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RWANDA: Why Gashora girls shine in debates

Spotlight on Rwanda’s school for underprivileged girls that shapes champions | THE INDEPENDENT | When a team of young debaters from Rwanda’s Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) lifted the winner’s trophy at the inaugural Africa Debate Championships in Kampala on Sept.18, all attention shifted to how they …

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TECH: VW Polo Vivo

The car made in Kigali? Since Volkswagen announced in 2016 that it plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Rwanda, there has been anticipation regarding what the cars from the plant will be like. Of course, they will be a version of the German car maker’s famous Polo models. …

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Banning second-hand clothes

To stop relying on Western hand-me-downs, African countries are importing Chinese textile companies Rwanda | LILY KUO | Every day the workers at C&H Garment Factory are required to learn a few words of Chinese. Today’s lesson, written on a whiteboard at the back of a humming factory floor, is …

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Rwanda riders make history

For the first time ever, Team Rwanda, coached by former professional cyclist of Santa Rosa, California, Sterling Magnell, traveled halfway around the world just for the chance to make history. Rwanda | JEFFREY STERN | During the second week of August, a team of six riders that have been training …

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When Rwanda named baby mountain gorillas

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Sept.01 held the annual gorilla naming ceremony at Kinigi in Musanze District, northern Rwanda. This year marks the 13th edition of the annual flagship event, locally known as Kwita Izina. It is the flagship of Rwanda’s conservation efforts and brings together conservation enthusiasts from all …

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RWANDA: New twist in Rwigara case

Police investigating her and family members over forgery, tax evasion Kigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT TEAM |  The recent police quizzing of former Rwandan presidential hopeful Diane Rwigara has taken a new twist with the authorities questioning why she claims to have been arrested whereas not. Police on Sept.04 took …

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‘Rwandans understand the greater goal

President Kagame in interview with Financial Times President Paul Kagame has told the influential Financial Times that Rwandans know what is best for them. The FT reported that Kagame made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with the paper’s journalists; Lionel Barber and David Pilling. The FT in a story …

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RwandAir in new expansion plan

Targets Conakry, Bamako and Dakar Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir, will unveil three new destinations in West Africa from its new hub in Cotonou, Benin, starting Sept. 30. This follows signing of an agreement between Rwanda and Benin early this month that saw the former’s carrier granted seventh freedom rights. Seventh …

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