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Prisons to acquire public telephones for inmates

Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) is set to introduce public telephones in 13 penitentiary facilities around the country in order to facilitate inmates to communicate with their family members The move is also aimed at ending smuggled phones in cells, officials say. According the Chief Inspector...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:57am

Gahini Anglican diocese gets new bishop

Bishop Manasseh Gahima was on Wednesday elected to replace retired Bishop Alexis Birindabagabo as the Bishop of Gahini Anglican Diocese in Eastern Province, the Church said in a statement. For the last one year, Gahima was serving as an assistant to the outgoing bishop. The Province of the...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:54am

Rwanda targets $74 million from conference tourism

Rwanda is looking to nearly double its revenues from conference tourism, Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has said. Last year, the country collected a total of $42 million (about Rwf36.3 billion) from 192 conferences. This year’s target is $74 million (...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:17am

Senate calls for review of law governing Umuganda

Senators yesterday recommended that Government reviews the law on the monthly community work, known as Umuganda, in order to align it with the current policy on the activity. The policy on Umuganda, which was reviewed last year, indicates that sanctions for not participating in the activity should...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:54am

Seven former heads of state convene in Kigali

Seven former African heads of state and other eminent persons are set to meet at a two-day meeting in Kigali which will, among other things, discuss the continent’s financing for sustainable development. The summit, dubbed African Leadership Forum (ALF), opens tomorrow and will be...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:48am

Five unique products at the Expo 2018

Over 500 business entities from 23 countries are attending the expo taking place at Gikondo Expo Ground from July 26 to August 15. On display at this year’s Kigali International Trade Fair, commonly known as Expo, is a variety of products from Rwanda as well as foreign goods. We bring...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:52am

Former minister to contest for parliamentary seat

Former internal security minister, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana, is among the candidates on the provisional list of 78 contestants vying for a seat in Parliament. Harerimana is from the Ideal Democratic Party (PDI), one of the six political parties to have formed a coalition with the...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:44am

Relief for farmers as ban on livestock movement is lifted

Farmers from the Eastern Province can now sell their animals without restriction after government lifted the ban it had imposed on livestock movement in response to an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever – a deadly and infectious cattle viral disease. The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:39am

$630 million earmarked for UN assistance programme in Rwanda

The Government and the One UN Rwanda, yesterday, signed an agreement that will see the latter support development and humanitarian activities in the country over the next five years. Specifically, the $630 million (about Rwf546 billion) kitty will be spent on the United Nations’ supported...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:19am

NEC approves 500 candidates for parliamentary seats

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has released a provisional list of close to 500 candidates who will contest for 80 parliamentary seats in the September polls. NEC said on Monday during a press briefing that out of the 537 candidates who vied for the seats in the parliament, close to 500...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:19pm

Who are the two independent candidates that got NEC approval?

Only two out of five independent candidates who submitted their candidature for the upcoming Parliamentary elections passed the screening by the National Electoral Commission (NEC). The qualifying candidates are Philippe Mpayimana and Salim Elissam Ntibanyendera. While the contest drew...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:18pm

Karongi residents tipped on family planning

Parents in Karongi District have been called upon to embrace family planning practices as way of boosting their welfare. The inability to control the number of children born in a family bears a heavy burden of their wellbeing. According to Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, the Minister of State for Public...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:11am

Senators call for increased participation in dialogue

Members of the Senate yesterday recommended the government to keep sensitising citizens about the principle of seeking solutions through discussions and make it a duty for everyone to contribute ideas that benefit their communities. The legislators made the call after members of the senatorial...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:03am

Over 7 million registered to vote

A total of 7,174,188 have registered to participate in the parliamentary elections slated for September, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced Addressing the media on Monday Prof Kalisa Mbanda, NEC Chairperson said 54 per cent of the registered voters are women while men...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 9:59am

Rwanda’s First Private-Sector CEO Summit

Karisimbi Business Partners and The New Times announce the launch of the first annual 2018 Rwanda CEO Summit, the first-ever summit designed to disrupt and transform Rwanda’s growing private sector. The 2018 Rwanda CEO Summit is an exclusive, invite-only gathering of the top-75 most...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:26am

New online platform to manage auction of properties for loans defaulters

A new online platform will replace humans as courts move to reduce corruption in the auctioning process of loan defaulters. The move follows numerous complaints of how properties are undervalued and sold at give-away prices, causing losses to the owners and at times the lending institutions. The...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:13am

Kigali City to relocate 13,000 households

Kigali City authorities are planning for the relocation of at least 13,000 households from high-risk zones, a senior official has said. This comes on the back of deadly rainfall – and rain-induced disasters, such as floods and landslides – that battered the country in the first half of...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:07pm

Judicial reforms to reduce case backlog – Chief Justice

The recent reforms in the judicial sector will help cut case backlog, especially in the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice has said.  Prof. Sam Rugege was speaking at the opening of a three-day retreat for senior judges and managers of the Supreme Court, the recently-established Court of Appeal...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:35am

Rwanda’s early childhood development programme impresses Chadian minister

Chadian Minister for Women, Protection of Early Childhood and Solidarity, Dr Djalal Adrjoun Khalil, has praised Rwanda’s women empowerment initiatives and early childhood development policies. The Chadian official was speaking to The New Times on Thursday while on a study tour with her team...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:31am

Farmers urged to use new drug to fight drug resistant ticks

The Government has called on farmers to embrace a new locally manufactured drug in the country’s battle to fight tick-borne diseases. The appeal comes in the wake of cattle deaths stemming from mixing livestock drugs with crop pesticides by farmers as they desperately  sought for...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:22am