Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Rwanda : NUR students inspired to pursue ACCA

NUR students inspired to pursue ACCA Rwanda : NUR students inspired to pursue ACCA
Officials from ACCA addressed NUR accounting students
The delegation of Association of chattered certified accountants (ACCA) met the National University of Rwanda accounting students and interested them to join the association.
According to Emmanuel Habineza, the director of College of Business studies based in Kigali and affiliated to ACCA the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) realized that there are currently 235 registered professional accountants in the country, of whom only 55 are Rwandan.
He explained that according to international standards, there should be at least one professional accountant per 1000 people. He however, said that in Rwanda there are only 235 professional accountants whereas now the country counts more than 10 million habitants.
Dr. Jonas Barayandema, the acting dean of the faculty of Economics and Management urged students to join ACCA.
“NUR has to take a lead in the process of increasing this number. Joining this organization, is going to be for your benefit and the benefit of the country”, said Barayandema.
ACCA’s Head of Education and Development in East Africa, Mr. George Njari while addressing students, explained that students should understand that there is a need of professional skills to sharpen competencies beyond technical skills acquired in class.
After following presentations, students were allowed to make comments. Christian Tumurere, an accounting student who talked to media, stated that ACCA programs are very interesting for accounting practitioners.
“We were introduced on how to become professional accountants in order to be internationally competent. We were also informed on the status of professional accountancy in Rwanda whereby I was surprised to hear that, Rwanda doesn’t even count 500 professional accountants. I became interested in ACCA programs.”
He however, expressed disappointment on the expensive cost and long time of becoming an ACCA graduate.
Founded in 1904, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification (ACCA or FCCA).
As of May 2012, ACCA was one of the largest and fastest-growing global accountancy bodies with 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries. A
CCA’s headquarters are in London with principal administrative office in Glasgow. ACCA works through a network of 83 offices and centers and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide employee development.

Rwanda : Public Warned To Be Careful With Explosives Among Scrap Metals

Public warned to be careful with explosives among scrap metals
Such explosives are dangerous to metal collectors
The scrap metal business in the region has increased since 1995 and it has attracted investors both locally and internationally.
With the coming of steel industries in Rwanda like STEELRWA, the scrap business has somehow boomed, and has become an income generating activity to some people who have engaged in collecting the raw materials.
Scraps are recyclable materials left over from product consumption, such as parts of vehicles, building supplies and surplus materials, which have significant monetary value.
Most of the people involved in collecting these recyclable metals are the youth and women.

Following the liberation struggle of between 1990 and 1994 and the period of insurgencies in some parts of the country in 1997, left many Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs) such as bombs, bullets, shells, grenades and land mines, which are scattered in bushes while others are buried, and still pose a risk of detonation.
These UXOs have also been mistakenly collected as valuable metals.
Some people, including those collecting scraps, have fallen victims of these dangerous weapons. Some people, especially the youth involved in collecting these recyclable metals, are blinded by the love for money which is determined by the quantity of metals collected, and forget to examine the type of tools collected.
This has left some people incapacitated while others have lost their lives. Children also play with such weapons unknowingly, which explode and injure or worse still kill them.
According to police on November 3 a 7-year old Janvier Nkurunziza was killed by a grenade explosion in Nyamagana Cell in Ruhango Sector, Ruhango District. Nkurunziza was at the time playing with the grenade unknowingly.
A 12-year old Maldoche Dusingizimana also died in similar circumstances also in Ruhango District.
The grenade had been picked by her elder brother, Athanase Kubwimana, who thought it was a valuable metal, and brought it home.
Police calls upon those with the knowledge of the whereabouts of such weapons. “It is imperative to surrender or report them to save lives, especially those of the children.”
Article 671 of the penal code stipulates that ‘any person who illegally possesses, lends or gives an arm, or falsifies its identification marks, is liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to one year and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf3 million or one of these penalties.
However, under article 673, “any person who illegally carries, fires or uses an arm in a residential area or its neighborhood, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf3 million or one of these penalties.

Rwanda | Nyaruguru District: Southern Province Governor Meets Local Leaders Over Performance Contracts

Southern Province Governor meets local leaders over performance contracts
Over 390 local leaders attended a hotel conference at Kibeho in Nyaruguru district, Southern Rwanda, as Southern Province Governor, Alphonse Munyantwali, on Friday made a one-day work visit to the district to assess the current pace towards achieving the 2012-2013 performance contracts.
The local leaders ranged from heads of umudugudu (literally village) – Rwanda’s smallest administrative unit – to executive secretaries of cells and sectors plus officials at the district level.
“Competence and commitment are key to achieving your performance contracts”, Governor Munyantwali told a keen, interactive audience of local leaders.
One of the local leaders in attendance is Peter Iyakaremye, head of Agatare village in Ngarurira cell of Munini sector, Nyaruguru district.
“This meeting is a testimony that the top leadership of our province cares for all the leaders even those like me at the very lowest administrative level. That gives me motivation and I feel more and more part of the team”, said Iyakaremye, speaking at the sidelines of the meeting.
Areas of Nyaruguru district’s performance contracts include agriculture, roads construction, trade, job creation especially among the youth, assisting vulnerable groups, electricity, clean water supply, grouped habitat and good governance.
According to Nyaruguru district’s Mayor, François Habitegeko, the district has already met some of its targets in agriculture where thousands of hectares of maize, Irish potatoes, beans, cassava and wheat are being grown.
83 per cent of Nyaruguru district’s estimated 286,000  population now live in a grouped habitat, according to Mayor Habitegeko, which the district hopes will help bring success in other areas like electricity and clean water supply.
And nearly eight months to the deadline of the 2012-2013 performance contracts, Governor Munyantwali sounds upbeat with regard to Nyaruguru district.
“It [the current state of performance contracts] gives me a good impression. Almost all the performance contracts are on [the right] track”, said Governor Munyantwali.
The Governor further promised to help the district overcome what seems to be its biggest challenge for the moment: a plot of land upon which to build a cross-border trade complex.
Last fall, in the 2011-2012 performance contracts’ results, Nyaruguru came in the 26th position out of Rwanda’s 30 districts, scoring an average mark of slightly over 80 per cent. This was a relatively better stance than in the year before, 2010-2011, when the district ranked 29th countrywide with an average point of 75 per cent.
In the same 2011-2012 year of performance contracts, the Southern Province is reported to have emerged the first of Rwanda’s four provinces plus Kigali City. And with the Governor’s Friday visit to Nyaruguru district, which ranked the last of the southern province’s eight districts in the 2011-2012 performance contracts’ results, it seems the province is interested in assisting even the apparently less performing districts to help maintain its grip on the first place even this year around.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame initiated the performance contracts in 2006, as a way of swifting the country’s development through acknowledging and rewarding best performing leaders, among others.

Hillside School Organizes Nursery Three And Primary Six Graduation

Hillside school organizes nursery three and primary six graduation
NYAGATARE: Hillside Day and Boarding Primary School in Matimba Sector, Nyagatare District, on Friday handed over certificates of merit to 179 Nursery Three and Primary six pupils in a colorful graduation ceremony.
The ceremony, attended by school pupils, management and parents was hugely characterized by enthusiastic parade done by pupils, traditional dances as well as poems that excited the audience.
Addressing the parents, the school principal and founder, Col.(Rtd) Thadeo Gashumba said that this year’s graduation of pupils was organized purposely to award them certificates of merit that give them outstanding recognition for completion of Nursery and Primary school.
He said that the certificates facilitate both children in case they want to go to another school.
“This graduation ceremony reflects the real values and norms of Hillside school. It is also a policy that we have initiated to facilitate our children and their parents in case they go to other schools,” he said.
He thanked the school management and parents for their exceptional efforts put in promoting education in the district and country as whole.
“Without parents’ participation and efforts, Hillside wouldn’t have reached this far. I want to openly thank you for your efforts and determination to endure that education in the country is maintained.”
He promised parents to start up a secondary school next year but largely called on the government to facilitate the school management to acquire enough land for construction of classrooms.
“We shall start with senior one up to senior three due to limited land for classrooms construction. But hopefully the government will facilitate us to get more land for extension.”
Shilla Munezero, a 12-year-old who graduated from primary school was excited to be honoured with a certificate of primary school completion.
“Today was an extra-ordinary one for me. The school management has surprised us especially with graduation ceremony. Not all pupils have chances to complete primary with certificates meaning that the one I have been given here is a motivation to work hard and excel in education,” she said.

Rwanda’s Religious Leaders appeal to UN council

Rwanda’s Religious Leaders have called United Nations to make a deeper analysis to the problems in the DRC and formally distance itself from the recent reports by its experts.
In a statement to the United Nations Secretary-General, Rwanda’s Religious Leaders, on November 10, 2012, expressed their deep concern over the confusion caused by the UN Mapping Report on the DRC (2010) and UN Group of Experts report (2012) about the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The religious leaders also said that there was a wrong conclusion that Rwanda is the source of internal problems in the DRC.  “We strongly question the integrity of the experts, the reports methodology, and the report’s conclusions based on insufficient evidence”, they said.
The statement urged the United Nations to formally distance itself from the controversial findings and begin a comprehensive, inclusive, and impartial process to finding lasting peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Religious leaders who represent Rwanda’s Christian and Muslim faiths said, “When a wrong medical diagnosis is made you get a wrong medical prescription. The same goes for analyzing the Congolese problems and the suggested peace solutions to the crisis targeting Rwanda.”
The religious leaders expressed disappointment at the unfair attempts to undermine and derail Rwanda’s modest progress towards economic and social transformation.  They called the decision by some donors to suspend their aid commitment as rushed and unjustified by a preposterous lie that Rwanda is the source of the governance and sovereignty issues of the DRC.
The statement said, “The armed groups in the DRC are the outcome of a complex long-standing historical and political reality.  A durable solution would require a deeper analysis of the situation in order to identify the root causes of the conflict and address real issues accordingly.”
“We have serious concerns about the international community focusing on the current mutiny [M23] at the expense of the much broader challenges in the Eastern DRC and beyond.”
The statement further called for the United Nations to cooperate with the African Union and regional bodies, including the Intergovernmental Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to set up conditions for peace, dialogue and reconciliation between the government of DRC and the defecting groups while seeking ways to help the DRC build solid institutions and consolidate democracy.
It also appealed for immediate humanitarian assistance for Congolese refugees who have been abandoned and considered as second class citizens.  It called for their fundamental right to protection and repatriation.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Rwanda : Include Media Coverage To District Budgets, Advised Northern Province Governor

The governor of the Northern Province Aime Bosenibamwe called upon the leaders of the different district in the province to keep good relations with the media.
The governor said this while in Gakenke district on 6/11/2012 in a meeting with districts’ advisory councils.
The governor regarded media the only way to showcase development and as well highlight problems, throughout the Province.
“Communication is very important,” affirmed Bosenibamwe.
Include media coverage to district budgets, advised Northern Province governor
Mayors of the district in the Northern Province. (Photo:N. Leonard)
Governor requested districts to include media coverage in next year’s budget.
Some of the mayors said that some private media companies do come with sous covert of high level, take the information about the districts and then after they ask them to pay.
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Nyamasheke District Commended For Its Good Work

Nyamasheke district is being commended for the step it has taken so far in the implementation of the 2012/2013 economic year performing contracts and its way of solving what is limiting these achievements by Western Province of Rwanda.
Rwanda : Emmanuel Nyamaswa Rukundo
Emmanuel Nyamaswa Rukundo
Many of the 84 performing contracts Nyamasheke district vowed to achieve in the presence of the president of the Republic H.E Paul Kagame, have been achieved and others are being worked on as Emmanuel Nyamaswa Rukundo who is in charge of implementing development programs in the districts of the Western Province of Rwanda.
Jean Baptiste Habyarimana the mayor of Nyamasheke district says the district he leads is doing very well and he is sure they will achieve all performing contracts by 100 percent. He also said that some places need special sensitization program especially to be encouraged to participate in village settlement program and contributing for medical insurance (Mutuelle de santé) program.


The Prime Minister, Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi presided over the closing ceremony of the Family Campaign 2012, calling upon Rwandans to increase efforts of dealing with family conflicts as a way of promoting development in the country.
The month long Family Campaign that has been running since 9th October 2012 under the theme ‘’ sustain families through the promotion of cultural values’’ was officially closed on 8th November 2012 at Kinoni Sector in Burera District
The Premier said that the country cannot develop if there are still cases of family conflicts manifested in the community every day.
The function was preceded by civil marriage ceremonies for about 80 couples who have been living in illegal union. Fruit trees have been planted in a bid to fight malnutrition. At least 15 families were given cows in the framework of Girinka Program. During the ceremonies children were given milk and fruit as a way to sensitize the population on healthy diet for children.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister urged Rwandans to adhere to family performance contract “Umuhigo w’Umuryango” that includes health insurance, healthy diet, saving and other government programs. He also called upon all walks of Rwandans to address family issues including killings, malnutrition, and substance abuse especially for children.
He also said that there are some achievements that have been made in family life promotion in the past years; however, there are some critical issues that need to be improved- especially poverty in families, poor feeding and hygiene, unmarried couples- which are commonly seen in the southern and eastern provinces of Rwanda.
The premier however, thanked Burera residents for their commitment to addressing family related issues and pledged the government support in the effort to improve their livelihood. Burera.
The ceremonies to conclude the campaign were attended by Government dignitaries including the Acting Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Protais Musoni, the Governor of Northern Province Aimee Bosenibamwe, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, Julienne Munyaneza, Members of Parliament, representatives of Army and Police and residents of Kinoni Sector

Rwanda : Umutara Polytechnic University leads in funding entrepreneurial projects

Umutara Polytechnic University leads in funding entrepreneurial projects Rwanda : Umutara Polytechnic University leads in funding entrepreneurial projects
Some university grandaunts listening to a trainer on monitoring and evaluation of projects 
Following the collaboration with the Dutch – funded SPARK project, Umutara Polytechnic University is funding University students in different business projects.
According to University officials, the project was initiated at the University purposely to lead other institutions of higher learning in the country to bridge the gap of unemployment among University graduates.
Moses Tumusime, the coordinator of SPARK project told said that over hundred students have so far been funded to run their projects.
“The project targets University finalists who present their competitive business proposals. We receive them and evaluate those that out-compete others. Over one hundred students have been funded and are running their businesses well,” he said.
He added that, the five-year project will see thousands of university graduates become self employed.
“Apart from capacity building lessons offered to students by public institutions, this is the only pioneer institution that is directly funding students’ projects. This project will see thousands of Umutara Polytechnic graduates becoming job creators other than job seekers.” He emphasized.
In an exclusive interview, the University rector, Dr. James Gashumba lauded the Dutch group that funds the project.
“We thank the Dutch group that funds this project. We are glad that we are directly facilitating our students to become good entrepreneurs. We have had a number of applicants and their projects have already been registered by Rwanda Development Board,” he said.
Dr. Gashumba added that the project funds students’ projects ranging from a tune of one to four million francs.
“We are proud that the impact has been successful. We have had an undertaking agreement with them (students) and this money will be repaid gradually without any interest even when the project closes doors,” he added.
Charles Tumusime, a fourth-year student whose stationary business was funded, thanked the University and SPARK project for guiding them to become self employed.
“I was funded with Rwf4m to start up a stationary business after my project was approved…we are extremely pleased that we are not job seekers like many of other university graduates. It is a pleasure that the University worked hard to promote entrepreneurship amongst us,” he said.

Rwanda | Ngoma: Tourism to boost performance contract execution

Tourism to boost performance contract execution Rwanda | Ngoma: Tourism to boost performance contract execution
Jean Pierre Uwizeye, Head teacher of Kigarama Technical secondary school
 The director of Kigarama Technical School, Jean Pierre Uwizeye has said that tourism department introduction will help Ngoma district in executing the performance contracts.
 Since Ngoma district pledged to build a three star hotel in 2012-2013 performance contracts, it will corporate with the hospitality department for the easy implementation of the plan, he explains. 
Uwizeye adds that Tourism department was introduced after the school was changed from a secondary school to the technical school. 
Uwizeye expresses: “Looking at the development performance contracts and the departments that have been introduced in this school, we are a focal point in the implementation of these projects,” 
The tourism introductory at Kigarama technical school will modernize tourism and help in equipping the students with the professional skills,
 Aphrodise Nambaje, Mayor of Ngoma district stresses: “You will be employed in these Hotels and you will work to develop them as you will be professionals. I dream of Ngoma as a highly developed town in Rwanda.” 
Ngoma is one of the undeveloped districts in Eastern Province and pledged to build to build the first three-star hotel and to develop Sake and Mugesera Lakes to improve tourism.

Rwanda : African journalists meet in Cairo

African journalists from 10 countries are meeting in Cairo-Egypt for an advanced course in media, where they are being given professional skills to do a better job by covering African and global stories objectively.
According to some of them, this is an opportunity to interact with their colleagues and exchange notes for better performance.
For three weeks now, African journalists from 10 African countries are in Cairo – Egypt for an advanced training in media. They are being facilitated by Egyptian media experts on how to professionally do their job better by objectively covering stories regarding Africa and the globe. According to one of the journalists from Nigeria, Mukhtar Abubakar, this is an opportunity to exchange notes with colleagues.
Yamikani Lanjesi from Malawi works for Radio Malawi, he says that African countries have many in common that binds their relationship, indicating a street in Malawi named after Paul Kagame the Rwandan Head of State.
Felicia Problehim is a journalist from Liberia; hails the good relationship between Rwanda and Liberia’s female president Johnson Sir Leaf.
According to the journalist from Mozambique Edourdo Figurao, they were astonished by the recent murder of the Rwandan Citizen whose body was found at the shores of the ocean following a prolonged peace under the leadership of the ruling party FRELIMO.
The late Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigema who is high on Heroes list in Rwanda is said to have participated in the liberation struggle in Mozambique which brought into power Frelimo party ousting the Portuguese colonialists.
However, the Sierra-Leon Journalist, Andrew Jonathan Smith expressed his appreciation for having brought to justice some top army officers from his country who committed atrocities during the war in Sieraleon  , who some of them are serving their sentences in Rwanda.
Similar good diplomatic relations between  African countries was expressed by journalists from Ethiopia whose late Prime Minister Melez Zenawi was decorated with medals by the Rwandan Gov for having played a key role in stopping Genocide and Liberating Rwanda

Friday, 9 November 2012

Rwandans Urged To Embrace Land Development Programs

Stanslas Kamanzi, Minister of Natural resources has urged Rwandese to participate in developing land and conserve the environment.  
This was resolved on November 6th 2012 during the meeting that gathered Southern Province leaders, Armed forces and police in districts and environment protection officials in Muhanga district.
The Minister asserted: “if land is not cultivated, then it should be a forest. There is no need of having un developed pieces of land.”
“Swamps should be cultivated as well instead of just lying idle,” he adds.
The minister of natural resources highlights that leaders and all Rwandese should embrace land development for sustainable development.
Minister Kamanzi asked them to imitate South Korea which was hilly and had swamps, but land was developed in a short time because South Koreans embraced afforestation and village settlement programs.
Governor of the Southern Province, Alphonse Munyentwali points out that “some places are called forests yet they are almost void of trees. If they are forests, let trees be planted in plenty.”
Minister Kamanzi calls upon all Rwandese to conserve the environment fighting land degradation like soil erosion and others.

Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency adopts better system for technical capacity

Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency adopts better system for technical capacity

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Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency adopts better system for technical capacity
 Having realised Rwanda’s urge for better system to enhance social services and favourable environment for ICT; Global Voice Group (GVG) and Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) have confidently declared that the International Gateway Traffic Verification System (IGTVS) has started to fully operate in the country.
IGTVS was commissioned by the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) for regulatory improvement earlier 2012, due to a continuous growth of numerous institutions and systems in technology, communication and infrastructure network which are highly advancing in the country; according to reliable information revealed on 8th November 2012.
The Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) had successfully issued an International tender in a procurement process that began November 2011 for a system in which there would be an effective exercise of their regulatory mandate along with enhancement of technical capacity.
After the tender was issued, the winner was a syndicate made of GVG and Switzerland-based leader in inspection and verification services, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), both sector members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The group entered into an agreement with the RURA in March 2011 to implement a comprehensive data solution that would allow the latter to independently audit and monitor the networks in the country for many reasons including: traffic measurement, accurate billing, and quality of service assessment, market surveillance, interconnection dispute resolution, and fraud management. The main aim here is to capacitate the ‘technical knowhow’
‘The right time for needed capacities and clear visibility’
Mr. Regis Gatarayiha, the Director of RURA says: the International Gateway Traffic Verification System really came at the right time and provided the capabilities needed to have a clear visibility on the international calls being terminated in the country. “We have already seen the benefits it brings to us as a regulatory and to Rwanda in general, only three months after the successful implementation”.
The Republic of Rwanda and its regulatory authority adopt a proactive approach to regulation based on ICT tools and real-time data collection as it implements the IGTVS. As part of a broader modernization process of governance, a growing number of telecom regulators are following or envision following the path opened by Rwanda and other African countries.
The IGTVS is expected to generate significant additional revenue for both the State and the local operators especially that the ICT platform is used to monitor and enforce compliance with Rwanda’s Regulations pertaining to domestic and international interconnections.
The new platform also empowers the RURA to effectively intervene in two key areas: the elimination of fraudulent grey traffic and the overall improvement of the quality of service delivered to end-users in Rwanda.
 Rwanda is “the third easiest place to do business” -World Bank ranking
In the Sub-Saharan African countries, Rwanda is ranked as the third easiest place in which to do business and as the best performing country in East Africa; according to the 2013 World Bank Doing Business Report.
The country achieved this high ranking by consistently developing a regulatory environment that is favorable to the creation and operation of new businesses in the country. A number of these important reforms were brought about through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as the regulation on interconnections that led to the present IGTVSimplementation.
Highlights on GVG and SGS
GVG was established in 1998 with aim to develop and implement interconnection management platforms specifically designed with the telecoms regulators in mind. Its advanced traffic and fraud management systems are currently being used successfully in seven countries.
On the other hand, SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company. It is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. There are over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the World, a network in which SGS employees more than 70,000 people.


Youth match in peaceful demonstration against gender based violence Rwanda | Bugesera: Authorities join the move to fight gender based violence
Youth match in peaceful demonstration against gender-based violence
Bugesera district has commenced a week of fighting gender based violence to enable residents participate in the struggle against this violence.
This week is meant to begin sensitization in all sectors of Bugesera district so that residents participate in designing measures to avert gender-based violence.
“This is just the beginning of making residents embrace and be part of the fight,” explains Julius Rukundo; vice mayor for economic affairs in Bugesera district.
“This campaign started in Nyamata district at district level but will extend to other sectors of the district,” the vice-mayor adds.
Participants of the demonstration were briefed on the types of gender based violence and its impact on the Rwandan society currently.
Yvonne Nyirimana, a participant says that all residents should participate in unveiling injustices made to children and parents.
“I have learnt a lot especially through plays that portrayed how parents commit injustice to their disabled children and how spouses violate their partners’ rights on inheritance,” she adds.
Sensitization that includes peaceful marches will entail different talks, where the national police will be explaining on the gender based violence and devising means together with residents to prevent it.
Gender-based violence fighting week gathered secondary school youths, teachers and other residents that marched from Nyamata town to Bugesera youth centre.

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