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Ferwafa sacks Gasingwa, starts search for new SG

Rwanda football governing body, Ferwafa has terminated the contract of the secretary general Michel Gasingwa after three years at the heart of the federation’s operations. Michel Gasingwa Ferwafa said in a statement on Friday evening that, “We have amicably terminated the contract of former Michel Gasingwa.” “The executive committee of Ferwafa would like to inform whoever is interested to apply for the vacant position,” added the statement. The secretary general of the federation is an important position in daily operations of the football house as a link between employees and the executive committee. The office also coordinates all football activities in the country. Gasingwa has been holding the role since 2011 when he replaced Jules Kalisa who resigned after eight years at the helm. Among the requirements for this vacant position are: At least a bachelor degree in Public Administration or Law, Management or Sport Management with at least five years of working experience. The candidate should have five years experience in football organisation management, preferably at the executive committee level and possess strong analytical skills, a proven record in leadership and team coordination. Other desired skills for this position are fluency in oral and written English or French and knowledge of Kiswahili is an added advantage, strong ability to organise and prioritise workloads, meet deadlines and targets, strong interpersonal and negotiating ability, ability to work as a leader and a team member as well as hold a driving licence category B. The secretary general is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Ferwafa, including the overall management of all staff. By Bonnie Mugabe, The New Times

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Amagaju coach fighting to avoid relegation

Amagaju FC head coach Godfrey Okoko believes the Nyamagabe-based side will fight hard to avoid relegation to second division. Amagaju FC head coach Godfrey Okoko Amagaju are at the bottom of the 14-team league table with 10 points after 18 rounds of matches. The Southern Province team is favourite for relegation this season along with either 13th-placed Esperance FC or AS Muhanga in 12th position, but head coach Okoko thinks his side can still survive the drop. Amagaju lost their last league game against defending champions Rayon Sports 2-0 in midweek. Okoko, who signed for Amagaju from the defunct La Jeunesse side this season said, “I just came in bad time as the team was losing and it has been tricky to turn things around, but I am trying my best and, together with my technical staff and the management; we believe this team can stay in the top flight division.” “We are obviously in a bad situation because of our league position, but it’s still early to start thinking of relegation, we need to win at least three games and hope that the teams above drop some points in the process. We don’t want to go down in the second division,” said the former Mukura coach. Amagaju’s next four games are against Muhanga in Nyamagabe, Marines at Umuganda Stadium, Espoir at home and away to Gicumbi FC. Amagaju have won two, lost 12 and drawn four of their 18 league matches played so far. By Peter Kamasa, The New Times

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Microsoft unveils Africa advisors

Microsoft has presented the first four-member board of the Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council, an external board of advisers tasked with guiding strategic investments undertaken by the company in Africa. The board that was officially announced in October last year and features a Rwandan, Akaliza Keza Gara, an entrepreneur and founder of a multimedia company, was presented in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Tuesday. The youthful board will be tasked with presenting issues facing Africa’s rural and urban youth, including unemployment, education and access to technology. The initiative will facilitate Microsoft’s active engagement in Africa’s economic development. Akaliza Keza Gara, who represents the East African region, said that she would use the opportunity to share opportunities in the use of technology to impact people’s lives. “I hope that I will be able to represent my region well by sharing the unique needs and opportunities that exist. My role involves sharing my own experience working in the tech industry in East Africa, and the stories of youth in my social and business circles, to help the initiative better understand the region and inform them about the existing activities promoting ICT for development.” Tayeb Sbihi, a Moroccan entrepreneur who is also a board member, said that the diversity of the board was an advantage that would create different insights as well as bring out a range of ideas. “Our skills complement each other, and we bring different insights, be it technological, political, environmental or social. We represent a good mix, and we will work together to do something good,” he noted. Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, the chairman of Microsoft 4Afrika Advisory Council, said the youth are playing a big role in presenting solutions in various sectors through ICT which has helped create employment opportunities. “The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field is not only redefining how we conduct our major businesses on the continent, it is increasingly improving the efficiency of critical support services such as education, health, and disaster mitigation and management,” Mkapa said. “Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative will be critical in defining a framework that other global and indigenous organisations in the ICT space can adopt to leverage this emerging space and promote economic development in Africa. We are excited about the induction of the new 4Afrika Advisory Council youth members because it helps the initiative stay true to the spirit of youth, enterprise and innovation”. By Collins Mwai, The New Times

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Sina, the name that def ines Nyirangarama

If you have never made a stopover at Nyirangarama, perhaps you travelled while asleep. Sina explains the process of making one of his products. Moses Opobo This is the official stop-over point for travellers plying the Kigali-Musanze route. For travellers using public means, it is the only place the bus stops for you to grab a few refreshments and empty your bladder as well. Legend holds that it started in 1993, as a small roadside mandazi shop until, eventually the owner, Sina Gerard moved into food processing. Today that name is synonymous with Nyirangarama, and no talk of it is complete without mention of Sina Gerard. The stopover is called Nyirangarama, while Sina’s food processing empire is Urwibutso Enterprise. But Urwibutso Enterprise and Nyirangarama are almost one and the same. The enterprise is a cluster of commercial buildings that house Sina’s diverse business interests, while a few of the premises are rented to service providers like banks and telecom companies. Otherwise, it is one giant, indigenous business empire modeled along the lines of a social enterprise. Food processing is the dominant activity here, and some of the products on offer are; assorted fruit juices, biscuits, cookies, banana and grape wines, fruit jam, bread, honey, flour, and the famous Akabanga chilli sauce. The owner is a man whose life revolves around the outlying farmlands that dot his huge plantation, and on the Saturday afternoon when I stopped over for a chat, I found him driving out to attend urgent business with farmers. ...

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RwandAir named official carrier of Kili Marathon

RwandAir has been named the official carrier of this year’s 42.195km Kilimanjaro International Premium Lager Marathon slated for March 2 in Tanzania. As the official airline partner, RwandAir will fly participants, supporters and organisers in and out of Kilimanjaro region. RwandAir said in a statement, “The management of RwandAir is honoured to be the official airline partner for the 2014 Kilimanjaro Marathon.” “RwandAir, the national carrier of Rwanda and Africa’s fastest growing airline has yet again strategically placed itself in the position to market itself through this headline making event.” A host of elite marathon runners drawn across the region with Rwanda inclusive will go head-to-head in a battle for top honours during this year’s event. By Bonnie Mugabe,The New Times

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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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Commune Rouge, the slaughter scene where Tutsi were buried alive in 1994

Innocent Kabanda, a resident of Gisenyi sector, Rubavu District was 13 years old at the time of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Innocent Kabanda stands next to the memorial site established in memory of thousands of Tutsis who were slain and buried in the pit . Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti . Innocent Kabanda stands next to the memorial site established in memory of thousands of Tutsis who were slain and buried in the pit . Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti . He remembers vividly how the killers lured his father, relatives and neighbours to Ruliba cemetery, only for them to be massacred moments later. “Killers deceived him that they were taking him to the commune (district) offices where he and other Tutsis would be protected,” he says, naming some people he knew who were killed there alongside his father. Commune Rouge or Red district, was formally a cemetery. “The place used to serve as a cemetery but in 1990, a deep pit was dug near the cemetry by Gisenyi inmates under the instruction of leaders. Residents were oblivious to the fact that the pit was actually going to serve as a mass grave for some,” Kabanda said. Sources say the genocidal government had ordered Gisenyi prison inmates to dig a pit near the cemetery, two years before the Genocide started. This points to a planned and well orchestrated move to have the Tutsis dumped there in the wake of the Genocide. The plan came to pass when during the Genocide, the Interahamwe militia hoodwinked the Tutsis in the area that they were being taken to the commune offices for safety only for the militia to veer them off to the cemetery to be buried alive. Located in Ruliba cell, Gisenyi Sector in Rubavu District, the mass grave containing the remains of the Tutsi victims has now been turned into a memorial site. Officials, however, say there is a plan to exhume the remains of the slain Tutsis and honour them with a befitting sendoff at a new cemetry currently under construction in the same area. “I am hoping to see the remains of my father   will be alert when the remains are being exhumed so that I see my father and other relatives who were lured to their death. I remember he was dorning a sports jersey and had his identity card in the pocket,” Kabanda says. “The place turned into a Golgotha of sorts because of the atrocities that took place here. Tutsis were being lured here, they never lived to see the next day,” he adds Now the head  of the umbrella organisation for Genocide survivors’ associations (Ibuka) in Rubavu District, Kabanda says hundreds of  Tutsis who lived in Gisenyi and the surrounding areas were led to the cemetery and slaughtered there. There are no official statistics on the number of people who perished there but Kabanda believes the number will be established when the remains are exhumed. “When the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) stopped the Genocide, we emerged from our hideouts and found bodies of the dead dumped in the pit while others were scattered around it,” Kabanda says. “We built a wall around the pit and put a roof on our departed ones,”  he adds.  Place of trial killings...

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