Editorial

Congratulating Rwandans on peaceful elections

The first part in the parliamentary elections is over, and Rwandans are waiting to complete the process with elections for Women representatives and the Youth today, and the Disabled tomorrow Wednesday. Without a doubt the elections have been transparent and held in a free atmosphere, without any...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 12:00am

Observer missions: Stick to the election agenda

Right now the country is teeming with electoral observer missions: there is the European Union’s Electoral Observer Mission (EU EOM), the East African Legislative Assembly, the East African Community – separate from the EALA, Comesa, the African Union; and from the home base, a civil society...

Monday, September 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Telecommunication companies showing way to federation

For mobile phone users who sometimes travel outside the country, the news just gets better and better everyday. The fresh dose is that MTN subscribers do not only need to  change their sim cards or numbers, they now also do not need to run out of airtime simply because they have travelled to...

Friday, September 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Flexibility in service provision needed

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has decided to open two more points of service – at Remera and Nyabugogo – to facilitate the many transport clients pay their taxes on time. This is well, because it shows that the tax body has its pulse on issues affecting its doing better business. By providing...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:00am

Let’s not disappoint our economic fans

The annual Doing Business report published by the World Bank has named Rwanda as one of the best reformers in the world. The country recently rolled out a stream of reforms in a very short time that have now started to pay dividends from the sound economic policies of those at the helm. Behind the...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda progressing in good business practices

The World Bank is launching this year’s Doing Business survey report today. In simple terms, this is research conducted by the World Bank to find out how easy it is to conduct business in a country. The survey was started in 2004, and among others, aims at directing potential investors which...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Petition International courts of justice in Bruguire case

Bernard Mangain and Lef Forster are lawyers defending Gen. Sam Kanyemera and Lt. Col. Rose Kabuye and Jacob Tumusiime against indictments and arrest warrants issued by Jean Louis Bruguière, a French judge, in 2006. The two senior officers are part of the nine others who are on Bruguire’s arrest...

Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda truly on road to modern agriculture

Last week the State minister for Agriculture, Dr Agnes Kalibata, urged farmers in the Eastern Province to plant crops early so as to ensure good harvests. In addition, she informed the listeners who included local government officials, agronomists and farmers that through Rwanda Agricultural...

Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Angola polls: Milestone to democracy

September will be a month of increasing hope and confidence for two countries scarred by decades of insecurity – Rwanda and Angola – when they go to the polls to elect their parliamentary representatives. Rwanda’s parliamentarians are going to be elected September 15, and Angola’s started...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 12:00am

New hope for people in Darfur

The world’s attention has been focused in a remote corner in Sudan for the last few years, as yet another tragedy unfolded. The scenario is the same whenever catastrophic man-made humanitarian strife boils over; International humanitarian organizations jostle to be seen to be doing something for...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Another global conservation medal for Rwanda

A Rwandan by the name Edwin Sabuhoro has recently won a global Young Conservationist Award for his untiring and highly successful efforts to conserve the environment, as well as helping the commnunity around Volcanoes National Park benefit from his innovative concepts. According to the...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Manage teachers’ cooperative society well

The progress being made by this country’s leaders as far as seeking better life for their citizens is no longer in any slightest dispute, and we cannot get tired of appreciating something positive. This endorsement comes in the wake of teachers launching Umwalimu Savings and Credit Cooperative as...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Too many interventions, too little to show

Over 100 journalists from more than 20 countries in Africa including Rwanda, yesterday interfaced via video link with the World Bank Vice President for Africa, Ms ObiageliKatryn Ezekwesili. This was a prelude to the 3rd High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that starts today in Accra, Ghana. The...

Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Education ministry to blame for accreditation mess

After a lull, the issue of accreditation of higher institutions of learning is squarely back on the ministry of Education’s table. This follows revelations that in order to pass the vetting exercise mounted by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), some of the affected universities,...

Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 12:00am

Laptop per Child project: Bring more computers

The Ministry of Education’s Secretary General together with the ICT department, has just finished carrying out an evaluation exercise to establish the efficacy of the One Laptop per Child project. Over 100 Primary Five pupils of Rwamagana B. Primary School benefited from the project, and have been...

Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:00am

The UN should enforce its mandates

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and head of MONUC, Alan Doss, and the European Union’s Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region, Roland Van de Geer, have both admitted to facing serious difficulties in implementing the Nairobi...

Friday, August 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Regional disaster management force commendable

Defence Chiefs and other security experts are attending a four-day workshop on Disaster Management and Crisis Response in the East African region at Imperial Botanical Hotel, Entebbe in Uganda, which is ending on August 29. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss ways in which the army and other...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 12:00am

Get your child to start reading

Yesterday, Macmillan Publishers Rwanda, in conjunction with Radio Flash and The New Times, held the first ever Children’s Reading and Writing Competition at Hotel des Mille Collines. There, children from over ten schools read, drew, wrote and recited poems, stories, and various activities. It was...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 12:00am

Banking has become agonising

These days it takes about two to three hours to conduct business at a bank. At every bank in Kigali City one finds very long queues, or in the case of such banks that have installed electronic numbering systems, many customers come and get their numbers, then go back to office, to return after...

Monday, August 25, 2008 - 12:00am

Expo 2008: Exhibit with a purpose

This week, the 11th Rwanda International Trade Fair (RITF) will open and run until 8th September. Unlike the previous expos, this year’s event is expected to attract many more internationally renowned companies that will probably join Rwanda’s fast growing list of investors in the future....

Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 12:00am