Sunday, December 29, 2019

Rwanda at centre of bad, broken and repaired relations

Paul Kagame Felix Tshisekedi
From L-R: Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, Denise Tshisekedi (DR Congo's First Lady) and Angolan President João Lourenço during a funeral mass for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi in Kinshasa on May 31,2019. PHOTO | URUGWIRO 

Zambia to raise electricity tariffs

Despite continuous investments, power remains unaffordable to a majority of Africa population.
Zesco Limited will be allowed to increase tariffs for household and commercial consumers by about 200 percent and 49 percent respectively. FILE PHOTO | NMG 
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Zambia's Energy Regulation Board has approved the state power utility's plan to raise electricity

Oranto and Armour get licences back in Uganda

An oil rig at Jobi 4field inside Murchison Fall
An oil rig at Jobi 4field inside Murchison Fall National Park in Uganda. In 2017, the ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources issued exploration licenses and production sharing agreements (PSA) to Oranto Petroleum and Armour Energy Litd at the same time. PHOTO FILE | NATION  

Merger wave hits Kenya’s banking industry

Kenya's CBA and NIC banks merged to form NCBA.
Kenya's CBA and NIC banks have merged to form NCBA. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Japan to send military vessel, planes to Middle East

Taro Kono
Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference at the defence ministry in Tokyo on December 27, 2019. PHOTO | JIJI PRESS | AFP 

Rwanda's grand vision for future leaves poor on the curb

Kigali slums
A man with a crutch overlooks a slum on the outskirts of Kigali on October 17, 2019. PHOTO | AFP 

Somali parliament approves a new election law

The Lower House of Somalia’s Parliament popularly in a session in Mogadishu
The Lower House of Somalia’s Parliament in a session in Mogadishu. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Five wounded in stabbing at US rabbi's house

Crime scene.
A man brandishing a machete went into the rabbi's property in Monsey, New York State, during a Hanukkah celebration. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Philippines Christmas typhoon death toll climbs to 41

Typhoon Phanfone
In this file photo taken on December 25, 2019, residents walk past a house damaged during Typhoon Phanfone in Tacloban, Leyte province in the central Philippines. PHOTO | BOBBIE ALOTA | AFP 

Libya parliament speaker urges rejection of UN-recognised govt

Libya parliament speaker Aguila Saleh
Libya's Parliament speaker Aguila Saleh Issa chairs the first session for the assembly at its new headquarters in the second city of Benghazi on April 13, 2019. PHOTO | ABDULLAH DOMA | AFP 

Zimbabwe journalists suffer as regime tightens grip

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Rights groups have accused him of persistently violating human rights since he took office in 2018. PHOTO | FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP 

Africa steps into 2020 with eyes on open borders, deeper trade and integration

Cyanika border post
Cyanika border post. AU member countries will in the next seven months be expected to open their borders for trade in ways never seen before, allowing free movement of people and goods and putting to test the continent’s air, railway and road infrastructure. PHOTO | MORGAN MBABAZI | NMG 

Disputes push countries into bilateral deals to ensure seamless flow of trade

Kenya and Uganda have has a trade dispute over milk imports. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Kenya and Uganda have has a trade dispute over milk imports. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Deficit between imports, exports grows by 45.1%

Imports. Uganda has seen a spike in imports in
Imports. Uganda has seen a spike in imports in the 12 months to October thus leading to an increase in the current account deficit as the country continues to spend more foreign exchange than it earns. FILE PHOTO  

Ngamba Island: Winding away the wild with chimpanzees

Meal hours are perhaps some of th
Meal hours are perhaps some of the most awaited and exciting activities at Ngamba Island.  
By Eronie Kamukama
The captain cast off, heading out into the noon.
The boat glides over the waves as Godfrey Okwayimungu severs a path through the blue waters of

Uganda suffers Shs3 trillion trade decline

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija FILE PHOTO
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija FILE PHOTO 

Fresh cattle raids threaten Uganda, Kenya peace pact

Renewed cross-border cattle theft is a setba
Renewed cross-border cattle theft is a setback to recent efforts by Uganda and Kenya to take the development of pastoralist communities beyond the two countries. NATION MEDIA GROUP PHOTO 
Fresh cross-border cattle raids in Karamoja are threatening to tear apart a memorandum of

Assessment: Time telcos competition got checked

Telcos agents wait for subscribers seeking to
Telcos agents wait for subscribers seeking to use mobile money services or other telecommunication related services. The new assessment has proposed for establishment of rules to control unfair competition. PHOTO | FILE 
By The Citizen Reporter @TheCitizenTZ

2019: Notable year for human rights record in Tanzania

Dar police boss Lazaro Mambosasa (left) was put
Dar police boss Lazaro Mambosasa (left) was put on the spotlight over the arrest of activist Tito Magoti. (right) Tito Magoti, a rights activist whose forceful arrest sparked huge criticism from right activists. 
By Khalifa Said @ThatBoyKhalifax

Rhino believed to be 'world's oldest' dies aged 57 in Tanzania

SPECIAL REPORT: Shock as more boys quit schools, pregnancy-related dropout surge

By Halili Letea @hletea

Rhino Fausta dies: Scientists gather to investigate cause(s) of her death

By Mussa Juma @TheCitizenTZ
Ngorongoro. A team of scientists and veterinary experts from different research institutions have arrived here to investigate the cause(s) of the death of what is believed to be the world’s oldest

Tanzania: Eyakuze - How Time Flies! It Is a Brave New World, Again

Wall clock
Who knew that 2019 would turn out to be much more harrowing than anticipated all over the world? FILE PHOTO | NMG 
How did 2019 simultaneously manage to be the longest year in living history, and the shortest? Is it

Bank of Kigali provides health insurance to 1,400 needy people

L-R: Bonaventure Ntabwoba, the Head of Branch Business at Bank of Kigali, Rwamurangwa Stephen, Gasabo Mayor, Nadine Umutoni, Vice Mayor of City of Kigali and Edda Mukabagwiza, the Deputy Speaker of Chamber of Deputies during Umuganda yesterday. Craish Bahizi
Bank of Kigali has provided Rwf4.4 million to 1,470 needy people in Gasabo district so as to

Year in review: The 10 stories that made headlines in 2019

Kigali Arena that has been built next to Amahoro National Stadium in Remera. The indoor stadium, which has a sitting capacity of about 10,000 people is among Africa’s top 10 indoor sports venues and the biggest in East Africa. It was one of the major highlights of the year 2019. Photo: Emmanuel Kwizera

The year 2019 presented multiple challenges but also recorded big wins for Rwanda.
Despite having to deal with heavy rains and terror attacks, Rwanda’s economy continued to expand with a couple of quarters registering double-digit growth.
Here are the top 10 stories that dominated the news in 2019:
New airport in the horizon
Rwanda signed a mega deal worth USD 1.3 billion with Qatar for the new international airport located in the Eastern Province. The airport, whose first phase scheduled for completion in 2022, will have a capacity of 7 million passengers.

An artistic impression of Bugesera International Airport. The first phase of the airport is expected to be complete by 2022. / Photo: Courtesy
Subsequent phases will see the passenger capacity increase.
As part of the deal, Qatar will own a 60 per cent stake in the airport.
New dawn for Rwanda-DRC ties
The Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi visited Rwanda in March highlighting