Editorial

Inviting observers sign of confidence in democracy building

Parliamentary election observers from development partners are already in town and others on their way coming. An 80-member strong European Observer Mission representing EU’s interests recently arrived in Kigali on invitation by government. The European Parliament will also have its own team...

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 12:00am

Putting peat to full use

Government-sanctioned research which has been going on since 2002 to find alternative sources of energy for cement production and other industrial needs in Rwanda has finally come to a successful conclusion. For a start, the sole national cement factory, Cimerwa, will now depend less on costly...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 12:00am

REGULAR CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS A RESULT OF REGIONAL STABILITY

Tanzania has always been the epitome of peace and stability in the post-colonial East Africa. It is the envy of its neighbours, particularly in view of how political events have unfolded in individual nations after they acquired independence. Kenya has had sporadic political hiccups over the last...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 12:00am

FESPAD, Unity in Cultural diversity

For a week, Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, will be abuzz with music, dance and art lovers. Over forty thousand participants and 25 countries, with various cultures, will be here during the Pan African Dance Festival (FESPAD). The opening ceremony was filled with pomp. The fireworks were...

Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:00am

FESPAD, Unity in Cultural diversity

For a week, Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, will be abuzz with music, dance and art lovers. Over forty thousand participants and 25 countries, with various cultures, will be here during the Pan African Dance Festival (FESPAD). The opening ceremony was filled with pomp. The fireworks were...

Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:00am

The Truth will set the UN free

The current saga surrounding the redeployment of Maj. Gen. Karenzi Karake as the Deputy Commander of UNAMID, sends a very disquieting signal; that the United Nations is a very fragile and week body. That the Secretary General of the UN could spend sleepless nights pondering whether to renew Karenzi...

Friday, July 25, 2008 - 12:00am

The Truth will set the UN free

The current saga surrounding the redeployment of Maj. Gen. Karenzi Karake as the Deputy Commander of UNAMID, sends a very disquieting signal; that the United Nations is a very fragile and week body. That the Secretary General of the UN could spend sleepless nights pondering whether to renew Karenzi...

Friday, July 25, 2008 - 12:00am

Fingerprints of a Genocide revisionist

For two consecutive days, this newspaper has published an article each day making a case against another article which appeared in a Ugandan publication, Daily Monitor, last week. The article in question made a bold attempt to weigh issues against the competence of the Hague-based International...

Friday, July 25, 2008 - 12:00am

Hoteliers would do well to heed police advice

Hotel, bar and restaurant operators have been going through rigorous checks to ensure that they provide standard services. The ministry of Health has in the past closed, suspended temporarily, issued warnings or passed the said facilities depending on their suitability hygienically for provision...

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 12:00am

Regulating truck loads gives roads longer lives

The Ministry of Infrastructure has embarked on a scheme of installing computerised weighbridges at all major entry points into the country. The move is a transport regulation measure, with particular aim of restricting cargo hauler vehicles to the 10 tonne axle load limit. At the moment some...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 12:00am

Good for angel of mercy to belay church demolition

Two days ago on a Sunday morning, The New Times was among many media outlets around Kigali alerted to go and witness the demolition of a church building. It belongs to Assemblee de Dieu Church, situated in Kimihurura. Within a short time the press was present and ready for the show. Photographers...

Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:00am

90 years of Mandela, but still Africa never learns

There are many countries in Africa that have got everything going for them in terms of natural resources, that would make it possible to equal, or even better, the living conditions of the wealthy western nations if conscientiously exploited. But alas, Africa still lacks the leadership that is...

Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Building the EAF? Simply PLACING one stone after the other

When the Egyptians began the herculean task of building their famed pyramids, a few doubting Thomases (or whatever name was in vogue in the kingdom then) must have looked at the blueprint neatly drawn on the papyrus sheets and shaken their heads in disbelief. First of all, how would one carve out...

Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Arrested for praying quietly?

One hundred twelve residents of Kamembe in Rusizi District were recently arrested for violating the law governing prayer time in their area. Members of ADEPR Church in Guhundwe were rounded up at midnight, because the law stipulates not going beyond 8 p.m. It was a joint operation between the...

Friday, July 18, 2008 - 12:00am

Taxi seats: Mind passengers’ safety, comfort

Commuter taxis categorised as mini-buses operating in the country, particularly those in the Coaster sub-category are now transporting fewer passengers. It has been agreed upon by all the relevant transport and security organs that these vehicles should carry the number of people they were...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 12:00am

Traffic rules for our safety, not an inconvenience

The Traffic Department of Rwanda National Police yesterday at the Kigali City main round about launched the second of the three national road safety campaigns it conducts annually. Traffic Police uses the media, works with transporters’ associations, goes to taxi/bus parks for passengers as they...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Crack down on TRADERS weighing us down

For an organisation that is well known for cracking down on especially counterfeiters, the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) had rather taken too long to stretch their mandate to cover businesses that use weighing scales. So it comes as very good news that come July 21, RBS will turn its attention...

Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 12:00am

Darfur should not be a Roman arena

The favourite sport of the Romans in ancient times was blood sports. Gladiators would be pitted against each other and they would fight to the death. The gladiators were the lucky ones among those thrown into the arena to amuse decadent Rome. The unlucky ones were the slaves and those who fell foul...

Friday, July 11, 2008 - 12:00am

Efficiency driving agency mergers

The proposed amalgamation of seven of Rwanda’s premier development agencies to achieve efficiency is a very smart move. Parliament yesterday received the bill which, when enacted into law, will see the merging of Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN), Rwanda Investment and Exports...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 12:00am

Building Rwandan journalists’ skills welcome

Forty carefully-selected Rwandan journalists from both print and electronic media will have gone through quite helpful training sessions by tomorrow night. Rwanda Initiative, a non-governmental organisation which had a few shots in its own foot sometime last year, is responsible for the workshop...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 12:00am