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Rwanda to launch satellite into orbit before end of 2019

Three Rwandan engineers with the support of a team of Japanese at Tokyo University have built a satellite that will be launched into orbit next month. Known as RWASAT-1 the satellite is ready to be launched into orbit after it’s September 24 launch into the International Space Station. RWASAT-1 is a mini satellite, commonly as CubeSats. Such tiny satellites are deployed into low earth orbit so they can send information to ground stations. The announcement of the launch into orbit was made on Tuesday in at a press conference. It…

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Rwanda deports American pastor ‘for meeting journalists’

Rwandan officials have deported an American preacher who is deemed controversial after his arrest on Monday. Evangelist Gregg Schoof was arrested for holding what officials said was an “illegal meeting with journalists”. Schoof was operating a radio station called  Amazing Grace but the station was banned last year after it broadcast a sermon that described women as “evil”. Another evangelist Nicolas Niyibikora in the said sermon aired on January 29, 2018 denigrated women referring to them as evil. The sermon attracted a lot of criticisms from groups including human rights…

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Rwanda launches ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame on Monday officially launched two new smartphones manufactured in Africa. The new phones are the first “Made in Africa” models produced by a Rwandan based company called Mara Group. Mara X and Mara Z are now available for purchase to consumers. They were showcased in May this year at a Tech summit in Paris. Now on sale they will use Google’s Android operating system and cost $190 (Mara X) and $130 (Mara Z). President Kagame said he hoped the new phones would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage,…

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Rwanda abolishes over 1,000 colonial-era laws

Rwanda‘s parliament has passed a law scrapping over 1,000 laws considered colonial and outdated. For months the country debated and discussed plans to scrap all the country’s colonial-era laws. Local media New Times reported that some of these laws were put in place by colonial countries like German (1900-1916), and Belgium between 1916-1962. Some of the laws abolished include a decree of July 22, 1930, that prohibited transfer on credit or for free of all alcoholic beverages. One of the laws also made it possible for massive land grab by…

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Rwanda welcomes first batch of migrants trapped in Libya

The first batch of African migrants stranded in Libya detention camps has arrived in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The sixty-six migrants are part of the over 500 migrants Rwanda has agreed to take. The migrants are relocating to Rwanda following an agreement between the Rwandan government, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the African Union. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. Many migrants from Africa continue to seek for greener pastures outside the continent. They have resorted to…

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Rwanda to host Commonwealth heads of government meeting

The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has been officially launched in a video message from the President of Rwanda and the Commonwealth Secretary-General. President Paul Kagame and Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced that CHOGM 2020 will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre during the week starting 22 June. Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend. The theme for the meeting is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Energy…

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Rwanda accepts to take in African refugees held in Libya

Rwanda has reached a deal with the African Union to take in African refugees being held in worsening conditions in detention centres in Libya. These refugees mainly migrants will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Rwanda’s government and the African Union. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday that a first group of 500 refugees will be evacuated in coming weeks. There are 4,700 estimated number of refugees currently in custody in Libya, under a new transit mechanism. UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told a news briefing…

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Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo reveals he is gay

A Rwandan gospel singer has revealed his sexual orientation in an interview with a Christian YouTube channel on Monday. Albert Nabonibo, 35 revealed that he is gay and was ready to face the backlash that comes with his disclosure. Many of his fans have expressed shock at his disclosure in an African society that conservative and not open to homosexuality. Although Rwandan laws do not outlaw gay acts, it at the same time does not permit same-sex marriages. That means Nabonibo may not face any prosecution but can’t engage in…

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Rwanda, Uganda end hostilities after leaders signed a pact

Rwanda’s Kagame said “The MoU addresses all these matters very clearly and I don’t think we should be picking and choosing what we implement and what we don’t. We are going to address all these problems. By doing that indiscriminately, we will get where we want to be.” “We have agreed on issues that will be implemented between our two countries largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement,” said Museveni. The dispute virtually threatened and impacted cross-border trade between…

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Kagame meets young Rwandans to plan for next 25 years

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has met over 3000 young Rwandans as part of his “Meet the President” series. Wednesday’s meeting took place at the Rusororo based Intare Conference Arena and was also broadcast to thoe not able to be at the Arena. The gathering was aimed at providing the opportunity for Kagamae to engage with the young generation on the national aspirations for the next 25 years. Inspired by the country’s Vision 2050, Kagame encouraged the youth to be self-driven to consolidate the gains the country has made over…

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