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National forensic lab to be inaugurated today

The long-awaited National Forensic Laboratory will be inaugurated today, The New Times has established. The facility, located in Kacyiru in the capital Kigali, cost about Rwf7 billion. The forensic laboratory is deemed an important addition in terms of providing scientific evidence and it is...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 8:44am

Rwanda to launch innovation fund next week

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda will next week launch the National Research and Innovation Fund, which is expected to support the implementation of local innovations as well as research for development in the country. The premier said this on Wednesday while officiating at the...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:55am

MPs call for efficiency at University of Rwanda

Members of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday urged the management of the University of Rwanda to improve the institution’s accounting practices and move swiftly to efficiently manage the university’s teaching resources. They made the call while meeting the...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:38am

Man arrested for attempted bribery in effort to thwart exhumation of Genocide victims

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has taken a man into custody for allegedly attempting to bribe an official from Ibuka, the umbrella organisation of Genocide survivors’ associations, for the latter to stop an ongoing exercise to exhume remains of Genocide victims. Remains of hundreds of...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:25am

FDI flows to Africa dip by 21 per cent – report

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to Africa last year dipped by a significant 21per cent to $42 billion, according to the World Investment Report 2018, that was launched on Wednesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). According to the report, the decline was concentrated...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:48pm

Lightning kills three in Gakenke, Nyagatare

Lightning struck four relatives on Tuesday evening, instantly killing two of them, including a 12-year-old girl in Kivuruga Sector, Gakenke District. The other two are currently admitted at Nemba Hospital in the same district. Another victim of lightning that characterized evening rains on...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:35pm

How a 20-year old mobile technology protocol is revolutionising Africa

Every time you dial *XYZ# to check the airtime balance on your phone, you are using a decades old technology standard called USSD. For a very long time, that’s pretty much all it was used for, but now the game has changed. USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and I suppose...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:06pm

Government slashes court fees to ease access to justice

Different stakeholders in the judicial sector have welcomed the government’s decision to reduce court fees, a move that is likely to help more people take their cases to courts instead of giving up on their push to claim back their rights. Court fees have been slashed between 40 to 60...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 4:40pm

How an HIV positive man stays healthy

In his fight against HIV/AIDS, 72-year-old Tharcisse Polepole, from Rugarama Cell in Nyamirambo Sector, eats hamsters which he says keeps him healthy. He met this reporter on a bus on the way to Nyamirambo, and the two planned to meet for a story at his compound on a Thursday. During the visit,...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 4:30pm

Five Burera leaders arrested over public procurement flaws

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in Burera District are holding five former and current top district officials over alleged malpractices including misuse of public property and illegal award of public procurement. Those in detention are; Samuel Sembagare and Joseph Zaraduhaye who respectively...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:56pm

Video: Guaranteeing women’s equal rights is common sense — Kagame

President Paul Kagame has called on leaders across various fields to level the playing field to ensure gender equality becomes the new norm. Kagame was speaking at the 12th edition of the European Development Days in Brussels in Belgium yesterday. He said that for far too long, gender inequality...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:47pm

Eastern Province on alert as Rift Valley Fever kills over 100 cows in Ngoma District

At least 100 cows in Ngoma District of Eastern Province have died from Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in recent weeks. The disease has also spread to the nearby Kirehe District, The New Times has learnt. RVF is an acute fever-causing viral disease that’s commonly observed in domesticated animals...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:44pm

How ex-presidential aspirant Mpayimana plans to win a seat in Parliament

Philippe Mpayimana, one of the three candidates in last year’s presidential campaigns, has announced that he will contest in the parliamentary elections slated for September. According to the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the general elections will take place on September 2 and 3 for...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 8:52am

New law relieves Ombudsman’s Office of future case backlog

The issue of case backlog that has been weighing down the Ombudsman’s Office for years has finally been fixed by a new law that requires that complainants petition the Ombudsman as a last resort. Addressing journalists at her office yesterday, Deputy Ombudsman Odette Yankurije (prevention...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

How Rwanda grew its mineral exports revenues by 124 per cent

Mineral exports surpassed expectations in 2017 to rake in $373m in 2017 up from $166m in the previous year, according to statistics from the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board indicate. The sector had initially set a target of $240 million. The sector exported about 7,000 tonnes of minerals...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Activists push for free sanitary pads for girls from poor families

Activists and teachers have called for the provision of free sanitary pads for schoolgirls which will ensure that no girl misses classes or drops out of school just because of menstruation periods. With knowledge that many girls miss school during their periods, in August 2013, the East African...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Manufacturers urged to back anti-plastic pollution campaign

The private sector, particularly businesses in the manufacturing sub-sector, should adopt sustainable packaging ways that will consequently reduce plastic pollution in Rwanda. According to Environment Minister, Dr Vincent Biruta, there’s need for companies, mainly those whose products...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Floods aftermath: Officials extend help to victims

Officials in Northern Province have promised support to victims of last month’s heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides which destroyed thousands of houses. Across the province, over 20 lives were lost and infrastructure that included, Musanze-Cyanika road were damaged, while...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York in apparent suicide

Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in New York in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials told agencies Tuesday. Spade, 55, was found by her housekeeping staff in her Park Avenue apartment, they reported. Kate Spade is known in Rwanda. She has been working with Abahizi Rwanda...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:43pm

Featured: In Ngororero District, a new partner steps in

In Ngororero District, lies a small, relatively prosperous village.  Electric lines run the long of modest, well-built houses, surrounded with live-stock, bananas and flower trees.  The children go to school, the hospital has modern equipment, and coltan flows down the river from the...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 4:44pm