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AU secures $150 mln to boost Africa’s geothermal energy

The African Union has mobilized about $150 million in geothermal energy development in East Africa, Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported. According to Rashid Ali Abdallah, Principal Energy officer at the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the AU, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya are the countries initially targeted by the funds. “East Africa alone […]

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Rwanda’s Kagame gets green light to run in August polls

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been unanimously nominated by his ruling party for re-election in the genocide-devastated East African nation’s presidential polls. About 1929 members out of 1930 eligible voters of the ruling RPF-Inkotanyi party approved Kagame’s nomination this weekend during the party’s congress. Kagame, who has already served two terms, has agreed to run […]

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Zambia: Sugar production increases by 47%

Zambia Sugar, a unit of Associated British Foods, on Thursday said its refined sugar production has increased by 47% to 65,000 tons in the year that ended March 31, driven up by increased refining capacity. According to the managing Director of Zambia Sugar, Rebecca Katow, despite the increment of the production, total sugar production fell […]

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ECOWAS: Israel to invest $1 billon in solar energy

Leaders of the West African regional group ECOWAS last weekend inked a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will earmark $1 billion over the next four years to finance solar energy projects in the member states of the bloc. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who confirmed the deal in a speech before the ECOWAS summit of […]

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Kenya launches multi-billion Chinese-backed railways

Kenya authorities on Tuesday launched a multi-billion a Chinese-backed railway with a first trip from the city of Mombasa to capital Nairobi. In his official speech at the unveiling ceremony, President Kenyatta said the launching “is a historic moment as we begin our journey of transformation.” Kenyatta also indicated that his government is banking on […]

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African fallen peacekeepers honoured by the UN

The United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday honoured 117 peacekeepers, including many Africans, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations in 2016, including many Africans Three Kenyans, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, three Rwandans and two South Africans were awarded the posthumous Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at the UN headquarters. “Their sacrifice only strengthens […]

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Paul Kagame unveils exit plan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday told Paris-based magazine Jeune Afrique in an extensive interview that he would step down after the next elections. Kagame, who has ruled Rwanda since 2000, is seeking another seven years in office following constitutional changes. The East-African nation goes to the polls in August to elect a president and […]

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Rwanda: Nude photos of female presidential candidate leaked

Social media in Rwanda was flooded this week with nude pictures believed to be Diane Shima Rwigara, a 35-year-old businesswoman who announced her intention to contest for the top job in the East-African nation. The photos, which are currently making rounds on several media platforms, show Ms Rwigara completely naked and striking poses in different […]

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Rwanda to build 500 smart classrooms in 2017

Rwanda and Microsoft have launched a huge project to build 500 smart classrooms nationwide by end of 2017, local newspaper, The New Times reported. The project will allow the East-African nation to digitize its education sector by giving students access to computers and basic software as well as internet access for teaching and learning. “I […]

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Germany pushes for private investment in Africa

The German government is moving to boost private investment in Africa, Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told reporters in Washington during the Global Infrastructure Forum. According to Schaeuble, the move is meant to avoid a destructive rise in populism and the gap between the rich and poor. “If we do nothing to change this, we can […]

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