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New Rwanda Bean Coffee Company Opens in U.S.

New Rwanda Bean Coffee Company Opens in U.S.

A new Rwandan owned coffee shop and roaster has officially opened its doors in South Portland, a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The shop was founded by Mike Mwenedata; a 32-year old Rwandan who lives in the US. According to the Rwandan Embassy in the USA, the new business – Rwanda Bean Coffee […]

Angola Waives Visa Requirements for Rwandans

Angola Waives Visa Requirements for Rwandans

With effect from July 1, 2018, Rwandan citizens travelling to Angola will no longer be required to have visas to enter Angolan territory. The decision for Rwandans to be exempted from visas to Angola is contained in a presidential decree no. 150/18 of 19 June. The same decree also exempts citizens of Cape Verde. According […]

Rwanda Ranked Second Safest Place in Africa

Rwanda Ranked Second Safest Place in Africa

Rwanda has been ranked second by the 2018 Gallup Global Law and Order report. Gallup’s Law and Order Index gauges people’s sense of personal security and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement. indicates that 83 per cent of Rwandan residents have confidence in the local police force. The 2018 Gallup Global Law and […]

Rwanda’s Economy Grows By 10.6% in First Quarter

Rwanda’s Economy Grows By 10.6% in First Quarter

Rwanda’s economy grew 10.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, figures released by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning yesterday indicated. The positive performance indicates that the economy has fully bounced back from a low economic growth of 1.7 per cent recorded in the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter […]

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

More Rwigara Family Properties to Go Under the Hammer

More Rwigara Family Properties to Go Under the Hammer

The Rwanda Revenue Authority will auction more properties belonging to the embattled Rwigara family as it seeks to recover Rwf6 billion ($6.9 million) it says it is owed in taxes. The taxman will put up for sale equipment from the family-owned Premier Tobacco Company on Monday, its auctioneer Mr Vedaste Habimana said. The tobacco processing […]

Rwanda Says UN Court Can Still Salvage Its Credibility

Rwanda Says UN Court Can Still Salvage Its Credibility

There are two suggestions for the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) to consider if it is to salvage its credibility and, by extension, its legacy, according to Rwanda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza. She was addressing the UN Security Council in New York, during an open debate on the […]

Ellen DeGeneres – Spending Time With Gorillas Changed My Life

Ellen DeGeneres – Spending Time With Gorillas Changed My Life

Popular American TV talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, described her experience trekking the gorillas as life changing. “Spending time with these gorillas changed my life. Thank you to everyone who is helping Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund,” Ellen wrote on Twitter. Spending time with these gorillas changed my life. Thank you to everyone who is helping […]

Africa’s mountain gorilla population now exceeds 1,000

Africa’s mountain gorilla population now exceeds 1,000

A new survey shows Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas have exceeded 1,000 after conservation efforts, making them the only great ape in the world considered to be growing in number. The WWF says mountain gorilla numbers have increased to 604 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a hilly area encompassing parts […]

US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes

US and Rwanda have fallen out over second-hand clothes

US President Donald Trump’s “America First” stance on global trade has hit Rwanda, by imposing tariffs on clothing exports from the tiny East African nation. The issue revolves around an obscure import, second-hand clothes, and Rwanda’s refusal to back down from the fight. When did the dispute start? In March 2018, the US gave Rwanda […]

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