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Mineral export revenue grew by over 120 per cent in 2017

Mining exports raked $373m (Rwf325bn) in 2017 up from $166m in the previous year, a growth rate that represents 124 per cent, according to statistics from the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board. The country exported about 7000 tonnes of assorted minerals. This exceeded the sector’s...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 12:31pm

MPs demand accountability for Gishoma project

Members of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have urged government to establish parties responsible for the failure of the multi-billion franc Gishoma Peat Power plant. The plant initially produced power that was below the expected capacity and then it stopped altogether. The MPs...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 10:51am

Betting companies plan to make a ‘killing’ as world cup draws near

With less than 8 days left to the biggest footballing event in the world, local betting companies are gearing up for a bigger take-away from the betting fans. There are over 6 betting companies in Rwanda with each having thousands of outlets across the country. In recent years, many Rwandans have...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:59am

President Kagame in Belgium for European Development Days meet

President Paul Kagame is in Belgium to attend the 12th edition of the European Development Days (EDD), which starts today in the Belgian capital, Brussels; according to a statement from his office. Leading up to the meeting President today held meetings with EU leaders including Jean-Claude...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 9:20am

Chinese military delegation visits Rwanda

A Chinese military delegation yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Defence, as part of efforts to further promote exchange and cooperation between the Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China and their Rwandan counterparts. Led by Major General Zhang Yingli...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:16am

New Anglican Archbishop to be enthroned on June 10

Archbishop-Elect of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Dr Laurent Mbanda, will be receiving the responsibilities to serve the church in the new position on Sunday, June 10. The ceremony will take place at Kigali Independent University (ULK), according to the church. About 12 top...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

US contributes Rwf5.6 billion towards refugee relief in Rwanda

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional humanitarian assistance worth $6.5 million (approximately Rwf5.6bn) to provide food assistance for refugees in the country. According to an announcement made over the weekend, the assistance will go to the...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

Police, partners launch anti-corruption week

Rwanda National Police (RNP) and its partners, mainly from the justice sector, yesterday, launched a week-long campaign to further raise awareness against graft, one of the high impact crimes said to undermine service delivery, good governance and development. The launch, held at the Police...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 5:31am

What the Russia Foreign Minister said at Kigali Genocide Memorial

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov held a one-day working visit in Rwanda on Sunday where he met top government officials, a visit that sought to strengthen ties with both Rwanda and the African Union. One of the highlights of his visit was a tour at the Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM)...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:09pm

We should not dictate what girls wear to school, officials

Members of the cabinet have defended girls after an article written by a vernacular news website questioned the appropriateness of the school uniforms that some girls put on to school, saying that they are seductive. The news report which included comments from some parents and teachers suggests...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:30pm

President Kagame in Belgium for European Development Days meet

President Paul Kagame is in Belgium to attend the 12th edition of the European Development Days (EDD), which runs from 5-6 June 2018, according to a statement from his office. This is the second year in a row that the President is attending the gathering that is organised by the European...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:19pm

Kagame commends conservationists for gorilla population growth

President Paul Kagame has applauded conservationists for their role in the population growth of the mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif. The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, has increased by 25 percent from 480 to 604, according to a latest...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 1:16pm

Burera: Police operation seize over 10,000 sachets of illicit gin

Police in Burera District arrested two men on Sunday, who were attempting to traffic 10, 080 sachets of an illegal gin called Blue Sky into the country. The suspects had concealed the contraband in 14 sacks and were arrested after offloading them from a vehicle, Police Spokesperson for the...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:52am

Why Russian Foreign Minister was in Kigali

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov held a one -day working visit in Rwanda where he met President Paul Kagame and Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, among other top government officials. Lavrov’s visit sought to strengthen ties with both Rwanda and the African Union...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:31am

Why Huye mayor, vice mayors were fired

Construction of substandard infrastructure projects like roads, drainage system and houses for the needy are some of the reasons behind sacking of the Huye District executive team led by Mayor Eugène Kayiranga Muzuka. This was confirmed to The New Times by Dr Jean-Chrisostome Ngabitsinze, the...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:24am

Parliamentary polls: Political parties tipped on gender principles

Political parties should be prepared to make gender equality one of their core goals during the September parliamentary elections, representatives of political parties at central and provincial levels heard on Friday. Speaking at the meeting, the Forum for Political Parties (FFPP) Spokesperson, MP...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 8:38am

When a judge undermines the legacy of international justice

“Laws are like sausages, better not to see them being made” so observed the Nineteen Century German statesman, Otto Von Bismarck. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) was always in that sense, much like sausages. Much is claimed for it, and rightly so in most cases,...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 6:11am

Special chambers in Rwandan courts to try corruption cases

Specialised chambers at the country’s twelve intermediate courts have been set up to try corruption and other economic crimes, a move considered as critical in strengthening the fight against corruption. Following the law that was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday, No. 012/2018...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

Minister Biruta: Together, we can beat plastic pollution

Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta has called on the general public to join efforts to beat plastic pollution in their communities to protect the environment, which is increasingly being endangered by plastic items. Biruta was speaking while closing the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution Walk...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am

People with Disabilities call for inclusion during preparation of Imihigo

National Council of Persons with Disabilities has called on districts to include programmes that benefit disabled people while preparing performance contracts (Imihigo). The call was made last week in Bugesera District during a one day workshop which brought together vice -mayors in charge of...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:04am