AU targets 30 countries to ratify AfCTA by December

December 20 is the target to have at least 30 African countries to have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), members of the Senate heard on Tuesday. Updating the Senators on where Rwanda stands since it ratified the agreement in April, the Minister of Trade and Industry;...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 11:20 PM

KWEZI AND I: Where did my memory go?

Something very weird happened to me after I had Kwezi a little over three years ago. My memory was not the same. I started forgetting things. In fact, it started slowly, with me entering my bedroom to pick something only to stand there and wonder what it is that I went to look for. As days turned...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7:06 PM

Parliamentary polls: independent candidates begin collecting signatures

Independent candidates have up to July 25 to collect the signatures required to contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for the first week of September 2018. Speaking to The New Times in a telephone interview last week, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:10 PM

Lawmakers welcome new development-oriented budget

Members of parliament have commended government for promoting locally made products and services, saying that this would go a long way in improving people’s livelihoods. The different legislators spoke shortly after the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning; Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 12:41 AM

KWEZI AND I: Of nanny challenges

My housemate and I have something in common. We choose a house or an outfit or perhaps even friends, based on chemistry. We call it “seeing something and it speaks to you”. A house could be the perfect size, with a beautiful compound, located in a great neighbourhood, but if I enter it...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 8:48 PM

We will be ready for 2020 Periodic Review – Gov’t

Rwanda is moving steadily towards full implementation of the 50 recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council and will be ready to score highly by the next Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scheduled for November 2020. This was stated by Providence Umurungi, the head of the department of...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 11:35 PM

Gov’t has won financial crimes cases worth Rwf 3bn, but only 225m has been recovered

The prosecution has in the last three years taken on financial and economic crimes, winning cases that in total will recoup Rwf3bn, The New Times learned yesterday. However, only a small fraction of that amount has been recovered. Speaking during an exclusive interview yesterday, the Prosecutor...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 1:46 AM

British envoy: Rwanda’s frustration over Genocide suspects in UK well founded

The British government will continue working with their Rwandan counterparts in efforts to bring to book five Genocide suspects that are currently in their country; the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Jo Lomas, said last Friday. Addressing a news conference, Lomas said that though the...

Monday, June 11, 2018, 2:25 AM

Kigali city tasked to urgently get lasting solution to Nduba landfill

Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have tasked new Mayor of the City of Kigali, Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, and her team to urgently fix the issues surrounding Nduba landfill. In their annual exercise of scrutinising public institutions’ expenditure and management of...

Friday, June 8, 2018, 12:11 AM

KWEZI AND I: The frustrations of weight loss

Change. One word. So small yet so big. While most people shudder at the idea of change, there are those that embrace it and roll with the wave, so to speak. Unfortunately, while I can ride with change, I perhaps would like to ease into it slowly and have a little bit of control. So how is this...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 7:21 PM

New law relieves Ombudsman’s Office of future case backlog

The issue of case backlog that has been weighing down the Ombudsman’s Office for years has finally been fixed by a new law that requires that complainants petition the Ombudsman as a last resort. Addressing journalists at her office yesterday, Deputy Ombudsman Odette Yankurije (prevention...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:00 AM

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, 5:00 AM

Cyberbullying, sharing of nudes to be criminalised

Internet users who enjoy spreading malicious rumours will soon have to think twice before they do so online or face jail time and hefty fines, thanks to a new law preventing and fighting cyber-crime. Before it was unanimously passed by the Lower House yesterday, the chairperson of the...

Friday, June 1, 2018, 5:00 AM

KWEZI AND I: School time is approaching

It’s exactly two months before Kwezi begins school and to say that I am excited is an understatement. This for me is another step in this journey that I embarked on a little over four years ago when I got pregnant with my baby and decided that come rain or sunshine, I was ready to be a mother...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00 AM

2,000 observers expected for September polls

About 2,000 electoral observers are expected to oversee the parliamentary elections slated for September 3, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission, Charles Munyaneza, has said. The national parliamentary polls will be held in the country a day after Rwandans in the diaspora...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00 AM

Govt: Firearm acquisition will be harder under new law

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has said that there should be no cause for alarm amid the ongoing process to amend the law on firearms since the process of acquiring or selling a gun is “too stringent”. He said this a day after the lower chamber of parliament passed the...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Govt moves to curb property devaluation during public auctions

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has sent a warning to unlicensed brokers who get involved in shady public auctions. Speaking yesterday at a consultative meeting to discuss efficient and effective enforcement of court judgments, and other executory orders, Busingye said that while...

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 5:38 AM

Cement price speculators face fines

The Minister of Trade and Industry; Vincent Munyeshyaka has warned that heavy fines await those who are taking advantage of the current hitch in cement production to hike prices. Addressing a press conference at his office on Thursday, Munyeshyaka said that though there has been a shortage of...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 5:09 PM

Govt to slash power tariffs to incentivise investments

Government is in the final stages of announcing new electricity tariffs for industries and heavy duty domestic users, according to the Minister for Trade and Industry, Vincent Munyeshyaka. Presenting the draft law on Special Economic Zones in parliament on Tuesday, Munyeshyaka told members of...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:37 AM

Kwezi and I: The slippery slope of disciplining methods

The issue of the best method of instilling discipline in children has been a matter of contention for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Africa, the most common method of disciplining a child was through corporal punishment. It worked sometimes, or at least most times, and other times it didn...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 3:08 AM