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Biziyaremye Looks to Bounce Back After Recovering From Injury

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

Last weekend, Joseph Biziyaremye made a promising return to cycling after being out of action for six months due to injury. He participated in the second race of the 2017 Rwanda Cycling Cup which was his first as he looks to return to the top of his game. The third race, dubbed ‘Race to Remember’ that will start from Ruhango town heading to Karongi district plus a circuit is slated for this Saturday.

The 29-year-old Biziyaremye was involved in a career-threatening accident while competing in the 2016 Tour du Rwanda, during the stage five ( Muhanga to Musanze) less than a kilometre to the finish line after knocking down a spectator who was trying to cross the road.

Biziyaremye had a concussion and was rushed to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali where he stayed for seven weeks receiving treatment.

The accident occurred just a day after he finished second in stage four (Rusizi-Huye) also known as ‘Nyungwe Challenge’ that was won by Joseph Areruya, who now rides for South Africa-based UCI Continental Team Dimension Data.

Last Saturday, during the Farmers’ Circuit race; Kigali to Nyagatare; the former Cine Elmay rider made his return to competitive cycling for the first time since last November, riding for Kayonza-based Muhazi Cycling Generation.

He finished in ninth place posting less than two minutes behind the winner, Jean Claude Uwizeye of Les Amis Sportifs de Rwamagana.

Uwizeye won the 152-kilomtre race using 3 hours 41 minutes and 46 seconds, while Biziyaremye posted 3 hours, 43 minutes and 22 seconds.

“I have fully recovered, and I felt strong in last week’s race after almost four weeks of training. Finishing ninth was really a great performance for me especially given than I had been out for over six months after my accident. I believe I will be much better in the next race,” he told Times Sport.

The Kamonyi-born rider was among the five cyclists that raced for the national team (Team Rwanda) during 2016 Tour du Rwanda-others were Eric Nduwayo and now retired duo of Nathan Byukusenge and Abraham Ruhumuriza..

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Rwanda’s Coffee Export Revenue Rises to Over Rwf2 Billion in March

By Peterson Tumwebaze

Rwanda’s coffee export revenues rose marginally in March to $2.4 million (about Rwf2.02 billion), up from $2.1 million (about Rwf1.77 billion) recorded during the same period in 2016, the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) monthly report indicates. This was despite a drop in coffee prices on international market to $2.36 per kilo, down from $2.40 per kilo in March 2016.

The March coffee export earnings represent a 9 per cent increase in value that NAEB attributed to high volumes of coffee sold during the month or a growth of 11 per cent compared to what was exported in March 2016.

The country sold 1,008,501 kilogrammes of coffee over the month under review, up from 906,251 kilogrammes sold in March last year, the report indicates.

Rwanda’s coffee buyers include Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany and South Korea.

However, coffee production decreased on annual basis by 12.7 per cent, a situation NAEB attributed to the prolonged dry spell the country experienced last year.

The government in March this year set the farmgate coffee price at Rwf246 per kilogramme, up from Rwf150 previously.

Overall, Rwanda produced more than 22 million kilogrammes of coffee in 2016 compared to 21.8 million kilos in 2015. The agro-export body attributed the increase to a conducive weather and adoption of modern farming skills by farmers, which helped improve coffee handling and quality along the value chain.

NAEB has been emphasising value addition and encouraging farmers and co-operatives to take advantage of coffee washing stations to enhance quality.

The board is implementing a five-year strategic plan aimed at achieving an annual average export growth rate of 29 per cent, translating to $104.3 million by 2018, from $60.9 million in 2013.

The plan also promotes value addition and seeks to enhance productivity to make the country’s coffee industry more competitive and beneficial to more than 400,000 farmers whose livelihood depends on coffee.

NAEB said the objective is to increase productivity from 2.4kg per coffee tree in 2013 to 3.1kg per tree by 2018. The board also seeks to increase fully-washed coffee to 71 per cent by 2018.

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Nigerian Cyclists Hail African Rising Cycling Centre

By Jejje Muhinde

African Rising Cycling Centre (ARCC), the home of Team Rwanda Cycling has continued to unify African countries as a hub of the continent’s cycling growth.

The observation was made by Nigerian cyclists who have trained at the centre.

“The project offers unique experience in Africa, there is no such rare facility on the continent,” said Nigerian cyclist and captain of CC12 Cycling Club Eyo Effiok, who together with his teammates Abaka Kurotimi and Afis Bakare have trained at the center.

Effiok, who is fascinated with the ARCC, pointed out that having such infrastructure is the reason why cycling is the fastest growing sport in Rwanda.

“I’m not surprised to see Rwandan cyclists developing at a fast rate,” Effiok said, adding that, “This is the reason why cyclists here have managed to reach a high global stage or joined pro-cycling teams across the world.”

On his part, Kurotimi noted, “It is quite a unique project for talent development and detection, the skilled coaches, mechanics and the equipment coupled with latest technology and garage repair.”

The ARCC has attracted other cyclists from countries like Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea as well as tourists.

ARRC deputy Technical Director, Richard Mutabazi, who also previously worked as Tour du Rwanda spokesman for six years, says the project is serving its intended purpose.

“We offer accommodation, meals, we have bikes for rent (though riders usually bring theirs), and we have a state of art garage and the best mechanics (USA certified) and the tools, parts as well as bike repair technologies,” he noted.

He further revealed that ARCC has carbon fiber welding technology that is not available anywhere on the continent.

ARRC has a project in pipeline to start making bicycle frames out of bamboo instead of aluminum or carbon fiber so as to make it cheap and affordable for those interested in purchasing.

It was inaugurated in 2014 under the cooperation with the Rwanda Cycling Team, the Rwandan Cycling Federation (FERWACY) and the Ministry of Sports and Culture of Rwanda. It is supported by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The conglomerate at Musanze district is designed to serve not only Rwandan cyclists, but also teams from other countries to carry out specific training in addition to courses for African coaches, curators and mechanics among the services on offer.

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Tullow Oil Reports Oil Discovery in Lokichar

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Lokichar trading centre in Turkana.

By Jeremiah Kiplang’at And Sammy Lutta

More oil has been discovered in South Lokichar basin in Turkana, boosting efforts to spread exploration of the commodity.

Tullow Oil on Wednesday announced that it had found oil in the Emekuya-1 well in the basin after a similar discovery early in the year in two other wells drilled last year.

The firm said it had drilled through 75 vertical metres of rock that holds oil.

“Downhole pressure measurements and fluid samples suggest that the main oil reservoir is on the same static pressure gradient as the Etom-2 well which demonstrates that a major part of the Greater Etom structure is oil-filled,” said the company.

Tullow’s Country Manager Martin Mbogo said the discovery had boosted their efforts of exploring for more oil in the basin.

“This is a good result. The well was drilled close to the Etom-2 well which was a very successful well drilled in late 2016. Finding more oil here in the northern part of South Lokichar basin is good news and will add more oil to the overall resources that we have in the basin. We found oil at Etom-2 and at Erut (in early 2017) and we are now trying to find out if there’s more oil in between these two oil discoveries,” he said, adding that they would drill more wells in the area in order to ascertain the amount of oil that could be harvested from the basin.

“This is a very good start to this process. It shows us that the Greater Etom area (the part of the basin that goes beyond just the Etom discovery itself) does indeed have oil. We’ll have to drill more appraisal wells in the area to find out how much oil there is,” he added.

Exploration Director Angus McCoss said that they now look forward to the remainder of the Kenya exploration and “appraisal campaign in support of the ongoing work to prepare this important asset for full field development.”

The new discovery comes two months after Tullow signed a production agreement with the government which paved the way for the transportation of the first consignment of crude oil from Turkana fields to Mombasa for export.

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Africa: What Is Wannacry? What Does WannaCry Ransomware Do?

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Describing it as the biggest cyber attack in history, Roi Shaposhnik of Johannesburg-based Gold N’ Links Cyber said syndicates around the world targeted a weak spot in Microsoft security updates which lead to a massive crash (file photo).

By Christina Mercer

A ransomware attack called WannaCry that was first launched on 12 May and since spread around the world impacted a number of high-profile organisations globally, including NHS England in the UK.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that will block access to your files unless you pay a ransom.

Some 47 NHS trusts fell victim to these ransomware attacks resulting in devastating consequences for some patients, as operations were cancelled and medical records held for ransom.

One theory suggested that 90 percent of NHS trusts across the UK were using Microsoft’s 16-year-old OS Windows XP, which could leave them susceptible to attacks.

What is WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry or Wanna Decryptor ransomware seems to have used a vulnerability in Microsoft’s software.

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An exploit discovered and built upon by the USA’s National Security Agency called EternalBlue was leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers earlier this year. It was patched by Microsoft at the time, but older versions of Windows or those without Windows Update were left open to attacks.WannaCry uses EternalBlue, which takes advantage of a vulnerability in the SMB protocol, to worm its way through local networks and online.The worm encrypts data on an infected system, and then tells the user that their files have been locked and displays information on how much is to be paid and when – up to roughly $600 in bitcoin.WannaCry, like the majority of ransomware and malware will arrive under your radar, as an email attachment or as a download on your PC. It essentially relies on victims clicking on or downloading the attachment, which causes the program to run and infect your computer with ransomware.What versions of Windows are affected?According to Microsoft’s blog, older versions of Windows that are no longer supported by Microsoft were vulnerable, which includes Windows 8 and Windows XP, which the majority of NHS Trusts were running.For those running Windows 10 or Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems, which has automatic updates turned on, you’ll remain protected from WannaCry.For a full description of ransomware and how it can be stopped, see here.How should businesses respond to ransomware attacks?Sadly, there isn’t a simple formula for businesses to follow in regards to ransomware. But there are a few things that businesses can do to limit the damage it causes.The biggest question is whether businesses should pay or not. In most cases, the sum of money demanded is relatively small so it might seem easier to just pay the money and if you have backups, just restore your systems with them.However, if you do pay, you’re only fueling the fire. The longer victims pay, the longer ransomware will continue to grow, or at least that’s what leading cyber security firms believe and it’s why they advise against it.The only real security from ransomware is backups and solid security best practices. Other than that, there are some decryption tools that claim to decrypt the files that the ransomware have locked down.

Region Should Take Positive Economic Growth With Cautious Optimism

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(file photo).

columnBy Gitura Mwaura

The International Monetary Fund and Fitch Ratings concur on Rwanda’s positive economic outlook. While each country is unique in its circumstance, this reflects on the wider EAC, specifically Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, which are as favourably projected.

The just-released IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa reports that the four EAC members states are expected to sustain annual growth rates of five per cent or higher.

Rwanda, for instance, is expected to grow by 6.2 per cent in 2017 as vouched at the IMF second review of country’s Policy Support Instrument in Kigali this week.

The percentage growth coincides with Fitch forecasts for this year, onward to 6.6 per cent in 2018 (See “Fitch confirms Rwanda’s economic outlook as stable”, The New Times, May 15, 2017). If the projection holds, this will mean more than a slight improvement from the 5.9 per cent growth registered last year.

It is the same with the other three member states. According to the IMF report, their economies’ comparative strength is due in large measure to public spending and investments in infrastructure.

Generally, however, one wishes the positive outlook rubs on Burundi, which remains in economic doldrums, as much as South Sudan which continues to be wracked by conflict. But a wish is only a wish, and more a measure of intent than effective action.

What is certain is that the two countries must weigh their options with the better able section of the EAC playing its role to offer the support it must, even if it means shouldering a heavier load to prop them up.

This is not to say it has not been happening with the various efforts to intervene in the two countries. This is to say that there should be a doubling of the ongoing political undertaking, otherwise the reverse might be as true that the two weaker countries may taint the effort and economically pull all others back.

Still, the EAC is not an island, despite what it must do to ensure a girdle of prosperity around the entire Community.

EAC cannot afford to be oblivious of what lies around it. It is worth noting that with broad regional initiatives such as COMESA, Africa is more connected than ever bringing closer countries as far north as Egypt.

It therefore makes it pertinent to note that, while the EAC is on an upward curve, Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth has fallen to its lowest level in more than 20 years. IMF projects a weak recovery to a 2.6 per cent growth rate this year from a low of 1.4 per cent in 2016 for two thirds of countries south of the Sahara.

The head of the IMF’s African Department, Abebe Aemro Selassie, is quoted cautioning that while sub-Saharan Africa remains a region with tremendous potential for growth in the medium term, it is with limited “external environment” support. Strong and sound domestic policy measures are therefore urgently needed to reap this potential.

The “external environment” signifies such as US fiscal policies tied to dollar including the incidence of drought, pests, and security issues, according to the report. This means that all are vulnerable, economic laggards as well as those doing better.

Thus, drawing from this, the report reminds countries where growth is still strong such as in the EAC that it will be important to address emerging vulnerabilities from a position of strength.

It also urges strengthening social protection for the most vulnerable people. The current environment of low growth and widening macroeconomic imbalances risks reversing recent progress made in alleviating poverty.

The report adds that existing social protection programs are often fragmented, not well-targeted, and cover a small share of the population. It suggests savings from expansive and untargeted schemes such as fuel subsidies could be put towards helping vulnerable groups.

To these I would add that the “vulnerable” should include our brethren in South Sudan and elsewhere who remain our regional and international responsibility.

While the IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa offers a bleak appraisal, it is as much a reminder as the Fitch Raising’s affirmation that something must be working and must be guardedly maintained and bettered.

Kajuju Campaigns On Her Own Following Apparent ‘Kikali’ Split

By David Muchui

Meru Jubilee Woman Representative candidate Florence Kajuju is campaigning on her own after a fallout in an outfit she founded with Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi.

This is after Mr Murungi distanced himself from politics surrounding the woman representative’s position, saying they were too hot for him while Mr Linturi steered clear of endorsing Ms Kajuju who, nonetheless, won the nominations.

The two leaders’ sentiments signal a split in ‘Kikali’, a campaign outfit formed last year by Mr Murungi, the Jubilee gubernatorial flag bearer, Mr Linturi, the Senate candidate and Ms Kajuju.

The outfit took its identity from the three leaders’ surnames (Kiraitu, Kajuju and Linturi).

The politicians had described Kikali as a union of like-minded Jubilee leaders who were out to unseat Governor Peter Munya and bring change in the county’s leadership.

Kikali had support from four sitting MPs including Joseph M’Eruaki (Igembe North), Kubai Iringo (Igembe Central), Mpuru Aburi (Tigania East) and Rahim Dawood (North Imenti).

With the union apparently on the rocks, Senator Murungi and Mr Linturi have lately been campaigning together but are always careful not to talk about the woman rep candidate.

The disputed Woman rep nomination results sealed the fate of the union after Ms Kawira Mwangaza lost to Ms Kajuju and blamed it on the Kikali outfit.

TO DECAMP

Cracks emerged in the outfit early this year after Jubilee politicians persuaded Ms Mwangaza, then viewed as the most popular candidate, to decamp from the Party of National Unity (PNU).

This forced Ms Kajuju to start a charm offensive to avert being defeated by ‘a newcomer’ in Jubilee Party.

After losing the nominations, Ms Mwangaza accused the ‘Kikali’ trio of wooing her into a trap and vowed to remain in the race as an independent candidate.

“They had promised me that Ms Kajuju would step down for me before the nominations. But as soon as I joined Jubilee Party, Ms Kajuju refused to give in. They told me since I was the most popular candidate, I would beat her in the nominations,” Ms Mwangaza recounted.

Earlier, Ms Kajuju had claimed that she had been promised a top job in government if she abandoned politics, an offer she rejected.

But Ms Kajuju’s win was not enough to bring Kikali together as Mr Murungi made it clear that the Woman rep should not mention his name in her campaigns.

Speaking to a local FM station, Mr Murungi distanced himself from the outcome of the nominations in Meru, saying he was particularly pissed off with the politics touching on the Meru Woman Rep’s seat.

‘WAS UNOPPOSED’

“Politicians who lost in the nominations claim I influenced the outcome. I was not involved in the nominations because I was unopposed. Despite having ‘escaped’ to Nairobi on the nomination day, people still think I had a hand in their defeat. This is a lie and propaganda because I was not there,” he said.

“There is a lot of heat in the Woman rep politics. I am tired of their politics. Let the Meru people know that Ms Kajuju and Ms Mwangaza are my friends but I will not engage in their campaigns again,” he added.

The Senator said he ‘would never attend campaign meeting by any of the two woman rep aspirants’.

“Let Ms Mwangaza and Ms Kajuju campaign on their own. They should not mention me in their meetings and I will not mention them as well. Let the electorate decide and I will support whoever is elected,” Mr Murungi said.

Mr Linturi who spoke during a live interview on a local TV station refused to publicly endorse Ms Kajuju.

But speaking to the Nation by phone, Ms Kajuju said she was capable of fighting her own battles and would win without support from Mr Murungi and Mr Linturi.

‘AMIDST OPPOSITION’

“This is history repeating itself. In 2013, I fought on my own amidst opposition from the Senator who had his woman rep candidate. I also won the recent nominations on my own. I have the capacity to get votes for myself and President Uhuru Kenyatta. That is the most important thing to me,” Ms Kajuju said.

The Kikali outfit was blamed by several aspirants who ditched Jubilee Party in Meru, citing lack of fairness in appointment of officials and the nominations.

Governorship aspirants Kilemi Mwiria and Mwenda Mbijiwe, as well as Woman rep aspirant Karambu Kailemia left Jubilee protesting the ‘Kikali’ outfit’s dominance in the party.

During the Jubilee Party launch in Meru in January, Dr Mwiria who later joined Chap Chap aired his dissatisfaction with ‘Kikali’ before President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya: Blue Whale and Wannacry Expose the Internet’s Dark Side

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BlogBy John Walubengo

Last week, two things happened that exposed the dark side of the internet in a way we have never experienced it before.

The first was ‘Blue Whale,’ an online game that has allegedly claimed the life of one Kenyan and many others across the globe.

The second was a ransomware attack dubbed ‘WannaCry’ that is still spreading globally across Windows-related servers and other computers that had not previously been patched up or protected.

Let’s start off with the Blue Whale online game. It’s an addictive game that offers teenagers a 50-day series of challenges with the ultimate and final one being to commit suicide.

Whereas teenage suicides are happening while the game is online, debate continues as to whether the game is actually the cause of the suicides. Either way, the orientation of the game is quite chilling.

The Kenyan government, through the ever-ready CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board, Ezekiel Mutua, quickly moved to “ban” the game, and therein lies the problem.

It is one thing to declare an online application or game banned, but it is quite another to actually effect the ban.

Unless Kenya builds a huge digital perimeter firewall mapped along our geographic territory – the Chinese way – it is virtually impossible to ban anything online.

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OVER-BURDENED TEENAGERIn fact, banning anything online is counterproductive since it creates an impulse to download whatever it is the government is claiming to ban. This is otherwise known as free publicity.A better approach may have been to alert parents and teenagers of the existence of the game and provide advise on how to avoid or overcome the risky and suicidal motives within the game.Many of the teen suicide cases reported seem to indicate pre-existing challenges that teenagers face, ranging from absentee or busy parents, peer pressure and lack of role models to identity or confidence crises.The jury is still out on the game, but my take is that it may have offered an escape route to a vulnerable or over-burdened teenager. Such games exist and more will be produced.The answer is not to ban them but to invest more time and effort in bringing up emotionally strong teens with the ability to face the world’s ups and down without resorting to shortcuts like suicide.Now back to the ransomware attack. It’s unique in that it managed to combine the normal disruptive nature of computer viruses with the business objective of making money out of the resulting misery.SUBSEQUENT ATTACKSEssentially, the virus targets Windows-based machines that have not been updated and encrypts the data on the hard disk. This means that your data is no longer available to you unless you pay the ransom fee in exchange for the decryption keys.Furthermore, the virus demands that you pay the ransom through the new cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin and provides you with a forwarding address.Cryptocurrencies provide sufficient anonymity for a criminal to collect their money without a trace. Many may quickly miss the point and imagine that Bitcoin or the cryptocurrency is the problem here, but it is not.Cryptocurrency is actually a long lesson that will merit its own post later on, but for now be advised that the ransomware attack is to be blamed squarely on organisations that have not invested sufficiently in protecting their rapidly expanding information infrastructure.From the ever-growing list of victims, one can count hospitals, universities and public and private utilities in energy, telecoms and transport, among others.This could be a wake-up call for these organisations to finally budget for and have a designated information security officer.Last week will be remembered as the week that finally exposed and mainstreamed the dark side of the internet. Let’s hope the world has learnt lessons and will be better prepared to deal with subsequent attacks since they will surely come to pass.Mr Walubengo is a lecturer at Multimedia University of Kenya, Faculty of Computing and IT.

Kenya: Konza Tech City Chief Says Project On Course

By Stanley Kimuge

Implementation of the over Sh1.48 trillion Konza Technopolis, which is a Vision 2030 flagship project, is on course, the management says.

According to engineer John Tanui, Konza Technopolis Development Authority chief executive officer, construction of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist) is expected to begin by the end of this year.

“The techno polis project is on course. We have succeeded in getting funding to build that university and the combined funding by Kenya and South Korea is Sh13.6 billion,” he said in Eldoret last week.

Mr Tanui said the initiative is expected to transform the country’s economy and create new jobs.

“We have started the process towards establishment of the first of its kind research centre and issued request of expression for design and consultancy. Between now and end of this year, we will have the final design of university for both physical infrastructure and curriculum,” he said.

Mr Tanui spoke at a workshop in Eldoret Town that brought together universities from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania under Higher Education Partnership Sub-Saharan Programme. It was sponsored by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Royal Academy of Engineering.

So far, the government has laid infrastructure for the initiative touted to be Africa’s Silicon Savannah. The project is expected to pump Sh100 billion into the economy once it kicks off.

On completion, the first phase of the project will see the smart city get fibre-optic links, power stations and sub-stations and a solid waste management system.

The CEO said they have also secured monies for the construction works and awarded contract to an Italian firm to carry out the job.

The work will be done in four phases, each expected to take up to five years, depending on uptake by investors.

Government officials have recently shifted focus to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in institutions of higher learning in the quest to create a large pool of specialists to industrialise the economy by 2030.

“The innovation component is still a challenge; We have the physical infrastructure. And we must enhance collaboration with universities and industry to support SMEs based on technology and we believe the research Centre will address some of the challenges in our country,” he said.

“It is critical to have start-ups in universities . . . so that in future we bring up businessmen from universities, so as to address the gap in knowledge economy,” he said.

Last year while launching Konza’s strategic plan, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said phase one of the project will attract 30,000 residents, 7,500 knowledge workers and 16,700 other workers upon completion.

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Rwanda Women Win Gold – Qualify for Beach V-Ball World Championships

By Peter Kamasa

It was a dream come true for Rwanda’s beach volleyball players Denyse Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga after they overcame Moroccan opponents to win gold medal at the 2017 CAVB Beach Volleyball Cup in Maputo, Mozambique, on Sunday evening.

With this victory, Rwanda qualified for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships that will be held from July 28 to August 6 in Vienna, Austria. They qualified along with Morocco, Kenya and Mozambique.

Morocco won opening set 21-12 before Rwanda bouncing back to claim the second set 21-19 and the decisive 3rd one 15-13.

In 2012, Mutatsimpundu and Nzayisenga while playing at the junior level, won gold at the Africa Championships in Togo but failed to participate in the World Championships in Canada after the hosts denied the Rwandan team visas.

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s men’s duo of brothers Flavier Ndamukunda and Patrick Kavalo Akumuntu finished in fifth place and failed to qualify for the World Championships.

Only the top four teams namely; Morocco, South Africa, Mozambique and Sierra Leone, qualified to represent African in Vienna.

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