Zambia President bans travel, suspends financing of unfinished projects

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has ordered a couple of sweeping measures that his government will take to bring the country back on a more sustainable debt trajectory, improve the fiscal position and entrench macroeconomic stability. According to Lusaka Times, the new measures to address Zambia...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12:42 PM

Amahoro stadium set for mega upgrade

Amahoro National Stadium is set for a major facelift that will involve expansion works and additional roofing to protect spectators from the extremes of weather. The works are estimated to cost Rwf2bn, with the money already allocated for in the 2018/19 budget whose implementation will start next...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:52 PM

How government will finance the 2018/19 Budget

Finance Minister Uzzeil Ndagijimana yesterday unveiled the 2018/19 budget valued at Rwf2.4 trillion. It will be financed through domestic resources, loans and grants. According to the Ministry of Finance, domestic resources will contribute 67 per cent, while loans will contribute 16 per cent and...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:38 AM

Solid Africa begins construction of industrial kitchen

Construction of an industrial kitchen to prepare mass meals for less privileged patients in public hospitals kicked off yesterday. The industrial kitchen is an initiative by a local NGO, Solid Africa in partnership with Imbuto Foundation and the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:05 AM

Kagame, Putin meet in Russia

President Paul Kagame Wednesday met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in the Russian Capital, Moscow. Russia is host to the 2018 World Cup final scheduled to kick off Thursday this week. The two heads of state met less than two weeks after the Russian Foreign Minister,...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 2:42 PM

DFID dismisses UK media reports on Rwanda-Arsenal deal

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has dismissed British media reports that Rwanda used aid money for a campaign to promote the country as a tourist and investment destination. The campaign includes a 3-year sponsorship deal with Arsenal, a top flight English Premier...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 4:14 PM

Rwanda rallies envoys on Genocide archives

Government has called upon diplomats accredited to Rwanda to engage their respective governments to make available some of the key information that might be in their custody relating to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The call was made on Monday by Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:42 AM

What Africa Green Growth Summit means for Africa’s resilience

Environmentalists have commended the move for Africa to hold the inaugural Africa Green Growth meeting saying that it will go a long way in addressing not only climate change but set the continent on unprecedented path to sustainable growth. From November 26-30, 2018, Rwanda will host the first...

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1:03 AM

RIB appeals for more office space, equipment

The newly established Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has appealed to government to urgently address the issue of office space the institution is faced with, to be able to effectively discharge its mandate. According to Col Jeannot Ruhunga, the Secretary General of RIB, the investigation agency...

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 3:02 PM

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, 12:45 AM

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, 5:00 AM

World Environment Day: Rwanda backs drive against plastic pollution

Rwanda will, today June 5, join the rest of the world to celebrate the annual World Environment Day (WED), an opportunity to discuss a pressing environmental concern. This year’s focus is on addressing plastic pollution. In Rwanda, the day will mark the end of the 2018 National Environment...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

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, 1:30 PM

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, 12:59 PM

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, 11:53 AM

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...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Parliamentary polls: RPF party primaries begin this weekend

Members of RPF-Inkotanyi countrywide will this weekend start primaries in order to get the party’s candidates in the forthcoming parliamentary election scheduled to take place on September 2-3, 2018. The process will start at the cell level where party members will nominate two candidates of...

Friday, June 1, 2018, 4:28 PM

Airport check-in eased as Kigali International Airport introduces vehicle scanner

For those users of Kigali International Airport, a common inconvenience has been the first checkpoint where a traveler previously had to carry luggage out of the car for dogs to sniff and carry it back in. The good news is that they will no longer have to go through the time consuming hustle as a...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:04 PM

Rwanda ponders ban on single-use plastics

Government is considering revising the current law on plastic products with the goal of banning single-use plastic materials such as straws, disposable cutleries among others, Environment minister Dr Vincent Biruta has said. Speaking in Kigali at the launch the National Environment Week on Tuesday...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

SA star Zahara sings in Kigali, conquers hearts

South African singer Zahara known for the song ‘Loliwe’ performed in Kigali on Friday evening at Kigali Jazz Junction and left her audience mesmerised. Asked to described Zahara’s performance at Friday’s Jazz Junction, Jacky Kalisa, one of her fans told Saturday Times that...

Monday, May 28, 2018, 12:57 AM