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Kagame: Pan-African collaboration is key to progress

President Paul Kagame, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, called on African nations not to lose sight of benefits of increased cooperation adding that the continent is stronger when united. The President was speaking yesterday in Windhoek, Namibia during the 38th Southern...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 1:23am

Kigali preferred to Geneva for economic summit

The African business leaders’ forum, which had been scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland next year, will instead be held in Kigali, according to the organisers, strengthening the country’s efforts to position itself as a major conference destination. The seventh edition of...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:51am

WASAC to spend $300 million on water and sanitation projects

Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) is set to invest $300 million (Rwf259 billion) in the next three years as it seeks to address the prevailing shortfall in water supply across the country, its management said yesterday. Funded by the African Development Bank (AFDB), WASAC said the...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:48am

Gicumbi: Families cry foul over polygamous marriages

Vincent Biziyaremye has been cohabiting with two women for the last 12 years. Although he finds time for the cowives, he says, he has failed to cope with the persistent wrangles as well as the limited ability to cater for all his children. The 37-year-old father of six lives with his partners...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:41am

RPF-Inkotanyi will deliver on its promises – party spokesperson

NEARLY a week into the campaigns for parliamentary elections that are slated next month, The New Times’ Eugene Kwibuka spoke to the RPF-Inkotanyi Campaign spokesperson, Wellars Gasamagera, on his assessment of general campaigns and the party’s expectations. Below are the excerpts:...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:30am

Sawmill EA to set up timber processing plant in Rwanda

Sawmill East Africa is set to build a wood processing factory in Rwanda after it signed an agreement with the Government to harvest and manage four state forests in a deal aimed at adding value to the forestry sector, promote exports and reduce the country’s import bill on timber. The...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:21am

Green Party seeks to improve water transport on Lake Kivu

Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) candidates have said they will strive to improve water transport on Lake Kivu once elected to the Lower House. The pledge was made Friday during the party’s campaign in Kanama Sector, Rubavu District in which candidates explained the party’s...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:16am

Govt seals deal with private firm to manage state forests

Government has entered an agreement with a private firm, Sawmill East Africa, allowing the latter to harvest and manage four state forests. The concession agreement was signed this morning between the government through Rwanda Development Board, The Ministry of Land and Forestry and Sawmill East...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:10pm

Government suspends 57 schools in fresh crackdown

The Ministry of Education has suspended, for a week, 57 public schools, citing failure to meet the basic requirements which students need to be able to follow their studies. The suspension is a culmination of the ministry’s inspection of public schools, which took place from August 13-15 to...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:50am

Poor feasibility studies blamed for shoddy Imihigo projects

Poor feasibility studies continue to affect the quality and sustainability of projects contained in the Imihigo contracts, an evaluation report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda has said. Imihigo are performance contracts between citizens and their leaders where each district...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:48am

Sixteen foreign companies register business in Rwanda

Some 16 foreign firms that participated in the just-concluded Rwanda International Trade Fair have expressed interest in starting their operations in Rwanda, underlining the growing influence of the expo on investments. “We have so far registered 77 companies, 16 of which are by foreign...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:31am

Smallholder farmers secure multi-billion maize market

Smallholder farmer shave secured a deal to supply maize to major buyers, including agro-processing firms, which effectively contribute to addressing the challenge of lack of access to formal markets that has troubled farmers for long. So far, over 25,000 Rwandan smallholder farmers have benefited...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:29am

Police arrest head-teacher for drug trafficking

A primary school head-teacher was on Wednesday arrested in Karongi District with 6,168 pellets of cannabis. Serge Ntagara, 38, the Director of Bugarura Primary School in Rutsiro District, was intercepted in Gisanze Cell of Rubengera Sector in Karongi trafficking the narcotics on a motorcycle...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:28am

Girl Guides aim to become model leaders

The association of Girl Guides in Rwanda has said it aims to produce future model leaders. This was revealed on Wednesday after 404 girls from across the country spent three days honing their leadership skills at a camp in Musha, Rwamagana District. The camping exercise, which also attracted guide...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:52pm

Women back govt policy on cooperatives

Women who are grouped in cooperatives from Eastern Province have backed Government policy on cooperatives, saying it has improved their business and standard of living. The women were part of a cohort that was taking part in a five day training aimed at strengthening their cooperatives and...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:45pm

Ntibanyendera wants to promote accountability

Independent parliamentary candidate, Ellisam Salim Ntibanyendera, has vowed to end the misuse of public funds by eradicating impunity incase of embezzlement, if elected to parliament.  He was speaking to The New Times ahead of his third day of campaigns in Gicumbi District....

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:42pm

PL says to fast-track inclusive development

Leaders of Liberal Party (PL) on Thursday convened in Musanze and Nyabihu Districts to canvass for support ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Speaking at the rally, PL President Donatile Mukabalisa said that her party wants to advocate for programmes that will stimulate and...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:36pm

RMC reminds journalists to remain impartial while covering polls

Rwanda media commission (RMC),the media self-regulatory body, has released a set of guidelines for journalists to follow during the coverage of the parliamentary polls.  Emmanuel Mugisha, the Executive Secretary of RMC, said that the guidelines provide a framework that governs election...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:35pm

Youth urged to maximise opportunities of safe spaces

Never Again Rwanda has called upon the youth to properly use the existing safe spaces by participating in the decision-making processes at all levels. The message was delivered during celebrations for international youth day under the theme: Safe space for youth. This year, the UN’s...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:06pm

Sonarwa supports 200 with mutuelle de santé

Marie-Chantal Mukagasana, a resident of Gatenga Sector, Kicukiro District, stays with her husband and their four children. In 2017, her family graduated from the first category of Ubudehe where government catered for all their basic needs, including health insurance – mutuelle de santé...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:04pm