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Rwanda goes for a share of medical tourism dollars

Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya — those countries with a long tradition of a developed health infrastructure. However, recent investment social infrastructure and human resource, has not only...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwf30 billion EU cash to boost regional integration

Trade  across the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) region could soon be enhanced thanks to Euro33 million (about Rwf30 billion) earmarked by the European Union toward regional integration projects. Member States like Rwanda are set to start applying for the funds before...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Col. Byabagamba, Rusagara charged

Col. Tom Byabagamba and retired Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara yesterday appeared before the Military Tribunal in Nyamirambo where they were charged with different counts, some jointly others individual. According to military prosecution, the duo is accused of spreading rumours with intent to incite...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Eastern Province elects new senator

Gertrude Kazarwa has been elected Eastern Province Senator in  a senatorial by-election held yesterday. Kazarwa garnered 371 (80.4 per cent) out of 461 total votes cast. She garnered 371 (80.4 per cent) out of 461 total votes cast. The two other candidates;  Claudette Mpuhimundu and...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwandans benefit from Chinese scholarships

The Chinese government has  awarded scholarships to 35 Rwandan students to pursue studies in various disciplines at various levels of higher education in China. The scholarships were awarded through the Chinese embassy in Kigali. The students who will pursue undergraduate, post-graduate and...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Bugesera District gets Rwf362 million school

Plan International Rwanda has inaugurated a fully furnished school worth Rwf362m constructed to support the government’s initiative of 12 Years Basic Education (12YBE), in Bugesera District. The school, handed over to the district on Thursday, was constructed in Kanazi Cell, Nyamata Sector...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Court remands Ruhango family murder suspects

The Muhanga Intermediate Court on Thursday denied bail to four suspects accused of involvement in the murder of six family members in Byimana Sector, Ruhango District earlier this month. Among them is Steven Baribwirumuhungu, the prime suspect in the gruesome murder who has pleaded guilty. Others...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Terror trial verdict suspended

The Military High Court yesterday decided to delay a verdict in the case involving Lt. Joel Mutabazi and 15 others facing charges  related to terrorism, saying it needed more time to investigate a new aspect in the case. The court was due to deliver a verdict in the case yesterday.  ...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Burera island school's long wait for transport vessel

Teachers and pupils of Birwa 1 Primary School located on Birwa 1 island of Lake Burera have for long waited for  a modern boat and lifesaver jackets to facilitate their movement to and from the island. The school lacks a boat and  depends on villagers’ vessels for transportation....

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Key suspects in Kayumba shooting found not guilty

A South African court has acquitted the two key suspects in the attempted murder of Rwandan exile Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. The Rwandan nationals, Richard Bachisa, Kayumba’s former driver, and Pascal Kanyandekwe, a businessman, were acquitted after Magistrate Stanley Makari cleared them of...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda, Singapore sign tax pact

Rwanda and Singapore have signed a Double Taxation Avoidance (DTA) Agreement. The agreement was signed on Tuesday by Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,  Louise Mushikiwabo, and her Singaporean counterpart  K Shanmugam. The signing ceremony was held at the...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Economy to grow by 5.7%

Rwanda’s economy is steadily recovering from the 2013 slowdown with the World Bank projecting a 5.7 per cent growth rate for 2014, slightly lower than the government and the International Monetary Fund’s projection of 6 per cent. The World Bank said in its Rwanda economic update report...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Women urged to promote 'Ndi Umunyarwanda' in families

WOMEN should leverage their previleged position of being the heartbeat of every household to promote the ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ programme in their respective families. The call was made by different officials on Wednesday at the opening of a nationwide campaign to involve  ...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Egyptian envoy bids farewell to Kagame

After four years serving as Egyptian Ambassador to Rwanda, Khaled Adbel-Salam, yesterday bade farewell to President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro. Speaking to The New Times after meeting the President, Adbel-Salam said during his tenure, relations between Rwanda and Egypt grew...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Prosecution grills woman arrested with cocaine

Hasifa Ddungu, a British citizen suspected of drug trafficking, yesterday appeared before prosecutors for questioning as they continue to build a case in which she is accused of trafficking a kilogramme of cocaine through Kigali International Airport. Alain Mukuralinda, the spokesperson for the...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Meet the Genocide survivor who lives caring for mentally ill

AS MACHETE-WIELDING militiamen rummaged swamps and bushes, houses and churches hunting for Tutsi during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Cecile Umurazawase, 37, was among those being sought to be killed. The woman who describes herself as a ‘devout catholic’ made a pledge to God...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

MTN connects Bugesera orphanage to solar energy

Mobisol, a German Company generating power from solar energy sources, on Wednesday, marked the 1000th solar home system installation in Abajambo Orphanage, Nyamata Sector in Bugesera District.  The off-grid system was installed in collaboration with MTN as part of efforts  to improve...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwf15bn Treasury bond oversubscribed by 232%

The Rwf15 billion Treasury bond has been oversubscribed by 232 per cent, the highest ever subscription recorded by any government bond, receiving bids worth Rwf34.8 billion. The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) received 91 bids for the bond issued on Wednesday from different categories of investors...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

World Bank tips government on mining

The government should increase its allocation to geological research to woo more foreign direct investment in the mining sector, the World Bank has said. In its latest report, “The Rwanda Economic Update,” which has a special section on mining, the Bank states that detailed and...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Lt. Mutabazi judgment suspended as court conducts further investigation

The presiding judge in the case involving Lt Joel Mutabazi and 15 others accused of terrorism and treason among other charges has postponed judgment and adjourned the trial until 12, September. This is due to new evidence that the judges want to examine before making their decision. A definitive...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am