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Historical Hotel Faucon to be renovated

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Rwanda : Historical Hotel Faucon to be renovated

Posted on 31 January 2013 by peter

Historical Hotel Faucon to be renovated

The Huye district council has finally resolved on a decision to renovate a historical hotel (Hotel Faucon) and recommended that the process should ensure that historical artifacts, be preserved in the process.
Hotel Falcon is located in the former Butare province (now Huye district) – which was considered as the administrative region of the colonial rulers in Rwanda.
The District Mayor, Eugene Kayiranga Muzuka said on January 28th that the renovation and upgrading project on the hotel will be done in consultation with the Institute of National Museums and the current owners of the hotel. He also said that the project timeline will be discussed on a later stage.
The hotel contains a special room that used to be occupied by Rwanda’s King- Mutara III Rudahingwa and other historical artifacts including rooms that used to be occupied by the Belgian royal families.
The council meeting said that while it is necessary to revamp the hotel among other old fashioned building that are mostly seen in Huye district, the historical aspects and features of the hotel should be maintained.
Residents say that Faucon Hotel used to be the most prestigious and perfect spot for the high class citizens and local leaders (who were known as chefs) between the 50’s and 60’s.
Yohani Batista Sebukangaga, who is now in his early 70’s, says that this hotel is considered to be the symbol of the region and it was also a place where the King of Burundi (King Mwambutsa) used to be hosted while on his visit to Rwanda.
Faucon Hotel is believed to have been constructed in 1943, and it belonged to a Belgian called Faucon. The hotel was set ablaze and rehabilitated in 1962 and sold to local entrepreneurs.

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Buranga memorial site to be renovated

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Gakenke: Buranga memorial site to be renovated

Posted on 22 January 2013 by peter

Buranga memorial site in Kivuruga sector in Gakenke District which has precisely 989 bodies of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis is soon to be renovated to be one of the best memorial sites in the district with required  standards.

Buranga memorial site to be renovated

Buranga memorial site


The renovation of this memorial site is yet to begin as on Tuesday the 22nd.JHan.2013, the bodies laid to rest in this memorial site will be will taken out of their places for the renovation of the memorial site to commence.

The renovation process will first deal with the area where the victims’ bodies will be put then a house where the tools that were used in the massacre will be put and lastly where the photos of the victims buried in this memorial site will be put as Julienne Mukamukesha a worker in the commission that fights against Genocide (CNLG) explained.

Mukamukesha went on to say that this renovation is to make the memorial site a better one and with all requirements so that whoever visits will be able to understand everything that transpired during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.

She made it clear that that transferring the bodies of genocide victims is in no way related to mocking of the genocide survivors but just a short period of way of renovating the memorial site.

All people who delivered speeches during the meeting preparing this program on the 17th.Jan.2013, called upon genocide survivors to own this program and ensure smooth operations while all people have to support genocide survivors in this trying period especially those that would be traumatized by this program.

This meeting was prepared by the district administration with the support of CNLG and AVEGA to explain to genocide survivors the reasons why the renovation program has to happen.



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Gakenke Urwibutso rwa Buranga rushyinguwemo

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Rwanda | Gakenke: Urwibutso rwa Buranga rushyinguwemo imibiri hafi 1000 rugiye gusanwa

Posted on 21 January 2013 by peter


Gakenke Urwibutso rwa Buranga rushyinguwemo

Urwibutso rwa Buranga rushyinguwemo imibiri y’abazize Jenoside hafi 1000.

Urwibutso rwa Buranga rushyinguwemo imibiri 989 y’abazize Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi muri Mata 1994 ruri mu Murenge wa Kivuruga, Akarere ka Gakenke rugiye gusanwa kugira ngo rube ari urwibutso rwujuje ibisabwa.

Iki gikorwa giteganyijwe mu minsi mike iri imbere kuko guhera kuwa kabiri tariki 22/01/2013 hazakurwamo imibiri ishyinguwemo kugira ngo ibikorwa by’ubwubatsi bitangire.

Icyiciro cya mbere, hazatunganwa ahazashyingurwa imibiri  hanyuma hanazamurwe n’inzu izashyirwamo ibikoresho byahoreshejwe  bicwa ndetse n’amafoto yabo; nk’uko Mukamukesha Julienne, umukozi wa Komisiyo yo kurwanya Jenoside (CNLG) abisobanura.

Akomeza avuga ko icyo gikorwa kigamije gutunganya urwo rwibutso rukaba urwibutso rwujuje ibyangombwa, umuntu wese uruganye agasobanukirwa neza amateka yaranze Jenoside  yakorewe Abatutsi muri Mata 1994.

Yanashimangiye ko nta ho bihuriye no gushinyagurira abacitse ku icumu ubwo bazakura iyo mibiri mu mva ishyinguwemo igashyirwa ahandi mu gihe gito cy’iyo mirimo y’isanwa ry’urwibutso.

Abafashe ijambo bose mu nama yabaye tariki 17/01/2012, bahamagariye abacitse ku icumu kugira icyo gikorwa icyabo no kuba hafi abashobora kuzahura n’ihungabane.

Iyi nama yateguwe n’akarere n’abandi bafatanyabikorwa harimo CNLG na AVEGA mu rwego rwo gusobanurira abacitse ku icumu impamvu z’icyo gikorwa.

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Gatsibo: RDB develops Ngarama rock site

Posted on 12 January 2013 by peter

Ngarama rock

Ngarama rock

Gatsibo district administration with Rwanda development board (RDB) is to set up infrastructures around Ngarama rock site to improve tourism.

This follows the fact that no big tourism activity has been done in this place inspite of being a historical site.

With the foot prints of King Ruganzu and that of his dogs, Ngarama rock is located in Ngarama sector in Gatsibo district.

The mayor of Gatsibo district, Ambroise Ruboneza revealed to the reporter that with the help of RDB they plan to build a 24 kilometres road to Ngarama rock in two years time.

Ruboneza says that infrastructures like buildings and banks have been set up in Ngarama town to improve customer care towards the tourists.

Investors are asked to invest in building hotels in Ngarama town to accommodate visitors that come to Ngarama rock.

Some of the interesting features on the rock are footprints of King Ruganzu, foot prints of his dogs and the kings drum.


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Rubavu upbeat on tourism promotion

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Rwanda : Rubavu upbeat on tourism promotion

Posted on 05 January 2013 by peter

Rubavu upbeat on tourism promotion

Residents of Rubavu district have been urged to play a major role in promoting tourism activities by welcoming tourists, maintain tourist attractions sites and avoiding the habit of begging visitors.

Jean Marie Vianney Ruhamanya, the district official in charge of cooperatives and tourism, says that the district has come up with a tourism promotion agenda for 2013 and there is need to have the contribution of residents in order to achieve it.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has designated Rubavu district as one of the priority areas of tourism zones because of its vast tourist attractions. The district has over 30 sites which range from historical sites, natural forests, lakes and rivers, mountains among others.

Ruhamanya said that residents must maintain the general cleanliness of the designated sites, and give a warm welcome to tourists who visit the historical, and show a sign of self respect which will encourage more tourists to visit and thus more foreign earnings through the sector.

To the contrary, most residents living around these sites, in Rubavu district expressed ignorance of the value of tourist sites but were supportive of the district initiative.

Tourism is the largest foreign exchange earner in Rwanda’s economy. From January 2012, the sector brought in US$232million from US$204millions- making an increment of US$28million.

In his state of the nation address in 2012, President Paul Kagame also called Rwandans to promote the sector so as to give a good image of the country and encourage more tourists to visit the country as one of the most favorable tourist destinations in Africa.

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Animals in the Akagera National Park


Rwanda : Poaching increases in Rwanda’s National parks

Posted on 03 January 2013 by peter


Animals in the Akagera National Park

Animals in the Akagera National Park

As the year draws to an end, reports show that poaching in Akagera National Park in Eastern Province and the Northern Province against the endangered mountain gorillas of Africa has increased.

The police urges the  public especially those living near these parks to find something tangible they could invest their time instead of engaging in poaching which is a crime and punishable by law.

“We caution people residing close to national parks and game reserves to avoid activities in the parks. We urge them to work with security organs in case wildlife wanders into communities so that they can quickly intervene and tranquilize them before they cause havoc,” said the police in a statement.

“We all know that man coexistence with wild life has proved to be uneasy given circumstance involved. Wild life creates havoc to neighborhoods near wildlife reserves and national parks where they invade residential areas destroying crops and injuring humans.

On the other side, humans also affect the wildlife through criminal activities such as poaching, an activity that wildlife conservationists campaign against.”

A good example can be found at the Akagera National Park where several cases of wildlife invading residential areas have been reported. Likewise human activity such as grazing in the national park, poaching have been reported to destabilize conservation initiatives.

Yet it is imperative that both humans and wildlife to co-exist without any causing harm to each other.

This year, RDB went as far as putting in place an electric fence to keep the wildlife from wandering into communities that neighbor national parks. The move will keep away buffaloes, elephants and crocodiles that have been causing trouble to communities close to the National Parks.

Police says that wildlife conservation is important for environmental reasons as well as economical ones. Wildlife significantly contributes to the economy given the ever increasing number of tourists visiting the country.

According to article 417 of the new penal code which stipulates that any person, who poaches, sells, injures or kills a gorilla or any other protected endangered animal species shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five to ten years and a fine of five Rwf 500, 000 to Rwf 5 million.



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