Editorial

Government policy on edible oil a welcome move

FOR A long time, Rwanda has been importing most of its products, among them edible oil. However in a bid to boost availability of edible oil and reduce dependence on imports, the Government has earmarked 30,000 hectares of land for soya bean growing. While visiting Mount Meru Soyco, a local...

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Mutuelle subscriptions should be increasing, not dropping

NEW FIGURES from the Ministry of Health indicate that enrollment to the community health insurance scheme, Mutuelle de Santé, had fallen below the 2007 levels – of 75 per cent – to 73 per cent. While these figures are still impressive on the global scale, something must have...

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Don’t delay in seeking treatment

THE CURTAINS draw on this year’s Army Week today. Throughout the ‘Week’, stretching four weeks, medical specialists from Rwanda Defence Forces have been engaged in outreach programmes that have seen them deliver free healthcare service to the common folk.  For Alvania...

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:00am

A lesson from the Srebrenica Massacres

A DUTCH court this week made a historical ruling when it held responsible Dutchbat, a battalion of peacekeepers from The Netherlands, for the killing of over 300 men and boys during the Srebrenica Massacres on July 13, 1995.  The hearing, that has been dragging on in courts for more than a...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:00am

Special Economic Zone finally taking shape

Kigali Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) is slowly but surely taking shape. From a concept paper in 2010, the hilly area of Nyandungu has transformed into an industrial park with many foreign and local firms taking root. This is another example of the country’s policy of paving the way to attract...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Not knowing your neighbour is a security risk

Police has largely attributed the prevailing security in the country to the vital role played by the general public in identifying and addressing security challenges in their localities through the community-based policing. This comes as good news for peace loving citizens but more needs to be...

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:00am

New mining law will enhance efficiency

LAST WEEK, the Government gazetted the new mining law, which observers say will help streamline a sector that’s increasingly playing a key role in the country’s socio-economic development.  In recent years, mining has increasingly fetched the country significant amounts of revenue...

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Single mobile network will spur economic growth

Four East African countries early this week took regional integration a notch higher when they resolved to improve communication links between them by adopting the “One-Network-Area” by the end of the year. Experts are of the view that scrapping surcharges on calls originating and...

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Forensic lab a step forward

The government will launch a Rwf6 billion forensics laboratory fully equipped with all the modern crime lab technology. The country’s forensics experts currently analyse physical evidence from the small Kigali Forensics Laboratory. This lab limits activities to finger prints and documents,...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Vindicated at last, but is it the end of the story?

During commemorations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Genocide last April, President Paul Kagame tickled many when he belted out in French, “Les faits sont têtus” (truth is stubborn); the significance of the statement escaped many.  Truth can never be stifled forever, no...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Take fire threat more seriously

Another fire struck this week, ironically gutting yet another prison facility – this time in Rubavu District. By press time yesterday, the death toll had risen to five, with detectives yet to ascertain the cause of the fire. The fire outbreak at Rubavu correctional centre, which also wounded...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s consolidate our achievements in the health sector

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed Rwanda’s dramatic improvement in child health care over the last ten years. The biennial country office report, released last week,  cites lower infant mortality rates and high immunisation coverage, among others, as some of...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Who is keeping FDLR on life support?

Last week, African nations meeting in Angola decided to give another chance to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia. The militia operating in eastern DR Congo, were given a six-month ultimatum to lay down arms voluntarily or face a forceful disarmament. The very fact...

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am

The past should not determine Rwanda’s future

Very powerful messages came out during the just concluded celebrations to mark the 20th liberation anniversary, but one stood out above the rest: It was time to stop dwelling in the past as we forge an even brig++er future. President Paul Kagame’s advice not to blame our failures to our...

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Happy Liberation Anniversary

Exactly 20 years ago today, many who survived the mass slaughter of the Tutsi were in shock. The Rwanda Patriotic Army had overrun Kigali and taken over, effectively stopping the Genocide against the Tutsi. The nightmare was ended, but those limping out of their hideouts had lost the will to live...

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Twenty years of determination

TOMORROW, all roads will lead to Amahoro National Stadium where official celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation will take place. But as we celebrate, July 4th is not about song, dance and merry making, but rather an introspection of the heavy prize that came with it. The irony of...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s keep the growth momentum

Rwanda ranks among the top performers on the continent in economic management and structural policies, according to the World Bank’s Country Policy and Institutional Assessment study released on Monday. The report comes at a time the country is starting a new fiscal year (yesterday), 2014/15...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s save lives of accident victims

It was a grainy scene. People looked on as he whimpered in pain. Blood oozed out of a deep cut on his left arm. This was after the motorcycle he was riding got involved in an accident with a vehicle in Remera last week. While you would expect the first people on the accident scene to rush the...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Smart Africa is the way to go

LAST WEEK, President Paul Kagame, while in Equatorial Guinea, hosted the first board meeting of the Smart Africa initiative, which seeks to place Information Communication Technology at the heart of Africa’s development. The meeting was part of the just-concluded African Union Summit. The...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Regional standby force timely

THE LONG awaited Eastern African Standby Force that has been on the drawing boards might soon become a reality now that member states have resolved to have it up and running by the end of the year. Threats to security have evolved to such an extent that weapons are more accessible due to the...

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:00am