In an effort to promote Rwanda's savings culture, the National Investment Trust recently launched an open end balanced fund to facilitate citizens to have a planned approach to investments and wealth creation. The fund will enable all Rwandans regardless of their income levels to invest a fraction of their ...
In Rwanda for instance, 50% of the wetlands in the City of Kigali have lost their ecological character. According to a survey conducted by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in July 2017, there are over 2,078 establishments around the city that encroached on wetlands and they consist of ...
Classic vehicles had not been celebrated in Rwanda until the Shyuha Festival was held on January 27 at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre grounds in Kicukiro, Kigali. Together with his biker colleagues, Gidas Nsanzeumukire had wanted to bring together classic automobiles for a long time.
The 2018 Rwanda women national volleyball league as well as second division will kick-off on February 10, according to the Rwanda Volleyball Federation (RFVB). The women's league will comprise teams such as, title holders Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), APR, St Joseph, St. Aloys Rwamagana, ...


 

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