John Mbaraga

Ntakabanyura minting cash from commercial banana farming

You can not miss it if you are visiting Birenga cell in Kazo sector, Ngoma District for the first time. The big well-mulched banana plantation is one of the eye-catching items in the area. The plantation belongs to Laurent Ntakabanyura, a model farmer in the district who has devoted his energy to...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Why government should invest more in fish farming

there is need for more investment into Rwanda’s fisheries industry to help develop the sector and reduce imports of fish, Dr Wilson Rutaganira, the aquaculture and fisheries programme coordinator at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), has said. The official said the sector requires targeted...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Standards watchdog maintains tough stance on closed dairy firms

the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has vowed to continue with the crackdown on uncertified dairy products makers. This follows pleas by some of the dairy firms that were ordered to cease production by RSB due to lack of necessary quality requirements three months ago to be allowed to resume...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

New programme to provide practical skills to employees launched

A new workplace learning programme that will help employees acquire practical skills has been launched in Kigali to help address shortage of relevant skills needed on the labour market. Dubbed ‘Plumbing Dual Training System’ it will help apprentices from various construction companies...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Meet Umuhorakeye, a law graduate who ventured into shoe-making

Marie Jeanne de Chantal Umuhorakeye, a young entrepreneur in Kigali, had a grand plan on how to manage her life after school. According to the plan, after completing law school, she would get a job, save up some money and later open her own business. Everything seemed fine and flawless on paper....

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Murekezi urges prosecutors on justice delivery

Prosecution is a demanding job that goes hand-in-hand with respect of human rights, integrity and honesty in execution of justice, Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has said. The premier was yesterday speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of two prosecutors appointed by Cabinet in May. Didier...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tigo Rwanda renovates homes for Genocide survivors

Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) and Rukumberi Sector, in Ngoma District officially closed its annual ‘100 Days of Love’ campaign with renovation of houses and payment of health insurance for Genocide survivors. Tigo...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

130 graduate from University of Kigali

A total of 130 students yesterday were awarded degrees and diplomas in different disciplines from the University of Kigali (UoK). Speaking during the graduation ceremony in Kigali, the UoK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Danson Musyoki Kimeu, told the fresh graduates that learning was a continuous process...

Friday, July 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

CoK awards best performing schools, students

Several schools and students across Kigali were last week awarded trophies and scholastic materials after winning the 2017 school peer evaluation and inter-school debate organized by the City of Kigali.  Eight students from different schools who won in the debate competition walked away with...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

BDF sensitises Kigali customers about its services

It is 12 o’clock and a small crowd of COPEDU-Remera branch clients, including Ismael Ngabonziza, a Kigali businessman, is attentively listening to an official from Business Development Fund (BDF) as he explains about the institution’s services and products. The presentation is part of...

Monday, July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Health Ministry, CDC celebrate 15 years of partnership

The Ministry of Health through Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and the United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last week celebrated 15 years of partnership. CDC partners with the Government of Rwanda in HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis prevention and control and human...

Monday, July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Parents seldom read to their children after school – study

Literacy issues are seldom discussed or promoted at community level and few parents engage their children in literacy-related activities such as reading for them or story telling, a new study says. The survey, carried out by Save the Children Rwanda, sought to assess knowledge, attitudes and...

Monday, July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

CoK, partners discuss ways to tackle education challenges

Head teachers should work closely with parents and teachers to create a good learning environment necessary to deliver quality education. This was the main message at the City of Kigali yearly education partners’ meeting that aimed at evaluating the implementation of last year’s...

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

SPONSORED: AOS commemorates and donates to Genocide survivors in Kayonza

AOS management and staff, on Friday gathered at Rukara Genocide Memorial in Kayonza District to pay tribute the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and handed a cheque Rwf3.5 million to buy ten cows for ten families of survivors. Caption: Three Genocide survivors hold a cheque given...

Monday, June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

MPs call for more efforts to improve welfare of PWDs

Legislators have called on Government to devise measures in monitoring implementation and direct contribution for different services offered to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). Presenting the findings of a survey carried out in November last year on how local governments and centres caring for...

Friday, June 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kamonyi Mayor Udahemuka resigns

Aimable Udahemuka, the Kamonyi District Mayor has resigned from his job. Speaking to The New Times, the chairperson for Kamonyi District Advisory Council, Emmanuel Karuranga confirmed the move Wednesday, saying they received his resignation letter on Tuesday afternoon. He cited personal reasons...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwamagana plant opens to address shortage of construction materials

A new plant producing diverse types of construction materials was yesterday inaugurated in Gahengeri Sector of Rwamagana District and is expected to lower costs on construction materials procured from distant areas. NISSI Machinery and Construction Company will supply aggregates and sand,...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Call for better coordination to monitor social services to PLWDs

There is a need for better monitoring and implementation of services and policies set up for Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to ensure better welfare for everyone of them. This was said by Emmanuel Ndayisaba, the executive secretary for the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (...

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kayonza-Rusumo road rehabilitation works starts

Rehabilitation of Kayonza-Rusumo road has been launched, with the 92-kilometre network expected to be widened as well. The rehabilitation and widening of the 92km-road is expected to help check accidents on the highway. The road is expected to ease cross-border trade and transportation...

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwf1.2bn project to increase clean water access in Kicukiro

Seven sectors inKicukiro District will soon have increased access to clean water following the launch of a Rwf1.2 billion project in the district. The 82 kilometre water project, launched on Wednesday, will serve Gikondo, Gahanga, Kagarama, Niboye, Kanombe, Gatenga and Masaka sectors. It is...

Friday, June 16, 2017, 12:00 AM