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Pope apologises for Catholic church being close to Hutu-led govt in 1994 Rwanda genocide when 800,000 mostly Tutsis were killed

Pope apologises for Catholic church being close to Hutu-led govt in 1994 Rwanda genocide when 800,000 mostly Tutsis were killed

Pope Francis has plead for forgiveness for “the sins and failings of the Church and its members” implicated in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed about 800,000 people. The pontiff “conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the Holy See and of the Church, for the genocide against the Tutsi”, the Vatican said in a […]

US$350 million power plant will increase Rwanda’s installed capacity by 40%

US$350 million power plant will increase Rwanda’s installed capacity by 40%

A US$350 million deal to finance an 80 megawatt (MW) peat to power project in Rwanda, which will improve access to electricity for the three quarters of the country’s population that is currently off the grid, has reached financial close. The power plant, which is expected to increase installed capacity in Rwanda by 40%, will […]

Rwanda Wants to Be East Africa’s Aviation Center

Rwanda Wants to Be East Africa’s Aviation Center

This week, Rwanda hosted the Africa Aviation 2017 Summit at Kigali Conventional Center. RwandAir, the national carrier of the republic of Rwanda has attracted a lot of attention over the past 5 years, earning a reputation of one of Africa’s fastest growing airline. As the IOSA certified airline and member of IATA, RwandAir flies to […]

Rwanda Sets Record Again – Largest Solar Project in East Africa

Rwanda Sets Record Again – Largest Solar Project in East Africa

Rwanda has done it again; Ignite Power is the largest solar financing company in Rwanda. Rwanda citizens now have the most Affordable Solar Home Systems in Africa, 30% more affordable than Kenya, 40-70% more affordable than any comparable product in Rwanda. IGNITE POWER has the fastest scale up in Africa with a connection rate of […]

Rwandan Women Drumming Away the Trauma of Genocide

Rwandan Women Drumming Away the Trauma of Genocide

For Marta, joining Rwanda’s first female drumming troupe, Ingoma Nshya — a co-operative of formed 10 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi — has helped her cope with the trauma of losing her husband in the killings. Ingoma Nshya means a new drum or new kingdom. Marta’s remarkable recovery is captured in Sweet […]

Why Beauty Pageants Are Banned in Rwandan Schools

Why Beauty Pageants Are Banned in Rwandan Schools

Beauty pageants are a trend that has picked pace in Rwandan society. Apart from the annual Miss Rwanda beauty pageant, the biggest event on the social calendar, almost every weekend there is a beauty pageant organised. Over the years, other smaller beauty contests have steadily picked momentum in schools, mostly secondary schools. Organisers say these […]

Want to Travel to Rwanda? – Here Are 8 Mistakes to Avoid as a Tourist

Want to Travel to Rwanda? – Here Are 8 Mistakes to Avoid as a Tourist

You know what I like? Being a tourist. Yes. A good old tourist. It does not matter where I am, I will act like a foreigner visiting the place for the first time (even in my home town!). It is like walking around with a dollar sign on your forehead. The locals assume you have […]

New Minerals Found as Rwanda Govt Steps Up Exploration

New Minerals Found as Rwanda Govt Steps Up Exploration

Rwanda has far more natural resources than previously thought, an official familiar with the country’s mineral exploration programme has said. The revelation comes days after the Government established a fully-fledged statutory body to oversee and coordinate all the exploration and mining-related activities in the country: the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board. Dr Emmanuel Munyangabe, […]

Africa Faces a New Threat to Democracy – the ‘Constitutional Coup’

Africa Faces a New Threat to Democracy – the ‘Constitutional Coup’

Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law and separation of powers. This is to ensure an even distribution of power where a society is “built on principles of law, not men”. In the 1990s many African states reinvented their constitutions […]

Rwanda Begins Conservation of Artifact of Genocide Victims

Rwanda Begins Conservation of Artifact of Genocide Victims

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has begun conserving clothing worn by Genocide victims. With the help of nearly $87,000 from the US Embassy’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, CNLG this week started preserving clothing worn by Genocide victims at the Nyamata Genocide memorial in Bugesera District. The grant was given to Nyamata […]

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