Editorial

Let’s respect workers’ rights

IN February 2013, Jean Paul Habimana and five of his colleagues were laid off by the school where they were teaching. These teachers were dismissed without prior notice and without following the right procedures enshrined in the labour law. Luckily the workers were able to seek legal redress and...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Human Rights Watch is off track

They say when you make a mistake for the first time, it’s an accident, the second time you make the same mistake it’s on purpose, and the third time you make that same mistake it’s no longer a mistake, but a habit. This statement describes the image that Human Rights Watch has...

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s harness our untapped resources

THE dictum about ‘living in poverty while in abundance’ has yet again come to haunt us. Going by the immense untapped natural resources identified by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) across the country, one would be right to blame us for some of the woes we are facing as a people....

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Internet service providers should cash in on apps

THE NEW TIMES yesterday run a story about testing of mobile apps that track school absenteeism. The testing phase is taking place in Kigali and Bugesera district. The apps also alert health workers in the event that the learner is absent for health reasons.  These are just but a few of the...

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Treat hospital waste incinerators as indispensable tools

THE 2012/2013 Auditor-General report has revealed that waste incinerators at several referral hospitals across the country are either not in use, have broken down or emit toxic smoke that is dangerous to human health. But waste incinerators are one of the most important infrastructures of any...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Let ubanisation be pro-people

IT IS estimated that by 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas with 60 per cent of the land projected to be urban by 2030.   With many more people drifting from rural areas to the expanding urban centres in search for jobs, the issue is not whether to...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Public officials who cause financial loss should pay monies lost

Billions of francs were lost in wasteful and unjustified expenditures by government entities, as well as through fraud, among others, according to the latest Auditor-General’s report. The 2012/13 AG report presented to Parliament on Monday indicates that the taxpayers lost colossal sums of...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:00am

A granary per household will boost food security

Two days ago, The Sunday Times published a story on the state of  food security in Rwanda but more specifically at the household level. According to the newspaper’s investigations, it was established that because of ‘modernisation’, many families were phasing out granaries...

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Audit missions are paying off

WHEN THE government introduced audit missions in 2000, over 90 audits were carried out in ministries, government agencies, provinces and districts within two years. By 2012, the strategy had paid off as the levels of embezzlement of public funds had drastically dropped from Rwf657 million in 2010/...

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Regional efforts needed to curb terrorism, not UN sanctions

THE UNITED Nations Security Council has just slapped sanctions on the Boko Haram terrorist outfit. This usually means assets freeze, travel ban as well as arms sanctions and branding it a terrorist group. But for Boko Haram, what will the practical impact of the sanctions be? Boko Haram did not...

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Africa’s salvation lies in opening up

THERE HAVE been quite a few rounds of insightful debates in Kigali in the last few days as the African Development Bank (AfDB) celebrated its 50 years of existence. The high level caliber of the exchanges by panels made up of top political figures, academia, members of the business world and civil...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Govts should throw weight behind common Africa energy market move

THE PROPOSAL for common energy markets for African countries as a tool to mitigate power shortage needs the support of all African governments.  If realised, the Sustainable Energy for All initiative has the potential to solve Africa’s energy woes and set the continent on the path of...

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Oversubscribed IFC bond is proof that bond market is viable

THE WORLD BANK’S private sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), says that its Rwf15.5 billion bond was oversubscribed by more than 110 percent. This is IFC’s first debt issued in a local currency in the region and its success is proof that the local finance...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00am

African leaders should commit to Agenda 2063

THE 50th Anniversary of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is a timely platform for African leaders to reaffirm their commitment to collectively push for the continent’s sustainable development. African countries need to be seen to be united towards a common destiny, as they bid to achieve...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 12:00am

What Africa expects from the Kigali AfDB Annual Meetings

AS THE African Development Bank Group’s 49th Annual Meetings 2014 open in Kigali today, Africa will be eagerly waiting for the interventions the Bank will come up with to help take the continent on its next development agenda for the coming 50 years.  The Kigali event, which also marks...

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 12:00am

Social media responsibility begins with parents

MEMBERS OF Parliament might be chewing more than they can swallow by taking on social media platforms. The honourable members are worried by the fast growing social media community that is being misused and has become fertile ground for immorality and harmful propaganda. Their worries are...

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:00am

The Mice strategy could kill more than two birds with one stone

A NEW strategy developed by the Rwanda Development Board has set its sights on earning the country treble the annual revenue the national coffers fetch from hosting conferences. The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events strategy, dubbed Mice, is expected to promote tourism like never before...

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:00am

Time for the hospitality industry to prove its worth

ALL AFRICAN roads lead to Kigali this week, and for the whole of next week the city will be abuzz with thousands of delegates to the annual meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The meetings are also significant as the Bank will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and it will therefore...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:00am

DR Congo visa requirement unfortunate

Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are an important tool for Africa’s development. The rationale is no rocket science; it is based on the basic understanding that we are stronger together and weaker apart. And this approach is already bearing fruit if the recent developments in the East...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Social protection an effective tool in the fight against poverty

LAST WEEK Rwanda hosted an international forum on social protection which drew social security experts from across the world.  The aim of the conference was to find best ways to improve the livelihood of people living below the poverty line through social protection measures.   Rwanda...

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:00am