IZUBA Rirashe newspaper launched

  • By Our Reporter
  • December 15, 2007

KIMIHURURA - IZUBA Rirashe, a sister newspaper to The New Times, was yesterday officially unveiled amid pomp and glamour.
The already tri-weekly Kinyarwanda publication, had its first edition on the streets on August 16, 2007.

Speaking at the function held at Kigali Serena Hotel, Information Minister Prof. Laurent Nkusi paid glowing tribute to the management of the parent company – The New Times Publications (TNT) – for introducing a vernacular newspaper, saying that it would help disseminate information to the wider publics.

“This noble cause means that there is a significant step that has been made by The New Times and we believe such achievements will continue to characterise our media industry,” Prof. Nkusi said during a well attended function.

He said he hoped IZUBA Rirashe will follow in the footsteps of The New Times by running informative and educative news stories.

The minister also congratulated the new newspaper management for launching a third edition just days after the paper came into existence.

The New Times Publications Managing Director, Joseph Bideri, told the gathering that the birth and  launch of IZUBA Rirashe is a sign that The New Times takes seriously its mandate of informing Rwandans and other readers in more languages than one.

He emphasized that there is enough commitment and will to continue informing, educating, entertaining and fulfilling other obligations as a media outlet in a manner that reflects The New Times as truly being on top of the business it is engaged in. 

Bideri reiterated the promise IZUBA made when it first came out last August that it  will become a daily some time before June next year.

The New Times is still the only daily newspaper in the country.

Bideri thanked TNT’s partners and promised for better quality stories in both IZUBA Rirashe and The New Times.

The editor of IZUBA Rirashe said their overriding mission was to contribute to the professional journalism in Rwanda.

“For the past few months, we have been putting in place a team of young and dedicated journalists which I am sure will help us to continue providing quality and well researched news,” he said.


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