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New Income Tax in Rwanda Causing Major Financial Strain for Many Mobile Money Agents

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessMoneyPolitics

More than 7 million Rwandans do their banking through their cellphones, but many of the agents who facilitate the banking transactions never declared their income to the country’s tax authority. Now the tax authority has started taking a 15-percent withholding tax from these agents’ incomes with the cellphone provider, plunging some of these agents into financial turmoil.

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When Rwandan Mothers Work in DRC, Small Children Wait Alone at Border

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EducationHuman RightsPolitics

Rwandan children of all ages are left alone each day near the border crossing with Democratic Republic of Congo as their mothers peddle food and other goods there. The women say they have no other way to earn money, even though their work forces their children to fend for themselves during the day.

This article refers to a March 26th speech by Paul Kagame. The speech has been intentionally paraphrased, rather than quoted, to comply with Rwandan law that forbids the president's words to be used out of context.

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Tax, Pending Ban on Used Clothing Sales Feared to Drive Rwandans Into Unemployment

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessPolitics

A 1,150 percent tax increase on used clothing and shoes (known as “caguwa”), along with a total ban on the widespread trade that will take effect in 2019, are intended to promote local manufacturing and self-reliance. Those involved in secondhand sales say these actions will ruin their livelihoods, though the government promises solutions.

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Featured Photo of Rwandan Presidential Election

Region: Rwanda

Topics: Politics

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Rwandan Women See Smuggling Illegal Plastic Bags As Path to Greater Income, Despite Risk of Arrest

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessEnvironmentHuman RightsPolitics

Rwanda has earned honors and become a cleaner country as a result of its work in environmental conservation, such as its ban on plastic bags since 2004. But many of its residents say they still need the bags, and some women have stepped into the breach to smuggle the bags in from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Their financial reward is offset by the risk of arrest, confiscation and beatings.

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Rwandan Homeowners Resist Relocation Despite Disaster Risk

Region: AfricaRwanda

Topics: Politics

The Kigali government has urged residents of areas of the capital prone to heavy rains, floods and landslides to relocate.

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Rwandans Resist Cremation as Land Solution

Region: AfricaRwanda

Topics: BusinessCulturePolitics

Rwanda’s Parliament recognized cremation as a legally regulated form of interment in November 2012 at the request of Hindu residents. But no Rwandans have cremated their dead at the nation’s lone crematorium.

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As Armed Groups Declare Cease-Fire, Young Congolese Refugees in Rwanda Focus on Education

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EducationPolitics

Leaders of the M23 armed group declared a unilateral cease-fire yesterday during peace talks held in Uganda. Meanwhile, young refugees in Rwanda say they don’t plan to return to their country.

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Mistreatment, Underpayment Plague Domestic Workers in Rwanda

Region: AfricaRwanda

Topics: BusinessEducationPolitics

Young women and men working as house help are finding support through new associations that negotiate contracts with employers and advocate for their rights.

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Religion, Confusion on Rwanda’s New Abortion Law Drive Debate

Region: Rwanda

Topics: HealthHuman RightsPoliticsReligion

A revised penal code decriminalizing abortion under certain circumstances has met opposition from the community.

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