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International schools petition education ministry over final exams

International schools have petitioned the Ministry of Education over the feasibility of conducting final year exams expected to commence next month in line with Covid-19 containment measures. The development comes at a time when mass gatherings are not allowed in the country to further curb the...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 7:06am

Local banks cut back on ATMs in favour of agency banking

Rwandan banks are reducing the number of ATMs across the country with some opting to roll out agency banking instead. According to the latest statistics from the Central Bank’s Monetary Policy and Financial Stability Statement, banks are reducing the number of ATMs and instead increasing...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:05am

Wildlife population in decline due to human destruction—report

Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds in less than 50 years, according to a major report by the conservation group WWF. According to the Living Planet Report 2020, biodiversity – the rich diversity of life on Earth – is being lost at an alarming rate...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:52pm

Community policing agents warned against excessive use of force

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has urged community policing groups supporting in enforcement of varied directives and fighting lawlessness, against applying excessive force. While speaking during a morning topical discussion show on Rwanda Television on Thursday, September 10, police spokesperson...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:42pm

Prosecution seeks six years for ex-energy boss Nyamvumba

Prosecution is seeking a 6-year jail term for the former Division Manager in charge of energy at the Ministry of Infrastructure Robert Nyamvumba. Nyamvumba is being prosecuted for attempting to solicit a bribe worth Rwf7.2 billion from a one Javier Elizalde, a Spanish investor who had...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:36pm

Three arrested over impersonation, fraud

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) Thursday paraded three people over impersonation and fraud. Two of the suspects reportedly masqueraded as the bureau’s agents and tricked a married woman into paying them Rwf400,000 for the release of her husband who is under detention. One of the...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 1:20pm

Amb Uwihanganye presents his credentials to Governor-General of Australia

Rwanda’s High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of Australia on Wednesday, September 9, presented his letter of credence to General David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, in a virtual ceremony. A statement from Rwanda’s High Commission in Singapore noted that Amb Uwihanganye...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:22pm

How new city master plan brings social inclusion and flexibility in construction

The new City of Kigali master plan launched on September 4, brings flexibility in building and also enhances social inclusion, among others, an urban planner has told The New Times. The master plan, Marie-Solange Muhirwa, an Architect and Chief Urban Planner of the City of Kigali...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:19pm

Government needs $70m to fill malaria financing gap

The Government needs $73 million to bridge the funding in the funds needed to fight malaria between 2020 and 2024, The New Times can reveal. The Rwanda National Strategic Plan 2020-2024 to fight malaria drawn up in June this year indicates that although the implementation requires Rwf295bn ($280...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 10:01am

Prosecution takes over Rusesabagina case

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has received the case file of terror suspect Paul Rusesabagina from the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB). Rusesabagina himself was spotted at the NPPA offices in Kimihurura, Kigali around the same time RIB handed over the file. He...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:18am

Public procurement still marred by payment delays

The Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) is pushing contract management to be added to e-procurement in a move it hopes will finally eliminate late payment complaints raised by private contractors hired to execute government projects. According to the RPPA Act, for every purchase exceeding...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:01am

UN at 75: Reaffirming global commitment to multilateralism

The world will on September 21 mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. The day will be marked with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly among other activities to celebrate this milestone. The day will be marked under the theme: The Future we Want, the UN We...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:06am

Internal public tender committees faulted for unofficial blacklists

An in-house malpractice within public tender committees to unofficially blacklist bidders who raise questions regarding unfair procurement processes should be reined in to provide a levelled ground for all Rwandans to participate, the Transparency International Rwanda (TIR) Chairperson; Marie...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 11:20pm

Rwanda records another Covid-19 death, 21 new cases

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday, September 9, announced the death of a 71-year-old woman who succumbed to Covid-19 in Kigali. So far, the country’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 21 people. The deceased is the second to be registered this week, following another 70 year-old...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10:32pm

How Africa can feed its growing urban population

As urbanisation rises in Africa, achieving food security and nutrition for all will depend on interventions that transform urban–rural linkages, the Africa Agriculture Status Report, has indicated. The report was launched on September 8, at the African Green Revolution Forum (...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 10:31pm

Weatherman predicts reduced rains in Season A

Rwanda will witness a reduction in rainfall from September to December (Agriculture season A) compared to previous seasons, according to the Rwanda Meteorology Agency. The agency said that the climate outlook for this new season indicates higher chances of near normal to below normal rainfall...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 9:04pm

Second group of Burundian refugees to be repatriated on Thursday

The second group of around 500 Burundian refugees will on Thursday, September 10, be repatriated from Mahama Refugee Camp to their home country, the Ministry of Emergency Management has said. The ongoing repatriation exercise comes into force after over 330 Burundian refugees...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 3:22pm

Genocide: Rwanda seeks Ndereyehe extradition from Netherlands

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) on Wednesday, September 9, said that genocide suspect Charles Ntahontuye Ndereyehe, alias Karoli, should be extradited to Rwanda to account for charges against him. This follows the arrest of the 71-year-old on Tuesday...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:50pm

Report lifts lid on Rusizi hot springs mystery

A new report released by Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board on Monday, September 7 suggests that earthquakes, and dynamite explosions might have acted as ‘trigger’ and ‘accelerator’ for the disappearance and deviation of the one-hectare hot spring pond in Rusizi district...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:06pm

City of Kigali to set up fecal sludge treatment plant in Masaka

The City of Kigali in partnership with Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) are in the process of establishing a fecal sludge treatment plant in Masaka sector of Kicukiro District. Fecal sludge management (FSM) is the collection, transport, and treatment of fecal sludge ...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 11:41am

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