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Why food prices are going up

Food prices have gone up in different parts of the country compared to the past few months. Rwanda’s main staple food (Irish potatoes) now goes for between Rwf200 and Rwf250 a kilogramme in most markets of the City of Kigali; Huye, Nyamata and Muhanga districts, up from Rwf150 over the past three months. Irish potatoes are, however, up marginally at Rwf160 in Gakenke, Kinigi, Vunga, Byangabo and Cyanika markets. Emmanuel Irambona, a produce supplier in Nyabugogo market, attributed the increase to poor Irish potatoes yields last season, saying farmers used bad seeds. Other traders attributed the rise to bad weather that affected crop production. Fresh peas cost about Rwf1,300 a kilo in Kimironko, Remera and Nyarugenge markets, from Rwf800, while beans are at Rwf700 a kilo gramme from Rwf600. A kilo of cassava flour costs Rwf500 and sweet potatoes cost Rwf250. A kilo of carrots is at Rwf500 in Remera, Nyabugogo and Kabuye markets, same as that of tomatoes. Passion fruits cost Rwf800 a kilogramme, down from Rwf1,000 last week, while bananas go for Rwf1,000 a kilo from Rwf500 a few weeks ago. A kilo of mangoes costs Rwf1,300 and pineapples go for between Rwf500 and Rwf1,000, depending on size. Beef costs Rwf2,000 a kilo, up from Rwf1,800 a fortnight ago. A kilo of fresh fish is at Rwf3,000 from Rwf2,400 last week, while a tray of eggs costs Rwf2,500 in Remera, Gikondo and Kicukiro markets. By Seraphine Habimana ,The New Times

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Scribes get tips on e-billing initiative

Business journalists have been challenged to learn how electronic billing machines work to be able to report accurately about them. All business people are required by law to issue customers e-receipts for items bought. “These machines will not only help in making tax collections efficient, but they are also useful to the taxpayer in terms of reducing paperwork in form of receipt books and minimising the risks of theft by employees,” Rwanda Revenue Authority’s Placide Kiboga, said during journalists’ training organised by the tax body. The training at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali aimed at equipping journalists with basic knowledge and skills on reporting about the project. Kiboga said that soon, all business people would start issuing receipts asking customers not to pay operators before they receive e-receipts. The tax body last month warned it will penalise businesses that do not have e-billing machines effective April 1. The tax body introduced the machines in 2012, but business operators have been slow in embracing them. By Ben Gasore,The New Times

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EAC, S. Sudan presidents to meet in Uganda

Uganda will this week be hosting the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kampala on February 20, a meeting aimed at improving the business environment in the region. ...

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We won’t take chances in Bujumbura – AS Kigali coach

AS Kigali have plenty of work to do in Bujumbura when they face Burundian Cup winners, Academie Tchite in their Caf Confederation Cup second leg this weekend. Coach Andrew Gasambungo has said as the team prepares to defend the 1-0 first leg win. Striker Bodo Ndikumana #10, is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the only goal of the game as AS Kigali beat Academie Tchite of Burundi in the first leg on Saturday. Timothy Kisambira. Bodo Ndikumana’s strike gave AS Kigali a first leg 1-0 win at Stade de Kigali on Saturday. “Winning the game gives us the cushion, but we can’t afford to start thinking ahead of ourselves, it’s a very narrow lead,” Gasambungo said of the winners of the Rwanda Peace Cup last season. AS Kigali are making a second continental appearance since 2001 when the team then called Les Citadens didn’t go passed the qualifying round. The coach observed that the win in the first leg means the team goes to Bujumbura with something to defend in the second leg. Gasambungo noted that he hopes conditions in Burundi will allow his team to do what they “need to do” to advance to the first round. AS Kigali need a draw to progress to the next round where they will face Alhly Shandy of Sudan. “We have to go to Bujumbura and work 10 times harder than we did here in order to win that game and am sure my side will progress to the next round,” he stated. His counterpart of Academie Tchite, Jimmy Ndizeye conceded defeat, adding that his side lost to a better team in the first leg. “We gave them too much freedom, especially in the central midfield where we allowed them to manoeuvre the ball with too much ease,” Ndizeye admitted. He added: “AS Kigali front players had more pace than our defenders, you could see that especially towards the end of the match.” Ndizeye however, warned that the second leg won’t be a walk in the park for As Kigali. “I think we can overturn the score and reach to the next round. I am sure we will get a win at home, so it is not over yet,” added Ndizeye, a former SC Kiyovu and Les Citadens player. The two teams will square-off in the second leg in the Burundi capital this Sunday, with AS Kigali looking the favourites to progress, thanks to their one-goal advantage. By Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

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Cricket Without Borders return to Rwanda

Eight officials from United Kingdom-based charity organisation, Cricket Without Boundaries [CWB] , are back in the country to promote the sport in schools through coaching clinics and learning sessions for children. The team, comprised of Stephen Dey, David Murray, Bill Allen, Rob Jones, Tracey Davies, Alan Hough and Amardeep Singh arrived in the country yesterday and would be holding a two-week coaching visit to schools in Kigali, Huye  and Kinihira. Districts. Their main purpose is to impart cricket skills to the youth whilst passing on the HIV/Aids messages to the cricketers. As part of the activities, CWB will run four teachers’ coaching courses and one umpiring and scoring course. The Rwanda Cricket Association general manager Joshua Mwanja said: “CWB does a fantastic job in using cricket to teach HIV/Aids awareness messages and this education to thousands of people in schools helps to save many from getting HIV/Aids.” He added that in 2013, the Rwandan youth playing numbers increased by 30% because of the two projects run by CWB. Since 2005, CWB has hosted similar projects in eight African countries, including Uganda, Kenya and Botswana. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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Police caution public on new con men tricks

Criminals are using new tricks to dupe unsuspecting members of the public to fleece them of money and other valuables, Police have said. In their new trick, some of the criminals claim to be suppliers of vehicle parts such as bearings and con their gullible victims into giving them money. Most of their victims believe them after seeing samples of the purported products. Police have cautioned the public against such tricks after over seven such cases were reported recently. Police said last week it had arrested five suspects who had, by the time of their arrest, obtained more than Rwf50 million from various individuals in Kigali. They were apprehended on Thursday from various parts of the City. The suspects, men aged between 30 and 45 years, claim to be selling cheaply goods obtained from regional countries. “It’s a new system of theft in the country; Rwandans should be cautious of such people who are posing as traders. We also urge the telecommunication companies to always be vigilant while registering people’s sim-cards,” Emmanuel Kabanda, a Police communications officer, said. He said some people register cards under fake identifications which they use to commit crimes. Several mobile phone gadgets used by the suspected con men were also recovered. The Police said there is a racket made of seven groups operating in Kigali with various responsibilities, including posing as marketers and distributors. Initially, they carry out surveys to establish the exact people who might want certain bearing machines. How they work After getting the client, they take him or her to meet their manager in a certain office, where they negotiate and promise to distribute the machines at cheaper prices. After the client have paid them, immediately they switch off their phones and use other mobile phone numbers. The office will also be closed immediately. Police said the suspects have a regional network in East African countries and international markets, especially in Asian countries, where they also sell fake minerals like gold. Suspects deny However, speaking from Police offices in Kacyiru, some of the suspects denied the allegations leveled against them, saying they were genuine traders.

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Empowering women critical to achieving Vision 2020 agenda – RDB’s Akamanzi

Rwanda will be in a firm position to achieve Vision 2020 agenda of attaining a middle income status in the next six years if women are empowered to participate from the driving seat. Women representatives from Silicon Valley discuss with girls active in ICT at the seminar. The New Times/ C...

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