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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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By Timothy Olobulu

Nairobi — The national Rugby 15s side has been invited to play in the Hong Kong four-nations tournament set for November in the Asian country as part of their preparations ahead of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

Simbas team manager Wangila Simiyu told Capital Sport the tourney which will include the hosts as well as Papua New Guinea and Russia will be vital in exposing the players more and building their fitness for a place in the World Cup.

“Winning is all about preparations and for us that is very key. It is a huge plus for us getting such kind of exposure and it is not only good for the team but the clubs as well. Ahead of the World Cup qualifiers, we need to change our gears and aim higher and this is one bit that will be vital for us,” Simiyu said.

The team which has already started preparations for the new season is scheduled for a 10-day training camp in South Africa with two friendly matches planned, one against Western Province.

The season kicks off with an international test match against Germany on May 27 before back to back Elgon Cup matches against Uganda on 10th and 24th June with the second leg to be played in Nairobi also set to double up as a Rugby Africa Gold Cup match.

They will then face Tunisia and Senegal on 8th and 15th July in Nairobi before travelling to Central Africa where they play Namibia and Zimbabwe on 22nd and 29th July. A top four finish for the Simbas will see them move on to round three of the World Cup qualifiers which begin in 2018.

In August, they will play two other test matches against Hong Kong, both in Nairobi on 19th and 26th.

“World Rugby okaying our test matches shows just how seriously they have taken us and the onus is now on us to prove our worth. I think we have laid out very good preparations and we will see the fruits,” Wangila added.

He has also exuded confidence in the squad that was selected last week by head coach Jerome Paarwater, saying the blend of youth and experience will ensure constant competition.

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Tribunals in a Rush to Resolve Poll Disputes

By Richard Munguti

Nomination losers have filed at least 56 cases at the two tribunals formed by Chief Justice David Maraga.

The tribunals are burning the midnight oil to resolve the disputes and beat deadlines given to parties to submit the names of their candidates.

The tribunals were established under the Political Parties Act and their decisions are binding.

In a bid to ensure compliance with the timelines set for submission of candidates’ names, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has set May 10 as the last day.

By Wednesday, the tribunals chaired by Mr Kyalo Mbobu and Ms Milly Odongo had received complaints from the Orange Democratic Movement, Wiper Democratic Movement, Party of National Unity, Jubilee and Amani National Congress.


Most of the complaints arise from primaries held in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Machakos and Kitui counties.

The tribunal stopped ODM from presenting the winner’s certificate to Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.

The Orange party was also barred from issuing Suba South MP John Mbadi with a certificate until complaints raised by his rival Caroli Omondi were heard and determined.

In Embu County, PNU primaries for all elective posts were cancelled and a repeat ordered within 48 hours.

Dr Cyrus Njiru wants to be governor on the party’s ticket. PNU has appealed against cancellation.


Also awaiting determination on Thursday is the contested Wiper Machakos County boss contest pitting Ms Wavinya Ndeti against deputy governor Bernard Kiala.

Mr Kiala’s lawyers Omwanza Ombati and Sharon Mbithe told the tribunal that Ms Ndeti was not a bona fide member of Wiper.

She recently joined Wiper from Chama Cha Uzalendo.

The lawyers said she had not been involved in party matters for the three months before the primaries.

Others whose fate hangs in the balance include Prof Anyang Nyong’o who was declared ODM Kisumu gubernatorial winner.

Budalang’i Constituency ODM primaries will be repeated in three polling stations after Raphael Wanjala raised complaints.


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Rwanda: Rwandan Doctor Wins Award From Harvard Medical School

By Donah Mbabazi

Dr Christian Ntizimira, a Rwandan Physician and Palliative care activist, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Harvard Global Health Catalyst: Distinguished Young Leader Award.’

This took place during the annual Global Health Catalyst Summit at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States on April 28.

Dr Ntizimira was recognised for his extensive work in global health, his approach and advocacy around the integration of Palliative Care in health systems.

His active role in the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Control was another aspect that was acknowledged.

In his award accepting speech, Dr Ntizimira thanked the Ministry of Health and the Government of Rwanda for providing a platform through which such advocacy can be done.

“The Ministry of Health has created a platform on which advocates, activists, and civil societies can continue to work with our government to support the implementation and integration of Palliative Care in Rwanda,” he said.

Rwanda became the first country in Africa in 2011 to adopt a stand-alone National Palliative Care Policy. A 4-year strategic plan was devised, outlining implementation steps focused on integrating Palliative Care at all levels of the public health system.

“This is one of the tools that enable and empower people like myself, who passionately put an effort into improving patient treatment, which is getting better and better every day, particularly in developing world,” Dr Ntizimira told The New Times on Monday.

“This is not a personal achievement; this is an award for the patients and families in Rwanda who are facing serious illness. They deserve to be treated with dignity. This award shows me that it is possible to impact global health by starting at a local level. By engaging global health partnerships and keeping an attitude of collaboration, openness, and innovation, disparities can be tackled,” he said.

Ntizimira is a Palliative Care Expert and Educator from Harvard Medical School.

He is among the founding members of the Rwanda Palliative Care & Hospice Organisation, a non-profit organisation that advocates for access to pain control and palliative care in primary care.

In his former role as Director of Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali, he pioneered the integration of end of life care into health services for patients with chronic illnesses in acute care and community settings.

Through his programme, more than 1,500 health care providers learned the concept of Palliative Care, leading to a five-fold increase in the prescription of morphine, an essential pain medication.

He has recently been recognised internationally with another two awards for his efforts to integrate Palliative Care into oncology treatment and care. In 2016, he received the annual Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Young Cancer Leader Award, and was also honoured with the annual African Organisation for Research in Cancer (AORTIC) African Cancer Leadership Award in 2015.

Awardees are nominated and chosen by the Harvard Global Health Catalyst organising committee and past winners.

Also honoured with the 2017 Distinguished Global Health Catalyst Award were: David Kerr (Professor, University of Oxford), Winner of the Harvard Global Health Catalyst: Distinguished Leader Award.

Ahmed Elzawawy (President of ICEDOC: International Campaign for Establishment and Development of Oncology Centers), Winner of the Harvard Global Health Catalyst: African Ambassador Award.

Melvin Foote (President of Constituency for Africa), Winner of the Harvard Global Catalyst: African Diaspora Ambassador Award

Dikembe Mutombo (NBA Legend and Basket Ball Hall of Fame), Winner of the Harvard Global Catalyst: Humanitarian Award.

The Global Health Catalyst Summit is held annually and provides a forum for global health stakeholders to network, exchange knowledge, and strengthen high-impact international collaborations that can save lives while reducing global health disparities.

Ruling Party Declares Musician Jaguar Winner of Primary Poll

Photo: Anthony Omuya/The Nation

Charles Njagua Kanyi (right) and Maina Kamanda after Kamanda was declared the winner of the Jubilee ticket for Starehe Constituency at Jamhuri High School, Nairobi on April 26, 2017. Kamanda’s victory was later overturned and Njagua declared the winner.

By Aggrey Mutambo

The Jubilee Party Appeals Tribunal has declared popular musician Charles Njagua Kanyi, aka Jaguar, winner of the Starehe constituency nominations.

The tribunal has overturned earlier results showing that current MP Maina Kamanda had won the primaries.

The tribunal’s chairperson Faith Waigwa said there was “compelling evidence” that a returning officer altered the musician’s results.

“Based on the evidence adduced before us by the complainant, which the respondent could not substantially rebut, the Tribunal finds that the complainant’s evidence on the alteration of his results garnered at the tallying centre is so compelling that it is clear that he had won in the nominations…

“Accordingly, the Tribunal hereby overturns the results as declared by the Returning Officer Starehe Constituency declaring Maina Kamanda as the winner, and declares Charles Njagua Kanyi as the winner and candidate of the Jubilee Party, and hereby directs the National Elections Board to issue him with a nomination certificate,” Ms Waigwa announced.

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ALTERATIONSOn Tuesday, Mr Kamanda had appeared at Jubilee House in Nairobi to defend his win, only to be followed in the evening with claims that he had lost to Mr Kanyi.On Wednesday, Ms Waigwa said there had been a lot of alterations of results, including adding a figure after the declared results.Mr Kanyi argued his vote had been stolen and that goons “forced the hand” of the returning officer to change the results to his disadvantage.When the results were announced at Jamhuri High School, chaos erupted immediately after, forcing the police to intervene.The decision was reached even as Mr Kamanda disputed it without saying what his next move would be.But Ms Waigwa declined to attribute the anomalies to Mr Kamanda and the MP will therefore not be fined or punished for the irregularity.YOUTHS BATTLEThe musician’s victory now makes for an interesting race in Starehe, where young people have earned tickets from their respective parties.Speaking after being declared the winner, Mr Kanyi said the decision had finally vindicated him and vowed to work tirelessly for the people of Starehe once he clinches the seat in the August 8 elections.”It is the people of Starehe who asked me to vie, so I will work for them,” he said.He added that he holds no grudge against Mr Kamanda.”[I] have no personal problems with Mr Kamanda – the only bad thing he did was to try rigging the vote,” said Jaguar.ODM nominated Steve Mbogo, a flamboyant young man who will now fight with Mr Kanyi for the ultimate seat in the National Assembly on August 8.Mr Kanyi accused Mr Kamanda of refusing to read the mood of a “generational change” on the ground and asked him to retire.Later, he left the site, where he performed a jig from one of his hits, “Kigeugeu”.

Nakuru Governor Mbugua Says He Is Still in Jubilee Party

By Eric Matara

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has denied reports that he has ditched the Jubilee Party so as to defend his seat as an independent candidate in the August 8 elections.

In a statement issued by his communications director Eddy Kimani, the governor said he is confident that his appeal challenging the election of former National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) chairman Lee Kinyanjui during the Jubilee nominations will be dealt with in a free, fair and transparent manner.

“Reports in sections of the media that I am planning to run as an independent candidate are false, probably engineered by my opponent. I have not given the pronouncement,” stated Governor Mbugua.

He said he will respect the will of the people of Nakuru, adding that he will consult them before making a decision on the way forward.


Mr Mbugua also reiterated that his support for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid remains firm.

“I strongly support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid ahead of the August 8 general election,” said Governor Mbugua.

Governor Mbugua launched an appeal after Mr Kinyanjui, a former Nakuru Town MP, was declared the winner in last week’s Jubilee primaries.

The governor, who described the primaries as a sham, said he lost unfairly to Mr Kinyanjui.

Mr Kinyanjui was declared the winner by the returning officer, Mr Jepta Rono, after garnering 216,385 votes while Governor Mbugua to get managed 150,137.

The governor spent the better part of Tuesday evening at the Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi awaiting news on his appeal.

The appeals’ tribunal is set to issue its ruling on Friday.


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KOT Used Jaguar’s Lyrics to Respond to his ‘Loss’ to Maina Kamanda

Photo: Jaguar/Facebook


By Mwende Kasujja

Starehe MP Maina Kamanda was on Thursday announced as the winner in the Jubilee Party primaries prompting a protest by his opponent’s supporters.

The protesters made their way to the party headquarters in Pangani where the party secretary general Raphael Tuju announced that the nomination certificate would not be issued until investigations were completed.

On Twitter, users were weighing into the outcome of the tight Starehe Constituency race.

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How ODM Primaries Officials Messed Nyanza Polls

By Angela Oketch

Returning officers in Nyanza for ODM primaries may have played a role in the confusion witnessed in most polling stations across the region.

In Kisumu, the county returning officer Tom Okong’o made tallying centre a top secret only for him to rush to Thurdibuoro Secondary School where he announced results as some polling stations were still counting votes.

Aspirants and journalists were kept in the dark and had to move from one centre to another looking for the tallying centre.

Immediately after Mr Okongo declared Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o winner in the gubernatorial race, Richard Kiyondo, the county deputy returning officer also announced Governor Jack Ranguma as the winner while at a different tallying centre.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o casts his vote at Ratta Primary School in Seme in the ODM primaries for Kisumu County on April 25, 2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Prof Nyong’o was declared winner by Mr Okongo with 164, 110 votes against Mr Ranguma’s 91,480 votes. Dr Hezron McObewa was announced third with 62, 670 votes.

Mr Kiyondo declared Mr Ranguma winner with 118, 934 votes against Dr McObewa’s 47, 930. Professor Nyong’o came in third with 32,028 votes followed by Gordon Oyumba who garnered 14, 290 votes, Isaka Nyangara was fifth with 11, 936 votes.

After the two announcements were made, Kisumu residents were left confused who will legitimately carry the ODM flag in August polls.

Others questioned whose authority should be trusted. That of the county returning officer or his deputy.

Youths light bonfires on the streets of Kisumu town on April 26, 2017 following dispute ODM primaries results. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION

The returning officers at disappeared only to emerge with the results which they read under tight security.

Mr Okongo for better of the day was nowhere to be seen and was not picking calls from journalists.

In Kisumu Central constituency, as early as 5am in the morning in all the wards, Fred Ouda who is the MCA Gem Central was leading followed by Onyango Oloo and sitting MP Ken Obura was third.

At about 7am, tallying was stopped and short text messages were circulating claiming that the returning officer Laban Bosire had been kidnapped.

Few minutes to 8am, Kisumu Central returning officer Mr Bosire turned up guarded by security officers. He declared Mr Obura as the winner and was immediately escorted out by the same officers.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The pronouncement of Mr Obura as the ODM nominee for the seat in the August elections sparked tension with Mr Ouda’s supporters going to the streets chanting his praises.

They protested Mr Obura’s alleged victory.

In Muhoroni consistency there were parallel tallying centers.

In Seme, the returning officer could not be traced and there was no one to announce the results.

In Homa Bay, returning officer Erastus Otieno could not explain the origin of the results after noting that he could not reach most poll officials across the county.

He explained that he had authority to announce whatever results he had which sparked violent protests in the town.

He declared Governor Cyprian Awiti the winner with 46,343 votes against Mr Oyugi Magwanga’s 14,661.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Flanked by Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe and top county officials, the returning officer was accorded heavy security by armed police officers who ejected journalists from the tallying centre as soon as the results were announced.

The poll official could not declare what each candidate got at the constituency level, saying that presiding officers had refused to give him the results.

The results were protested by agents of other candidates who argued that they did not reflect the true picture on the ground and were a sham.

Mr Magwanga’s chief agent at the hall Mr Lameck Okeyo Omollo rejected the results.

After the announcement, contingent of armed security officials began driving journalists and agents of other officials out of the tallying centre.

Rwanda Look to Qualify for Africa Rugby Cup Group 1B

By Pontian Kabeera

Rwanda national rugby team, the Silverbacks, will be looking to qualify for Africa Rugby Cup, Group 1B next year if they defeat Zambia on Saturday at Lusaka Rugby ground.

The Silverbacks are in Zambia’s capital Lusaka for the on-going 2017 Africa Cup Group 1 C Rugby tournament. The group comprises Rwanda, Zambia and Mauritius.

Coach Hubert Wafula’s team started their campaign with victory against Mauritius 24-12 on Wednesday and now need to beat hosts Zambia to qualify for next Year’s 1B Africa Rugby Cup.

Ismael Bikamba and Hertier Habimana produced a remarkable performance each bagging a try and two conversions to lead Rwanda to victory.

Former Ugandan International Wafula said he was impressed by the way his players performed against Mauritius.

“The boys played with too much determination and courage and I have no doubt we shall win against Zambia at their home and qualify for Africa Rugby 1B Cup,” he told Times Sport by phone from Lusaka.

Hosts Zambia got off to a flying start after downing Mauritius 69-3 in Sunday’s opening game. The Africa Cup 1C is the third competition of the Africa Cup 1st division. Only the winner is promoted in Group B.

The winner from Zambia tournament’s promotion to Group 1 B will be decided by a goal difference tally against the victor of the Group C North tournament that will involve Nigeria, Cameroon and Algeria.


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By Moses Opobo

Twelve local DJs will display their skills on the decks at a DJ contest slated for Saturday.

Dubbed the ‘DJ Battle Kigali’, the competition will take place at Fuchsia Bar and Lounge in Remera, popularly known as “K Jules.”

The event that will kick off at 8pm is sponsored by Mutzig beer and Fuchsia.

According to the organiser, DJ Kadir of Ruff Cuts DJs, the competition will be divided into two sets; with the first set lasting 15 minutes while the second set will last only five minutes. After the second set, the winner will be selected and announced.

DJs lined up for the battle are; Toxxyk, Kerb, Infinity, Miller, Kiss, Diallo, and Lenzo. Others are Smith, Copain, Kelly, Blow, and Matt.

“Most of them are upcoming DJs who love what they do. I just sold them the idea for the battle and they were okay with it,” explained Kadir.

The winner will walk away with a cash prize of Rwf100, 000 while the runner up will bag Rwf 50,000. The event will be hosted by DJ Brek of Ruff Cuts DJs and Royal FM’s MC Tino.

Entrance is free.


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