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The Rwanda government has eased some of its restrictive measures against the spread of coronavirus.

This was made known in a statement on Monday night, the government also reduced the curfew by two hours and it will now run from 21:00 to 04:00 local time, with businesses required to close by 20:00.

Movement between the capital, Kigali, and the rest of the country has also resumed on Tuesday, apart from three districts of the southern and eastern provinces.

Physical meetings have also resumed but should not exceed 30% of the venue capacity, but all bars remain closed.

On Sunday, the Rwanda health authorities have disclosed that it has started immunizing its healthcare workers against Covid-19.

An official in the ministry stated that immunization with the Pfizer vaccine started last week in a few hospitals in the capital, Kigali.

The ministry also revealed in a tweet that the vaccines were acquired through international partnerships in limited quantities.

Officials in Rwanda said there will be a wider rollout this month with supplies expected from the Covax initiative and African Union.

The Rwanda Defence Force has announced the death of the head of the military, Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, who was said to have died a natural death on Thursday at a military hospital.

Yes, General Musemakweli has died, he was ill,” a senior Rwandan army official told the BBC.

Gen Musemakweli was appointed head of the Rwanda Defence Forces general inspectorate in November 2019. He previously held the positions of army chief of staff, head of presidential guard, and reserves forces commander.

The authority of Rwanda’s national carrier Rwandair has announced a temporal suspension on flights to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

The airline referred to the new Covid-19 variants reported in southern African countries as the reason for this development.

It was gathered that all flights to and from the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lusaka, and Harare have been suspended.

The airline also urged customers to request refunds or reschedule travel to the destinations.

A court in Paris has approved the extradition of the Rwandan genocide suspect, Felicien Kabuga, to a UN international tribunal in The Hague.

Kabuga was arrested last month in a suburb in Paris after 26 years on the run.

He allegedly backed and armed ethnic Hutu militias who slaughtered about 800,000 people in 1994.

Mr Kabuga has called the charges against him lies.

His lawyers had wanted him tried in France, saying he would be subjected to a political trial at the IRMCT.

Rwanda’s High Court has sentenced a former mayor, Ladislas Ntaganzwa to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide, local media reports.

Ntaganzwa was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo five years ago and was found guilty of personally leading a series of massacres of Tutsi civilians, including an attack on a church where thousands had taken shelter.

The former mayor of southern Nyakizu was also accused of orchestrating the rape of many women in the region.

At a French court during a bail hearing, Rwandan genocide suspects, Félicien Kabuga denied allegations of financing the massacre.

“All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them,” he stated.

The 84-year-old businessman was arrested earlier this month in a suburb in Paris after 26 years on the run.

His lawyers were said to argue that Mr Kabuga, who was detained in a dawn raid on 16 May in the suburb of Asnières-sur-Seine where he had been living under a false identity, should be tried in France instead of being transferred.

A police convoy believed to be carrying Rwandan genocide fugitive Felicien Kabuga arrives at the Paris courthouse where Kabuga is due to appear for an arraignment hearing, France, May 19, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A Rwandan businessman who was allege the main financier of the 1994 genocide has appeared before a public prosecutor in Paris.

The suspect identified as Félicien Kabuga, aged 84, arrived at the court under heavy police protection.

He was said to have been arrested in a Paris suburb on Saturday, where he had been living under a false identity.

It is expected that he will be tried by a UN tribunal.

The first integrated science and innovations children’s centre has been inaugurated by Rwanda and the government of Japan. The centre is known as Keza Learning centre.

Keza’s aim is to groom and mould Rwandan kids into little engineers and future innovators in robotic engineering

The Rwf50million centre is located in the Gikondo sector in Kigali city and named after the famous dream child; Keza, it was launched by Japan’s new envoy to Rwanda, Ambassador Masahiro Imai as a public-private partnership with ten private sector investors in education and sciences.

The centre is said to be a programming and robotics workstation, as well as, nature studies, arts, culture and music school, it will accommodate over 150 children between ages three to 17 years, who will get a comprehensive education.

Antoine Mutsinzi, the Center Managing Director said that “The children just like the dream child Keza will get encompassing skills in four areas of technology, nature, arts and physical education, which will make them competitive in the next 30 years.”

Mutsinzi stated that recruitment will start immediately and parents will be asked to pay Rwf5000 per child for five hours or Rwf10, 000 for a whole day at the centre.

The centre identified their targets as parents who have been taking children to children’s parks over the weekend, as officials say that the centre will also provide other entertainment facilities and cultural education skills besides programming and making robots.

“Instead of taking your child to children’s playfield and pay Rwf5, 000 to play, it is better they come here and learn but also play and get the same entertainment at the end of the day,” Mutsinzi said.

Arrangements have also been made for parents who cannot afford this education, Mutsinzi said that they have plans of brokering partnerships with schools in Kigali and rural areas to do on-site training for children using mobile clinics and students from the African Leadership University (ALU).