News

District education officers complete OLPC training

Education officers and inspectors from the country’s 30 districts yesterday completed a two-day workshop in Kigali, aimed at reviewing the Rwanda One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme as well as receive training on new technologies installed in schools to support the programme. According to...

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Three injured as speeding Tanzanian truck overturns

Motorists using Rwamagana-Kigali highway spent hours Thursday evening clogged in traffic after a trailer carrying 35 tonnes of maize overturned injuring all on board including the driver and two turnboys. By press time, the driver of the Tanzanian registered trailer, T 971 CUD, Charles Shukuru,...

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Active BK counter fails to inspire weekly turnover

The total weekly turnover at the bourse slumped to Rwf 45.5 million this week, from Rwf 268.4 million last week in spite of Bank of Kigali’s (BK) busy share activity. Today’s market report indicates a total of 133,800 shares were traded in 23 deals this week, compared to 818,600 shares...

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda to support WTO to end global stalemate

The Government has committed to supporting the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to bring to an end the ongoing global stalemate in the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement that was due for adoption in July. The pledge follows a courtesy call by the organisation’s director-general...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

EAX in search of grains to meet soaring demand

There isn't enough supply stock of grains, especially maize, in the country to meet the massive demand for the farm produce. The New Times understands Kigali-based East Africa Commodity Exchange (EAX) has since resorted to outsourcing from external suppliers in the region to get the required...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

New UN Great Lakes envoy calls on Kagame

The UN Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame with whom they discussed a range of issues, including the elimination of the threat posed by the FDLR. Djinnit, who in July replaced former Irish President Mary Robinson, is...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

CAR President lauds Rwanda on intervention

The President of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, has lauded Rwanda for its role in restoring peace and security and taking a “noble initiative” to send peacekeepers to her country. Samba-Panza specifically welcomed the move by the Rwandan government to deploy...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Norway to extradite another Genocide suspect

A Norwegian court on Wednesday ruled to extradite Eugene Nkuranyabahizi, 41, to Rwanda to stand trial for his role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Nkuranyabahizi has lived in the Nordic country since 1999. He was arrested in May last year following an indictment sent to Norwegian...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Nigerian online streaming service firm opens shop in Rwanda

iROKO Partners has replaced its London office with one in Kigali, as it shift focus of its online television streaming services to the African market. Known to many as Africa’s Netflix, iROKO started out as an online streaming service for Nollywood movies in Nigeria back in 2012. The firm...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Paralegals will help ease cost of justice, says Busingye

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has applauded the work of paralegals in extending legal services to the poor across the country. The paralegals currently comprise 2,900 personnel working under the Legal Aid Forum to provide legal services to all Rwandans. Busingye observed that the...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Nyamagabe man held over death of own mother

Police in Nyamagabe District have arrested a man suspected of killing his own mother over an alleged longstanding debt. The incident took place on Wednesday in Karambo Cell, Kibirizi Sector, Nyamagabe. The suspect, according to police, hit his mother three times on the head using a hoe after she...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda to host UN training for female prisons officers

Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) will next week host the pre-deployment training for female corrections officers destined for peacekeeping operations. The training is a result of the meeting for the Group of Friends of Corrections (GFC) which convened in Kigali, last November, and selected...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Officials meet over exam malpractice

Educators and other stakeholders on Wednesday vowed to end examination malpractices in the Eastern Province. According to statistics from the Rwanda Education Board (Reb), the province accounted for the highest number of candidates whose results were withheld due to alleged examination...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Leaking 'flammable substance' caused city fire, witnesses say

Sparks from welding torches came from the second floor of a city centre commercial complex, making contact with highly flammable substances that ignited one of the wildest fires in the recent history of the City of Kigali, witnesses said. The Tuesday evening fire lasted for over 15 hours as a...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Career: Dr Binagwaho tips on juggling education and work

Following its merger, the University of Rwanda passed out its first graduates in various disciplines and levels this year and among them was Dr Agnès Binagwaho, the Minister for Health. Dr Binagwaho was conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Management and did...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Cassava farmers wary as viral disease ravages crops

CASSAVA FARMERS in the southern districts of Kamonyi and Ruhango have expressed concerns following a wanton attack of cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), which has decimated dozens of hectares of their plantations. Both the districts are major cassava producers in the country. CBSD is a...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Why Rwanda remains most competitive EAC economy

Rwanda has moved up four places in the annual Global Competitiveness Index, retaining its pole position as the most competitive economy in the region and third on the continent. The country, according to the 2014-15 World Economic Forum annual report released on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland,...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

WTO chief in Rwanda over global trade deal stalemate

The Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, is today expected to call on the Minister for Trade and Industry to discuss ways to end an ongoing stalemate in the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement. The meeting with Francois Kanimba is part of the...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Policing a post-genocide society: Towards further reform

This is the eighth part of a nine-part series extracted from four of the recently published book, Policing a Rapidly Transforming Post-Genocide Society: Making Rwandans Feel Safe, Involved, and Reassured, authored by the Rwanda National Police (RNP). By the late 1990s, the communal police force...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwandan youth benefit from new Japan scholarship programme

Fourteen young Rwandans are set to pursue further studies at different Japanese institutions under a new scholarship programme dubbed Africa Business Education (ABE) initiative. The programme, that is implemented under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), will see 10 Rwandans pursue...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am