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Rwandan President Paul Kagame Sworn In For Third Term

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame was inaugurated Friday for a third term after emerging as a complete winner with about 99 percent of vote in the recent presidential election. The ceremony was attended by several African leaders in the Rwandan capital city Kigali. In his election campaign the longtime president had said the presidential election is just a formality and he ...

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Paul Kagame Wins Third Time Presidency Race By 98% Vote

Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame has been re-elected as the President of Rwanda. This is his third win in three consecutive terms, extending his time in office to 17 years. The incumbent president won by 98 percent votes and said in a televised speech the victory belongs to Rwandans who have trusted in him. Adding further the 59-year-old said he will be building ...

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University of Ottawa to partner with UR

The University of Ottawa in Canada is set to partner with the newly created University of Rwanda (UR) to help strengthen higher education in Rwanda. President Kagame poses with the Chancellor of the University of Ottawo, Michaëlle Jean, shortly after the meeting at Village Urugwiro. Courtesy. This was announced yesterday by visiting former Governor General of Canada (2005-2010) and current Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, Michaëlle Jean. She was speaking to journalists shortly after meeting President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro in Kigali. The former Commander-in-Chief of Canada also held talks with officials from the Ministry of Education and the University of Rwanda. The Chancellor said that her university sees an opportunity in Rwanda’s bid to build a major public institution of higher learning that’s respected internationally. “We want to contribute to this endeavour where you want to have a university of great quality that will be recognised around the world as a university of quality. We want to become partners in this project,” she said. She said that starting with this year the University of Ottawa will waive tuition for some Rwandan students to complete their studies in Canada and give greater access to the university’s bursary programmes. “What we are offering is the possibility to contribute to building university programmes that are not found here. We would like a real partnership whereby the University of Ottawa and the University of Rwanda as well as other high learning institutions here can work together to train people on the ground in Rwanda,” she explained. Faculties at the Canadian university will also be encouraged to open up their programmes and resources to students from Rwanda, she added. “We want to really work in partnership. Students will study in Rwanda, have the opportunity to complete their studies in Canada and come back to Rwanda for their diplomas,” she said, adding that the partnership will not encourage brain drain. With 46,000 students, the University of Ottawa is the biggest bilingual campus in the world, teaching students from around the world in both English and French. The UR is expected to ensure that students in public higher learning institutions in Rwanda get better access to adequate study equipment, books, and more innovative and qualified lecturers. The varsity was created last year as a merger of all public institutions of higher learning. By Eugene Kwibuka,The New Times

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Kagame joins Rusheshe residents for Umuganda

President Paul Kagame yesterday joined residents of Rusheshe Village in Masaka Sector, Kicukiro District for the monthly community work, Umuganda. President Kagame helps build houses for the needy during the monthly Umuganda. Village Urugwiro The Head ...

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Central Corridor in EAC to include Tanzania and Burundi

Rrgional leaders will soon launch the Central Corridor and will incorporate Tanzania and Burundi, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. President Uhuru Kenyatta The Central and Northern infrastructural corridors will cover all member states of the East African Community with ...

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EAC heads of state agree on joint power project

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda yesterday agreed to develop a joint power generation project to increase power supply in the three countries. R-L: Presidents Kagame, Museveni and Kenyatta at the Integration Projects Summit in Kampala, yesterday. Village Urugwiro.R-L: Presidents Kagame, Museveni and Kenyatta at the Integration Projects Summit in Kampala, yesterday. Village Urugwiro. This was reached during a meeting of the Heads of State of the three countries in Kampala, Uganda, dubbed the Fourth Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit. Since June last year the three countries are pursuing several joint integration initiatives, especially cross-border infrastructure projects, as well as other schemes designed to ease movement of people and goods and services across the region. Yesterday’s summit, chaired by the host, Yoweri Museveni, was attended by his counterparts, Presidents Paul Kagame and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. The meeting was also attended by Burundi’s Vice-President Geravis Rufykiri  and South Sudan’s Foreign minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin. Tanzanian Vice-President Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal led his country’s delegation who attended as observers. “Work on power inter-connection should be completed in the following timeline; Republic of Uganda by February 2015, Republic of Kenya by March 2015 and Republic of Rwanda by April 2015,” a statement released at the end of the summit reads in part. The leaders also agreed to develop a joint power generation project and have a common mechanism of acquiring way-leaves for not only power generation but also to cover other utilities within the integration projects. President Kagame praised the achievements made on current joint projects, saying progress made so far was encouraging. “In January this year, the use of Identity Cards as travel documents started. I was very pleased to use my national ID card to come here yesterday. I was granted only a six-month stay. Next time, I will ask for more. The statistics indicate that these new services are already benefiting our populations,” he said. He called on partner states to maintain and speed up the momentum, especially on core infrastructure for transport and electricity in order to complete the agreed projects for the benefit of the people in the region. “I am told Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will have a common pavilion at next month’s international tourism fair in Berlin. This is not only good business for our countries but a clear indication of our genuine commitment to the broader integration agenda,” he said. The Heads of State also signed a Defence, Peace and Security Pact to cooperate in security matters. A single tourism visa and use of national identity cards as travel documents were also launched. The defence, peace pact is meant to strengthen regional security and partnership in the fight against terrorism, cross-border crime and other regional security threats. ...

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Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda launch single tourist visa

The single East Africa Tourist Visa was officially launched by Heads of State of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda in Kampala, yesterday, completing one of the major integration projects jointly undertaken by the three countries over the last nine months. A tourist shows off a dummy East African Tourist Visa at the Heads of State summit in Kampala, yesterday. Courtesy.A tourist shows off a dummy East African Tourist Visa at the Heads of State summit in Kampala, yesterday. Courtesy. At the ceremony, the Presidents gave out three dummy Tourist Visas to three tourists from Canada, UK and Spain. The tourist visa, which makes the three partner states a single tourist destination, was introduced on January 1. President Paul Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and their host, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, also launched use of national Identity Cards, student cards and voter’s cards by the citizens to travel across the participating countries. Rica Rwigamba, the head of tourism department at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), said the single tourist visa will make East Africa compete with other top tourist destinations across the world. “With this Visa, tourists have many choices of getting value for their money by seeing more in just one trip across the three countries,” she said. Laia Sole Amat, a tourist from Barcelona, Spain, who received a dummy visa from President Kagame described the single tourist visa as a great opportunity for many people from the west and beyond. “It is amazing. This is my first visit to East Africa and I am really happy that this is happening now. Many people will love to make use of this visa,” she said. Stephen Asiimwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), said global tourism trends have showed that travelers are more interested in a more holistic travel experience. “The single tourist visa is a sign of continued efforts and cooperation among the respective tourism boards and will continue to grow as we launch the joint marketing platform,” he said. Each single tourist visa goes for US$100, charged by the issuing country. The issuing country will take $40 while the others will each take $30. Yesterday, the presidents asked Kenya to develop the sample application form for the visa and share it with partner states for input within two weeks after the Summit. They also directed ministers of finance, foreign affairs and Internal affairs of the partner states to meet and agree on modalities for a Special Visa Fees Account. The Presidents also ministries of foreign affairs and Immigration departments of partner states to ensure that all missions abroad are fully operational to issue the East Africa Tourist visa and report to the next summit in April this year. By Gashegu Muramira,The New Times

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