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    JOIN HANDS TO COMBAT GENOCIDE DENIAL AND REVISIONISM

    This was said on 30th January 2020 in a lecture on the strategies to be used to neutralize the deniers and revisionists of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi which was delivered by Hon. MUKAKALISA Jeanne d’Arc and Hon. Prof. KANYARUKIGA Ephrem both Senators in the Rwandan Parliament, Upper House.
    As the duo vindicated, the lecture was a way of sharing the findings of the research conducted by the Rwandan parliament on the denial and minimization of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, something that is mostly done by those in foreign countries.
    As Hon. MUKAKALISA put it, the decision to embark on the research came after realizing that denial and minimization of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi were taking an appalling shape with some countries awarding medals to some fugitives and some individuals suspected to be disseminating the ideology of genocide.


    Hon. MUKAKALISA called upon the entire ULK community especially the youth to stand up and refute wrong information propagated by deniers and revisionists. As she said, it is through refutations that the misinformation spread around will be weakened.
    “Some people out there disseminate wrong information on the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. In so doing, they distort information to mislead the world. You have therefore to prove them wrong through the provision of the credible information”, she was quoted as saying.
    Hon. Prof KANYARUKIGA told the attendees that deniers and revisionists do their heinous acts in two ways: some spread their denial and minimization directly while others do so indirectly. He went further to show the strategies needed to curb the denial and minimization of the genocide against the Tutsi.


    As he underscored, one of the strategies is to remind all signatory countries of the Genocide Convention that laws criminalizing the crime of genocide should be implemented and serve as tools to weaken the deniers and revisionists. Besides, he said that denial and minimization are passed through channels such as media outlets, publishing houses, etc. To this, he urged those in attendance to join hands in counteracting the spread of such disgraceful acts.
    Everything considered, questions were asked and satisfactorily answered.

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     SENETORS BRIEFED ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS COMMUNITY ON THE DENIAL AND MINIMIZATION OF GENOCIDE PERPETRATED AGAINST TUTSI IN 1994.

    On 23rd January 2020, ULK/Gisenyi Campus community had a great privilege to be briefed on the denial and minimization of Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994 by Senators led by Honorable Espérence NYIRASAFARI a vice president of Rwanda senate.

    Hon. Espérence NYIRASAFARI, the vice president of senate and Hon. Faustin HABINEZA presenters!

    Upon the presenters’ arrival in the campus’s conference hall, there were a great number of students who had been eagerly waiting to hear from them.

    To get the ball rolling, the senior most of the campus, Lawyer ISHEMA Pierre, Director of Academic affaires, introduced the guest to the audience, revealed the theme of their presentation and eventually bade everyone in attendance to be all ears on grounds of the relevancy of the theme of the presentation.

    Lawyer ISHEMA Pierre, Director of Academic affaires, introducing the guest to the audience!

    Today, our campus is honored to host senators; Hon. Espérence NYIRASAFARI and Hon. Faustin HABINEZA who have come to let you know, as intellectual youth,  the results of the research carried out by parliament chamber of senate on the denial and minimization of Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994.  You will all agree with me that the topic of today’s conference is of paramount importance since you need to know how you should partake in that by fight against the denial and minimization of Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994’’. He quoted.

    Hon. Espérence NYIRASAFARI briefing the audience

    In her introductory word, Hon. Espérence NYIRASAFARI highlighted on duties and responsibilities of senators where she said that the senate has the power to vote for revision or amendment of the Constitution, organic laws and laws approving international treaties and agreements on armistice, peace, accession to international organizations, modification of national laws, or those approving international treaties.  “Senators also have power to approve government officials including the President, the vice President and the Judges of the Supreme Court and high court, the prosecutor general and his deputy, the government commissions’ chairpersons and commissioners, and representatives of international organizations”. She explained

    The presenter went on explaining the results of the research on how foreigners denied and minimized the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994.

     “As a matter of fact, you should take time to read or inquire about the history of Rwanda so that you can get to know past drastic events that marked your country over the years. Considering the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, history will unequivocally show you how that genocide draws its root in the past, where the Tutsi were marginalized, discriminated and nullified.  History will hence show you that the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994 was not an abrupt event, but rather a well planned event (…)”, she mentioned.

    Hon. Faustin HABINEZA displaying findings of research

    In his speech Hon. Faustin HABINEZA complimented his colleague by displaying the findings related to the denial and minimization of Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994 carried out by foreigners and Rwandans who live out side of the country. He said that there are different channels used to deny and minimize Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in 1994 such as Radio and television, written media, books of journalists, cartoons and social media. He asked youth to take time to read what is found on social media and reply on it by showing the right side of the real history of Rwanda just to mention but a few.

    Everything considered, he called upon the gathering to fight the people who deny and minimize the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi by all means, use of social Medias among others. Still there, he bade the gathering to take time to educate local people and resist anyone who dares disseminate divisionism ideology among people.

    Suggestions, supplement and questions were given time

    The conference climaxed with a question-answer session during which various questions related to the theme of the presentation were asked and answered satisfactorily.

    Students went on asking questions.

     

    ‘’The conference hall was full to its capacity’’

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    ULK GRADUATES SKY HIGH AFTER GETTING THEIR QUALIFICATIONS

    On 13th December 2019, Kigali Independent University and ULK Polytechnic Institute respectively awarded degrees and advanced diplomas to graduates who successfully met all the academic requirements along the 2018-2019 academic year. The graduation ceremony in question was the sixteenth for Kigali Independent University Undergraduate section, the sixth for master’s programme and the third for ULK Polytechnic Institute.

    The glamorous event was officially declared open by the Chancellor of ULK, Prof. Dr. KALISA Mbanda who requested the graduates to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills in building their respective countries.

    “As you make it to the marketplace, I’d like to request you to use the knowledge and skills got from this institution in building your countries. Make ULK and yourselves proud by playing a role in building your respective countries. We expect you to be good ambassadors through your deeds”, he urged the excited graduates.

     

    In his welcome remarks, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, told the attendees that ever since ULK was founded, more than thirty four thousand students have graduated from it and they are currently playing their role in bettering people’s lives.

     

    Speaking on this occasion, Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute, said that the graduates are solutions to the problems hindering people’s lives today.

    “At ULK Polytechnic, we do not consider this as just graduating. We consider the numbers as solutions sent across the country and beyond the borders to contribute to the development agenda by solving problems”, said the Principal.

    Delivering the message on behalf of fellow graduates, Mr. Emery IRANYURANYA Acension, said that not only did they get classroom knowledge from ULK but they also had a chance to involve in some extracurricular activities such as debates whereby they won various competitions including the National Debate Championship which earned them the ticket to Ghana Continental Debate Championship.

    ” As I am speaking, two of our girls – Erica KABANDA and Ariane Douce NISHIMWE – are currently representing Rwanda in the Pan African Debate championship taking place in Accra, the Capital City of Ghana. Before that, they won the National Girls’ Debate championship that took place last year.”

    The Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, said that graduating is one thing and being successful on the marketplace is another. Hence, he told the graduates that they need to be equipped with a number of weapons to be able to stand tall on the marketplace.

     

    “You need to have faith in yourself, your project but most importantly faith in God. Without faith, your project can hardly bear fruits. Besides, be endowed with values such as integrity, patience… and your projects will leapfrog”, he tipped the graduates.

    To mark the end of the ceremony, awards were given to the best performers in their respective departments and then a group photo was taken.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    14TH GRADUATION CEREMONY WAS CELEBRATED AT ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS

    On this Friday 6th day of December the year 2019, people from different walks of life were rejuvenated to make to Kigali Independent University ULK/Gisenyi Campus to witness its 14th graduation ceremony for undergraduate programme and the 3rd graduation ceremony for Masters programme. As a matter of fact, 494 graduands altogether were crowned with their degrees on the occasion.

    ULK’s Chancellor, Prof. Dr KALISA MBANDA officially declares the opening of 14th graduation.

    The ceremony was officially opened by ULK’s Chancellor, Prof. Dr KALISA MBANDA. In his opening speech, he enthusiastically welcomed the gathering and thanked each and everyone for having spared part of their time to come over and witness the ceremony. He also reminded the graduands that they should be good ambassadors of their institution by doing what is right and do it right while on the market place.

    Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK welcoming distinguished guests.

    Speaking on the event, the Vice Chancellor, Dr SEKIBIBI Ezekiel welcomed in special way different guests who were coming from different corners of Africa. He recalled some of the great achievements that Kigali Independent University ULK has so far made. “You have made the right choice, graduands, for Kigali Independent University (ULK) has not only been ranked as the first private university in RWANDA but also from its foundation, ULK graduated thousands and thousands of intellectuals.”  He said.

                             YED MANDEKO Graduates’ representative disclosing their message.

     

    Speaking on behalf of his fellow graduates, YED MANDEKO, a graduate from the school of Economics and Business Studies, Department of Finance said that ULK  has not only equipped them with knowledge and skills but it has also instilled in them ethical and values which will help them to overcome challenges such as unemployment, by creating their own job. He went ahead saying that, with these values, they believe that windows of opportunities across the globe will open wide for them to enjoy dignified lives.

    He pledged that they will never disappoint Kigali independent university and parents yet they will be example-setters both in performance and morality.

    Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA, Founder and President of ULK advising graduates

    In his remarks, the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK, Prof.Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA thanked, from the bottom of his heart, almighty God, for having made him his servant, and all the people in attendance. He specially thanked those who had come from the neighboring country, the DRC.

    Briefing the graduands, the Founder and President of ULK revealed to them the secrets behind being successful. “Positive thought is the main key of success”.  He declared    “We have to embrace and accept to be servants.  Whoever we are, we need to be servant of our people regardless of our ranks titles or status that is the only secret of success” He said

    In addition he said that some of people may say that they don’t have any starting capital. It’s obvious but they should remember that an idea on how to start a project costs nothing. “You will not need money to have an idea. Therefore, you will first of all have an idea on what you are going to venture in. Indeed, you may get together in cooperatives and apply for a bank loan under what is known as solidarity caution”, he added.

    Best performers got awarded and thereafter Prof. Dr. KALISA MBANDA, ULK Chancellor stood up to dissolve the congregation.

    Prof. Dr. KALISA MBANDA, ULK Chancellor dissolving the congregation.

    Ceremonies were closed by taking a photo of reminiscence

    HAKIZIMANA Jean Baptiste a moderator of 14th graduation at ULK/Gisenyi Campus.

     

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    RWANDA UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY DELIVERS A LECTURE AT ULK

    Cognizance with how things are done has always been the catalyst towards registering greater strides in any undertaking. Aware of this, Rwanda Regulatory Utilities Authority (RURA) sent its messengers to raise ULK community awareness on the functioning of this state organization. The event was hosted by Kigali Independent University ULK on 7th November 2019 with MUKAMURERA Veneranda, Senior Manager in Charge of Consumer Protection, heading the delegation from RURA.

    As MUKAMURERA said, RURA was established with a mandate to ensure fair competition among utility service providers, consumer rights promotion and protection, licensing services, to mention but a few.

    She also added that ever since RURA was initiated, a lot has been achieved. For instance, legal and regulatory tools have been availed, discouraging fraudsters who might swindle consumers, instructing some service providers the dos and don’ts in service provision industry, etc.

    “We’ve gone the extra mile in regulating some companies such as the telecoms what they should do and what they shouldn’t do. Currently, telecom subscribers no longer receive several adverts on their cell phones as it was before. We’ve instructed the telecoms to limit messages since subscribers were unhappy with this”, she told the participants.

    MUKAMURERA also added that some of the causes of complaints among service consumers include breaking contract terms, poor quality service, billing issues, poor customer care, and service billing, name it. On this point, she said that whoever breaches the agreed contract faces penalties since RURA monitors the smooth delivery of services in line with terms and conditions in place.

    When the lecture touched its end, the students turned out staggeringly to ask questions. All questions were answered and a hotline (3988) and electronic address were disclosed for those who might wish to petition the institution in the days ahead.

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    ULK STUDENTS URGED TO UPHOLD THE CULTURE OF SAVING

    On 31st October 2019, Kigali Independent University ULK hosted a public lecture on the benefits of saving. The lecture was delivered by a three man delegation from the Central Bank of Rwanda (BNR) and Ejo Heza Pension Scheme. The delegation was led by Dr. Bigirimana Moise, Manager of Financial Inclusion Education and Consumer Protection at BNR.

    Upon their arrival, they were welcomed by the Director of Administration and Finance, NSENGIYUMVA Jacques, who thanked them for their time to address the entire ULK community on a topic of utmost value. After his welcome remarks, Dr. BIGIRIMANA Moise grabbed the microphone to deliver his message.

    In his talk, Dr. BIGIRIMANA told the audience that their visit came at the time when the world was closing the World Saving Week whose theme is, “Save for a Better Future.” He went further and defined what financial inclusion means. As he said, financial inclusion is defined as having access to a transaction account. Borrowing a leaf from this definition, he called upon the audience to uphold the culture of saving by bearing in mind that before spending one’s money, it is good too, first of all, save at least 10% of the amount.

    “ There is a widely known saying which goes,’ you shouldn’t save what remains after spending but you should spend what remains after saving”, he told the gathering.

    The message by NDANAMIRA Jean Claude, who was with Dr. BIGIRIMANA, mainly centered on the benefits found in Ejo Heza Pension Scheme. As he said, Ejo Heza affiliates get numerous benefits such as giving around one million francs to the family that has lost a close relative, pension fees upon turning 55 years old, disability benefits to members disabled by various circumstances, to mention but a few.

    “Some people find it hard to retire owing to the fact that they didn’t plan for their retirement. To avoid falling in the same trap, you need to start saving from today. With your mobile money account, you can save for your retirement age and live knowing that you will retire with dignity”, he told the audience.

    The event climaxed in a question answer session with some students wishing to know how to register for Ejo Heza benefits and NDANAMIRA gave them the registration code, *506#, which many students quickly dialed as soon as it was disclosed.

     

     

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    RUBAVU DISTRICT BRIEFED ULK GISENYI CAMPUS COMMUNITY ON THE UNITY AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH “NDI UMUNYARWANDA” PROGRAM

    Today, 29th October 2019, ULK/Gisenyi community was honored to hear from executive secretary of RUBAVU District, Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier.

    Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier, the executive secretary of RUBAVU District was being warmly welcomed in ULK.

    To start with Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier thanked the university’s management for having allowed him to address students on an issue of great importance. Still there, he thanked the students for having availed themselves in spite of their tight studying schedules and he realized it very well because Olivier himself studied in ULK. So he is a ware of hard task students from ULK might be having.

    Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier, the executive secretary of Rubavu district addressing the audience.

    As a matter of fact, he mentioned different reason why unity and reconciliation ought to be taught to younger generation since, in ahead, they are the ones who will build and protect Rwanda country. His talk was centered on not only the history of Rwanda before, during, and after colonial period but also the journey of unity and reconciliation through “Ndi Umunyarwanda program”. “Genocide destroyed the relationship which marked Rwandans from long ago” said the executive secretary. Therefore, it is our duties and responsibilities to fight against the genocide ideology.

    In addition, Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier made it clear that the genocide against the tutsi was, on the one hand, mainly perpetrated by young people and it was, on the other hand, stopped by young people. Hence, young people have to play a pivotal role in ensuring the genocide never occurs in Rwanda again and this; will be achieved when younger generation adopts the culture of working together without being characterized by divisionism.

    In the middle, Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier ,the executive secretary of Rubavu district; his right,Mr. François MUGISHA, district coordinator of “itorero” and community mobilization,  his left, ISHEMA Pierre, the Director of Academic Affairs of ULK Gisenyi Campus.

    Conclusively, Mr. RUHAMYAMBUGA Olivier ,the executive secretary of RUBAVU District , called upon the students, intellectual youth, to join their hands through different organization and clubs (youth volunteers, itorero ,  unity and reconciliation clubs, to mention  but a few) where they will be trained on national strategy of transformation  in order to live a life free of genocide ideology.

    ULK community was eagerly following attentively.

     

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    INDUCTION WEEK CLIMAXES IN HIGH GEAR AT ULK KIGALI

    On 18th October 2019, the Induction Week touched its climax with fresher students vowing to be agents of transformation. It was an event that was attended among other participants by the Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Mbonigaba Théoneste, the Head of Students’ Services, KAYIJAMAHE Patrick, the Assistant of the Vice Principal Academics, ULK lecturers and students, name it.
    The event kick-started with a traditional dance by fresher students and this was a convincing factor that the Induction Week was culturally rich. The cultural dance was so nice that the audience could not believe that those were fresher students displaying such an amazing performance.
    Shortly after the traditional dance, Mr. SHEMA Willy, the event moderator, announced the entrance into the room of a three man team made of representatives of fresher students who were to present pledges of what they will strive to achieve along the academic year. The pledges were on behalf of their fellow fresher students.


    As they said, they will strive to make their today better than yesterday and their tomorrow better than today.
    “When we reached at this university, we realized that it was pretty nice and well equipped. Therefore, we will strive to make it better than it was when we arrived. Making ULK proud is making Rwanda proud and the world at large. Of course with hard work and discipline, our aspirations will materialize”, MUGABE Anthony, who was speaking on behalf of fresher students, proudly said.
    The pledges by fresher students were received and signed by the Vice Chancellor of ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, who thanked the fresher students for their bravery and discipline, demonstrated during the Induction Week.


    “The university is very proud to have students like you. You’ve proven to be wndowe3d with audacity and discipline of the highest level and this is what makes quality students. We expect you to continue acting like that to achieve your academic dreams and become better citizens of your respective countries”, said the Vice Chancellor.
    Throughout the Induction Week, fresher students learnt a number of things including some cultural practical exercises which encourage them to strive for oneness, good-manners, avoidance of misleaders, being focused, and many others values. They also had chance to be briefed by a number of personalities on life-transforming topics such as the values that make a student of quality, the culture of saving and working with banks, the role of the youth in achieving the agenda 2050, etc.
    It should be noted that Kigali Independent University and ULK Polytechnic are home to international students from more than 24 countries.

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