Cigarette prices set to stabilise

Prices of cigarettes in Rwanda have hiked in recent days, following a shortage in supply on the local market that lasted two weeks. According to British American Tobacco (BAT), the manufacturer and suppliers of popular brands including Intore, Dunhill Switch and Dunhill Lights, the shortage was...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 11:47 PM

Cigarette prices to return to normal next week

Prices of cigarettes in Rwanda have doubled following a shortage in supply on the local market that lasted two weeks. According to the manufacturer, British American Tobacco (BAT); that supplies popular brands including Intore, Dunhill Switch and Dunhill Lights, the shortage was due to tax stamps...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 11:36 AM

KWEZI AND I: Two steps ahead, three back…

For the past week, I have been confronted by something that most people would perhaps find trivial. Well, after celebrating the fact that Kwezi had graduated from pampers to a fully potty trained belle, it seems that again; I celebrated too soon. Kwezi has been off diapers for a reasonable amount...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:02 AM

What next after parliament receives petition on driver’s licence tests?

A week after a citizen petitioned Parliament seeking to amend the law on acquisition of driving licences to allow for the use of automatic cars, The New Times has learnt that it could be a while before the petitioner get a response. In a letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, and copied to...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:19 AM

CFTA bill headed for Lower House

Following Wednesday’s cabinet approval of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement, the first major domestic step toward ratification of the trade framework, the instrument is now ready to be tabled before the Lower House, officials have said. The bill could be tabled before...

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:03 AM

Rwandan woman recognised by Queen of England

Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) Founder and Director, Mary Balikungeri has been awarded with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award for her dedication to improving the welfare and rehabilitation of women. Barikungeri is one of the 53 inspirational volunteers who were awarded by Her Majesty The...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2:22 AM

Reckoning with post-Genocide trauma

As Rwanda continues to commemorate the Genocide against the Tutsi for the 24th time, the Government and survivors’ organisations continue to grapple with trauma related to the Genocide. The Executive Secretary of Ibuka, the umbrella organisation of Genocide survivors’ associations,...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12:52 AM

Kwibuka24: CNLG decries lack of expertise to preserve Genocide remains

As the country continues to commemorate, for the 24th time, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, survivors and other partners continue to search for the best way to preserve the remains of the victims. The remains are mainly those that were not buried but kept at different memorial centres, as a...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 2:14 AM

KWEZI AND I: Negotiating the journey back home

After a month and a week away, my parents finally accepted to give me back my Kwezi. I say ‘give me back’ because I surprised both myself and my parents when I let her stay that long. I was tired of leaving my parents’ house looking very miserable every time I picked up Kwezi...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:34 PM

Policewomen say new deployment policy paying off

Women officers under the Rwanda National Police (RNP) have commended the Government’s decision to deploy women officers to areas that are closer to their families. Speaking at the sidelines of the 9th Police Women Convention yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of Police; Teddy Ruyenzi told The...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 11:52 PM

No end in sight for ban on SA agric imports

Lovers of fruits imported from South Africa will have to wait longer before they can find them on the stalls in supermarkets as there is no timeframe within which the current ban on agricultural produce from the Southern African nation is expected to be lifted. The ban, which was announced by the...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I... Of abrupt sickness and panic attacks

It has been an eventful one week, a reminder that perhaps, when God gives us children, He should also give us a manual of what to expect. What else explains the sudden shift from laughing and running around to suddenly being rushed to hospital? I came from town and went to my parents’ house...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 11:03 PM

Govt to introduce electronic ankle monitors for criminals

As part of a broader plan to reduce on the number of people who end up in correctional facilities, the Government will soon introduce electronic ankle monitors as an alternative to incarceration, the Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye has said. Addressing members of the Senate, yesterday...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:35 AM

I cannot wait to build Rwanda Campus – Ellen DeGeneres

POPULAR American TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is scheduled to visit Rwanda in June to kick off the building of a Gorilla research centre. The Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, was a gift given to the TV host by her long-term partner, Portia De Rossi. The centre will be...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Post-CFTA negotiations slated for May - AU official

Negotiating teams from countries that last week signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) deal will spend the first ten days of May in Addis Ethiopia to iron out outstanding issues before the final implementation phase. During the just-concluded extraordinary summit of the African...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

CFTA: The long road to the landmark deal

The Kigali Convention Centre broke into cheers during the 10th Extraordinary African Union Summit as 44 African countries signed the historical African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement. All the years of hard work had come to fruition and Africa was finally on its way to claim its...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I... There is no formula to single parenthood

Nasra & Kwezi It has been a busy two weeks away from home and thankfully, it was a very fruitful time and for that, I am thankful. It was during this time, as I waited for a connecting flight at one of the airports, that I was lucky to meet someone that I hadn’t seen in a long...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

10 best things to do while in Kigali

About 3,000 delegates are expected in Kigali for the African Union Summit. There are also other visitors in the City for the regional energy conference. Amidst the meetings and busy schedules, you are advised to make time for winding down. We put together a list of activities to help you relax,...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I...African then and now

Nasra and Kwezi Last weekend, Kwezi came rushing by my bedside waving her swimming costume and talking very fast. From what I could make of her conversation, she wanted me to get out of bed and take her swimming. It really didn’t matter that it was at 7.30 am in the morning and all I wanted...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Females' performance in sciences promising - education minister

The Minister for Education, Dr Eugène Mutimura has commended this year’s female performance in science subjects describing it as ‘highly promising’ and a boost to efforts to get more women in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Mutimura said this while...

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 12:00 AM