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Rwanda, Uganda partner in tourism development

Posted on 16 October 2014 by peter

In its commitment to promote East Africa as a single Tourism destination, Uganda has partnered with Rwanda to jointly promote two -way tourism traffic; between the two sister-countries.

Speaking during the a tourism training conference at Serena Hotel-Kigali, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanadan Minister for Foreign Affairs said the move which was championed by the Uganda.

Tourism Board in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board is purposed to defend both the security and business developments of the two countries.

“People to people relations between Uganda and Rwanda is a very important step to strengthening the tourism sectors of the two economies-both of which come as their country’s biggest revenue earners, contributing over $1b to either country.”

Mushikiwabo said while addressing over 5,000 celebrants including Ugandan fraternity in Rwanda, High Commissioners and friends of Uganda in Rwanda.

According to Stephen Asiimwe, UTB Chief Executive Officer, under the merger, the two countries will have healthy tourism exchanges whenever marketing opportunities such as tourism marts and expos arise in the two countries and the Great Lakes Region in general.

As a result, social-economic problems such unemployment will be effectively addressed because Tourism is the world’s biggest employer, employing at least one of every ten people in its various sub-sectors such as Roads and Transport, Hotel and accommodation among others.

To aid in this realization, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero said Rwanda will with immediate effect start by stamping out hindrances that have over the years suffocated a healthy business exchange between the two countries such as the border to border bureaucracies.

According to Edwin Muzahura, Head of Marketing UTB, the board’s choice for Rwanda was highly influenced by the fact that no other country in the region feeds Uganda with as much tourists as Rwanda.
 

 

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At the helm of the tourism master plan: RDB

Rwanda on course to implementing its tourism master plan

Posted on 07 October 2014 by peter

At the helm of the tourism master plan: RDB

At the helm of the tourism master plan: RDB

Rwanda continues to support the tourism sector which contributes a considerable chunk of the GDP and foreign exchange earnings.

Recently, Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Community Development’.

“This occasion is a chance to reflect on how Rwanda is investing in facilities to meet the growing demand especially for meeting and conferences, the head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Amb. Yamina Karitanyi said according to a statement from RDB.

Karitanyi said Rwanda was on course to implementing its national tourism master plan to secure the sector’s contribution to the economy in line with the Vision 2020 which plan involve successfully diversifying the tourism experience beyond gorillas.

“We are making progress with the initiative aimed at meeting the growing demand in tourism in Rwanda and with the soon to be completed Kigali Conference Center which will be the largest in the East and Central Africa this will be met,” Karitanyi said.

Rwanda has continued to invest in convention bureau and other infrastructure and is looking for investors for spa and golf resort hotels at Lake Kivu and a cable car system on the slopes of the volcanoes national park.

The country is looking at starting up a new cultural village to showcase the spectrum of the nation’s heritage in one setting.

Over Rwf1.962billion has been given back to the community to support schools, hospital around the parks, and community owned projects and this is all contributing to the sector’s development.

The country looks at developing the tourism sector making it contribute about 25% annually to GDP and to achieve this RDB will diversify tourism experiences, develop and expand need infrastructure and focus on service delivery and capacity building to enable the sector to continue to grow and thrive.

The targeted marketing strategies will also ensure Rwanda’s growth in tourism is sustained.

With the new introduce single tourist visa, the RDB believes the tourism sector will much grow with the many tourists coming into the country.

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Les Musées du Rwanda menacés de vieillissement  nécessitent une réhabilitation

Posted on 24 September 2014 by peter

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Le musée de “chez Kandt” situé au centre-ville de Kigali construit en 1907

La Direction Générale des Musées du Rwanda lance un cri d’alarme aux institutions concernées de venir en aide pour la réhabilitation des Musées du Rwanda qui sont menacés de vieillissement. Ces patrimoines nationaux constituent non seulement une richesse culturelle de toutes les générations  mais aussi une base de données de l’histoire et de la culture du pays ainsi qu’une importante source de revenue. Ces musées nécessitent une plaidoirie pour une protection et une réhabilitation le plutôt possible pour rendre facile leur maintenance et permettre d’attirer plus de visiteurs locaux et étrangers.

Ces préoccupations ont été déclarées par le Directeur Général des Musées du Rwanda,Alphonse Umulisa, devant la commission chargée de la culture au sein du FPR-Inkotanyi lors de la visite des Musées.

Cette délégation du FPR a visité les Musées tels que celui de chez « Richard Kandt », le Musée du Palais Présidentiel de Kanombe, communément appelé « Chez Habyarimana », car c’est l’ancien Président Habyarimana habitait dans ce palais. Cette délégation s’est rendue ensuite à la Bibliothèque Nationale située à Kacyiru.

Après avoir visité  ces musées que certains des commissaires ne connaissaient même pas, Alphonse Umulisa a dit aux commissaires que ces musées ont des problèmes de vieillissement et qu’ils devraient être retapés le plutôt possible car dit-il « ils ont été construits très longtemps et leur maintenance n’a pas été faite comme il faut durant toutes ces années passées ».

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Alphonse  UMULISA exprimant aux commissaires du FPR ses préoccupations sur le vieillissement des musées en faveur d’une éventuelle plaidoirie

« Le musée National de Huye a été construit en1987 et inauguré en 1989. Celui de chez Richard Kandt a été construit en 1907, celui de Rukari à Nyanza en  1931 et celui de  Rwesero en  1959. Vous vous rendez compte de  leur âge ».

Alphonse Umulisa a donné l’exemple du Musée du Palais présidentiel de Kanombe dont la toiture se trouve depuis des années dans un état délabré et sa mauvaise installation électrique qui coûte entre 200 et 400 milles Francs Rwandais chaque  mois pour éclairer le musée.

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Le Musée du Palais présidentiel de Kanombe dont le toit laisse passer l’eau de pluie

Jerome Karangwa, Directeur de Département de recherche dans les Musées du Rwanda, confirme aussi que ces musées sont vieux et qu’ils ont besoin de l’aide suffisante pour la réhabilitation. « La réhabilitation des musées n’est pas une affaire de n’importe qui. Il doit y avoir un expert dans la réhabilitation des musées pour garder l’authenticité de l’histoire ».

Un espoir de plaidoirie pour la réhabilitation de ces Musées

Compte tenu de l’ampleur et de l’urgence des problèmes auprès des commissaires, Sheick Harelimana, Chef de la Commission de la Culture au sein du FPR, a accepté de plaidoyer auprès des institutions ayant la protection des musées dans leurs attributions. Harelimana a profité de l’occasion pour lancer un appel aux Rwandais de s’intéresser et de soutenir les musées en les visitant avant même ils soient visités par les étrangers.

Les Musées génèrent entre 27 et 30millions de Francs Rwandais  par mois

« Il est grand temps de réparer les musées afin d’avoir une autonomie financière dans l’avenir car ces musées génèrent entre  27 et 30 millions Francs Rwandais par mois. Les musées du Rwanda constituent alors un investissement très capital. Mais actuellement ils ont besoin d’un grand capital comme tout autre business afin de ne plus dépendre du budget nationale », souhaite Umulisa.

Le nombre de visiteurs rwandais et étrangers ne cessent d’augmenter comme le montrent les statistiques de 2013-2014. A partir de Juillet 2013 jusqu’Juin 2014, les Rwandais et les étrangers qui ont visité les musées étaient de 185.000 personnes dont 70% étaient des Rwandais.

Actuellement, le Rwanda compte six musées dont le Musée Ethnographique de Huye, au Sud du Rwanda, situé à 135km de Kigali. Le Musée Artistique de Rwesero à Nyanza, est à 85km de la capitale. Le Musée du  Palais Royale de Rukali à Nyanza, au sud du pays, situé à 88km de Kigali. Le musée du Palais présidentiel de Kigali à Kanombe, 15km du centre-ville. Le Musée de l’Histroire Naturelle de Kigali, chez Richard Kandt, au centre-ville et le Musée de l’Environnement de Karongi, à l’Ouest du Rwanda, 130km de Kigali

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Game wardens who received the equipment kit

Volcanoes National Park gets modern tools

Posted on 14 September 2014 by peter

The Congo Basin Ecosystems Conservation (PACEBCO), in partnership with Rwanda Natural Resources Authority donated modern tools worth Rwf118 Million to Rwanda Development Board to enhance capacity in protection of wild animals in the park.

The tools worth Rwf118m were provided by Congo Basin Ecosystems Conservation (PACEBCo), in partnership with Rwanda Natural Resources Authority.

Some of the tools in the equipment given to Volcanoes National Park

Some of the tools in the equipment given to Volcanoes National Park

Among the equipment’s includes 14 generators, 20 binoculars, 50 altimeters, 50 GPSs, 20 digital cameras, 50 compasses, 50 radio call sets, 20 tents, 145 sleeping bags, and 145 rain coats.

PACEBCo regional coordinator, Dr. Bihini Won wa Musiti, said the support was in recognition of their good cooperation with the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority and the existing goodwill in conservation and management of biodiversity.

He said the modern equipment will be used to protect the national park by enabling those involved in conservation to effectively deal with some of the challenges they encounter.

“Along with a multipurpose hall that is yet to be completed in Burera district, PACEBCO is also financing eleven more projects in areas close to the Volcanoes National Park including sponsoring projects in six schools and a health center, and four productive projects all worth $230 000,” said Dr. Bihini Won wa Musiti, the director of PACEBco.

Game wardens who received the equipment kit

Game wardens who received the equipment kit

“Through the partnership, we can achieve a lot. Capacity building which is ongoing is the key to effective management of our natural resources,” he said.

Emmanuel Nkurunziza, the Director General of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority hailed PACEBCo for the support, saying it will help park employees respond in an effective and timely manner.

He urged park wardens and truckers to put the equipment to good use, adding that ‘it is your duty to ensure safety of the materials”.

Park wardens and truckers said the modern kits will help them work professionally and effectively.

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Who killed Rwanda’s lions?

Posted on 04 September 2014 by peter

Giraffe, one of the thousands of animal species you encounter on trip to Akagera National Park

Charlene Jendry, an American conservationist, made a maiden visit to Rwanda in 1990. She toured Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s high-end touristic destination. The mighty lions, the Kings of the Jungle, were the prime tourist attractions.

Jendry traversed through the lions’ den of 300.

She stayed at Gabiro Guest House, a magnificent safari lodge, built right in the middle of the jungle.

Park rangers warned tourists against sitting outside at night because lions would be roaming around.

Watching lions catch a kill is indeed exciting, and for Jendry, the stay at Akagera was a spectacular experience.

Jendry thereafter flew back to USA. She would return to Rwanda five years later; in 1995.

Then, the park had changed, with almost no lions in the park. The big cats’ number had immensely declined, headed to total extinction.

Lions’ sudden disappearance

After the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, thousands of Rwandan refugees returned from exile with extended families. Some were pastoralists. Others were farmers. Land for cultivation and rearing cattle became scarce. Getting a plot was a matter of life or death. Land grabbing was the norm of the day, where only the “haves” would get a plot. The “have not” suffered. The appetite for land mounted. The government intervened, cuting off a huge chunk of Akagera national park and give it out to farmers and herders. The park was reduced from 2500 to 1200 square Kilometers.

More often, wild animals would be hunted and killed. Lions fought back, defending their territories. Lions eventually started attacking cattle. But it wasn’t a walkover. Cattle keepers waged a deadly war. The lions weren’t a pushover either.

It appeared there would be no truce. Herdsmen decided to take a more lethal measure; poisoning the carcasses to kill prides of 9 to 12 lions.

By the year 2000, lions were no more. Completely.

Jes Gruner, the Manager of the Park, says the ecosystem equation could not balance. The national park had shrunk to a third.

Importing the king of the jungle

Tourists would express frustration for not having seen lions. Rwanda considered importing lions from South Africa and breed the big cats back in the park, but the move never materialized.

Kenya would later, earlier this year, endorse giving out 8 lions to Rwanda. But Kenya’s wildlife conservation groups have fiercely opposed the idea, demanding Rwanda to explain the extinction of its lion population.

How to keep’em lions

The Park is being run by African Parks, since 2010. Tourism in the park has increased to 71 since then, from 15259 tourists in 2010 to 260, 92 in 2013.

Camping is another common service on offer in the Akagera National Park

Camping is another common service on offer in the Akagera National Park

The management of the park says it has invested in infrastructure and marketing.

Akagera Park is home to the Ruzizi tented lodge with a honeymoon suit, Akagera Game Lodge and various camping sites; giving tourists a magnificent experience.

The management has already laid ground for receiving the lions.

Akagera Park Manager, Gruner, says once the lions arrive, they will be kept in a boomer for monitoring before they are released into the wild with a GPS tracking collar.

“The park should be able to know the location of every lion all time,” says Gruner.

A study conducted helped to ensure they will survive in Akagera’s savanna terrain.

Tight protection

The extinction of the lions gave buffalos, antelopes, zebras, and other herbivores freedom to move and even graze in farmers’ plantations. Farmers started killing countless animals.

The government intervened in 2010 by installing a 1.8 high electric fence on a 110 kilometer area, worth Rwf2.7bn ($4M). The two former enemies now live peacefully.

The park is protected by professionally trained and equipped Rangers. There are no chances for poachers, says Eugene Mutangana, the Head of Law Enforcement and Deputy Park Manager.

Killing any animal is punishable by a jail sentence of 6 months to two years or a fine between Rwf300, 000 ($500) to Rwf2, 000, 000 ($2,900).

On a serious note though, selling or injuring a gorilla (Rwanda’s prime attractions) or any other endangered species lands one a 5 to 10 year jail term or a fine of Rwf500,000 ($725) to Rwf5,000,000 ($7,600).

Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi heads the tourism and conservation department at the Rwanda Development Board.

She says law enforcement is accompanied by extensive community awareness to ensure co-existence.

The big five

Akagera’s ambition is to accommodate the big five, the buffaloes, leopards, elephants black rhinos and lions. With the presence of lions, only black rhinos will be lacking.

As a two time tourist to Rwanda, Jendry, the founder of Partners in Conservation from Columbus, Ohio, was amazed when she heard of Rwanda’s plan to bring back the lions.

“It will encourage more visitors, and improve the livelihoods of people surrounding the park.”

Spoiling the big cats

Conservationists say the lions will be spoilt for choices of prey. Akagera now boasts of 2500 buffaloes, different types of antelopes, and zebras.

For the park managers, that is an ideal experience of a lifetime for any tourist. As the lion roar, and go out for a kill, activity will increase in the park.

It will become an intense and lively national park, shooting up revenues as big cat lovers flood to Akagera.

Communities excited

Joseph Karama, Community Liaison Manager says the community has been informed about the return of the lions.

“The community played a significant role in wiping out the lions, we have to engage them ahead of the return of the lions,” says Karama.

Thirty six villages have been approached, with more than 7000 villagers attending awareness rallies to learn about lion behavior.

If that’s what it takes for Rwanda to get Africa’s Pride back in its largest National Park, says Jendry, then, “It is a good strategy.”

By Lillian Gahima.

Source : KT PRESS

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Launch of Ruzizi tented lodge to boost tourism

Posted on 02 September 2014 by peter

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Akagera’s tented lodge a midst the park

The launch of Ruzizi Tented Lodge in Akagera national park is a boost in the expansion of domestic tourism markets.

The lodge seats on the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, in a tract of unique dry forest.

Although treated as a separate business in its own right, Akagera National Company constructed the lodge with its revenue fully given back to the conservation of the park.

Clare Akamanzi, the deputy CEO of Rwanda development board ‏posted on her twitter that the launch of the newly built tented lodge will boost tourism at this park.

“Akagera is even getting more exposure because when people talk about the only tented lodge in Rwanda they will talk about the park, hence concurrently exposed through customer experience,” Imasy Ramampy, the Assistant Manager at Ruzizi.

“The Lodge was built as part of a Tourism Development Plan in order to increase park revenue for the protection and conservation of the park as a whole,” said Imasy Ramampy, the Assistant Manager at Ruzizi.

The design of the lodge includes the provision of solar power from solar panels as well as the incorporation of trees along with raised wooden boardwalks linking the tents.

Akagera is popular for other activities such as game drives, boat trip game viewing on the lakes and along the Akagera River.

In August this year, Ruzizi launched New Luxury Tree-top Tent making an addition of two tents to the lodge.

The manger explained that with this development, Ruzizi is able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people in 9 tented en-suite rooms.

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m_Ibirombe byo muri rutsiro mu ishyamba rya mukura

Rutsiro: Minisitiri Dr Vincent Biruta yasuye ishyamba rya Mukura rigiye kuba pariki

Posted on 16 August 2014 by peter

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Minisitiri biruta mu ruzinduko hafi y’ishyamba kimeza rya mukura

Tariki 13/8/2014,  minisitiri w’umutungo kamere Dr Vincent Biruta yagiriye urugendo rw’umunsi umwe mu karere ka Rutsiro mu murenge wa Mukura aho yasuye ishyamba rya kimeza rya Mukura rigiye kugirwa Pariki.

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Minisitiri biruta mu ruzinduko hafi y’ishyamba kimeza rya mukura

Uru ruzinduko rw’umunsi umwe  rwari rugamije kureba uburyo iryo shyamba rimeze dore ko hamaze iminsi itari mike ricukurwamo amabuye y’agaciro ariko rwihishwa.

Minisitiri yatangaje ko ishyamba rya kimeza rya Mukura guverinoma yamaze gufata icyemezo cyo kurigira pariki mu minsi iri imbere akaba  ariyo mpamvu ngo rigomba kubungwabungwa bikomeye.

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Ishyamba rya kimeza rya mukura

Yagize ati” gahunda yari ukureba iri shyamba rya Mukura kuko ni ishyamba dushaka gusubiranya kandi rikajya mu rwego rwa pariki  kandi twamaze kumenya ko ritanafashwe neza ritarinzwe neza niyo mpamvu twifuza ko ryarindwa neza ndetse rikanasanwa naho abacukuramo amabuye y’agaciro tugiye kubafatira ingamba”

Ku ruhande rwa guverineri w’intara y’uburengerazuba madame Cartas Mukandasira yatangaje ko batazatererana minisiteri y’umutungo kamere ahubwo ngo bagiye gufata iyambere babungabunge umutungo kamere uwo ariwo wose bafata n’ingamba zikomeye ku bantu bashaka kuwangiza.

m_Minisitiri biruta muri rutsiro

Minisitiri biruta muri rutsiro

Ku bijyanye n’abacukura amabuye y’agaciro rwihishwa muri iri shyamba rigiye kuba Pariki Guverineri yavuze ko bagiye kubahagururkira ku buryo bukomeye bafatanyije n’inzego z’umutekano.

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Ibirombe byo muri rutsiro mu ishyamba rya mukura

    

Yagize ati”abo babikora ni abaturage b’intara yacu ,turakommeza kwigisha yuko batagomba kwangiza umutungo wabo ,ni ukuvugako ikintu cyose kigira iherezo tugiye gukaza umutekano w’iri shyamba abazafatwa tuzabahana by’intangarugero”.

Ishyamba rya kimeza rya Mukura rifite ubuso bungana na hegitari 1716  ubu ngo nta muntu n’umwe wemerewe gucukuramo amabuye y’agaciro kuko n’abari babifitiye uburenganzira bamaze kubwamburwa ,hakaba hateganywa kurishakira abarinzi bahoraho.

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Rwanda’s exotic gorilla named “Cute one” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates

Rwanda’s exotic gorilla named “Cute one” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, now has a new baby sister

Posted on 15 July 2014 by peter

Rwanda’s exotic gorilla named “Cute one” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates

Musanze, Rwanda, 30th June, 2014:For a decade, the African nation of Rwanda has celebrated the mountain Gorillas, rare and endangered primates, through a colourful naming ceremony called “Kwita Izina”. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the global event, and Rwanda has a conservation story to tell about these rare primates.

Naming and conserving mountain Gorillas has become an international. Big international names like CNN founder Ted Turner, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Hollywood icon Natalie Portman have visited Rwanda’s mountain Gorillas and named infants. Rwanda has over 150 mountain gorillas, from 10 families or groups. Bill Gates visited the ‘Sabyinyo’ family in June 2006 and named a baby as ‘KEZA’ or ‘cute one’.

On July 1st, 2014, the 10th anniversary of the ceremony, Rwanda will celebrate the birth of 18 mountain Gorillas in Musanze district, near the gorilla habitat shared between Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are strict rules to ensure safety of both gorillas and tourists. Visitors must maintain at least a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas, only 8 tourists are allowed per visit, with a limit of one tourism group per day, per each gorilla group, and visits are limited to an hour.

Rwanda’s mountain gorillas were first brought to international attention by the conservation efforts of American late Dian Fossey in the 1960s and 1970s, a call that Rwanda has given undivided attention since. After the genocide targeting Tutsis in 1994, Rwanda’s tourism and hospitality sectors boomed.

Last year, tourism revenue rose to $294m, from a meager $62m in the year 2000. Payments for gorilla permits count a big portion. In 2010, Rwanda hosted 666,000 visitors who generated US$ 200M – a 14% increase from 2009. In 2013, Rwanda hosted 1,137,000 visitors.

Five per cent of the revenues collected from gorilla tourism are invested in the surrounding communities. Park communities have benefitted from more than 300 projects including schools.

As government revenues have grown, so has the number of gorillas. Ambassador Yamini Karitanyi, Head of Tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board or RDD said last week that Rwanda’s community-led conservation efforts have led to a 26.3 per cent growth in the population of gorillas since 2003.

Source: RNA

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For Rwanda, more mountain gorillas means more revenues

For Rwanda, more mountain gorillas means more revenues

Posted on 15 July 2014 by peter

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At the foot of the Virunga Volcanic Mountains, Northern Rwanda, thousands of villagers gather to celebrate the birth of 18 mountain gorilla newborns just meters from the bambooforest up in the hills.

Hundreds of tourists and foreign dignitaries attend the annual baby gorilla naming ceremony, locally known as KwitaIzina. Local foods are prepared. Chefs roast fresh goat meat and fish.  Beer and soft drinks are in abundance.

Rwandan Intore warriors, dressed in traditional attire,brave the freezing mist, thunderously thumping their feet on the floor, jumping high and rhythmically swaying their neatly weaved toupees.The crown suddenly gets wild, with applause in response. Speeches are said and praises made. Selected individuals are given the advantage to give names to the newborns.

On July 1, 2014, Rwanda held the 10thKwitaIzinafestival. American Ambassador to Rwanda, DonaldKoranwas given the privilege. He enthusiastically stepped on the floor and named one of the babies ‘Twiyubake’,loosely translated as self-reliance.

LeoniCuelenaere, the Netherlands Ambassador to Rwanda named the baby ‘Inzozi’, meaning dreams. Some names are so expressive, the crowd cheers when they are announced.

Normally, after the naming exercise, the real party kicks off. Traditional instruments are played to set the mood right.The national troupe, a selection of beautiful and exemplary women dancers seizes the dance floor; swinging their attractivelycurved bodies to the heart-shattering sounds of drum-beats.International and local pop artists perform too. The crowdgets even wilder.

It is a privilege to name a baby gorilla. The Bill Clintons and Bill Gates have once been given such privileges.In June 2006, Bill Gates visited the Sabyinyo familyfrom which he named their new baby ‘KEZA’ [cute].

Biggest names present

KwitaIzina, launched in 2005, which has grown to become an international event, creates a global buzz. Global media networks, such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, SABC, Reuters and M-Net Studio 53, Animal Planet, all broadcast the event live to millions of viewers around the world. International celebrities, such as Star Wars heroine Natalie Portman have attended. In 2008, Natalie Portman named a baby ‘Gukina’ [to play].

The late crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin, was represented by his former manager John Stainton who named a baby ‘Ingufu’ [strength], in memory of Steve. Renowned American conservationist Jack Hanna, Marjorie Kaplan of Animal Planet and Terry Lundgren,the President of Macys’have attended the festival. Famous actor Don Cheadle was invited to the ceremony in 2010 and named a baby gorilla Zoya, meaning life.

According to Valentine Rugwabiza, theChief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Board, the eventemphasizes the conservation of the gorillas. Since 2005, KwitaIzina was launched, 163newbornshave been named.

Due to the festival, the mountaingorilla population in Rwanda has increased to over 600from 10 families of the remaining 880 gorillas found in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Eastern DR Congo, owing to collaborative efforts of the government, the local communities neighboring the national park and conservation partners.

“Because of the country’s community-led conservation efforts that led to a 26.3 percent growth in the population of gorillas since 2003,” Rugwabiza said.“That constant growth in the gorilla numbers is a clear sign of good conservation policies by the government of Rwanda.”

More gorillas, more revenue

And for Rwanda, more gorillas meanmore revenues.Gorilla trekking permits count for the large share. In 2010, from 666,000 visitors, Rwanda generated $200m. In 2013, from 1,137,000 visitors, the tourism industry generated about $294m. The industry has grown exponentially, it made only $62m in 2000.

The government allocates 5 percent of the revenues to local communities around the national park.  A school of six classrooms was built with funds from the ‘Shared Revenue Scheme’. More than300 projects have been rolled out, including construction of more than 50 primary schools, roads and clean water supply.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, who presided over the ceremony, and named the baby ‘Birashoboka’ [it is possible], said conserving the nature is integral to Rwanda’s developmentagenda.

Particularly, he said, “local residents are the primary beneficiaries as it has helped set up community businesses and income generating projects that has improved lives and the communities’ economy.”

The Prime Minister strongly advised residents to keep up the conservation practices in order to maintain the current benefits from tourism.

To emphasize the importance of KwitaIzina, cerebrations are organized with themes.  This year’s theme for example was; “A Decade: Conserving-Empowering-Growing”, with emphasis on how gorilla tourism empowers communities through revenue sharing programs.

Conservationists and gorilla admirers such as Ambassador Cuelenaere, say Rwanda’sconservation effort for the Mountain Gorillas is remarkable.

Emmanuel Bensah, a Ghanaian who attended the carnival said, “Rwanda should serve as an example that Africa can link conservation and tourism.” “This is a message that Africa should not leave conservation to the [foreigners].”

List of dignitaries who named the newborns and the respective gorilla names

  1. Rt. Honourable Pierre Damien Habumuremyi- Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda named Birashoboka [all is possible]
  2. H.E LeoniCuelenaere – Ambassador of Netherlands to Rwanda named Inzozi [dreams]
  3. Mr. Omar Samra –Tour operator representing Egypt and the Middle East named Inkindi [high value]
  4. General MushyoKamanzi  -  Army Chief of Staff named Ndengera [protect me]
  5. Mr. Charles OnyangoObbo – Editor, Mail and Guardian AFRICA named Tebuka [hurry through]
  6. Amb. TeglaLoroupe  – Kenyan Athlete and Peace Ambassador named Nakure [let her grow]
  7. Mr. IkechiUko  – Publisher, ATQ Publisher- Nigeria named Umugeni [bride]
  8. Ms. Uwamahoro Agnes – Local Community President of COPAV Mararo, Nyangye Sector named Nkurunziza [Goodnews]
  9. John Sempebwa – Deputy CEO United Tourism Board, Uganda named Imikino [sports]
  10. H.E Donald W. Koran – Ambassador of the United States of America to Rwanda named Twiyubake [self-relience]
  11. Mr. John Mirenge  – Chief Executive Officer RwandAir named Kwigira [self-reliance]
  12. Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed – Principal Secretary for Commerce, Tourism and East African Affairs, Kenya named Isange [welcome]
  13. Ms. Lisa Karanja – Senior Director Business Competitiveness, Trade Mark named Umutaka [Umbrella]
  14. Hon. BarnabaMarial Benjamin – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, South Sudan named Masunzu [ a place around the Virunga volcanoes]
  15. Mr. Bigirimana Francois  –Volcanoes National Park Guide, Rwanda Development Board named Nkundurwanda [I Love Rwanda]
  16. Dr. Adam Woo – Chief Operating Officer, Chinese Business Network gave a Chinese name which translates to Ubukwe [celebration and double prosperity]
  17. Ms. Keiko Mori – Japanese Friends named Ubukombe [ experience]
  18. Mr. Fidel Nizeyimana- Tracker, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Development Board named Ibendera [flag]

Source: KT Press

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Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

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Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

Posted on 01 July 2014 by peter

Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

Urubyiruko rw’abasore n’inkumi rugize umuryango w’abanyeshuli barokotse Jenoside yakorewe abatutsi muri Mata 1994 (AERG) biga mu ishuli rikuru rya INILAK, ishami rya Nyanza basuye ibimenyetso bya jenoside bigaragarira ku rwibutso rwayo ruri mu karere ka Nyamagabe kuri iki cyumweru tariki 29/06/2014   .

Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

Bamwe mu bagize AERG INILAK Nyanza basuye urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi

Kuri uru rwibutso rwa Jenoside rwa Murambi hari ibimenyetso byayo byihariye kuko bimwe bishingiye ku miterere yaho ibindi bikaba bijyanye no kuba ariho abatutsi bari bahahungishirijwe biciwe muri Mata 1994 mu Rwanda.

Mukwiye Gaspard umukozi w’uru rwibutso rwa Murambi ushinzwe gusobanura  amateka yaho avuga ko haguye abatutsi barenga ibihumbi 50 barimo abana, abagabo n’abagore ndetse n’abandi bari bageze mu myaka y’izabukuru.

Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

Umuhuzabikorwa wa AERG INILAK Nyanza Bwana Munyaneza Jean Bosco yandika mu gitabo cy’abashyitsi basuye urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi

Uru rwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi rukikijwe n’imisozi ndetse hari n’ikigo cy’imyuga abatutsi babeshwe ko bahahungishirijwe mu guhe bwari uburyo bwari bwateguwe n’abicanyi kugira ngo babone uburyo babicira hamwe babatangatanze.

Nk’uko uyu Mukwiye Gaspard akomeza abisobanura ngo mu minsi mike yari ishize bahahungishirijwe bahise babagabaho igitero tariki 19/04/2014 ariko birangira birwanyeho intego yabo ntiyahita igerwaho ngo bicirwe rimwe.

Muri iyo minsi nibwo babakupiye amazi bakoreshaga muri icyo kigo cy’amashuli y’imyuga cya Murambi maze bamwe batangira kwicwa n’inyota  n’inzara kugeza ubwo tariki 21/04/2014 bongeye kubagabaho igitero simusiga cyaje cyitwaje imbunda ndetse n’ibikoresho bya gakondo birimo imihoro, amacumu n’impiri byo kubicisha.

Kuri uru rwibutso rwa Jenoside rwa Murambi hanagaragarira ibimenyetso byerekana uruhare rw’ingabo z’abafaransa ndetse n’imibiri y’abatutsi ikibasha kugaragaza uburyo bishwemo nyuma y’imyaka 20 ishize jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu Rwanda irangiye.

Nyuma yo kwihera amaso amateka ya jenoside yakorewe abatutsi i Murambi ndetse na bimwe mu bimenyetso biyigaragaza ku buryo budashidikanwaho abanyeshuli bibumbiye muri AERG INILAK ishami rya Nyanza bafashe icyemezo cyo kurwanya jenoside ndetse n’ingabitekerezo yayo.

Nyinawumuntu Janet ni umwe muri aba banyeshuli basuye urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi akimara kurusura yavuze ko atewe intimba n’agahinda no kubona urupfu abatutsi bari aho i Murambi bishwemo. Yagize ati: “Isomo mvanye aha ni uguharanira ko Jenoside n’ingengabitekerezo yayo tubirwanya”

Nyanza: Abagize AERG- INILAK basuye ibimenyetso bya Jenoside by’urwibutso rwa Murambi

Bimwe mu byumba byasuwe bibitsemo imibiri y’inzirakarengane zishwe muri jenoside yakorewe abatutsi

Umuhuzabikorwa wa AERG INILAK Nyanza, Munyaneza Jean Bosco yabwiye Kigali Today ko imwe mu mpamvu yatumye basura urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi ariko abenshi muri bo jenoside yabaye bakiri bato.

Ati: “Ubu nibwo buryo bwiza twabonye bwo kugira ngo twiyungure ubumenyi ku birebana n’amateka ashingiye ku bimenyetso bya jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu Rwanda.”

Yakomeje avuga ko kimwe n’abagenzi be bazanye gusura urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi bagiye gukomeza kuba umusemburo mu bandi bakarwanya uwakongera gusubiza u Rwanda mu icuraburindi  rya jenoside.

Urwibutso rwa jenoside rwa Murambi ruri mu karere ka Nyamagabe ruri mu nzibutso z’u Rwanda zisurwa n’abantu benshi biganjemo abanyarwanda ndetse n’abanyamahanga baba baturutse hirya no hino ku isi baje kureba ukuri gushingiye ku bimenyetso bya jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu Rwanda.

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