French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner last week made a stop in Rwanda as part of his itinerary on the African continent. From what he told journalists immediately after a meeting with President Paul Kagame, it would appear both the governments of Rwanda and France are working hard to mend strained relations. Restoring diplomatic ties hasn’t [...]
At the beginning of this month we decided to close down this newspaper, and every one of us at Focus began to look for a job. This was because we no longer had the money to run the newspaper.
Local Government Minister Protais Musoni had a 430 hectare spread of land in Eastern Province. That is until he was made to give up 405 hectares during the ongoing land redistribution exercise which kicked off Monday last week, with President Kagame personally supervising proceedings.
Last week, several petrol stations in Kigali ran out of fuel, which is strange given the government’s assurances that there are sufficient reserves in the country. And indeed, officials at the ministry of commerce confirm that the shortage in these stations must be related to delays in delivery, given that there is currently no lack [...]
The Minister of Public Service and Labor, Manasseh Nshuti, has announced that the working week for public servants is to increase from 40 to 48 hours. He said this during a review of Mifotra’s 2007 achievements and its 2008 program. Minister Nshuti presenting his institution’s achievements Amongst the ministry’s main achievements in 2007, the Minister [...]
A 17-year old girl whose single kidney was failing recently died because the dialysis equipment needed to treat her, and which is only available in Butare, was not ready in time. Even if doctors doubt that the treatment could have saved her, it shows how lack of specialized medical equipment, and the enormous cost of [...]
The Unity and Reconciliation Commission (URC) on January 25 held a meeting to evaluate its working for 2007 and plan the way forward for 2008.
Last week, the 2007/2008 Human Development Report was launched under the theme “Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world.” It was an occasion to assess the state of the fight against climate change in Rwanda.
On January 25, the Ministry of Public Service and Labor (Mifotra) in collaboration with the Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management (RIAM) and the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) officially launched the RIAM 2008 training calendar.
A recent agreement between the Chinese city of Shenzhen and Kigali demonstrates the importance, and advantages, of twinning programs between Rwandan districts and foreign counterparts.