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14-Year-Old to Face Murder Charges for Fire That Killed 9

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — A girl suspected to have started the fire that killed nine of her colleagues at Moi Girls High School in Nairobi is expected back in court Wednesday to face murder charges.

The girl was first arraigned in court last week when the court allowed police to detain her for seven days to complete investigations.

The orders were issued by Senior Principal Magistrate Theresa Nyangena following a request by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Alloys Kemo, who had asked for 10 days to allow further investigations.

According to an affidavit filed by the Milimani DCIO Phylis Kanina, the minor who has been codenamed T.W.G in court papers was arrested on Tuesday, at her parent’s home in the city.

Kanina told the court that the student was found in possession of a Tecno phone whose SIM card was registered under her mother’s name.

A laptop was also recovered from the home which is currently undergoing forensic examination.

Family lawyer Stanley Kang’ahi told Capital News that minor will continue to cooperate with authorities if released on bail.

On Tuesday, all the nine girls were positively identified following the completion of DNA that was led by Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has pledged to assist the bereaved families transport the bodies to the various counties as per the family plans and is planning to attend the funerals.

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Couple Says Quadruplets Are a Blessing And a Challenge

Photo: Benson Momanyi/The Nation

Beatrice Begi, right, and a relative hold her quadruplets at her parents’ home in Nyagancha village, Kenyenya Sub-County, Kisii County, on May 14, 2017.

By Magati Obebo

Changing a dozens of nappies daily and buying more than 80 bottles of milk every week looks like a big bargain for a young couple in Kisii County.

Mrs Beatrice Begi, a green grocer, and her 27-year-old shop attendant husband Mr Dominic Begi are parents of quadruplets.

And they swing between happiness and sadness.

The country’s bad economy does not make things easy for the two.

The mother says what began as a blessing is mutating into a huge challenge.

Her shock came when doctors at Nyangena Hospital said she was carrying four babies.

DEVELOPING COMPLICATIONS

“I was developing complications and when I went to hospital for scanning, doctors told me to prepare for four babies. It was shocking, for I did not know how I would raise them,” said Mrs Begi.

She and her husband are yet to settle the Sh50,000 bill Nyangena Hospital is demanding.

Mr Begi said he would require at least Sh1.3 million every year to take care of the four children.

“We spend more than Sh1,300 on the babies daily, but it is not enough. We will need a lot of help,” he said.

CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY

Kisii Woman Rep aspirant Linet Mongare, who visited the family recently, said the devolved unit should help the couple raise the children.

“The area member of Parliament and governor should treat this as a blessing and celebrate with the family,” she said.

“They should also come to the family’s help,” she said as she donated some food, clothes and other items.

Twenty days since she delivered the babies at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Ms Begi said meeting the day’s budget had become tough.

BIG CHALLENGE

“Initially it was a shock, later it turned to joy but today, it is a very big challenge that we are struggling to deal with,” she told the Nation at Nyagancha village in Kenyenya Sub-County.

When the Nation visited the family, the mother of five was at her parents’ home.

“Our income is little and cannot support the four children. That is why I came to my mother’s place,” she said.

Mrs Begi added that the food problem had been compounded by a sharp rise in prices.

FOUR BABIES

The babies were born on April 24 and weighed between two and 2.8 kilogrammes.

Ms Begi, the last born in a family of nine, said she never imagined she could have four babies at once.

“At times, it feels more like running a nursery school than a home. However, we also feel blessed in spite of the challenges,” she told the Nation.

“We wanted to give our daughter a sibling.”

Mrs Begi said she had accepted the situation and would do all it took to make the babies happy.

Documentary on Reading Culture Premieres Tomorrow

By Donata Kiiza

A documentary film on Rwanda’s reading culture will be premiered tomorrow, Rodriguez Iragena, the producer of the documentary, has confirmed. The event will be held at Impact Hub in Kigali, on Wednesday evening, at 6pm.

Iragena said the documentary aims to highlight the state of the reading culture in Rwanda in relation to the different initiatives that have been undertaken by the government, NGOs and other stakeholders in an effort to encourage reading among the Rwandan population.

“As a social activist, I would like to see more people in Rwanda adopt the culture of reading since it is from reading that one is able to acquire knowledge in different aspects of life and also knowing what is going on all round us,” said Iragena

He noted that after traveling to different East African countries like Kenya, he observed that more people read newspapers, novels, magazines and even sign posts on the streets, which is different in Rwanda, where most people have no time to read.

“I am surprised by how hard it is to get a newspaper, book or magazine stall in any corner of town without moving a long distance to certain points. We also have well equipped libraries and book stores but just a handful of people are able to walk to these places to buy or read a book, here in Rwanda,” he added.

The 23-minute documentary will feature perceptions from various key players in the country, as they share their views on why the reading culture in Rwanda is still low compared to neighbouring countries like Uganda and Kenya.

After the premiere, there will be an open discussion between the audience and panel members who will be able to discuss the question at hand; how can we improve the reading culture in the country?

Members of the panel include Umutesi Gasana, the General Secretary of Book Sellers and Publishers Association, and Arthur Barigye Mugunga, the CEO of School Books Distributors.

Other topics that Iragena plans to document this year will include unemployment and labour market, modern technologies versus Rwanda’s society, among many.

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Ekumbo in Police Custody as Rio Fiasco Probe Continues

By Seth Olale By Richard Munguti

Team Kenya’s Deputy Chef de Mission for the 2016 Olympics, Ben Ekumbo, will cool his heels in police custody for three days to allow police to complete investigations into the mismanagement of Kenyan athletes at the Games in Rio de Janeiro.

State prosecution attorney Eddy Kadebe Tuesday requested that Ekumbo, who is also the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) vice-chairman, be detained to allow for investigations.

Ekumbo, who is also the chairman of Kenya Swimming Federation, was arrested on Monday in a dramatic raid on his house in Nairobi where bales of sports equipment supplied by Nike for use by Team Kenya at the Olympics were recovered. However, no criminal charges were preferred against Ekumbo yesterday at the Kilimani Law Courts.

Senior Principal Magistrate Teresa Nyagena granted the request, saying the matter being investigated by police attached to the Serious Crimes Unit is of national importance.

INVESTIGATIONS

Nyagena directed police to finalise investigations within three days. Ekumbo will appear in court tomorrow for further direction. The magistrate took judicial notice of the fact that Ekumbo has health challenges and remanded him at Muthaiga Police Station for three days.

The magistrate was also told Ekumbo is preparing the national swimming team that will compete in the Fina World Championships in Canada on November 29 and that he could not do so while in custody.

On Monday, Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers, led by Munene Mugambi, broke the door and forced their way into Ekumbo’s house after he refused to grant them access.

Police officers recovered boxes containing training shoes, tracksuits, sandals and bags from Ekumbo’s house at Duplex Apartments along Professor Saitoti Avenue in Nairobi’s Westlands area.

Ekumbo is the fifth NOC-K official to be taken to court over the 2016 Rio Olympics scam.

Team Kenya’s Chef de Mission to the Olympics, Stephen Soi, overall team manager Pius Ochieng and NOC-K Secretary General Francis Paul as well as NOC-K treasurer Fridah Shiroya have already been charged over the mismanagement of Team Kenya at the Rio Olympics.

Kenya

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Uganda Regain Respect Despite Namibia Defeat

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo and Deus Bugembe

Kampala — Exactly a month after folding meekly to a 48-10 defeat against neighbours Kenya, Rugby Cranes regained enormous respect despite a 31-40 loss to Namibia at Kyadondo grounds on Saturday.

Promoted from tier 1B last year, Uganda were destined to be the whipping boys for five-time Rugby World Cup (RWC) finalists Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe in 1A.

The preliminary report shows Uganda will not go down without a fight. There are trips to Bulawayo and Nairobi still to come over the next four weeks for the Ugandan side.

Back Philip Wokorach scored two brilliant solo tries to cap a memorable sunny afternoon that threatened to match Uganda’s 21-19 result against the African giants 10 years ago.

Substitute Joseph Aredo, a replacement for a lethargic Chris Lubanga, copied from Wokorach. Pius Ogena had scored from an intercept and captain Brian Odongo from a maul.

Though still far from contenders for the continental crown they last won in 2007, the national team deserved a pat on the back from the thousands who cheered them on, albeit in bits. “I felt I would have done more,” eighth man Marvin Odongo, the epitome of the performance, said, citing lost line-outs. He set the tone and deservedly got the Man of the Match plaque. Ogena’s seventh minute touchdown received an emphatic response worth three converted tries from Namibia wingers Chrysander Botha and Johan Dyesel (2). As the game faded towards halftime, Wokorach scored from a beautiful ‘up and under’ many a Ugandan rugby fan have grown accustomed to. Halftime score: Uganda 12-21 Namibia. The hosts started the second half slowly.

Center JC Greyling stretched the margin for Namibia with another try. However, whenever Namibia looked like running away, Rugby Cranes responded with tries, a testament that the 10-day camp in South Africa after the Kenya rout helped. Brian Odongo scored from a maul which fellow prop Asuman Mugerwa dominated. Aredo’s try from a quick start showed how much the team structure had gone out of the window as individual talent ruled. “It’s good people are starting to appreciate. I feel we could have won with experience and the stats show major improvement since Kenya,” Rugby Cranes assistant coach Robert Seguya said.

Saturday result

Uganda 31-40 Namibia

Uganda

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Govt to Unveil Position On GMOs Use After Enacting Biosafety Law

By Michel Nkurunziza

Recently Rwanda hosted the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) conference that called for investing in agriculture science and innovation to boost and double agriculture output.

The Rwanda Focus spoke to the agriculture ministry if GMOs biotechnology could be adopted in the country to intervene in boosting the agriculture output that is still low compared to the projections.

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially put into the genes of a related or unrelated plant or animal.

Patrick Karangwa, the head of research at Rwanda Agriculture Board spoke to us on how far the process to adopt or reject GMOs use in Rwanda has reached;

“The biotechnology can for example extract genes from fish and inject in cassava to make it resistant and produce better. So biotechnology use is a hot long debate among world nations who also look at environment concerns,” he cited an example of GMOs technology.

“There are countries well developed in this technology although they have not yet enacted related laws as the bill is still in their parliaments. Such countries include Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. For example, Kenya has maize that is GMO. In EAC, Rwanda, DRC are still behind in this technology but we must learn about it carefully by first establishing our bio-safety law to avoid emerging impacts,” he added.

GMOs are believed to enable farmers to grow more crops on less land while using fewer pesticides and less water. Yet environmentalists also argue it might have negative impacts.

“We already have a draft which is still in hands of Rwanda Environment Management Authority before joining the parliament for discussion although as agriculture board also has to participate,” he explained

Does Rwanda really need GMOs?

“We are not rejecting the technology but we want to go there safely. There are environment concerns and therefore we look at how to control this technology. Because we have capacity issues as biotechnology has to develop laboratories, highly trained scientists who really understand and master the technology as well as equipment to apply the technology”, Karangwa said.

He added that the use of GMOs has provided good yields in some countries. However, he recommends that the country must first set laws and regulations which on part of Rwanda are being handled by Rwanda Environment Authority.

Figures from agriculture ministry show there are still many gaps that affect agriculture productivity and therefore there is need of different mechanisms to increase productivity and ensure food security.

The data shows that 22 tonnes of Irish potatoes were produced per hectare in 2014 while the potential yield is projected at 40 tonnes. Maize was at 3.8 tonnes, but could hit 6.5 tonnes per hectare while wheat output could increase to four tonnes per hectare compared to 2.3 tonnes presently.

Rice farmers have the potential of producing eight tonnes per hectare compared to projected five tonnes, and banana production could grow from 12.8 tonnes to 33 tonnes.

The data shows that cassava output could increase to 40 tonnes from 26 tonnes if applied good innovation and other agricultural practices.

Karangwa reveals that now scientists have been trained at high level and have got laboratories that are increasingly getting upgraded before thinking of the GMOs biotechnology in the drive to increase the produce.

Minister Geraldine Mukeshimana said the ministry awaits bio-safety standards to be published once the law is enacted.

“For example, the GMO maize in Kenya resists to drought that we also face in Rwanda. Once the law is adopted we can have access to other countries’ seeds through seeds harmonization policy in the region. But we need our own bio-safety standards to deal with GMOs. The biotechnology has also been more political than science on world continents but we have also to deal with those politics,” he said.

How far is the law?

When The Rwanda Focus contacted REMA to know when the bio-safety law will be tabled to the parliament, no official quotes were provided even after we sent an email and waited for two weeks for a reply as required. The ministry however, argued that it is not the right time to say anything about it before tabling the draft to other organs.

However, a source off record, confirmed that the law will soon first be sent to law reform and then later in parliament within two months from press time. Bio-safety law that Rwanda is preparing is recommended from Cartagena protocol.

The Cartagena Protocol on biosafety is an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on biological diversity.

It also takes into account risks to human health and was adopted by the Conference of Parties to the convention of biological diversity on 29th January 2000 and it entered into force on 11th September 2003.

Students Torch Dormitories Over Euro Match Miss Out

Photo: Benson Momanyi/Nation

Ian Nyakundi, a Form Two student at Itierio Boys’ High School, pulls his box out of one of the dormitories that was burnt down on the night of June 26, 2016.

By Aggrey Omboki

The Kenyan police is investigating an arson incident by students at a boys’ boarding school who burnt down seven of their 12 dormitories after their teachers refused to allow them to watch a football match on television on Saturday night.

The Itierio Boys’ High School students reacted in anger after learning that they would not be allowed to watch the game between Portugal and Croatia in the ongoing European championships, Euro 2016.

The game, which started at 10pm (1900 GMT), ended in a nil-nil draw and was extended to extra time, during which Portugal scored the winning goal. As a result, it ended past midnight.

Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo — who had been expected to be the star of the night — is popular with young people. Although he did not score, he helped his national team to qualify for the quarter finals.

Mr Apollo Omungu, the school’s deputy principal, said the students at the school in Kisii County in western Kenya started chanting at around 8pm (1700 GMT), two hours before kick-off.

The protests started soon after the boys were ordered to leave the entertainment hall in line with school regulations.

“We tried to calm them down but they became unruly and came out of their classes. Soon after we ordered them to their dormitories, we saw the dormitories on fire,” said Mr Omungu, who reported the arson case at Gesonso Police Station.

Attempt to enter girls’ domitories

Officers from the station, led by the police boss, Mr David Mburukwa, and assisted by the Administration Police’s Rapid Response Team, were called in to disperse the rioting students who also stoned windows, destroying several other buildings in the school.

They also stoned a library at the neighbouring Itierio Girls’ High School.

Their attempts to enter the girls’ dormitories were, however, thwarted by the school’s security officers and staff. The violent incident left the staff and neighbouring community in shock.

“We had to confront the boys in order to stop them from carrying out what seemed like an attempt to attack our students,” said Mr Evans Chweya, the Itierio Girls deputy principal.

Students were spotted fleeing from the school on motorcycles commonly known as bodabodas and on foot along the Kisii-Suneka Road on the night of the incident. Many of them were later rounded up by the police with the help of the neighbouring community.

The arson incident came only a week after three dormitories were burnt down at Magena Boys Secondary School, in the same area where another fire broke out at Omobera Seventh Day Adventist Girls High School in Nyamira County.

Reconstruction

On Sunday, Kisii Education Board Chairman Henry Onderi condemned the incident and asked the police to arrest the culprits. “We can’t continue to subject parents to untold agony of having to pay for reconstruction of schools after mindless destruction by rogue elements,” he said.

The school’s principal, Mr Andrew Otara, told the Nation that he arrived from a headteachers’ conference in the coastal city of Mombasa on the night of the incident.

“We called the police as soon as the chaos began but by the time they arrived, the dorms were already ablaze,” he said.

County Commissioner Kula Hache visited the scene in the company of the county’s AP commander, Mr Mohammed Kutsola, and his police counterpart Agnes Mudamba.

Ms Hache condemned the incident and vowed to ensure that the culprits were arrested.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae — who also visited the school — expressed shock at the incident. He said the county government would support the rebuilding of the school. “We will do all we can to ensure that the school gets back on its feet,” he said.

Students Torch Dorm Over Euro Match Miss Out

By Aggrey Omboki

Students at a boys’ boarding school burnt down seven of their 12 dormitories after their teachers refused to allow them to watch a football match on television on Saturday night.

The Itierio Boys High School students reacted in anger after learning that they would not be allowed to watch the game between Portugal and Croatia in the ongoing European championships, Euro 2016.

The game, which started at 10pm, ended in a nil-nil draw and was extended to extra time, during which Portugal scored the winning goal. As a result, it ended past midnight.

Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo — who had been expected to be the star of the night — is popular with young people. Although he did not score, he helped his national team to qualify for the quarter finals.

Mr Apollo Omungu, the school’s deputy principal, said the students at the school in Kisii County started chanting at around 8pm, two hours before kick-off.

The protests started soon after the boys were ordered to leave the entertainment hall in line with school regulations.

“We tried to calm them down but they became unruly and came out of their classes. Soon after we ordered them to their dormitories, we saw the dormitories on fire,” said Mr Omungu, who reported the arson case at Gesonso Police Station in Suneka division.

Officers from the station, led by the police boss, Mr David Mburukwa, and assisted by the Administration Police’s Rapid Response Team, were called in to disperse the rioting students who also stoned windows, destroying several other buildings in the school.

They also stoned a library at the neighbouring Itierio Girls High School.

Their attempts to enter the girls’ dormitories were, however, thwarted by the school’s security officers and staff. The violent incident left the staff and neighbouring community in shock.

“We had to confront the boys in order to stop them from carrying out what seemed like an attempt to attack our students,” said Mr Evans Chweya, the Itierio Girls deputy principal.

When the Daily Nation team arrived at the scene on Sunday, smoke was still billowing from the burning dormitories. Broken glass littered the scene.

Students were spotted fleeing from the school on boda bodas and on foot along the Kisii-Suneka Road on the night of the incident. Many of them were later rounded up by the police with the help of the neighbouring community.

The arson incident came only a week after three dormitories were burnt down at Magena Boys Secondary School, in the same area where another fire broke out at Omobera Seventh Day Adventist Girls High School in Nyamira County.

ARREST CULPRITS

On Sunday, Kisii Education Board Chairman Henry Onderi condemned the incident and asked the police to arrest the culprits. “We can’t continue to subject parents to untold agony of having to pay for reconstruction of schools after mindless destruction by rogue elements,” he said.

Mr David Omariba, the fire brigade chief, on Saturday night said he could not send his team to the school “due to chaotic scenes of students on strike”.

But Kisii’s Disaster Management Director Julius Tinega said the county fire engine’s pump was broken.

The county’s 2016/17 budget has set aside Sh35 million for a new fire engine. A county ambulance arrived at the scene about five hours later and there were no casualties.

The school’s principal, Mr Andrew Otara, told the Nation that he arrived from a headteachers’ conference in Mombasa on the night of the incident.

“We called the police as soon as the chaos began but by the time they arrived, the dorms were already ablaze,” he said.

County Commissioner Kula Hache visited the scene in the company of the county’s AP commander, Mr Mohammed Kutsola, and his police counterpart Agnes Mudamba.

Ms Hache condemned the incident and vowed to ensure that the culprits were arrested.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae — who also visited the school — expressed shock at the incident. He said the county government would support the rebuilding of the school. “We will do all we can to ensure that the school gets back on its feet,” he said.

He promised to ensure that a new fire engine is bought in the 2016/17 financial year to handle such emergencies.

Meanwhile, property worth millions of shillings was reduced to ashes in a dormitory fire at Kaplong Boys Secondary in Sotik, Bomet County on Friday night. Sotik police boss Jonathan Ngala said the cause of the 8.30pm fire was yet to be established and no casualties were reported.

Additional reporting by Geoffrey Rono

Magena Livestock Market Reopens in Tarime

By Ambrose Wantaigwa

Tarime — MINISTER for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mwigulu Nchemba has ordered the reopening of Magena livestock auction market to enable farmers and other business people to trade in livestock and other items as well as increase Tarime township council income.

Mr Mwigulu issued the directive when addressing a public rally at Serengeti grounds in Tarime town at the weekend during his working tour in the region that was also attended by Tarime Urban Legislator Esther Matiko and Tarime DC and several Tarime councillors.

The minister said the directive came after a plea from the area MP, Ms Matiko, who said that farmers and livestock traders faced difficulties in their quest to access other distant markets. Some travelled long distances to neighbouring Kenya in search of customers.

According to the MP, the livestock market was closed a couple of years ago by Tarime authorities over environmental and economic reasons. Ms Matiko said despite the shortcomings the newly established Tarime Township Council was facing acute shortage of funds and hailed the government for the decision to reopen the market. The move will enable the council to earn funds for implementation of development projects.

“We salute the decision by the government to announce the reopening of the livestock market because traders were left with no other option except unofficial trading means in open spaces where the actual revenues to the council were not well collected,” she said.

The minister ordered the regional security and safety organ to supervise and check all unscrupulous middlemen who trade illegally in livestock across the Sirari Border. He warned farmers to avoid selling their farm produce before the relevant harvest seasons because this was only exposing them to additional losses that could be avoided if they decided to sell in registered markets.

He called on local investors to work on strategies to set up small processing industries for the mostly grown products here such as bananas and cassava that will help add value and manage to raise their incomes instead of depending on foreign markets that are not easily accessible.

“We call upon local and any other people from all walks of life to use the potential of favourable climatic conditions in Tarime for grand and small scale farming to produce food and cash crops that can be processed to add value and quality for the benefit of our farmers and consumers.”

He ordered the Tarime DC to supervise the ongoing countrywide agricultural inputs supply to farmers so as to ensure that the targeted beneficiaries get what they deserve and prevent the tendency by some village leaders to divert inputs to individuals who do not deserve this privilege.

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20 Entrepreneurs Selected for This Year’s Teep

By Julius Bizimungu

Twenty Rwandan start-up operators have been selected to participate in this year’s Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP).

The start-ups are from diverse fields of the economy, including agriculture, ICT, healthcare, education, transportation and general trade.

According to a statement from the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which runs the programme the 20 local entrepreneurs will be part of 1,000 African entrepreneurs, who will participate in the second edition of TEEP following the inaugural one last year.

The Rwandan entrepreneurs selected to participate in the TEEP2016 are Alice Uwarugira and Rene Uwamugirimfura (energy/power generation), Ange Imanishimwe, Gisele Uwera (healthcare), Ange Ingabire (commercial/retail), Carine Pierrette Mukamakuza, Jean Wilson Ndoruhirwe, Olive Ashimwe, Seleman Nyirurugo, Janvier Uwayezu and Cyriaque Sinayobye (agribusiness, farming), Cephas Nshimyumuremyi, Emmanuel Ntawuyirusha, Regis Umugiraneza (manufacturing), Denyse Uwineza (ICT), Ignace Nyiringabo (agribusiness, farming), Jean Iragena and Uka Essien Osaigbovo (media and entertainment), David Irakoze (commercial/retail), and Yvette Ishimwe (waste management).

They are part of over 45,000 entrepreneurs from 54 African countries who applied to take part in the programme, and the successful candidates represent diverse industries, led by agriculture, ICT and fashion, the statement said.

It noted that the selected start-up operators (the 2016 cohort) will, over the next nine months, receive the intensive online training; networking and mentoring that provide a tool kit for business success and sustainability.

They will also participate in the three-day Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum later in the year, the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurial talent and stand to share $100 million funding provided by the foundation.

Last year, 15 Rwandans participated in the TEEP class of 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kigali-based Market Mergers’ Louis Antoine Muhire, is one of the TEEP Class 2015 beneficiaries. He said the programme gave him an opportunity to network with other 999 startups, business people, and leaders.

“I salute the effort from Tony Elumelu Programme. However, they need to rethink the programme because, for instance, it took three months to get the seed money, yet we were supposed to get it on arrival in Nigeria,” he said.

TEEP offers training, funding, and mentoring to participants, with the aim of empowering the next generation of African entrepreneurs.

The programme will identify and help grow 10,000 start-ups and young businesses from across Africa over the next 10 years, which are expected to create 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa’s economy.

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