Government of Rwanda Statement on the Passing of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa


Government of Rwanda Statement on the Passing of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa

Kigali, 18 October 2016

It is with sadness that the Government of Rwanda has learned of the passing of Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, the former King of Rwanda.

The former king was deported to Tanganyika by the Belgian colonial government on 2 October 1961. He later lived in Uganda, then Kenya, before settling in 1992 in the United States, where he passed away on 16 October 2016.

The Government of Rwanda has not yet been informed by the family regarding the final resting place and funeral arrangements. When they make their preferences known, the Government stands ready to provide any necessary support.


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Following an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in the Republic of Angola and the occurrence of cases reported in Kenya by the Country’s Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Health of Rwanda is implementing preventive measures against the importation of yellow fever into Rwanda.

As a measure to protect the health of Rwandans and visitors to Rwanda, all travellers coming into the country are requested to present their updated yellow fever vaccination certificate at the arrival point. Yellow fever vaccination will be provided to all non-vaccinated travellers arriving at Kigali International Airport.

We also advise all Rwandans travelling to vaccinate themselves at least 10 days prior to travel for their own security.

Ministry of Health


NOTICE: Genocide Commemoration Dates and Venues for the Nordic Countries

The commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda will be observed in the following places across the Nordic Countries. The venues will be added in dues course. Updates will be added regularly:

  1. Denmark: Copenhagen–April 9th, 2016
  2. Denmark: Jylland and Fynn–April 16th, 2016
  3. Finland: Tampere–April 9th, 2016
  4. Norway: Oslo–April 9th, 2016
  5. Sweden: Gothenburg–April 22nd, 2016
  6. Sweden: Stockholm (Rwandan Community)–April 9th, 2016
  7. Sweden: Stockholm (International Community. By Invitation)–April 11th, 2016

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Rwandans in the Nordic Countries will all have the chance to vote at the December 17th, 2015 referendum at locations close to their homes.

We can now confirm that their will be polling stations in the following cities:

  1. Stockholm
  2. Gothenburg
  3. Oslo
  4. Copenhagen

Rwandans resident in southern parts of Sweden may vote from Copenhagen, Denmark as that is considerably close than either one of the polling stations in Sweden. For more details, call the Embassy, send us an email or contact us through our Twitter account (@RwandaEmbassySE) or our Facebook Page (Embassy of Rwanda, Stockholm).


ANNOUNCEMENT: Referendum vote in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland

Dear Members of the Rwandan community in the Nordic Countries,

Kindly be informed that polling stations will be set up for you to vote in the referendum on December 17, 2015.

Arrangements are underway to determine the exact location of the polling stations.  The Embassy is doing all it can to ensure that you will all have at least one polling station in each country. However, that might not work out in which case polling stations will be placed at boarder towns closest to your Country as in the past.

Sweden: confirmed polling stations:

  1. Stockholm (Embassy of Rwanda. Barnhusgatan 3, Stockholm. Nearest train stations: T-Central and Hötorget).
  2. Gothenburg (Location to be announced).

Locations for the polling stations for Norway, Denmark and Finland are yet to be confirmed. We share the locations as soon as we get them.

In the meantime, feel free to contact the embassy if you still have any questions.




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Press Release: Rwanda to Celebrate Umuganura 

Umuganura: a centuries old tradition that embodies the country’s cultural heritage 

NB: In observance of Umuganura, the Embassy of Rwanda to the Nordic Countries will be closed on August 7, 2015. 

In a bid to promote the Rwandan Culture of valuing and celebrating achievements and crop yields from the country’s soil; the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC), in collaboration with various partners, has organised Umuganura celebration, commonly known as the National Harvest Day.  The day will be celebrated on Friday 7 August 2015 in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province.
This year’s celebrations will be held under the theme: “Umuganura, a foundation of unity and self-reliance.”
Known worldwide as National Harvest Day; in Rwanda’s history, Umuganura was one of the most important ceremonies celebrated by Rwandans at the beginning of every harvest season. The festivities were an occasion to celebrate the country’s achievements in terms of harvest both at the kingdom and family levels.
Umuganura is the first-fruit festival and one of Rwanda’s ancient royal rituals. The festival served as a harvest thanksgiving ceremony to thank God, the King or Queen Mother as God’s minister and the ancestors as guardians and protectors. Umuganura is attributed to Gihanga, meaning that it has existed since the country’s early birth, and is among the key rituals in Rwandan culture.
Today, Umuganura has a broader meaning; from being initially about agro-based harvest celebration to including striking achievements from other sectors key to national development. These include:
• Health
• Education
• Sports
• Mining
• Infrastructure
• Culture and
• Tourism
Umuganura has evolved to become a national festival to celebration the country’s achievements in line with its vision for a more cohesive, united, peaceful and prosperous future.
Commenting on this year’s Umuganura celebrations, the Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu remarks that: “In the kingdom era, the main activities for income generation were agriculture and livestock. Now we have more economic activities. Through Umuganura, we celebrate all those great achievements that we have registered in different sectors. This is an opportunity for us to think of news ways to attain sustainable development.”
Minister Uwacu further points out that there is a consensus that culture grows and reconstructs. “What the society has to do is preventing any variables that might distort it. We have not altered Umuganura festival; we are maintaining it.”
Umuganura has been one of the inspiring pillars of dignity and solidarity of Rwandans since hundreds of years back. It is the essence of unit and brotherhood at the same time being the pillar of self-reliance resulting from economic performance, family welfare and national dignity.
Umuganura is a great opportunity for families to come together. This spirit of unit and solidarity is the real identity of Rwandans and leads to a nation of dignity and respect.

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July 22, 2015

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The practice resolves many cases without recourse to conventional courts of law, hence enabling amicable resolution of conflicts and impacting the socio-economic lives of the population. More

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Opening the fourth conference of the East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF), in Kigali yesterday, Murekezi said the new landscape of global health care shows tremendous opportunities for healthcare providers in enabling the regulatory environment.

“When talking about health systems, people tend to think about primarily public sector and give less importance to the private sector. And this is of course wrong. More

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The event, which was jointly organised by the Embassy of Rwanda in the Nordic countries and the United Nations Office in Denmark was held at the vast UN City complex on a peninsular outside the city of Copenhagen.

The ceremony brought together Rwandans from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland as well as Diplomats based in Copenhagen, UN officials, Government representatives, Civil Society members and friends of Rwanda. More

Ambassador Venetia Sebudandi speaking at #kwibuka21 at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark

Ambassador Venetia Sebudandi speaking at #kwibuka21 at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark

Government of Rwanda Statement on need for urgent military action against FDLR


The six month deadline given to “Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda” (FDLR) to voluntarily surrender and disarm has expired.

The Government of Rwanda reiterates its call to the Government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the United Nations Mission in Congo (Monusco) to abide by their regional and international obligations, notably UNSC Resolutions 2147 (2014) Resolution 2098 (2013) both of which authorize: “[…] Offensive operations through the FIB either unilaterally or with FARDC […]”

As predicted, the FDLR has taken full advantage of this period to expand and consolidate its military and political organization with the aim to further destabilize Rwanda and the region.

Regional and International stakeholders are presented, once again, with a critical opportunity to demonstrate their genuine commitment to neutralizing negative forces and ensuring lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region.

Having consistently objected to all maneuvers used to protect or legitimize the FDLR, the Government of Rwanda urges the international community to ensure that hidden agendas are not allowed to stand, any longer, in the way of sustainable peace, progress and security for the citizens of this region.

The delaying tactics and excuses that have allowed the FDLR to perpetuate their crimes and genocidal ideology should no longer be tolerated.


With effect from November 1, 2014, holders of Swedish Passports will be required to pay the fee of USD 30 for an entry visa to Rwanda (Visa valid for up to 30 days). However, they are NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY IN ADVANCE, they can request and receive a visa at the airport of ANY point of entry in Rwanda. If you so wish, you can apply for your visa ahead at the Embassy or online. Similarly, nationals of the following Countries which previously enjoyed the same visa waiver will also be required to pay for their visa at entry points to Rwanda, namely: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Great Britain,USA. Holders of passports from other Africa Countries may apply for a visa on arrival at a Rwandan point of entry (airport or boarder post). For all the other countries, the requirements remain unchanged.
 For details see full announcement here):

Rwanda set to host regional science hub

By The Newtimes

Rwanda is set to host the region’s International Centre for Theoretical Physics, a science hub that seeks to advance scientific education in the developing world.

The construction of the first phase of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ITCP) complete with equipment, is underway and it expected to be concluded by December under a budget of about Rwf500 million. More 


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