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Prison poo power

Prison poo power

The concept is simple; Prisoners go to the toilet, their waste is collected, it makes gas, the gas goes to the kitchen, prisoners cook using the gas, eat the food they cook, go to the toilet… and the whole process starts again. I have visited Nsinda Prison in Rwamagana district in eastern Rwanda twice in […]


The Chronicles newspaper launches in Rwanda

The Chronicles newspaper launches in Rwanda

Rwanda is in the process of reforming the media law. Should the law become enacted, print media will self-regulate. Rwanda is regularly criticised by organisations such as Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect journalists for a lack of press freedom. However, some Rwandan journalists, emboldened by the proposed new law, believe the time […]


Inside Nsinda prison

Inside Nsinda prison

I visited Nsinda Prison in Rwamagana province, eastern Rwanda a couple of week’s back. Rwanda has an impressive track record when it comes to using renewable energy and I wanted to see how the prison used biogas. Prison’s have a… how can we put this delicately… fairly constant supply of raw material with which to […]


Ingabire case adjourned until Wednesday

Ingabire case adjourned until Wednesday

Victoire Ingabire appeared at Kigali Supreme Court this morning. She’s accused of divisionism and terrorist activities. Her trial has long been delayed. She was arrested in October, 2010 and last appeared in court in June, 2011. At that appearance, her defence team requested more time to translate her dossier into English, Ingabire said she needed […]


Bank of Kigali launches on Rwanda Stock Exchange

Bank of Kigali launches on Rwanda Stock Exchange

Rwanda’s largest bank, The Bank of Kigali, arrived on the eight month old Rwanda Stock Exchange this morning. I wouldn’t normally blog about something like this, but it’s the first story I have covered in my new job as the Rwanda-based foreign correspondent for Reuters. I’ll blog more on the job, and why I chose […]


Rwanda face England in U17 World Cup

Rwanda face England in U17 World Cup

Rwanda face England tonight, Sunday 19 June, in the U17 World Cup in Mexico. My friends and colleagues Claudio von Planta and Sorious Samura are with the team in Mexico filming their progress. Claudio sent me this brief report on how Faustin Usengimana, who plays as defender for the Junior Wasps, is feeling after he […]


From your own correspondent

From your own correspondent

I was asked recently to put together a segment for the BBC World Service radio programme From Our Own Correspondent. FooC, as it is known within the BBC, has been running for over 50 years. It’s a part of the more ancient BBC furniture and is a well respected slot within the broadcaster’s output as a […]


Tweeting the President of Rwanda

Tweeting the President of Rwanda

Barely two months after the Rwandan government encouraged decision makers at all levels to join social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, we see our first heated exchange. London-based journalist Ian Birrell used his personal Twitter account to quote some sections from an interesting interview with President Paul Kagame in the Financial Times. The President […]


Rwanda prepares for World Cup in Mexico

Rwanda prepares for World Cup in Mexico

Here’s a feel good story for you. In January, 2011, the Rwanda U17 football team – or Junior Wasps as they are know locally – qualified for the U17 World Cup that will take place in Mexico, in June. The team’s success comes 17 years after the 1994 Genocide. The players were all born in […]


Gacaca book launched in Kigali

Gacaca book launched in Kigali

The launch for Dr. Phil Clark’s new book, The Gacaca Courts, Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda: Justice without Lawyers, was held at he Umubano Hotel in Kigali yesterday, April 21. Phil started work on the project in 2001, when the gacaca process began. He conducted nearly 550 interviews with with genocide suspects, survivors, gacaca […]