EALA passes Monetary Institute Bill, urges quick assent

The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on Wednesday called on leaders of the East African Community to quickly assent to the EAC Monetary Institute Bill, after it was passed by the regional assembly. Martin Ngoga said this as regional lawmakers wrapped up their session in...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 11:33 PM

Magufuli challenges EALA to enhance unity, strive for regional development

Tanzania’s President Dr John Pombe Magufuli on Tuesday emphasised the need and urgency for the East African Community to work harder, in unity, to fast-track the development of the six-member bloc. Magufuli was addressing a special sitting of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 11:33 PM

EALA South Sudan members want EAC role in IGAD-led talks

The East African Legislative Assembly says it is looking into the possibility of playing a role in the ongoing South Sudan peace talks led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The issue came up for debate during the current session of the regional parliament in the Tanzanian...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:16 PM

Tanzanian premier pledges support to regional parliament

Tanzania’s Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa on Monday assured the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Martin Ngoga, of his government’s support to the Assembly’s work in advancing the six-member bloc’s integration agenda. He made the assurance...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:01 AM

EAC unveils plan to bridge drugs manufacturing gap

The East African Community produces only less than 30 per cent of the medicines it needs while it imports the rest, a situation that must be reversed to ensure citizens easily access affordable drugs, officials have said. This revelation was made last week during the launch of a 10-year strategic...

Monday, April 23, 2018, 12:34 AM

How a WWI boat is turning a local village in Rutsiro into a tourist attraction

A German military ship buried in a remote area on the shores of Lake Kivu during World War I looks will in the near future, turn the locality into a place of interest where tourists visit, typically for its historical significance, a research expert on the issue has told Sunday Times. Last week,...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:04 AM

East African Development Bank to train 600 cancer specialists

The East African Development Bank (EADB) plans to train 600 medical professionals specialising in cancer treatment, as part of its corporate social responsibility, members of the East African Legislative Assembly said Thursday. The larger plan is to train hundreds of medical practitioners in the...

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:38 AM

East African Institute Bill tabled before regional parliament

The East African Community Monetary Institute Bill was on Thursday evening tabled before the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) which wrapped up the second week of sittings in Dodoma, Tanzania. The long-awaited piece of legislation, MP Aden Omar Abdikadir, the Chairperson of the Committee on...

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:31 AM

EALA briefed on progress of regional defence pact

The challenges faced during negotiations of the East African Community (EAC) Mutual Defence Pact have all been addressed, the regional parliament heard Wednesday. The Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), who are in session in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma, were briefed on the...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:54 AM

Regional assembly passes EAC bill on oaths

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly late Tuesday passed a draft law which aims to, among others, guide functions on taking of oaths in relation to people appointed to serve in organs or institutions of the six-member East African Community. The legislation, which is the first to be...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:40 PM

Kwibuka24: PSF builds houses for vulnerable Genocide survivors

Members of the Private Sector Federation (PSF) on Thursday convened in Rugerero Sector, in Rubavu District for the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and launched works for construction of 32 model houses meant for families of vulnerable survivors in the area. The business...

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:49 AM

Chess Genocide memorial tourney set for June

The Rwanda Chess Federation (FERWADE) says it will be hosting its annual Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament (GMCT) in remembrance of the country’s sportsmen and women killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, on June 8-10, in Kigali. FERWADE president Kevin Ganza told Times Sport...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10:53 PM

Danish court backs bid to extradite Genocide suspect

A court in the Danish town of Hillerød on Tuesday ruled that Genocide suspect Wenceslas Twangirayezu be handed over to Rwandan authorities for prosecution over genocide crimes he committed in the former Gisenyi prefecture. Twagirayezu’s defence lawyer, Bjørn Elmquist, reportedly appealed the...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:11 AM

Danish court rules to extradite Genocide suspect Twagirayezu

A court in the Danish town of Hillerød on Tuesday ruled that Genocide suspect Wenceslas Twangirayezu be handed over to Rwandan authorities for prosecution over Genocide crimes he committed in the former Gisenyi Prefecture. Twagirayezu’s defence lawyer, Bjørn Elmquist, reportedly appealed the...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:05 PM

Bills paving way for EA Monetary Union on agenda at regional parliament

The EAC Monetary Institute Bill, 2017 and the EAC Statistics Bureau Bill, 2017, are two key pieces of draft legislations on agenda as the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) moves its sitting to Dodoma, Tanzania starting today, Monday. The regional House’s first ever sitting in Tanzania...

Monday, April 9, 2018, 10:14 AM

Harnessing the 175,000ha arable Rusizi plain

When heavy rains and floods last month hit Rwanda’s Bugarama valley, part of the larger Rusizi plain shared between Rwanda, Burundi and the DR Congo, rice farmers counted heavy losses. This is according to Marie Alice Bayizere, the Rusizi District agronomist in an interview last week. She...

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 11:55 PM

Rwandans in Diaspora, peacekeepers commemorate

From neighboring Tanzania to Kenya, Belgium, Australia, USA, China, and other countries, Rwandans and friends of Rwanda worldwide on Saturday joined hands with countrymen back home to remember their loved ones killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as the country once again paused to honour...

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Will there ever be reparations for Genocide survivors?

More than two decades after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, uncertainty remains regarding the demand by survivors for reparation even long after the United Nations, among others, formally admitted to failing Rwanda during the Genocide. In what is known as the Ingvar Carlsson Report, the UN...

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 4:32 AM

Fugitive arrested in Cameroon was on Rwanda’s most wanted list

Prosecution has said that a Genocide fugitive who was on Thursday arrested in Yaoundé, Cameroon was one of the most wanted masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Media reports Thursday indicated that Philippe Hategekimana, alias Biguma, has been living under the name Philippe Manier since...

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 12:49 AM

Fugitive arrested in Cameroon was on Rwanda’s most wanted list

Prosecution has said that a Genocide fugitive who was on Thursday arrested in Yaoundé, Cameroon was one of the most wanted masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Media reports Thursday indicated that Philippe Hategekimana, alias Biguma, has been living under the name...

Friday, April 6, 2018, 6:24 PM