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Ngoma: Residents give facelift to Mutendeli memorial site

Posted on 24 April 2014 by peter

 Residents give facelift to Mutendeli memorial site

Residents of Mutendeli sector in Ngoma district injected over Rwf 3 million in Mutendeli genocide memorial site renovation.

“We have embraced activities concerning the genocide memorial sites. The construction fund came from residents alone,” says Eric Rudahunga in charge of Mutendeli memorial site activities.

Residents built the genocide memorial site following advice by Odette Uwamariya, Governor of Eastern province who called on residents to reconstruct sites as Rwanda commemorates the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

Mutendeli memorial site contains 4150 remains of the 1994 Tutsi genocide victims.

There are 49 genocide memorial sites in Eastern Province, residents are urged to contribute for their renovation.

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Ngoma: Residents to reconstruct 40 genocide memorial sites

Posted on 19 April 2014 by peter

Residents gathered to honor 2462 victims who were slaughtered in 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rukira sector

Residents gathered to honor 2462 victims who were slaughtered in 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rukira sector

 

Ngoma residents were urged to contribute for the renovation of genocide memorial sites.

49 genocide memorial sites in Eastern Province are not properly built yet the government fund is sufficient to cater for the reconstruction of 4 genocide memorial sites.

“It’s a responsibility of districts and residents to renovate 40 genocide memorial sites. Residents should strive to play their part,” said Odette Uwamariya; governor of Eastern province.

“Genocide memorial sites in Eastern province do not befit the victims buried in them. We have to join efforts and rebuild the memorial sites,” said Gihana Samson, IBUKA representative in Ngoma district.

The call was made to the residents while closing the genocide commemoration week in Rukira sector of Ngoma district.

Rukira memorial site contains 2462 remains of 1994 Tutsi genocide victims.

 

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Rusizi allocates Rwf50M to Genocide memorial site construction

Rusizi allocates Rwf50M to Genocide memorial site construction

Posted on 06 April 2014 by peter

Rusizi allocates Rwf50M to Genocide memorial site construction

Rusizi district has allocated Rwf50 million to construction activities at Nyarushishi Genocide memorial site, works should be complete by early 2015. Nyarushishi memorial construction works were on standstill for more than 10 years.

The factors behind delayed completion include poor master plan, low quality iron sheets and insufficient ventilation of the mass grave.

 “A new master plan is in place for the site. We will rectify previous errors that hindered completion of construction works,” said Basile Bayihiki; vice mayor in charge of social affairs, Rusizi district

The Nyarushishi Genocide memorial will be the biggest and most modern site to keep the Rusizi genocide remains.

“Some genocide remains from around Rusizi will be transferred to the new facility before the 21st commemoration,” says Michel Nshimyumukiza; coordinator of National Commission for the Fight against Genocide in Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts.

The construction of Nyarushishi genocide memorial site had cost over Rwf50 million.

Genocide memorial sites is where the remains of 1994 Tutsi genocide victims across the country are laid to rest as way of restoring their dignity lost during the brutal death.

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Rukara Women volunteer to cover cost of water for New Memorial Site

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Rukara Women volunteer to cover cost of water for New Memorial Site

Posted on 13 March 2014 by peter

Women from Rukara sector Kayonza District have volunteered to cover water costs for New Memorial site gardens being constructed in Karubamba cell where remains of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis will be laid to rest.

 Rukara Women volunteer to cover cost of water for New Memorial Site

Kayonza Women like volunteering in public works like cleaning the memorial site  

The new memorial site will be the final resting place for the 8000 genocide remains that will be transferred from the old memorial site. These remains of the genocide victims will be transferred to the new memorial site by the time of the 20th commemoration period that will be in April 2014.

Women of Rukara sector debated on the role they can play in maintaining this memorial site and then decided to make flower gardens, according to Agnes Nyinawumuntu; coordinator of National Women’s Council in Rukara sector.

Every woman in Rukara Sector contributed Rwf100 and more for those who could and now they have contributed to about Rwf95000 to pay for the water. The plan made by the Energy and Water Sanitation to bring water to this Memorial Site will coast about Rwf100, 000 and Rwf12, 5000.

The women of Rukara sector have participated in many programs apart from the flower gardens at the memorial site like making flower gardens at the Rukara Teachers’ Quarters, they have a special community work session where they clean and work on the village roads and support the poor among other things.

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Ngoma: Imigano iri kwifashishwa mu gukurura ba mukerarugendo

Posted on 18 January 2014 by peter

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Ibiti by’imigano byatewe ku  nkengero z’ikiyaga cya Sake  kuri hegitari 45  ngo bihagire ahantu nyaburanga kandi binabungabunge iki kiyaga ndetse bizifashishwe mu kuboha imitako izajya ituma ba mukerarugendo babasigira amadorali bayiguze.

Imirimo yo gukora iki gikorwa imaze amezi agera kuri atatu ikaba iteganijwe gutwara amafaranga agera kuri miliyoni 90 y’u Rwanda  yatanzwe n’ikigo  cy’umutungo kamere hamwe n’ikigo cy’igihugu cyo kurengera ibidukikije REMA mu mushingwa wayo witwa DEMP.

Uretse kuba iyi migano biteganijwe ko izatuma abaturage biteza imbere binyuze mu bukerarugendo,ngo hari na gahunda yo guhugura aba baturage mu kubyaza umusaruro iyi migano bigishwa kuyikoramo ibikoresho byo mu rugo nk’imeza intebe n’ibindi.

Umukozi w’ikigo cy’umutungo kamere akaba n’impuguke kugihingwa cy’imigano,Munyensanga Frederic,yavuze ko iyi migno atari ukubungabunga ikiyaga gusa ahubwo ko izanabazanira amafaranga menshi binyuze mu makoperative bakazaba bazafashwa mu guhugurwa uburyo bayibyaza umusaruro.

Yagize ati” Abo twatangiriyeho iyi gahunda imigano yabagiriye akamaro kanini ubu  mu makoperative yabo baracuruza imitako  ikozwe mu migano mu kinigi muri Musanze bayigurisha ba mukerarugendo,ahantu nkaha rero twiteze ko  abaturage bahaturiye bizabagirira akamaro kanini.”

Uyu mukozi akomeza avuga ko imigano ari ingirakamaro bityo ko bakangurira n’abaturage kuyihinga kugirango bazayibyazemo umusaruro kuko irinda isuri kandi ikanakorwamo ibikoresho byinshi.

Umukozi w’akarere ka Ngoma ushinzwe amashyamba,Uwiragiye Venant,nubwo iki gihingwa cy’umugano gisa naho ari gishya muri aka karere,abona nawe kizanye ubukungu mugihe cyakiriwe neza n’abaturage bakakibyaza umusaruro.

Yagize ati” Ubundi uretse no kuba bayibyaza umusaruro urabona ko ubwayo kuyibona izengurutse iki kiyaga ari ikintu nyaburanga kizakurura ba mukerarugendo ndetse n’bi biyaga byacu bikarekwa kwangirika. Abaturage rero ni babe maso aya mahirwe ntazabapfire ubusa.”

Kugera ubu igice cyambere cyo gutera iyi migano cyararangiye ikaba yaranafashe nkuko byagaragaye ubwo abakozi b’ikigo cy’umutungo kamere babisanze kuri uyu wa 14/01/2014.

Aya mafaranga agera kuri miliyoni ijana akaba ariyo azakoreshwa muri iki kigokorwa cyo gutera imigano kuri hegitari 45 z’inkengero z’ikiyaga cya Sake. Kugera ubu koperative y’inkeragutabara akaba ariyo yafashe isoko ryo gubikurikirana no gubitera iyi migano.

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Gisagara District: Residents want Makwaza hill turned into tourism site

Posted on 24 October 2013 by peter

Residents want Makwaza hill turned into tourism site

This dilapidated hut stretches back to Rwanda’s ancient Kingdom rule

Residents living near Makwaza hill located in Mukindo sector of Gisagara district in the South of Rwanda, suggest that the mountain be reinstated as a historic touristic site, like it was in the past.

During the reign of King Ndahiro II Cyamatare (1576 – 1600), many cultural events were held at this hill.

Events hosted on Makwaza hill aimed at putting the king to sleep and awakening him as well. These events were held even when the king was absent, selected beautiful girls sang in traditional concerts for the King, as they cleaned and purified milk, in wooden containers.

These practices didn’t die out as soon as Rwanda’s Monarchy ceased, but grew even stronger during the years that followed.

The place used to be decorated during the swearing in of the presidents of Rwanda including Junela Habyarimana and Gregoire Kayibanda which constantly attracted tourists to Makwanza hill.

“There was a pub for tourists here. There were many traditional art pieces about the ancient times like the bed of the king, traditional milk containers, baskets”, narrates Charles Yambabariye, an 83 year-old resident.

The old man’s wish is the same as that of other residents. They want the old glory of the Mountain to be restored with its once held historic value.

“Youth should get the opportunity to know about Makwaza’s great history,” says Yambabariye.

Like many men his age, Yambabariye, worked at Makwaza hill-based palace, formerly for the traditional chiefs.

Speaking at a press conference in late 2012, François Ndikumana, an official in Rwanda’s Ministry of Sports and Culture, said the significance and history of Makwaza hill was important and that the place would be added to the list of historic tourism sites to be renovated.

Meanwhile, authorities in Gisagara district say there’s been no decision so far about Makwaza hill.

“Makwaza hill needs to get infrastructure first, then we can think of making it a history touristic site,” said Léandre Karekezi, Mayor of Gisagara district.

Today, save for the dilapidated traditional hut that is thought to have been the king’s palace, all that remains of the history of Makwaza hill are in ruins.

 

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Rwanda parks increase on tourism revenue

Posted on 07 September 2013 by peter

Rwanda parks  increase on tourism revenue

Volcanoes National Park

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) announced that Rwanda collected $142.5 million in tourism revenues and registered 664,729 visitors in the first semester of 2013.

This signified an increase of 11percent and 14 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.

According to RDB, travel to the Volcanoes National Park in Northern Rwanda and gorilla tracking continues to be safe despite incidents further in Rubavu area related to the on-going conflict in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, which have been contained.

Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB said:

“The increase in tourism revenues and visitor numbers are important in driving economic growth and generating prosperity for all Rwandans. We are working to ensure visitors to Rwanda get value for money and unparalleled tourism experiences,” she said.

“In addition, visitor safety and security in Rwanda’s parks and other tourist destinations continue to be a priority.”

Rwigamba also pointed out that investments in the sector have been boosted by the entry of Park Inn by Radisson and Protea Hotels, who have both signed agreements with developers to run their establishments and are set to be operational by early 2014.

Tourism is Rwanda’s largest foreign exchange earner with $282 million earned in 2012.

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Akagera National Park fenced for animal, neighborhood safety

Posted on 07 September 2013 by peter

Constructing the fence around Akagera National Park is a sign of the existence of good governance in Rwanda says the Minister for National Security Hon. Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana.

This fence will work as the solution to the escape of the animals in the park that would destroy the farms and even take lives of local people neighbouring this park.  The minister said this during the official handover of the fence by TNH-EME project that built it to the government of Rwanda on Thursday the 5yth Sept 2013 in Kayonza district.

 Akagera National Park fenced for animal, neighborhood safety

The fence that was constructed

Minister Harerimana says this park has been in existence for a long time but the ancient governments never did a thing to protect the people living near the park leave alone protect the animals in the park.

The Minister said; “This Park is more than 200 years old but one can ask why are we having the fence that protects animals and the neighbouring people today? Why were people not protected all along? Why is this government doing all these? The answer is simple; it is the only government that has brought good governance in Rwanda.”

The director of Rwanda Development Board says all people and their local leaders have the responsibility to protect this fence. This is because Rwanda’s economy is largely based on tourism as it receives about Rwf180 billion annually from tourism.

Ms. Rica Rwigamba the director of tourism in RDB says this fence was constructed to stop the problems animals cause to people neighboring the park. The fence will also put an end to poachers in the park.

People living near the park say this park is an answer to their problems. They will not live in fear of these animals that threatened their loaves’ and even destroyed their farms.

The fence around Akagera National Park is built on 110 kilometers in height and passes through 3 districts of Kayonza, Gatsibo and Nyagatare that surround the park. The fence started to be built in 2011 and it was completed worth Rwf2 billion as Clare Akamanzi explained.

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When Holy Mary ascended to heaven , Kibeho residents had an experience of the day

Posted on 18 August 2013 by peter

On August 15 annually, Catholics from all over the world celebrate the Assumption Day, remembering what they believe to be the ascension to heaven of the Holy Virgin Mary, mother to Jesus Christ.

The Assumption Day gains an even bigger momentum at Kibeho pilgrimage site in Nyaruguru district, Southern Rwanda, where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to three then school girls at a Kibeho-based high school between 1981 and 1982. They are Alphonsine Mumureke, Nathalie Mukamazimpaka and Marie Claire Mukangango.

After a scrutiny spanning nearly two decades, the Catholic Church of Rwanda termed the Kibeho apparitions as “authentic” in 2001.

Kibeho has since grown into a pilgrimage site. According to church leaders at Kibeho, at least 100,000 pilgrims have been making their way to Kibeho on a yearly basis since 2011, from different parts of the world. And business has slowly but steadily followed suit as result of new infrastructures like hotels and electricity to cater for pilgrims.

The photo essay below, gives a snapshot into 2013’s Assumption Day at Kibeho.

When Holy Mary ascended to heaven , Kibeho residents had an experience of the day

A crowd of Catholic faithful gather in Kibeho Parish ground for the mass of the Assumption Day. “Be careful. There you’re standing is a holy place”, reads a notice on the flyer, written in the local Kinyarwanda language.

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Some Catholic faithful chose to present their offerings, not in terms of money, but in their crops. Here, a group of women come forward with baskets full of their offerings like beans, among others.

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From the young to the old, Catholic faithful keenly say their prayers during the mass on the Assumption Day.

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 This billboard in the Kibeho trade center guides pilgrims towards the Kibeho pilgrimage site, about half a mile away.

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Rwanda to boost cultural tourism

Posted on 27 July 2013 by peter

Rwanda to boost cultural tourism

Rwandan Cultural Dancers

In the bid to avoid being over reliant on Gorrilas for tourism, there has been efforts to diversify the tourism industry to avoid dependence on a single attraction.

It is against this background, that a there is a proposal of a Cultural Tourism Village in Kigali spearheaded by the City of Kigali, Ministry of Trade and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).

According to the Proposal, the Kigali Cultural Tourism Center will be built in Rebero City Suburb.

The Minister of Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba emphasises the importance of cultural tourism which he referred to as a critical component to Rwanda’s tourism product diversification agenda which has the potential improve the annual foreign revenues generated by tourism.

The Head of Tourism in RDB, Rica Rwigamba says that foundations to support cultural tourism are being developed.

“Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage and investments are being made to ensure the necessary infrastructure and the development of clusters, especially in strengthening the creative industries which include handicrafts, dance and music,” says Rwigamba.

She further notes that, for Rwanda to overcome the single attraction challenge and to sustain its tourism growth momentum, more efforts are required to diversify product offerings.

“This is crucial in order to leverage other avenues where the country is well positioned to compete and to significantly augment its tourism receipts. One of these avenues is cultural tourism.”

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