Rwanda

Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 18 In East Congo Attack
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Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 18 In East Congo Attack

Suspected Islamists killed at least 18 people in a village raid in eastern Congo on Sunday night, local sources said, while fighting resumed with the M23 rebel group in a neighbouring province. Fighters believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed residents and burned down houses in the village of Otomabere, in Irumu territory, Ituri province, said a witness, a local chief and a local human rights group. Congolese army spokesman Jules Ngongo confirmed the ADF attack without giving a death toll, and said Congolese forces were in pursuit of the assailants. The ADF is a Ugandan militia that moved to eastern Congo in the 1990s. The group carries out frequent attacks and killed more than 1,300 people between January 2021 and January 2022, according to a United ...
Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles
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Thousands Abandon Their Homes Amid DR Congo Battles

More than 37,000 people have been forced from their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last four days of fighting, according to aid agencies. Local media report that the national army has retaken some areas that had been seized by the M23 rebels in recent days. But the main road between Rutshuru and the North Kivu regional capital, Goma, remains blocked by the M23. The DR Congo government has again accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, which the government in Kigali denies. Earlier this week, Rwanda called for a regional investigation into how some artillery fire crossed into its territory, injuring some Rwandans. Read Also: Over 50 Villages Vacated Due to Bandits’ Attacks in Niger – Gov Bello On Wednesday, a police chief in Goma asked locals to ta...
Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwanda For Torturing Local Mineworkers
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Chinese Businessman Jailed 20 years in Rwanda For Torturing Local Mineworkers

A court in Rwanda has jailed a Chinese national for 20 years for torturing local mineworkers after a video showing him whipping a man tied to a post went viral on social media. Sun Shujun, the manager of a mine in the west of the country, was convicted on Tuesday along with an accomplice following his arrest last September. “It is clear that (Sun) tortured the victims and issued corporal punishment with malicious intent, and this is a grave crime,” Judge Jacques Kanyarukiga ruled, ordering him to serve a 20-year term in prison. Sun, who was in court for the verdict, acknowledged assaulting two workers, saying he beat them because he was “frustrated and fed up of them constantly stealing minerals”. The 43-year-old had argued for his release, saying he compensated the two by pay...
BREAKING: Lagos Council Boss Dies Days After Winning APC Primary Election
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BREAKING: Lagos Council Boss Dies Days After Winning APC Primary Election

The Chairman of the Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area in Lagos, Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji, has been confirmed dead. His death was confirmed by his media team in a Facebook post on Tuesday. The post read, “With sorrow in our heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (S. W. T), we announce the passing, after a long battle with illness, our dear father, brother, friend, confidant, role model, Nation-builder, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji. Read Also: Critics Won’t Realise Buhari Is A Blessing To Nigeria Until He Leaves Office —Minister “He was until the late night of Monday, 21st June 2021 the Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government. “He will be buried in accordance to Islamic rite by 9 am prompt at his...
Sanwolu-Olu Grants Funke Akindele and Husband Pardon Over Breach of COVID-19 Regulations
Covid-19, Justice, Lagos News, News, Rwanda

Sanwolu-Olu Grants Funke Akindele and Husband Pardon Over Breach of COVID-19 Regulations

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State has pardoned Nollywood actress, Mrs Funke Akindele-Bello and her husband, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bello, who were both arrested and detained over breach of COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Sanwo-Olu also granted state pardon to 56 inmates from different prisons in the state. This was disclosed by Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State. Onigbanjo said the decision was reached based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers granted by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The Attorney-General through a statement issued by Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Mr Kayode Oyekanmi, said the release of the inmate...
Onomo Hotel Group Partners with Bureau Veritas to Receive Safeguard Hygiene Excellency and Safety Label for its Hotels
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Onomo Hotel Group Partners with Bureau Veritas to Receive Safeguard Hygiene Excellency and Safety Label for its Hotels

Kigali, September 9th, 2020 - ONOMO Hotel Kigali is the latest to be added to the list of ONOMO properties to receive Bureau Veritas’ Safeguard certification. ONOMO is one of the first hotel groups to have its properties receive the prestigious safeguard certification. The Safeguard Label is awarded based on compliance with all requirements, following independent verification carried out by a duly qualified auditor. ONOMO’s 21 hotel properties across 12 African countries are supported by the Bureau Veritas partnership, with ONOMO Hotel Conakry, Lomé, Douala, Bamako, Casablanca City Center, and Casablanca Airport already certified, among others.   ONOMO Hotels has partnered with Bureau Veritas, one of the global leaders in conformity assessment services, for the certification of ...
Rwanda Discloses Plans for School Resumption
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Rwanda Discloses Plans for School Resumption

The government of Rwanda has said schools will remain shut till comprehensive risk assessment is conducted which will determine period and method of resumption. The decision on school reopening is one among other resolutions reached by the cabinet after a meeting on Friday, August 14 in Kigali. The office of the Prime Minister in a statement said, “Remote learning continues to be encouraged and should be strengthened.” Rwanda announced closure of its schools after recording its index case in the middle of March, with government saying schools might remain shut until September at the earliest, CGTN published. The country has confirmed 2,293 cases of COVID-19, with 1,604 recovered patients while 8 have died
Gahaya Links and Mastercard Foundation Partner to  Protect and Empower Women-Led Artisan Communities in Rwanda
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Gahaya Links and Mastercard Foundation Partner to Protect and Empower Women-Led Artisan Communities in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda, July 27, 2020 – Gahaya Links, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, has provided 40,000 vulnerable families in their artisan network with face masks, which will help them prevent the spread of COVID-19 while enabling them to safely engage in income generating activity. The face masks were produced by 1,406 tailors, mostly women, providing economic opportunity to the artisan community which has been severely affected by the lockdown measures initiated mid-March in Rwanda countrywide.   Through this partnership, Gahaya Links has worked with its vast network of women cooperatives to protect its members against the health risks of the pandemic. These women, who come from homes with an average of six family members, ...
Rwanda Launches Economic Recovery Program for Creative Industry
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Rwanda Launches Economic Recovery Program for Creative Industry

Rwanda on Friday launched a multi-party COVID-19 recovery program known as Cultural and Creative Industry Recovery Plan to uphold enterprises in the cultural and creative industry, as well as artists. According to a press release, the recovery plan aims to support seven Rwandan federations in the sectors of music, film, plastic arts, writing, beauty and fashion, traditional dance and performing arts It targets to provide 300 million Rwandan francs (about 313,000 U.S. dollars) in grants to uphold initiatives from art enterprises and artists, promote access to resources, facilities and training opportunities free for artists, and engage Rwandans to learn about, love and buy made-in-Rwanda art. The press release said that the outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted measures which resulted ...
Rwanda Seals $150 Million Skills Development Agreement with World Bank
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Rwanda Seals $150 Million Skills Development Agreement with World Bank

Rwanda and World Bank have agreed a $150 million financing agreement to assist the country accomplish skills development in chosen economic sectors. In a statement on Wednesday, Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning disclosed that half of the fund is a grant while the other half is a concessional loan which is payable within 38 years, with a six-year grace period at 0.75 percent interest rate. The ministry said that the project is planned to improve access to technical and vocational education as well as higher education programs required by labour market and the social and economic growth of Rwanda. Minister of finance and economic planning, Uzziel Ndagijimana in a communique said, “Skills development and employment promotion are central to Rwanda’s National Strategy...