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Rwanda: Govt Policy On Edible Oil a Welcome Move  2014-07-21
[New Times]FOR A long time, Rwanda has been importing most of its products, among them edible oil. However in a bid to boost availability of edible oil and reduce dependence on imports, the Government has earmarked 30,000 hectares of land for soya bean growing. While visiting Mount Meru Soyco, a local producer of cooking oil last week, Agriculture Minister Agnes Kalibata said the Government and ...
Vail-Summit surgeons lead medical mission trip to Rwanda  2014-07-20
A group of doctors and physical therapists put a cast on the leg of a Rwandan child suffering from club foot. The technique is part of a training session by Dr. Peter Janes with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, during a medical mission to Rwanda.
Burundi: Opposition Must Participate in Politics  2014-07-18
[African Arguments]Until quite recently, Burundi seemed like the Central African country with the best record of post-conflict progress. The country achieved majority rule in 2005 after a tragic history and cruel civil war and a complex peace process. The war ended with the signing of the Arusha Peace Agreement in August 2000.
Burundi presidential vote set for June 2015  2014-07-18
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's presidential vote will be held in June 2015, its electoral commission announced on Friday, amid concerns over political freedoms in the landlocked east African state.
Congo copper output growth to slow in 2014 -mining chamber  2014-07-17
Growth in copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo will slow in 2014 from its rapid pace the previous year due to insufficient energy supply and uncertainty over new mining laws, Congo’s mining chamber said. Copper production leapt to a record 914,631 tonnes last year from 620,000 tonnes in 2012 as new mining projects and expansion plans came online. In a report on the first quarter of ...
Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming  2014-07-17
By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining. Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land and some 70 percent of the population works in farming but most are involved in subsistence ...
Rwanda to participate in Automation expo in Mumbai  2014-07-14
Bangalore, July 14 (IANS) Rwanda will participate in the industrial technology exposition, Automation 2014, in Mumbai from October 15-18 as a partner country to promote Indian industries in the African continent. "Republic of Rwanda will participate in the ninth edition of Automation as a partner country and other African countries will be present with their officials and business delegations ...
Burundi youth wing spark fears of looming poll violence  2014-07-13
Burundian opposition activist Jean-Claude Bikorimana pulls down his shirt to show a scar on his chest, the result, he says, of an attack by the ruling party's youth wing. The 26-year-old farmer said he was among some 50 supporters of opposition party the Movement for Solidarity and Development (MSD) who were attacked by 150 "Imbonerakure" armed with clubs and stones as they were playing sports ...
Burundi: The Uncertain Future of Peacebuilding  2014-07-10
[ISS]Burundi has enjoyed a short period of peace since 2010, but this could turn out to be the lull before the storm. Recent events paint a picture of growing tension between the government of Burundi and the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB).
Tourists Rush in to Witness Rwanda's 'Kwita Izina', the 'Gorilla-Naming' Ceremony  2014-07-10
KIGALI, Rwanda, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the foot of the Virunga Mountains, Northern Rwanda, thousands of villagers and tourists gathered to celebrate the birth of 18 mountain gorillas, just meters from the bamboo forest up the hills, reports KT Press from Rwanda. On July 1, 2014, they camped at the foot of the Mountain to celebrate the 10th Kwita Izina - newborn gorilla-naming festival ...
Burundi law to limit church numbers  2014-07-10
Burundi's parliament passes a bill to curb the "proliferation of churches" in a country where there are more than 500 practising denominations.
Burundi critic of government denied bail on security charge: lawyer  2014-07-09
A rights activist campaigning against constitutional change critics say will upset Burundi's ethnic balance and entrench President Pierre Nkurunziza in power has failed in his plea for bail, a defense lawyer said on Wednesday. The proposed amendments, which opponents fear may establish the primacy of Nkurunziza's majority Hutus over Tutsis, have stirred the worst political crisis in the east ...
Telephone Surveys in Burundi Enhance an Already Powerful Form of Behavior Change Communication  2014-07-08
SHELBURNE, Vt. -- Since January, people in Burundi have been listening to a new radio program called Agashi! ("Hey! Look Again!"). This 208-episode soap opera will air twice per week for two ...
As Mountain Gorillas Bounce Back, Rwanda Names Gorilla Newborns  2014-07-02
Rwanda holds official naming ceremony for baby gorillas born over the past year.
Rwanda genocide court upholds 30-year sentence for ex-army chief  2014-06-30
The UN court for Rwanda upheld a 30-year jail term for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu on Monday for his role in the 1994 genocide during which he called for the murder of minority Tutsis. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) "unanimously affirmed the sentence of 30 years in prison," Judge Theodor Meron said, as the former general stood to hear his appeal dismissed in the ...





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