Wednesday, 31 July 2013

KHI staff acquires online lab skills

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Participants at the online lab skills workshop

The KHI Skills-Lab centre organized a workshop for General Nursing and Midwifery staff to boost their online skills in as much as managing new lab equipments is concerned.

During the workshop, participants learnt new online skills in lab booking and the use of Ventriloscope for assessing normal and abnormal heart, lungs and bowel sounds.

They also acquired hands-on-skills to use Mama Natalie Birth Simulator for normal and abnormal delivery procedure demonstration in skills-lab.

The training was facilitated by Kathryne Schaivone from Meryland University, who is working for The Human Resource for Health and currently serving as an advisor for the KHI skills lab.

The webmaster trained the staff about the new online skills-lab booking. Participants got tips on how to book the skills-lab room for any identified group of students for specific procedures on a given date and time.

As was expressed by the KHI skills lab attendants, this online technology is going to facilitate them organize the rooms and prepare in advance equipment needed during the procedures demonstration.

The electronic equipment will facilitate the students’ clinical teaching in skills-lab before they attend the clinical settings.


KHI staff acquires online lab skills

Rwandan traders welcome Uhuru’s directive on Mombasa Port

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Mombasa Port

The directive by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to Mombasa port authorities to improve operations at the port will stimulate trade and cut on transport costs, importers say.

Last week, President Uhuru ordered Mombasa port authorities to ensure that they reduce delay time at the port, saying the current situation where containers take 18 days to reach Kampala from Mombasa was untenable. He directed the port authorities to ensure this is reduced to five days at most within three weeks.

According to the Private Sector Federation here in Rwanda, the development has caused excitement and relief among the private sector and stakeholders.

Claudine Kabayiza, an importer, said it was good news given the inconveniences they were going through to clear goods at Mombasa.

“We have been spending a lot of money because of these delays. I am happy that finally authorities in Kenya have come to our rescue,” Kabayiza said.

Mohamed Mazimpaka, president of the Rwanda Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber has for long been pushing for such a move. He noted that quick delivery of goods would benefit Rwandan traders and other businesses in the region.

“Efficiency at Mombasa also means that the port will be doing more business than before considering that traders could multiply the number of transactions,” Mazimpaka, who is also the chairman the Wholesalers Association of Rwanda, said.

Gerald Mukubu, the Private Sector Federation (PSF) chief advocacy officer, said the move will ease doing business and enable traders to make decent profits and, thus, spark economic growth,” Mukubu said.

Mukubu also noted that the move would not only reduce on the cost of transport, but will also improve the bilateral trade relationship between Rwanda and Kenya.

“This shows that the new Kenyan government is committed to the principles of the East African Community (EAC). As the private sector, we are ready to work closely with them to boost business within the region.”

Mark Priestley, the TradeMark East Africa Rwanda country director, said the move was healthy and will spark competitiveness between Mombasa port and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (Southern Corridor).

“Authorities at Dar es Salaam Port have no choice but to up their act… this is a catalyst for increased efficiency and competitiveness, which will ease the way of doing business,” he noted.

Priestley also pointed out that the move will stimulate trade.

“Reducing cargo clearing time from 18 days to five days will greatly hasten the movement of goods on the Northern corridor. This is what we have all along been advocating for,” Priestley noted.

According to Andrew Othieno Rwigyema, the head of research and policy analysis at Private Sector Federation, many traders have been complaining of inefficiency and high transport costs caused by the delays at Mombasa and Dar es Salaam ports.

“When the directive is implemented, it will enable Rwanda to trade and compete favourably both within the region and on the international level,” Othieno said.

It is estimated that non-trade barriers account for between 30 per cent and 40 per cent of the total cost of transport.

Eliminating these barriers was one of the priorities of the EAC Customs Union Protocol which was implemented in 2010.

Last month, John Bosco Kalisa the TradeMark East Africa senior programme manager, told the press that the cost of transport along the Northern and Southern corridors was high mainly because of non-trade barriers.

“It is true that the cost of transport along the two corridors is extremely high due to non-trade barriers that include weighbridges, corruption, unharmonised axle load limits, road blocks and the many charges importers and exporters pay,” Kalisa said.

Traders, therefore, hope that Uhuru’s directive will also help address these issues.

The Private Sector Federation is currently pushing Rwanda traders and shippers to form a shippers’ council to help them lobby governments to address such issues.


Rwandan traders welcome Uhuru’s directive on Mombasa Port

The 16th International Trade Fair will impact Rwanda’s economy— Rwanda’s Prime Minister

The 16th International Trade Fair will impact Rwanda’s economy— Rwanda’s Prime Minister

The 2013 International Trade Fair will greatly impact the country’s economy, especially the manufacturing sector and the small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), the Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has said.

The Prime Minister made the remarks during the official opening of the Trade Fair yesterday at Gikondo Expo Grounds on 25, July 2013 in Kigali

He said that the country’s good governance and recent business reforms created a conducive business environment that would enable the country achieve private sector driven growth.

“We need to find ways of promoting small and medium firms, especially for growing sectors like construction, mining, textiles, ICT, agriculture and hospitality,” he said.

Habumuremyi commended exhibitors from within and outside the country for particpating in the 15-day event.

The Expo will see exhibitors market Rwanda abroad, generate income for the country, employ the youth, give people a chance to shop affordably, enable Rwandan producers learn from their foreign counterparts and promote Rwandan culture and tourism.

The trade fair has attracted exhibitors from 20 countries. These include countries from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) region, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, India, Turkey, Belgium and Mauritius.

“Having an international trade fair like this is key to transforming the informal sector,” said Benjamin Gasamagera, chairman of the Private Sector Federation (PSF).

“I encourage exhibitors to take time off their busy schedules to actively participate in back to back meetings and forge partnerships for various investment or trade transactions,” Gasamagera said.

A ‘business corner’ where local business people will meet and interact foreign exhibitors to discuss business and network, has been reserved.

“During this year’s expo, we look at what Rwanda could do better to harness trade opportunities in both regional and global markets, thus the theme ‘Linking businesses to Markets’,” Gasamagera said.

“The government will carry on with its commitment to oversee and provide policy and regulatory framework covering the areas of trade and industry with a particular focus on the promotion of SMEs,” said Francois Kanimba, Minister for Trade and Industry.

Kanimba commended the first ever Comesa manufacturers’ dialogue that was hosted in Kigali over the past two days that helped showcase the potential of the country’s manufacturing sector.

The conference brought together business leaders drawn from across the continent and policy makers to discuss issues of competitiveness within both international and African markets.

Of the 661 stands at the expo grounds, 50 have been reserved for the Comesa Business Council and will host manufacturers from the bloc, 10 and another 15 stands were reserved for the East African Business Council, Rwanda Youth Council and the Ministry of Trade and Commerce respectively.

“PSF organised this expo largely targeting SMEs in order to expose them to foreign markets and best business practices,” said Ephrem Karangwa, head of Trade Fairs and Investmentat PSF.Karangwa gave an example of 23 managers of SMEs who were recently taken to Turkey for study tour and that another group was scheduled to travel to India soon.

There are 707 stands in the expo all of which were fully booked on a first come, first served basis.The expo hosts 112 foreign and 233 domestic companies. The exhibitors are showcasing different products, ranging from agriculture and construction to manufacturing.


The 16th International Trade Fair will impact Rwanda’s economy— Rwanda’s Prime Minister

Kigali hosts Regional Workshop on Climate Change

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Rwanda is hosting the Regional Training Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change, to build and strengthen the capacity in successfully addressing adaptation through the implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Actions (NAPAs).

The forum, which is taking place from 29th July to 02nd August 2013, In Kigali, brings together over 80 participants from 18 African Anglophone Least Developed Countries.

Speaking at the opening forum the Representative from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr.Paul Desanker, said 47 Least Developed Countries have submitted their National Adaptation Programmes and are now actively in the process of implementing tangible adaptation projects through the NAPAs, addressing the urgent and immediate climate change adaptation needs, and benefiting the most vulnerable communities.

Desanker said the workshop will provide an opportunity to get a better understanding about aligning the national development plans and climate change challenges.

“Sharing of best practices from respective contexts will very much add value in this process.”

Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi said that our Continent continues to face numerous severe negative impacts arising from the adverse effects of climate change.

He added that such impacts are hampering countries efforts to attain development goals including the Millenium development goal (MDGs).

He went on saying that the Least Developed Countries have done what they can do in terms of adaptation and mitigation.

“We, as Least Developed Countries have done what we can do with our limited means, but a lot remains to be done in terms of our adaptation and mitigation endeavors,”he reiterated.

The workshop brings together experts from different countries including Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi as well as Haiti and the United Nations Agencies.


Kigali hosts Regional Workshop on Climate Change

Winners and losers after first elimination round of PGGSS

After a long wait to see who would advance into the next round of Primus Guma Guma Super Star, our anxiety was put to rest as on Saturday 27th July 2013, the five who advanced were unveiled. The five, namely Riderman, Mico The Best, Knowless, Riderman, Urban Boyz and Dream Boyz will battle it out in the grand finale set to take place on 8th August at Kigali Serena Hotel. Here looks at the winners and losers after the first knockout round.

Winner: Fireman

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The hip hop star did not feature on the list of those who will advance, but he would be classified as a winner following his fair play and never-die spirit. Fireman was largely expected to advance, but following his elimination, he decided to be tight-lipped on whether he had been unfairly judged.

Losers: Bulldog and Senderi International Hit

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Contrary to Fireman, the duo took to the microphone declaring how unfair the competition was and how injustice was rampant in music industry. Even though known to themselves that the judgment could never be rescinded, they continued spewing out blabber only to annoy the organizers. Senderi went ahead to declare that in the whole country, only the music industry had an unbelievable level of corruption and injustice and called for the authorities to act swiftly. Accepting defeating and accepting to move on is a vital part of sportsmanship.

Winner: Mico The Best

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The biggest surprise to make it into the top five, Mico has always played calm and innocent. His style of approach was regarded by many as largely innocuous, but deep embedded in his strategy was to woo voters in large numbers and he did it. Congrats to him.

Losers: East African Promoters (EAP) and Bralirwa

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If it wasn’t for the shoddy and lousy way Primus Guma Guma Super Star had been organized, then there would be no real contentious issues in the first place. Right from the word go, PGGSS lacked a clear-cut pattern that was to be followed, the judges missed the first road shows and yet it is assumed they delivered their rulings. Both EAP and Bralirwa need to step up their efforts to make the show not only entertaining but also a platform to showcase the talents among the Rwandan musicians as opposed to creating endless feuds and disharmony.


Winners and losers after first elimination round of PGGSS

NBA - Pacers pick up Scola

NBA - Pacers pick up Scola

The Indiana Pacers strengthened their frontcourt by acquiring Phoenix Suns power forward Luis Scola on Saturday.

The Pacers will send center Miles Plumlee, forward Gerald Green and a lottery-protected 2014 first-round pick to the Suns for the 33-year-old Scola.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Scola joins Roy Hibbert and David West on the Pacers frontline.

“I’m very, very excited to play for the Pacers,” Scola said. “They are one of the top three teams in the NBA with a good shot to win a championship. I think it’s a great team and this is a great opportunity. I can’t wait.”

Scola averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season for the Suns. He has two years and $9 million left on his contract. He has career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Plumlee, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound center was selected by the Pacers with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He played in only 14 games last year with the Pacers.

Green is a six-year veteran, who was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 18th pick in 2005.

NBA - Pacers pick up Scola

Who do you think you are Bull –ying? Rapper Bulldog given stern warning

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Bulldog has been told to be careful over his utterances after his showdown at the first elimination round of Primus Guma Guma Super Star on Saturday night. The rapper was furious after he was unable to advance to the next round following his premature exit from the competition, and that prompted him to air his views regarding the reality TV show. He said, “I have no idea if there are other criteria that were used in selecting these five, but it is evident that there’s great injustice.”

And responding to Bulldog’s claims, East African Promoters and Bralirwa, the main organizers of PGGSS, said that they were bamboozled and greatly shocked by the rapper’s utterances adding that in any competition “there are losers and winners”. Apart from Bulldog, Senderi also took to the microphone to declare that “it’s only in music industry where injustice is still rampant”.

But in what seems like a counter move by EAP and Bralirwa, such wide-of-the-mark statements could in future call for an immediate action. An insider has revealed that organizers are planning to bar such contestants from ever taking part in the competition as they can tarnish its image. The insider continued to reveal that organizers pointed fingers at Bulldog saying it was not the first time he had made such statements after being eliminated.


Who do you think you are Bull –ying? Rapper Bulldog given stern warning

Chez Lando Hotel owner visits U.S in a mentorship program

Anne Marie Kantengwa, who owns Hotel Chez Lando in Kigali, is visiting Oklahoma in the U.S. through Peace Through Business, an initiative of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.

Anne Marie Kantengwa, who owns Hotel Chez Lando in Kigali, is visiting Oklahoma in the U.S. through Peace Through Business, an initiative of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.

The program seeks to inspire women around the world to grow their businesses and become more active in public policy.

Kantengwa is on a week-long visit in Oklahoma from July 20, 2013 at the Wagoner resort in a mentorship program, Peace Through Business.

“When I came to the U.S.A., my wish was to connect with people and to let people know about my hotel,” said Kantengwa, the chief executive officer of the Chez Lando Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. “Even with a tragic history, we are a beautiful country.”

The Chez Lando, built in 1986, was destroyed during the genocide but has been

rebuilt, said Kantengwa, who has operated the hotel since 1996.

Lisa Bracken, an owner of The Canebrake, said, “If you look at the hotel’s website, it’s just beautiful.”

Kantengwa added: “It stays open and has just been expanding. We are a family business, and our accommodations are 82 rooms.”

Kantengwa said she has learned a lot about American hospitality and business during her first few days at The Canebrake.

“The owners here are very committed,” she said. “My expectation from this is to bring back the good friendliness at The Canebrake and new friends for the Hotel Chez Lando. This helps me to have more ambition.”

The mentorship program also included women and Afghanistan.

Kantengwa has had a busy week. On the night of July 20, she was an “expediter” in the kitchen, making sure every plate is perfectly prepared, Bracken said.

She also received cooking directions from Sam Bracken, executive chef and co-owner of The Canebrake.

She spent July 21 working the front desk and July 22 visiting Tulsa and taking yoga lessons at The Canebrake’s Yoga Barn. She spent July 23 morning in Muskogee, even visiting Walmart, and working in the kitchen in the afternoon.

“I have been inspired to join the program,” Kantengwa said. “It could help future generations of women in this country.”

Bracken said she was learning a lot about Rwanda during Kantengwa’s visit, including that “after genocide, Rwanda was 70 percent women.”

She said she also learned “that I really want to go to Rwanda.”

Peace Through Business includes one week of mentoring or shadowing at an American business. When the women return to their country, they are to pass what they learn on to other women, according to a website by the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women.

Chez Lando Hotel owner visits U.S in a mentorship program

Kamichi backs Riderman

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After being sent packing in the first round of Primus Guma Guma Super Star, afro beat singer Kamichi has thrown his weight behind rapper Riderman to win the competition. Riderman, who has seen his popularity greatly surge, is among the clear favorites to win it as well. Kamichi was eliminated alongside six of his compatriots that include Senderi, Fireman, Bulldog, Christopher and Danny and was among the first to accept defeat.

At the time he had said, “We have been fairly defeated, let’s accept it and move on. There is nothing hidden behind our elimination, it’s just that we were not up to it.” And while Senderi and Bulldog adamantly refused to concede defeat, Kamichi has taken an extra step and declared his full support of Riderman who still faces a daunting task of beating his fellow challengers that include the Urban Boyz, Dream Boyz, Knowless and Mico The Best.

Speaking of his admiration of Riderman, Kamichi said, “I want to ask my fellow friends and fans to now switch their attention to Riderman and vote for him in great numbers. In all the road shows, he showed us how much he’s appreciated and loved, and  that is the true meaning of a super star.”

It’s not just Kamichi who has fondly spoken of Riderman. Recently while in Rubavu, veteran musician Samputu declared that the rapper had a secret that made him loved all over the country, while Alex Muyoboke described him as “unbeatable”. All eyes are fixed on 10th August when the final winner will be crowned at Kigali Serena Hotel.


Kamichi backs Riderman

In pictures: Primus Guma Guma Super Star first round of elimination

Saturday 27th July saw the first six out of eleven contestants in this year’s edition of Primus Guma Guma Super Star eliminated. Although some went home in tears, there were memorable moments to catch from the glamorous event that took place at Kigali Serena Hotel. was there and brings the following highs and lows in pictures.

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MC Lion Imanzi opening the ceremony

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Danny on stage

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Shake it: Mico The Best with his troop

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Senderi International Hit

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Fireman on stage

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Riderman entertains the guests

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 Dream Boyz perform their hit song “Data Ni nde”

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Queen of the evening: Butera Knowless dazzles on stage

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 After elimination, Dream Boyz, Urban Boyz, Mico The Best, Riderman and Knowless are the remaining five

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 Uncle Austin looks on as the five are called on stage

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Daddy de Mazimo (right) poses for a photo shoot with a fan


In pictures: Primus Guma Guma Super Star first round of elimination

Police intercepts illegal gin en-route to Kigali

Police intercepts illegal gin en-route to Kigali

Rwanda National Police intercepted a vehicle with 6840 sachets of  illegal gin – chief waragi – and 20 litres of kanyanga which are both considered to be drugs and Rwandan law.

The vehicle registration number RAB 499A Isuzu,headed to Kigali from Nyagatare, was intercepted in Kiburara cell of Rwembogo sector in Gatsibo District at about 3am on Monday.

The arrest followed information provided by the public about the illegal act.

Superintendent Janvier Ntakirutimana, who led the operation, said that the driver refused to stop, when officers stopped him and instead he tried to deviate towards a remote road.

They, however, parked the car in the remote road and escaped. Efforts to trace them are underway. Three people were on board at the time.

Superintendent Ntakirutimana thanked the local people for their continued effort to fight criminal acts by providing information of those involved.

Under article 594 of the penal code, any person, who unlawfully makes, transforms, imports, or sells narcotic drugs within the country, is liable to a sentence of three to five years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf5 million.

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Police intercepts illegal gin en-route to Kigali

Works to Expand Rusumo Border will reduce traffic volume

Works to Expand Rusumo Border will reduce traffic volume

On-going works at Rusumo Border Post

The ongoing project to construct the Rusumo international bridge and One Stop Border Post (OSBP) facilities on the Tanzania-Rwanda border is expected to reduce traffic volume increase and facilitate speedy border crossing.

According to the Ministry of infrastructure, it will as well enhance rapid multilateral trade between member states towards Regional Integration.

The Rusumo Border Post is located on the Central Corridor of the leading economic corridors on the African Continent.

The Central Corridor is an important economic corridor in the geographical zone of the East African Community (EAC) along with the Northern Corridor which links Kenya and Uganda.

The Central Corridor starts at Dar es Salam in Tanzania, providing a crucial physical distribution of goods to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Burundi. It functions as an essential physical distribution pipeline for landlocked Countries.

The Rusumo OSBP will abolish intra-regional tariffs to vitalize intra-regional trade while seeking assistance for introduction of a one stop border system capable of simulteously handling departure and entry procedures at border points to eliminate the bottlenecks of economic corridors.

The project for construction of Rusumo International Bridge and the One Stop Border Post is between Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) of the Republic of Rwanda and the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) of the United Republic of Tanzania.

It was contracted by DAIHO Corporation from Japan and it is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It started March 2012 and it will be fully completed in November 2014.

The existing Rusumo bridge has the capacity of carrying 32 -40 tons has served for 40 years, it is now being replaced with a new one of 82 Meters with the capacity of carrying 180 tons to cope with the expected increase of the traffic volume in coming years hence eliminating the present restrictions on axle load and encourage the use of only a single lane.

The border checking of vehicles at Rusumo mainly relies on papers, while physical verification is mainly conducted at the dry port in Kigali.

The elimination of the present traffic congestion through the introduction of an OSBP system will greatly improve the efficiency of cargo transportation between Rwanda and Tanzania with the end result of an increase of the physical distribution volume and a reduction of the transportation cost.

MINFRA says that the OSBP will have facilities like Administration buildings, verification storage, control shed, guard house and car parking, this will bring direct impact of service delivery improvement by the staff from both countries and the clients will save time used at the border than before.

The current progress of the project is at 43.1 percent and the authorities involved are engaged through the bilateral corridors to jointly handle issues that might slow down the regional integration in a bid to facilitate free movement of people and goods.

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Works to Expand Rusumo Border will reduce traffic volume

Kigeme refugees get permanent houses

Kigeme refugees get permanent houses

American refugee committee (ARC) is has embarked on constructing permanent housing structures for Congolese refugees living in Kigeme camp, South of Rwanda; in a bid to improve the welfare and security of the refugees.

The project will benefit over 3369 refugees and the target is to complete all the houses by the end of August. So far over 2400 semi-permanent houses, made locally with the use of mud and dung, have been constructed.

According to Jacques Sindayigaya, the ARC area official, the motive behind this project comes from the desire to have the refugees settled in a permanent way as a way of building peace and security for the refugees.

“Changing the mode of housing is aimed at ensuring the security of the refugees and to make them comfortable in their live. We thought it necessary to build semi permanent houses because the usual canvas tents are very insecure and they pose a threat to the welfare of refugees” Sindayigaya says.

The refuges have welcomed the new developments saying that they have been living in canvas tents provided by UNHCR as temporal shelter to the incoming refugees, most of whom have fled the ongoing clashes between the rebels and DR Congo army in the eastern region.

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Kigeme refugees get permanent houses

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

iPhone 5C cases pop up on Amazon

iPhone 5C cases pop up on Amazon

Future buyers of Apple’s rumored low-cost iPhone can potentially find a host of cases awaiting them on Amazon.

Available for preorder, the Elago S5C Slim Fit 2 cases specifically list the iPhone 5C as part of their names. A few of the cases promise to be in stock on August 23, while others show a date of August 26. The regular cases sell for $9.99, while the editions that include a screen protector go for $24.99.

Plastic packaging labeled iPhone 5C recently appeared on a Chinese discussion forum, providing a possible clue to the name of the low-cost iPhone.

Of course, the cases by themselves aren’t evidence of any low-priced iPhone. Manufacturers often develop cases and other products ahead of time hoping to cash in if and when the rumored device hits the market. They also gamble that their products will fit or be compatible with the actual device.

The low-cost iPhone did receive some exposure on Monday from a report by China Labor Watch. Documenting labor violations at Apple supplier Pegatron, CLW’s report specifically mentioned a low-priced, plastic iPhone being manufactured by Pegatron factory workers.


iPhone 5C cases pop up on Amazon

Over 270 Diaspora students begin Itorero programme

Over 270 Diaspora students begin Itorero programme

A section of the students attending the two-week civic education programme at Rwanda Military Academy.

The sixth phase of a civic education programme (Itorero) for Rwandan students studying abroad opened Monday at the Rwanda Military Academy, Gako, in Bugesera District, with 276 youth participating.

The two-week exercise is aimed at equipping young persons with the skills, knowledge and capacity to positively contribute to national development upon completing their studies.

Opening the training, the Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, urged the youngsters to be patriotic and work toward developing their country, saying the youth are a nation’s greatest resource.

The students, studying from 15 countries across the world, will also be sensitised on the current issues pertaining to the development of Rwanda, challenges and the future prospects, and the potential role they can play to help the country realise its aspirations.

“You have many opportunities around you; seize them, exploit them to develop your country. We value you and the country doesn’t doubt your potential,” Nsengimana told the seemingly excited youth who will also undergo light military-style drills.

The minister told the trainees—most of whom pursuing undergraduate degrees—that their country’s future lies in their hands and that it is up to them to decide how best they want to shape their nation.

The Director-General of the Diaspora Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Perfait Gahamanyi, said the civic education is part of the wider plan of tapping several opportunities from the Diaspora, as well as creating a forum for Rwandans abroad to come on board to build the nation.

The majority of the participants at the programme are students from various institutions of higher learning in Uganda and the US.

“I am eager to learn from this civic education programme; although we are just beginning, I am sure the lessons will be invaluable. I am looking forward to acquiring knowledge on unity, patriotism and our country’s economy,” said Fred Ndayisenga, a third-year Social Sciences student at Kyambogo University in Uganda.


Over 270 Diaspora students begin Itorero programme

Safety, security top governance scorecard 2012

Safety, security top governance scorecard 2012

Manneh (R) gives his remarks as Shyaka (L) consults with Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi.

Safety and security registered the highest score of 91.36 per cent in the Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2012, released by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).

The feat received uttermost recognition from the UN, which termed Rwanda as the securest and safest country on the continent.

The two aspects garnered points in maintaining security, national security, personal or property security, as well as reconciliation, social

cohesion or unity, scoring 96, 94, 91 and 83 per cent respectively.

The report further indicates that “Investing in people” scored 78.8, while the indicator of “corruption/transparency/accountability” was not far off with 77.1 per cent.

Political rights or civil liberties” scored 75.26 per cent; participation or inclusiveness scored 75 per cent, rule of law 73 per cent, while quality of service delivery scored the least with 70.4.

During the report launch yesterday in Kigali, graced by Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, the CEO of RGB, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, acknowledged that governance had generally improved.

“Community safety, access to justice and accessibility indicators went up in the new scorecard. Despite the fact that quality of service was ranked last, it registered an improvement of 4.23 percent compared to the 2010 scorecard,” Shyaka said.

“A unique and significant aspect of this scorecard vis-a-vis external assessment is that it utilises indicators from locally-generated data such as citizen participation survey and detailed citizen data which are often not considered by external indexes.”

Compared to the previous survey, access to legal aid tops the most improved areas with a progress of 25.18 per cent to 67 per cent, while civil society participation improved by 8.28 to 62 per cent and access to public information increased by 5.5 per cent to 57 per cent.

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi yesterday said government is already considering implementing the recommendations of scorecard report.

“We shall stay committed to incorporating all ideas into the development strategy in order to get high scores, especially in the areas where challenges were highlighted,” Habumuremyi said.

UN hails report

The UN Resident Coordinator, Lamin Mamadouh Manneh, hailed the report as a “perfect” or “almost perfect,” analytical tool which the UN regularly relies on for setting targets in Rwanda.

“In general, we believe that the Rwanda Governance Scorecard is a comprehensive governance assessment tool which reflects continued commitment by the government to evidence based policies, laws, programmes that have continually driven reforms in Rwanda,” Manneh said.

He said the indicator on “quality of service” which scored the lowest means there is need for continual improvement of the service sector and accountability in delivery.

“Our main conclusion is that the democratic process in Rwanda is on the right track and the government continues to make efforts to nurture it,” Manneh said.

“Many areas that critics point to are still work in progress, as understood by the improvements made from the previous reports.”

He recommended that government and its partners should analyse the report and work on areas that need improvement.

Amongst its key recommendations, the report states that the justice sector needs to address the problem of the backlog of cases which is still high, especially for civil cases.

It also suggests that government should increase the budget allocated to the education sector from 15.83 per cent to at least 20 per cent to improve the quality of education.


Safety, security top governance scorecard 2012

Great Lakes leaders to talk security

Great Lakes leaders to talk security

Congolese refugees prepare to board a lorry at Goma to Nyakamira transit camp.

An extra-ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government from the region is due today in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss matters pertaining to security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

The forum that was preceded by a two day- meeting of National Coordinators and Foreign affairs and defence ministers of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) focuses on finding the possible solutions to the root causes of conflicts in the region.

Ugandan President and the chairperson of ICGLR Yoweri Museveni is expected to officially open the special summit.

A statement by ICGLR said the forum will analyse challenges faced in implementing the UN and African Union framework agreement on peace, security and cooperation for DR Congo and the region.

Rwanda is a signatory to the peace framework signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by 11 regional countries, with the UN, African Union, ICGLR and SADC signing as guarantors.

The framework that was signed early this year in the presence of UN chief Ban Ki-moon requires DR Congo to deepen security sector reform, particularly with respect to the army and police; to consolidate State authority, particularly in eastern parts of the country, including preventing armed groups from destabilising its neighbours.

“When tensions erupt between states, the real added and undeniable value of ICGLR is to be able to provide space for dialogue and discussion, to always safeguard fundamental values of dignity, because we are the same, we are always together,” said Prof. Ntumba Luaba, the ICGLR executive secretary, at the ministerial meeting held yesterday ahead of the Heads of State summit.

Onus on generation

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said it is the role of the current generation of leaders to turn things around and give hope to the aspirations of people in the region to live in peace, security and prosperity.

Ruto said the region’s economic development had been compromised by incessant conflicts that have run for over a half a century.

“There is absolutely no reason why half a century later we still stumble in abject poverty, insecurity and instability,” the Kenyan deputy president told delegates attending the ministerial meeting.

“The framework for peace, stability and development should be supported by all countries in the region. There is an urgency to stop unnecessary wars that have only undermined socio-economic progress in a region endowed with vast resources.”

Mary Robinson, the UN special envoy for the Great Lakes region, said the international community has consolidated efforts to find lasting solution to conflicts and underdevelopment in the region.

“International partners have strongly endorsed peace, security and cooperation framework for the Great Lakes region. We support initiatives that build on the nexus between peace, security and development alongside deeper economic integration,” Robinson said.

Presently, the region is ravaged by conflicts in DR Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, who is also in Nairobi, speaking in New York, last week, outlined Rwanda’s actions in keeping with its commitments under the DR Congo Peace Framework, including receiving and disarming Congolese refugees and combatants.



Great Lakes leaders to talk security

RRA draws Rwf22 billion above target

RRA draws Rwf22 billion above target

A crane moves a goods container at Magerwa container terminal. Efficient recovery of tax arrears and internally designed tax administration and collection measures have ensured improved tax compliance.

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) surpassed its target for the second year in a row, remitting to the national treasury Rwf675 billion during the 2012/2013 financial year.

This is Rwf22 billion above the target set by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning .

The Commissioner General, Ben Kagarama, attributed the higher-than-projected revenue collection to good economic performance, efficient recovery of tax arrears and internally designed tax administration and collection measures that ensured improved compliance.

Kagarama said the revenue body tightened its debt recovery mechanisms, leading to recovery of about Rwf26 billion in tax arrears.

Evidence of good economic performance was reflected in higher returns from income revenue–both individual and corporate taxpayers, especially during the last quarter of the financial year that ended on June 30.

As expected, most of the collections were from tax revenue that mainly includes import duties and consumption taxes that brought in Rwf664 billion against the target of Rwf641 billion.

Non-tax revenues, on the other hand, performed below target at only Rwf10.7 billion. RRA had targeted to collect Rwf12.2 billion from these services-based sources of revenue.

“Non-tax revenue is only collected when the public demands and pays for services. When there is no demand, there is no tax. There is, therefore, no science in collecting non-tax revenue,” Kagarama said.

Speaking at a news conference convened to update the public on the implementation of the single customs territory for the Northern Corridor (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda) in Kigali, yesterday, Kagarama said many challenges hampered revenue collection during the financial year.

He cited reluctance by some businesses to use the recently introduced billing machines. Kagarama said many businesspersons still claim that they don’t know how to use the machines or the machines were not working.

“In some cases, there is outright resistance to use the machines intended to improve tax compliance,” Kagarama said.

The RRA chief also faulted some importers for abusing the system by under-declaring goods leading to loss of revenue.

“We shall continue educating taxpayers, but we shall also enforce the law very seriously. Actually we have already started, but still giving chance to voluntary compliance. If that fails, we shall enforce the law,” he said.

Single customs territory  

Meanwhile, RRA also briefed journalists on the progress of the implementation of the Single Customs Territory by Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

While a high-level task force is still out there putting final touches on recommendations for the creation of single customs territory under the auspices of the East African Community, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya are moving ahead to introduce it on the northern corridor route. Rwanda is fast-tracking the process.

Under a single customs territory, clearing of goods will move away from internal borders to the first port of entry, the Port of Mombasa in Kenya.


Once in operation, importers will save time and money.  With the recent opening of a Kenya Ports Authority office in Kigali, Rwanda-based importers will be able to pay port fees from home, pay taxes at Gikondo and have their goods released from Mombasa direct to their warehouses with limited or no additional inspection along the way.

Commissioner generals of the three national revenue bodies met in Kigali on July 6, to draw a roadmap for the implementation of this project.

During the meeting, three technical committees of ICT, business processes and enforcement were established to deal with clearing, regulation issues and development of software platform.

Kagarama said the ICT platform will be tested on August 12.


RRA draws Rwf22 billion above target

Ngoma: Cooperatives play big role in increasing rice production

Farmers in the 5 cooperatives that grow rice are grateful of JICA project called PICROPP that trained them on doing professional farming on rice and doubling their production. Some of these cooperatives trained are able to harvest 8 or 9 tons of rice per hectare compared to 4 hectares they produced before the training.

Cooperatives play big role in increasing rice production

In the meeting that brought together different leaders and farmers to access the achievements of PICROPP project, the chairperson of Duhuzimbaraga cooperative said the knowledge given by the Japanese was of paramount importance.

Vedaste Butera said “this project found us growing rice in any way we could but after the training and applying what we were taught, the rice production has doubled up. Apart from increasing our rice production, we were trained about cooperative management and finding market for our produce.”

The sector’s leaders that had attended this function to access the achievements of PICROPP project admit positive changes among the people with the introduction of this project. PICROPP project has increased rice productions and many farmers joined cooperatives promoting their statuses.

The PICROPP project that has been training and promoting rice farmers is a project in JICA that will close its operations by the end of this 2013 year.

According to George Mupenzi the vice mayor for finance and economic development of Ngoma district, the trained leaders including the sectors’ agronomists will replace the Japanese experts to keep training farmers using the notes left behind.

Valence Ntezirembo the advisor in the Japanese project PICROPP says the aim of this project was to build knowledge in members of rice, fruits and vegetables cooperatives and this goal was achieved.

PICROPP project has trained more than 12 000 farmers and worked with 28 cooperatives in Ngoma district ever since it started in 2010 and will close its operations by December 2013.


Ngoma: Cooperatives play big role in increasing rice production

Farmers disrupt preparations of wetland

Due to lack of green pastures to farm their cattle, the farmers of Rwempasha sector in Nyagatare district are farming their cattle in Rwempasha wetlands being prepared for growing rice and maize.

 Farmers disrupt preparations of wetland

The sector’s agronomist says the local authorities are working on procedures to stop the cattle form farming in the wetlands as well as advising farmers to own few animals equivalent to the land they have.

After starting the preparations to Farm the wetlands to accommodate farming of maize and rice, the farmers who had farms in the wetlands failed to get enough space for their cattle and kept farming even when it is prohibited.

Dominic Sibomana the Rwempasha sector agronomist says this problem was created due to large number of cattle that were farmed in this wetland that cannot be satisfied with hilly farms.

“What we are emphasizing is sensitizing farmers to reduce the cattle to meet their land requirements. We are also prohibiting usage of this wetland since a lot of money was used to make it more productive.”

The wetland has about 1700 hectares. It is being prepared to grow maize and rice after the initiation of the government policy to make wetlands and swamps more productive than they already are.


Farmers disrupt preparations of wetland

Rwanda to adopt EAC driving standards

Rwanda to adopt EAC driving standards

Since its entry in the East African Community (EAC) Rwanda has been on the frontier of adapting to standards of the community and the country is now on the move of shift traffic rules from the right hand to the left hand drive.

The Deputy Director General of Rwanda Bureau of Standards, Patrice Ntiyamira says that already a number of studies have been launched to aid the proposed traffic transition process of changing driving sides.

Ntiyamira made the remarks during the 17th East African Standards Committee (EASC) meeting which brought the heads of National Standards Bodies from the five East African Community Member states.

The issue of conflicting road and traffic regulations in the five EAC member states was among the topics being discussed in the EASC meeting whose sessions are being held behind closed doors. The rest of the EAC member states use the left hand side except for Rwanda and Burundi.

As a French colony, Rwanda has for decades been accustomed to the right hand drive and importing left hand drive cars. The new move will see lots of changes on road signs, the need to educate the road users and pedestrians.

Motorists in Rwanda believe that the changes will be good and will enable the country to harmonise the required EAC standards, however state that the process has been relatively slow.

Ahmed Salim, a trucker driver who crosses the EAC countries twice a week, says that “a uniform driving standard will enable motorist to be more careful and attentive to road safety. When the standards differ you find that there is negligence and forgetfulness on the drivers’ part, thus causing accidents”

The changes in driving standards are also expected to have an impact on Rwanda’s car model imports. Since Rwanda has banned use of left-hand drive cars in the recent years. If Rwanda lifts the ban, there is more possibility that car deals will be much affordable


Rwanda to adopt EAC driving standards

Rutsiro residents urged to feed children more milk for better growth

Parents are being called upon to drink milk and feed it to their children to protect them of health related diseases and ensure their growth and development. Parents were told this during the closure of the Milk Awareness Month in Gihango sector in Rutsiro district.

Rutsiro residents urged to feed children more milk for better growth

A mother feeding her infant milk

It is common knowledge that most of the families with cows to milk don’t taste milk but they instead sell it. The families with money and access to milk also don’t give much importance to the milk but instead to other drinks like juice and alcohol.

Laurien Jyambere who works with USAID Ejo Heza Project reminded parents the importance of milk especially to the growth of their children. “It is your responsibility to feed your children milk and it is your children rights to grow well and healthy. So feed them milk.”

Jyambere went on to say, feeding milk to children as well as all family members does not only concern families with cows and access to milk but it concerns all people for the sake of their health.

Rutsiro residents urged to feed children more milk for better growth 2

Dr. Michel Gasana from the Ministry of Health asked people with cows to always feed their families and their neighbours before selling the milk. “Milk is food and drinks; you should first have enough for consumption for taking to the remaining to the market.”

The function to close the Milk Awareness Program was held in Rutsiro district on the national level with the theme saying “let us make known the importance of milk in children growth.”

The Milk Awareness Program was prepared by USAID Ejo Heza with the support of Rutsiro district and the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and other Non Governmental Organization that are concerned about children and general development.


Rutsiro residents urged to feed children more milk for better growth

Bulldog: There’s a conspiracy to slowly eliminate Tuff Gangs

There’s a conspiracy to slowly eliminate Tuff Gangs

Bulldog performs at Serena Hotel on Saturday 27th July 2013, prior to his elimination in PGGSS

Rapper Bulldog has claimed there is an “elaborate” plan to slowly kill off Tuff Gangs, a singing crew that incorporates him, Jay Polly and Fireman. Bulldog saw his hopes of scooping the top prize at Primus Guma Guma Super Star dashed after he became one of the casualties that were kicked out in the first round. He was to be followed by Fireman, and according to him that gives enough reason to argue that the media is out to eliminate Tuff Gangs. Coupled with the fact that Jay Polly did not even feature among the eleven nominees, Bulldog fears that there might be a malicious intent to get rid of them altogether.

He said, “When we started this competition, we were told the guidelines that would be followed including popularity, talent and entertaining the fans. If there are other guidelines that were later introduced, then I have no idea. There clearly is a plan to eliminate us from the limelight but it clearly won’t work.”

The veteran rapper also wondered why the like of Christopher did not advance past the first round saying, “It was clear that he (Christopher) had done well. If it was about how well we performed, then he would have been there. This is confusing.”

However, with rumors doing their rounds that Tuff Gangs would boycott future similar shows, Bulldog refused to comment on the issue, only thanking his fans and all those who voted for him.


Bulldog: There’s a conspiracy to slowly eliminate Tuff Gangs

Police concerned over increased accidents


As a wave of motor accidents across the country continue to claim more innocent lives due to incidences of careless driving, the National Police of Rwanda is calling on motorists to be more vigilant and careful while driving.

The call comes after numerous accidents were reported over the last week in Gasabo and Musanze district in which two people, including a six year old child died.

In Gasabo, Kinyinya sector, a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number RAA 515T knocked dead a six year old girl. The driver, Jacques Bizimana, 25 was arrested and currently detained at Gisozi Police Station.

In Musanze, Busogo sector, Bisesero cell, a 42-year old woman identified as Annonciata Nyirakomini was also knocked by a hit-and-run vehicle dying instantly. Efforts to trace the vehicle and the driver are underway.

The Police Traffic and Road Safety Spokesperson, Superintendent Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, says that over speeding and reckless driving remains a major threat to road security in Rwanda.

More accidents have been reported in the month of July, and the third week of July 2013 witnessed several accidents, which also claimed lives.

In Kirehe District six people were killed in a deadly accident after Khalifani Radjab, the driver of the Coaster bus (RAC827K rammed into a Tanzanian truck (T582ANU/T696ANQ) along Rusumo road and killing five passengers on spot. The driver died instantly. The police and survivors confirmed that the accident that the accident was caused by over-speeding.

In the wake of July 18, 2013, in Rusizi district, another passenger omnibus coming from Bukavu and heading to Uvira town in DR. Congo killed six people on spot after it lost control and swayed off the main road. There were 17 occupants and many of them sustained serious injuries.

In Gatsibo district, a Benz truck knocked dead a cyclist pedestrian on 17th July. the truck also injured a pedestrian who was in the company of the deceased victim. The incident took place in the late evening hours in Kabukungu village, in Kiziguro Sector.

Commenting on some of the accidents, Traffic Police Spokesperson Superintendent (SP) Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi said these areas has multiple traffic sign posts indicating there a sharp corner ahead.

He recommended that drivers should not exceed speed limits since the accidents are clearly caused by reckless driving.

He advised bus drivers to respect traffic rules and stop over speeding. He also advised truck drivers to take enough rests because they are usually involved in accidents because of dosing and fatigue.


Police concerned over increased accidents

New Taskforce to scrap unnecessary requirements for gov’t regulated services

New Taskforce to scrap unnecessary

Cabinet recently appointed a Taskforce with a three-month mandate to review in detail all requirements for government regulated services and determine their necessity.


Speaking at the launch of the Efficiency for Citizen’s campaign, the Minister of Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba said that the objective of the exercise is to remove unnecessary requirements in government services and reinforce Rwanda’s objective to serve its citizens in the most effective and efficient manner.”

The Efficiency for Citizens Taskforce is composed of five Government and two Private Institutions.

These include the Rwanda Development Board, the Rwanda Governance Board, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, Ministry of Local Government, the Private Sector Federation and a representative of the Private sector.

According to RDB’s Acting Chief Operating Officer Tony Nsanganira, The public and visitors to Rwanda are encouraged to give views about which requirements they find unnecessary.

“We are using various channels such as radio, television, email, social media and print media to get as much feedback from the public as possible.”

He said that more communication channels such as the Town Hall meetings locally known as Kubaza Bitera Kumenya and Umuganda will be used to create awareness about the campaign and to get feedback from the public about which unnecessary requirements should be eliminated.

Recommendations that will be made on redundant requirements are expected to be abolished at the end of the three months period in a report that will be submitted to cabinet.

Nsanganira says that this systematic and involving approach is to ensure straight forward regulatory requirements in all sectors and to streamline them in a more consolidated and efficient driven approach.


New Taskforce to scrap unnecessary requirements for gov’t regulated services

From a star to an usher: Knowless’ wardrobe malfunction

Singer Knowless Butera might have caught the attention of many when she pulled off a stunt that will forever be remembered at Serena Hotel during the first round of elimination in Primus Guma Guma Super Star. The diva may have run short of changing clothes and decided to dress as one of the usher girls around! One radio presenter famously quipped after the incident that he didn’t know that new entries into the competition were still being accepted. captured some of the key moments in the songbird’s wardrobe malfunction below:

Knowless’ wardrobe malfunction

The star makes her way to stage amid cheers from the crowd6


Passionately, she brings the auditorium to an almost standstill with her singing……

Passionately, she brings the auditorium to an almost standstill with her singing……


 Then the bombshell! Knowless makes her second stage appearance dressed as the usher girls. She pretends nothing is wrong….

Then the bombshell! Knowless makes her second stage appearance dressed as the usher girls. She pretends nothing is wrong….


But that has long ago caught the eye of MC Lion Imanzi, who can’t help but laugh uncontrollably!

But that has long ago caught the eye of MC Lion Imanzi, who can’t help but laugh uncontrollably!


From a star to an usher: Knowless’ wardrobe malfunction

Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told

Compete at International level Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told

Compete at International level,

Twenty six trainees at Kayonza Vocational Training Center (VTC) in the Eastern Province have been awarded certificates after completing a three months training in welding and metal fabrication.

The training was supported by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) where Kayonza VTC received 18.6 million Rwf in the first round of Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants, awarded in November 2012.

Officiating at the ceremony, Ephrem Musonera the Acting Principal of IPRC-East urged graduates to go beyond the local labour market needs and compete at regional and international level.

He also told graduates to match their skills with the country’s development policies like vision 2020 and EDPRS2.

Basing on skills acquired in welding and metal fabrication which have already started enabling him earn some income , one of the graduates Jean de Dieu Kalisa is very optimistic about self employment.

According to the Director of Kayonza VTC Ally Shaban Ziwa, the graduates have the advantage of having the school located in an area that is engaged in many construction projects related to what they have been taught.

Trainees are also facilitated to do internships both in Rwanda and neighboring countries.

The Skills Development Project (SDP) Manager Wilson Muyenzi advised graduates to have passion for their career and to form cooperatives before seeking financial support for self employment.

Over 500 million francs was awarded to 17 winners of first round of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants through support by the World Bank.

Kayonza vocational school which is among the 17 winners started in 1999 and besides the 26 trainees under the support by SDP, it also has 220 students training in Hotel Management and Tourism.

Both the school Management and WDA officials at the ceremony noted the need for a strong public awareness aimed at encouraging more girls to join TVET.

A recent study showed that the number of girls joining vocational schools is still very low and showed the need to find ways of raising awareness on the matter.


Compete at International level, Kayonza VTC graduates told

Kamichi concedes defeat, decides to soldier on

Kamichi concedes defeat, decides to soldier on

It was joy, jubilation and inevitably tears at Serena Hotel on Saturday as the first five contestants of Primus Guma Guma Super Star were chosen. The five are Urban Boyz, Dream Boyz, Knowless, Riderman and Mico The Best. But it was the way the other six who eliminated took the defeat that shocked most people. Both Senderi and Bulldog described the competition as unfair and unjust.

But fellow defeated candidate Kamichi has called upon the two to accept defeat and move on. Kamichi, who was among the first contingent to be shown the door, took to his Facebook page and said, “We have been fairly defeated, let’s accept it and move on. There is nothing hidden behind our elimination, it’s just that we were not up to it.”

Although most pundits acknowledge that there were a few loopholes here and there, none has been able to justify that there were elements of complacency or corruption whatsoever in picking the five. August tenth will see the last round of the four-month competition, with the winner scooping a staggering twenty six million Rwandan francs.

Kamichi concedes defeat, decides to soldier on

Ngororero introducing fire extinguishers for safety

With the fire that has been destroying houses and different properties in Ngororero district as well as the whole country, Ngororero district is calling upon its residents to get fire extinguishers in their homes.

Fire extinguishers are being placed on all district office buildings

Fire extinguishers are being placed on all district office buildings

The district is participating in this program by distributing fire extinguishers in the district’s buildings as a precaution to protect fires in case of an accident.

Vedaste Garoi Ndayambaje the official in charge of good governance in the district says the district adopted to participate in this program to promote it being exemplary.

“This will make local people, Private sector and the district’s partners in development realize the importance of having fire extinguishers in their homes and working places.”

The police teaching people how to use fire extinguishers

The police teaching people how to use fire extinguishers

SSP Fred Yahaya Simuga the police commandant in Ngororero district says the fire extinguishers are not expensive compared to their worth in preventing fires and saving people’s lives as well as their properties.

Local people especially traders are getting used to the idea of having these fire extinguishers though most of them have not bought yet.

As the way to support to this program, the National Police of Rwanda in Ngororero district is teaching people the use of fire extinguishers though public displays.

 Source :

Ngororero introducing fire extinguishers for safety

Coutinho outshines Suarez in Reds win

Coutinho outshines Suarez in Reds win

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho outshone want-away striker Luis Suarez with a fabulous individual performance in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Thailand on Sunday.

The attacking midfielder opened the scoring with a brilliant solo goal in the first half and he picked out Spanish forward Iago Aspas for Liverpool’s well-taken second shortly after the break.

Captain Steven Gerrard scored the third goal and also hit the woodwork as Brendan Rodgers’ team completed their Asian tour with their third clean sheet in three games.

Suarez, a high-profile transfer target of Arsenal, played the final half-hour at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium but could not add to the score despite rattling the crossbar with a header.

Both Coutinho, who joined the club from Inter Milan in January, and Aspas, a new signing from Celta Vigo, scored their second goals of the tour in a welcome pre-season boost for Rodgers.

“It was an excellent game and there were three great goals,” Rodgers said. “Our level of intensity was just right. All credit to the Thai team, they played very well.” Rodgers said Suarez still “had some way to go” in fitness levels but would step up training as the season nears. “Suarez is very much a Liverpool player,” he said.

Liverpool dominated the early stages with Fabio Borino putting in a lot of hard running. A neat pass from Glen Johnson put the Italian striker through but Thai goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool made a fine block.

However, it was Coutinho who caught the eye with some deft passes and ball-control, and along with Gerrard the duo were dominating the midfield.

And in the 16th minute, Coutinho made the breakthrough. Seizing on a loose ball, he beat two Thai defenders before slotting the ball past the ‘keeper, much to the delight of the crowd. Thailand were limited to occasional raids with star striker Teerasil Dangda sending the ball whistling past the right post.

A few minutes later, a crisp shot from Sarawut Masook brought a fine save from Liverpool’s newly acquired Belgian ‘keeper Simon Mignolet. Liverpool began the second half brightly and within four minutes, Coutinho threaded a ball to Aspas, whose sublime first touch gave him an easy finish past the goalkeeper for a 2-0 lead.

And in the 59th minute, Gerrard sparked the biggest cheers of the night when he neatly chipped the ball past the ‘keeper after more fine work by Aspas. A huge roar greeted the arrival of Suarez with half-an-hour to go, echoing his reception earlier this week in Melbourne.

Gerrard should have grabbed his second goal late on, when he was first thwarted by the ‘keeper and then saw his shot from the rebound come back off the bar. The Thai team kept plugging away but could not find their way past a solid Liverpool defence which has gone unbreached on the Asian tour, after 2-0 victories over both an Indonesia XI and Melbourne Victory.

Rodgers said Liverpool had seen “incredible” support on the tour with more than 95 000 fans watching them at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and another packed stadium in Bangkok on Sunday.


Coutinho outshines Suarez in Reds win

Charlton expects Rooney to stay


Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton expects striker Wayne Rooney to stay at the club and hopes he will go on to beat his goal-scoring record.

Rooney’s future at Old Trafford has been in doubt since the end of last season when now-retired manager Alex Ferguson said the England forward had asked for a transfer.

Rooney denies that but is said to be “angry and confused” and has been the subject of a big-money bid from Chelsea. United say they do not want to sell the 27-year-old.

Charlton, now a United director, told Sky Sports in Hong Kong, where the club are on tour: “Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player.

“I don’t like losing really, really good players and he is a really great player.

“I was hoping one day that he might score as many goals as I had and that would have been really nice if it was at our club – and I’m still thinking that way.”

Injury has kept Rooney out of United’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, but United manager David Moyes on Sunday said the forward was on track to return for a friendly in Sweden on August 6.

Rooney’s tally of 197 goals is 52 short of Charlton’s club record.


Charlton expects Rooney to stay

Android beats iPad in tablet market share

Android beats iPad in tablet market share

It wasn’t long ago that the iPad was unquestionably the leader in the tablet market — if not the entire market itself.

But the Android ecosystem has proven that it could catch up, thanks especially to entries that have debuted in the last two years — namely Amazon’s Kindle Fire brand and Google’s ownNexus 7 series built with mobile OEM partners.

As further evidence of that, Strategy Analytics has published its second-quarter report for global tablet shipments.

The market intelligence firm found that Android accounted for 67 percent of worldwide shipments in the second quarter of 2013. Both iOS and Windows declined to 28 percent and 4.5 percent of the global market share, respectively.


The total number of shipments came close to approximately 51.7 million units, up from 36.1 million units during the same quarter last year.

While attributing Android’s success to a more stable collective of hardware partners, Strategy Analytics’ director of tablets coverage Peter King tried to put Apple’s quarter into better perspective:


 Apple iOS shipments were 14.6 million iPads in Q2 2013 which declined 14 percent annually. In the same quarter a year ago the first Retina display iPads were launched which could partly explain the decline as there were no new models in this quarter. However, to compensate that, iPad Mini which was not available a year ago, now freely available was expected to take the figure higher than 14.6 million.


Strategy Analytics subscribers can download the entire report now. Otherwise, it costs $6,999 for individual purchase.

This story originally appeared as “Report: Android dominates tablet market with over half of global shipments” on ZDNet.


Android beats iPad in tablet market share

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