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The office of the Ombudsman has announced that it will put in place new mechanisms to deal with corruption related to public tenders. Without divulging any details of the type of measures they count on taking, Jeanne Pauline Gashumba, the director in charge of preventing and fighting corruption in the office of the Ombudsman, told this newspaper that part of the strategy will be to encourage people to come forward if they have any information related to such corruption cases.
Over the past six years, between the Africa Connect summit in 2007 in Kigali and the Transform Africa summit which started last Monday, mobile phone penetration in Africa has nearly tripled, from 23.5% to 63.5%.
In 2008, the government decided to streamline the activities in certain sectors judged vital for the country’s development, and thus the formerly separate agencies in charge of tourism and ICT development, as well as of investment promotion (among others) were brought under one roof. Based on similar institutions operating in Singapore and Costa Rica, the Rwanda Development Board was born.
Of all the accusations made over the past twenty years against the government of Rwanda, and President Kagame in particular, the claim by the American State Department last week the our country is involved in the recruitment of child soldiers, must be one of the most far-fetched and ridiculous.
When President Paul Kagame was in New York last week to attend the 68th UN General Assembly, he also chaired the Fourth Meeting of the Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group. That is no coincidence, considering that Rwanda is likely to meet most, if not all, MDGs.
Since Friday, Kigali has been abuzz with excitement. On that day, Smart Kigali was launched, under which all kinds of ICT-related innovations are being introduced to make life easier for the capital’s residents. The most eye-catching initiative so far is that free Wi-Fi has been installed in various public places, as well as on busses and in cabs, which means that anyone with a Wi-F enabled device will no longer need a modem to get internet access outside their office or home.
On Monday, campaigning started for the parliamentary elections to be held on September 16, which will see the 438 registered contestants vie for 80 seats in parliament.
The recent expulsion of numerous illegal Rwandans from Tanzania raises serious questions as to the intentions of the government of our eastern neighbor, and its goodwill to re-establish amicable bilateral relations.
This move is more than welcome, although somewhat overdue. When it comes to the single tourist visa, for example, the idea to create it for the entire EAC was launched as far back as 2005. Yet for not very clear reasons, its implementation never materialized, although the principle regularly popped up in high-level EAC meetings.
We have what amounts to incontrovertible proof that Monusco, the so-called peacekeeping U.N. mission in eastern DR Congo, is in an unholy alliance with the newly formed Foreign Intervention Brigade to actively participate in the savage fighting raging there.