Editorial

Promoting road safety is everyone’s responsibility

Fatalities on our roads are increasing by the day with last weekend’s accidents claiming the lives of 20 people. Fifteen were lost in one accident last month, which also left scores with various degrees of injuries. According to Police figures, the total number of fatalities from road...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Hanga Umurimo defaulters must be held accountable

Hanga Umurimo, a programme that funds Small and Medium Enterprises and thereby increasing productivity and lowering unemployment, is currently faced with an issue that, if not nipped in the bud, will totally wreck the otherwise important initiative. According to figures, out of the 168 projects...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:00am

Censure irresponsible parents, businesses

THE Inspector General of Police has warned of the risk of a wasted generation if society does not stand up and protect youngsters from wasting their lives away in alcohol, drugs and other vices.  He was addressing journalists on Saturday at the Police headquarters in Kacyiru while releasing...

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Restructuring of civil service should be fair to all

THE CIVIL service in many countries is not the best paying sector, but it is the safest. Many will prefer to become ‘pen pushers’ in some government department, content to patiently wait for their retirement benefits with no one interfering in their world. Those are the professional...

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Private sector can do more under a better business environment

VOICES CALLING upon the private sector to trade more within the region are getting louder once again. Unlike in the past when such advice was not supported by an enabling environment, this time round political leadership has taken decisive measures to clear impediments.   Recent developments...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:00am

FDLR finally gets the message: TIME IS UP

THE SUN could finally set on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia and usher in a new era of hope and peace for the population of Eastern DRC. The international community has in the past decade or so made little attempts to fully deal with the menace, and the little...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Tax compliance can only grow by eliminating bottlenecks

Throughout the whole of this month, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) will be conducting activities to mark this year’s Taxpayers’ Day, scheduled for August 30. It will be celebrating exemplary taxpayers; individuals and firms that promote compliance as far as taxation is concerned....

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Amavubi CAN qualify for Morocco 2015

AMAVUBI HAVE a good chance to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but only if the team could have adequate preparations.  Stephen Constantine’s team is n Group A of the final qualifying round along with title-holders Nigeria and two former winners Sudan and South Africa, with the...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Closure of City bar is an eye opener

THE CLOSURE of a bar in Kigali City on Saturday over allegations of selling alcohol to minors should be an eye opener to all those running similar businesses.  According to Police, the Kimihurura based bar was not only allowing children into the bar, but also gave teenagers the green light to...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

US-African Leaders’ Summit should open new frontiers

LAST YEAR, Japan held the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD V). A year earlier, China had also held its Fifth Forum of China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and now it seems another version of the “scramble for Africa” is in the wings with next...

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:00am

Energy, water sector reform must lead to better services

THE PROMISE made by the new minister for infrastructure, James Musoni, that the split of water and electricity utility, EWSA, into three independent and privately owned firms will address the endemic electricity and water challenges is music to Rwandan ears. Despite EWSA’s best efforts,...

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Concerted efforts needed to keep Ebola at bay

THE LATEST Ebola outbreak, regarded as the worst since the virus was first discovered in 1976, has put countries on high alert with the death toll from the current outbreak in West Africa claiming at least 660 lives with another 100 confirmed to have contracted the deadly virus. The Ministry of...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Sensitisation of masses will address Mutuelle de Santé challenges

THE challenges facing the Mutuelle de Santé health insurance scheme are a reminder that we should not rest on our laurels as a country. According to the new Fund managers, Rwanda Social Security Board, dwindling subscriber numbers, errors and uncoordinated management have characterised the...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:00am

As region opens up job market, we should be wary of forgeries

Rwandans, Ugandans and Kenyans will soon be free to set up businesses and look for jobs across borders without any restrictions once the three East African countries have endorsed a new agreement later this year that seeks to open up their job markets to each other. The deal, negotiated under the...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Tighten road safety measures

LIKE ELSEWHERE around the world, carnage on the Rwandan roads has cut so many people’s lives so short and caused pain and anguish to family and friends.  Last week, at least 15 people died on the spot when a bus driver tragically swerved into the lane of an oncoming taxi in Gatsibo...

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00am

UN member states must do more to apprehend Genocide fugitives

THE HEAD of the United States’ Office of Global Criminal Justice announced in Kigali on Thursday that Washington had renewed efforts to bring to justice some of the men who played a central role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  The world owes it to the Genocide victims...

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Composition of new cabinet a hint into what’s in store

IF THE composition of the new cabinet that was sworn in yesterday is anything to go by, then it is a clear indication of what its priorities will be. This is informed by the fact that two key ministries; Agriculture and Finance, were restructured to reintroduce state minister portfolios. Even...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Banning bicycles from main roads is not the answer

AUTHORITIES IN the Eastern Province recently announced a ban on bicycles from main roads. The reason put forward was that bicycles are the main cause of road accidents in the province and they sought to nip the problem in the bud. But are bicycles the reason behind the road accidents? Bicycles...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Officials should maximise training to enhance efficiency

Top officials and technocrats from government ministries and departments this week are attending a training workshop on efficiency and effectiveness in government systems. It is expected that at the training, the trainees, who include permanent secretaries and directors general, will be in a...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s not abuse notary services

Delays in getting notary services related to land transactions have been a major problem for many people. For some it would even take as many as six months to access notary services. This affected mostly businesses and those who wanted to get mortgages. To respond to these concerns, government has...

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:00am