Rwanda : President Kagame gives Car to newspaper Vender in rural areas
Emmanuel Uwambazamariya distributes both new and old newspapers in rural areas of Rwanda, selling them cheaply for every resident to be informed on the government programs.
Uwambazamariya says he buys one kilo of news papers at Rwf150 from ORINFOR and sells one by one, until he makes profit and give the rest for free to poor residents.
He revealed this on August 18th 2012 when we found him selling previous date newspapers in Burera district.
57 years aged Gitamburisho; a resident of Gakenke district in the Northern Province sells Imvaho Nshya, The New Times, Rwanda Focus and La Nouvelle Releve.
When asked if he gets profit, Uwambazamariya confirmed no one stays in business that has no profit. However, he said the most profit comes from government officials who support him financially to continue keeping residents informed of the programs through news.
Gitamburisho confirms the president of Rwanda H.E Paul Kagame gave him Rwf9 million, which he used to buy a vehicle and build a library where people come to read different newspapers.
“When I see people reading newspapers, I feel happy because it changes their mindset and they strive for development of the country,” Uwambazamariya denotes.
Because newspapers in Rwanda are expensive, many residents are left out on the information. It’s for that matter that Gitamburisho sells three newspapers at Rwf100 and give others for free.
Although it looks a small income earning business, Gitamburisho explains he depends on it with his wife and nine children along with the vehicle expenses.
Though some of the newspapers Gitamburisho sells were published two months ago, he says information is never old. “If the newspaper talks about fighting Aids, Diabetes or the speech of the president, it’s something important and new worth knowing,” he narrates.
Gitamburisho adds “newspapers are old to those looking for job vacancies announcement.”
Gitamburisho who was born in Muhanga district in Southern Province shifted to Gakenke district of Northern Province during the gorilla war when he used to supply them with newspapers informing them on good government programs.
Emmanuel Uwambazamariya started distributing newspapers in rural areas in 1990 and even sells them across the border to Uganda and Congo so that Nationals know how Rwanda is developing.
However, Congolese get them for free so that they take them to Congo as he cannot cross over to the country.