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Africa’s First Electric Vehicle Company Celebrates 250,000Km

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Africa’s first electric vehicle company (Ampersand) on Monday celebrated 250,000 kilometres travelled by its 20 motorcycle taxis in Rwanda.

Infrastructure Minister Claver Gatete said at the event, this is a very good beginning. “All of us, everybody in the country, all policy makers including the Head of State are supporting you…It works, it’s made in Rwanda, we want it in Rwanda and we want it in the region.”

“We are very, very excited that you have reached 250,000 kilometers. I congratulate you for that,” Minister Gatete said.

“With our electric motorcycles and battery-swap model, we make it cheaper to buy and operate an electric motorcycle than a petrol motorbike,” said Josh Whale, Ampersand Founder and CEO, at the Kigali event.

He noted that going electric can already double a driver’s income now, and leapfrog Africa towards a zero-carbon future.

Moto taxis are common on Rwandan roads however, the fuel they burn is expensive, and produce serious amounts of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The electric motor bikes could be a solution.

Since its launch in May 2019, twenty Ampersand e-motos have been operating on a commercial basis, taking passengers and goods across Kigali. Drivers rent batteries from a network of Ampersand charging stations around town that they swap out in less than two minutes.

“The whole team at Ampersand is incredibly proud of this achievement. We’ve proven that our electric motorcycles, assembled locally in Rwanda, can replace petrol bikes while doubling drivers’ incomes, reducing harmful emissions, and saving drivers time,” says Whale.

“We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the strong support of the Government of Rwanda and we are looking forward to working together to achieve the first mass-market shift to electric vehicles in the world.”

This event was also attended by U.S. Ambassador Peter Vrooman, German Ambassador Thomas Kurz, Head of DFID Rwanda Sarah Metcalfe, and Director General of REMA Coletha Ruhamya.

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World Bank Signs Rwanda US$20M For Refugees

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The World Bank has approved an additional International Development Association grant of US $20 million for the Socio-Economic Inclusion of Refugees and Host Communities in Rwanda Project. This takes the total value of the project to US$80 million.

Since its inception in 2019, the project, also known in Kinyarwanda as “Jya Mbere” (move forward) is providing over 450,000 Rwandans and refugees with better access to basic services such as health, education and clean water. It also supports job creation through economic infrastructure such as roads and markets, technical and vocational training and funding for local businesses in the six districts that host refugees in Rwanda – Kirehe, Gatsibo, Gicumbi, Karongi, Nyamagabe and Gisagara.

“Rwandans and refugees alike have been heavily affected by COVID-19. Jya Mbere project will help them recover from the immediate impacts of the pandemic while building longer-term capacity in the health and education systems. The support for businesses is particularly important given the impacts on local enterprises of the COVID-19 lockdowns.” Said Matthew Stephens, World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist, and the project task team leader.

The additional US$20 million grant responds directly to the impacts of COVID-19. This will include upgrading to improve patient care at the district hospitals in Kirehe and Gatsibo, plus construction and improvements to health centers, schools and water systems in the project districts. The additional grant will also provide access to finance and training for businesses run by refugees and host community members in urban areas, including Huye District, the City of Kigali and Bugesera.

The World Bank is committed to helping Rwanda recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The additional US$ 20 million grant for the Jya Mbere project is part of a $350 million package that the World Bank has made available so far to support the government’s response to the pandemic. By including refugees and the communities that host them in these efforts, Rwanda is further solidifying its well-earned reputation as a welcoming host to refugees,” said Rolande Pryce, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda.

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Colonel Pascal Muhizi Promoted to Brigadier General

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President Paul Kagame also Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has duly promoted Colonel Pascal Muhizi to the rank of Brigadier General.

He is currently a Brigade Commander in the Southern Province, which also covers Nyungwe forest. He previously commanded Rubavu and Nyabihu districts.

According to a communique seen on the Defence Ministry website, the promotion takes immediate effect.

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Rwanda Outlines Stringent Punishment Against Covid-19 Violations

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In case a child above 2 years walks around the neighbourhood without wearing a face mask, the parent should be prepared to pay a fine of U$10 (Rwf 10,000).

The government of Rwanda on Wednesday will begin imposing a very stringent lockdown across the country as part of measures aimed at preventing the further spread of the deadly Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease.

Covid-19 has claimed 392 lives since its arrival on Rwanda territory in March last year. The country has since reported a total of 32,296 infections and 26,712 recoveries.

Tough punishments and fines are also slated for strict implementation against violators.

For example, anyone refusing to receive electronic payments will be slapped a fine of Rwf25,000.

Any institution or agency that will be found with employees or staff beyond the required number(percentage) will be punished with a fine of Rwf150,000.

Organising and holding a birthday, bridal shower, group prayers , weddings or any other form of event that draws people together shall attract a fine of U$200 (Rwf200,000). Those attending shall each be fined Rwf25,000.

Patients running away from a Covid-19 management facility shall be fined Rwf100,000. The healthworker responsible shall be fined Rwf100,000.

If anyone is found operating a bar or anyshop turned into bar, turning home into bar, bar in restaurant or hotel shall attract a heavy cash fine worth Rwf150,000. Anyone found in the bar will pay a fine of Rwf25,000.

Violation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at construction sites as instituted by the city of Kigali will attract a fine of Rwf100,000 upto Rwf1million depending on the value of the construction project.

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