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Taxi-moto coops leadership on the spot over missing funds

Leaders of motorcycle taxi (taxi-moto) cooperatives have been given until July to have recovered missing funds within the cooperatives. The deadline was given on Sunday by Trade and Industry Minister, Vincent Munyeshyaka, during a meeting between various government institutions and members of taxi...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:22am

FEATURED: Relief as Ndiza residents get on-grid power connectivity

Over 800 households in Rongi and Nyabinoni sectors, a region known as Ndiza in Muhanga District, are currently enjoying on-grid electricity as Rwanda Energy Group (REG) continues to extend energy to households across the country. With a power line that cuts across River Nyabarongo, this...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:14am

The dairy factory that employs the deaf

One factory in Kigali has opted to hire deaf workers and everyone is happy. Masaka Creamery Ltd, that is popular for its tasty yogurt, has about 28 workers and more than 60 percent of them are deaf. When The New Times visited the factory yesterday, they were greeted by an...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 8:12am

Rwanda’s economy grows by 10.6 per cent in first quarter

Rwanda’s economy grew 10.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, figures released by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning yesterday indicated. The positive performance indicates that the economy has fully bounced back from a low economic growth of 1.7 per cent recorded in the first...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:34am

Mining accidents on the rise; who should be held responsible?

Last week, the officer in charge of mining at COTRAF – one of the labour unions – was going about her routine inspection of a Cassiterite mining company in Rwamagana District when a casual labourer died after a wall caved in. The deceased worker, Vincent Ntaganda left behind a wife and...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:59pm

Amahoro stadium set for mega upgrade

Amahoro National Stadium is set for a major facelift that will involve expansion works and additional roofing to protect spectators from the extremes of weather. The works are estimated to cost Rwf2bn, with the money already allocated for in the 2018/19 budget whose implementation will start next...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:52pm

East African Court of Justice, National courts seek to harmonise laws

Strengthening cooperation between the East African Court of Justice and national courts will benefit East African community Citizens and accelerate regional integration, Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, President of the East African Court of Justice, has said. He was speaking during a three-day workshop...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:39pm

Parliamentary polls: independent candidates begin collecting signatures

Independent candidates have up to July 25 to collect the signatures required to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for the first week of September 2018. Speaking to The New Times in a telephone interview last week, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:10pm

FEATURED: PSR nominates representatives for upcoming election

Rwandese Socialist Labour Party (PSR) at the weekend elected two candidates that will represent the party in the forthcoming parliamentary elections slated for November 2 and 3. Innocent Bitsindinkumi and Augustin Hitiyaremye emerged the winners, trouncing Gestuta Mukantagara, Solange Uwingabire,...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:34pm

Rwandan appointed head of Heineken Ethiopia

Rwandan national Eugene Ubalijoro has been appointed managing director of Heineken Ethiopia. He will begin his duties on September 10, 2018. Ubalijoro has risen through the ranks, having joined in 1990 as international trainee for their Rwandan operations. “He moved across different...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 1:01pm

How RRA will fund 2018/2019 budget

A common characteristic of recent Rwanda annual budgets is the attempt by the Economic Planning Department at the Ministry of Finance walk a thin line between increasing domestic tax receipts without increasing tax rates for residents. The 2018/2019 budget read last week on Thursday was no...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:06am

Kwibuka24: Reflecting on the rescue operation at Saint Paul

When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started, hopeless Tutsi who were targeted could go places to find haven and most of them flocking churches and church run facilities believing no killings could take place in holy sanctuaries. Little did they know that humanity had been lost and bad...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:59am

Kagame participates in car-free day

President Kagame on Sunday joined Kigali residents for the bi-monthly car-free day. Addressing the hundreds of residents who had turned up for the exercise, the President appreciated the fact that young people, as well as the elderly were participating in the exercises. He added that a healthy body...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 8:33am

Mwulire sector residents build seven ECD centres

Seven Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDs), worth approximately Rwf68million, were this past weekend launched in Mwulire sector, Rwamagana district as part of the celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child. According to the Executive Secretary of Sector; Jean Claude Bwasana, the...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:01am

The world has a moral challenge to oppose the early release of ICTR Genocide convicts

The collective international community of bystanders kept silent in 1994 when the ground was being stained with the blood of one million victims in Rwanda.  Today, that blood cries out for justice and I join the Rwandan survivors and all of humanity to oppose release of the genocide...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:37am

Rwandan students introduce Umuganda concept to Nebraska

Rwandan Diaspora students at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln last Saturday introduced Umuganda, a monthly community service, at the university located in mid-western United States. According to Vanessa Nkesha who coordinated the activity, several students on Saturday morning volunteered...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:32am

Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga gets new president

Over the weekend, Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, a member club of Rotary International and one of the longest Rotary clubs in Rwanda, inducted Saudah Nalule as the new and 18th club's president for the year 2018-2019. Rotary International is an international organisation that brings...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:10am

FEATURED: Horizon SOPYRWA backs efforts to plant mosquito repellent trees

Horizon SOPYRWA, a subsidiary of Horizon Group in partnership with the Ministry of Health has launched activities to plant trees known as ‘Artemisia Annua’ across the country. The species is a medicinal plant that repels mosquitoes. The tree planting activities, which are part of the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:17pm

FEATURED: IRIGP adressing Rwanda’s socio-economic needs

The India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Programme (IRIGP) has recently concluded a Business Accelerator & Capacity Building Workshop, along with a Technology Expo, as part of the five (5) day Workshop at Hotel Lemigo, Kigali. The IRIGP was launched in February 2017 during the State Visit of the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:13pm

FEATURED: National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) hails government support to boost employment

“Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.” Simone Weil a French philosopher once said. And these words fits the understanding of the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 11:06pm