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Regional dons raise concern over quality of varsity graduates

Regional education experts have called for an immediate end to production of half-baked graduates, arguing that this is directly leading to wastage of government resources. Close to 100 academic experts, some of them deans and directors of graduate schools from private and public universities...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:34pm

Rwanda’s conservation goals beyond number of tourists, President Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda’s goals in tourism and conservation go beyond increasing visitors and revenues to ensuring that the benefits are sustainable and shared by citizens. Kagame was speaking about the documentary film “Rwanda: The Royal Tour” which premiered...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:29pm

FEATURED: Smart Tech boosts law enforcement and protects Society

With a projected economic growth rate of 6-7%, Rwanda is one of the fastest emerging economies in the world over, however like others, this growth comes with inherent and evolving societal dynamics that challenge this economic growth. The rapid growth of Rwanda’s population and urbanisation...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:59pm

How farmers’ groups are improving fortunes of Rwamagana residents

Adoption of modern farming through farmers groups has improved farmers’ yields in Rwamagana District, according to various accounts on the impact of an agriculture training centre in the area that was officially inaugurated recently. According to local farmers,  many of them have...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:21am

Senators challenge districts on access to clean water

Lawmakers on Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance have urged district leaders to look at ways of ensuring universal access to potable water. The lawmakers, led by Célestin Sebuhoro, the vice president of the committee, were in Rwamagana District this week to assess...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:19am

Gatsibo closes 75 substandard churches, two mosques

Gatsibo District leaders closed 75 churches, and two mosques whose standards were found lacking following a two-week inspection. The district assessed 646 churches, and only 210 were found to meet required standards, officials said. At a meeting with clerics on Wednesday, district leaders said...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:18am

Rwamagana constructs Rwf1.2 bn taxi park

Rwamagana District is constructing a modern taxi park worth Rwf1.2 billion. It has been about six months since public transporters were relocated to a new place about 500 metres from the heart of Rwamagana city centre, to pave way for the construction works. Talking to The New Times, Eng....

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:17am

Eastern Province governor calls for stronger public-private ties

The Eastern Province Governor, Fred Mufulukye, has called on increased partnership with the private sector to drive development in the region. Mufulukye was speaking at the election of leaders of the Private Sector Federation in Eastern Province yesterday. “What I ask of you is teamwork,...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:15am

Beef sellers eye more sales on New Year's Day

Beef sales are expected to rise on New Year in Kigali and upcountry, dealers said. Talking to The New Times over the weekend, beef sellers at the city’s largest slaughterhouse said the biggest factor for the rise in sales is because more people in Rwanda celebrate New Year. Jean Baptiste...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:14am

Education board moves to create publishing house for textbooks

Local publishers have cried foul over a decision by the Ministry of Education, through Rwanda Education Board (REB), to start producing textbooks to use in pre-primary, primary and secondary education in the country, instead of relying on independent publishers. This follows a call for bids for...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:11am

Taxi motos urged to install tracking devices

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has initiated an exercise to install GPS devices on all taxi motos to prevent irresponsible riding, in the quest to reduce road carnage attributed to these motorcycles. According to police statistics, about 18.5 per cent of the 162 road fatalities...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:10am

Traders look to cash in on festive season

Business is yet to boom for many in town just days to Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, traders said. In separate interviews with The New Times, traders of different merchandise across Kigali said they stocked products with hope of cashing in on the festive season but business is yet to...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:09am

Medics urged to embrace e-learning

More than 100 healthcare providers, including medical doctors and nurses from various hospitals in the country, have undertaken e-learning training in providing care to HIV positive individuals. The three-month education programme in HIV treatment and care is provided by Health[e]Foundation, a non...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:02am

U.S envoy in anti-malnutrition drive in Huye

A two-year project funded by the US embassy in Kigali is expected to help end malnutrition in Huye District. Visiting the Kura Mwana Project in Kinazi sector, Huye, on Tuesday, the U.S Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles said the goal is to eradicate malnourishment by the end of the project...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:00am

Poor reading culture tests resolve of local publishers

Poor reading culture among Rwandans presents a challenge to the country’s nascent publishing industry. A book production process that starts from a writer’s mind ends up in a reader’s hands. But in between, different jobs are involved. It involves writers, illustrators, editors,...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:56am

Bralirwa after-tax profit up by over 260%

Shareholders of Bralirwa are set to see an increase in earnings of their shares after the firm registered an after tax profit of 263.3 per cent in 2017. The firm, which is Rwanda’s oldest brewery, announced that their after tax income had gone up from Rwf 1.4 billion in 2016 to Rwf 5 billion...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:33am

Magufuli challenges EALA to enhance unity, strive for regional development

Tanzania’s President Dr John Pombe Magufuli on Tuesday emphasised the need and urgency for the East African Community to work harder, in unity, to fast-track the development of the six-member bloc. Magufuli was addressing a special sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:16am

Land transfers go online

By Athan Tashobya Transactions related to transfer of land titles by sale will be done via Irembo portal effective May 1, 2018, the Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) has announced. Operated by Rwanda Online, Irembo is an online platform on which several e-Government services can be...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 8:49am

UPDATED: Police beef up security in Kiziba refugee camp

Police presence in Kiziba refugee camp, around 15 kilometres outside of Kibuye town, increased over the weekend, which police say is nothing more than routine patrols. According to Police Spokesperson Theos Badege, the patrols helped avert mischievous youthful refugees, some of whom engaged in...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 8:42am

Parliament ratifies AfCFTA protocol

A month after 44 African states signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, members of the Lower House have given the green light to the deal that is aimed at making Africa the largest trade bloc in the world. The MPs also passed the protocol on trade in services, free...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:43pm