Rwanda

Relief for taxpayers as new law eases penalties for missed deadlines

It’s a sigh of relief for businesses following the gazetting of a new tax law which eases penalties for failure to comply in time. The Law on Tax Procedures, N° 026/2019 of 18/09/2019, published in the Official Gazette on October 10, replaces the one of 2005 which provided for much...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:46am

Govt to take over ownership of unregistered land

Some 1.5 million parcels of land across the country could be registered as state property if their owners do not register them within the next three months, the Government has warned. “Some of these properties might be in the hands of people we do not know or they might be even lying idle...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:46am

UN decorates Rwandan Police peacekeepers in South Sudan

The United Nations, on Wednesday, decorated 240 Rwandan Police peacekeepers serving in its mission in South Sudan with the ‘UN Service Medal of Honor’ for their dedicated service and sacrifice in ensuring safety, security and peace. The decorated hybrid force under Rwanda Formed...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:45am

Owners of hospitality facilities tasked to own road safety campaign

Owners and managers of hospitality facilities have been called upon to understand and own the ongoing national road safety campaign to further make roads safe for all. The call was made on Wednesday in a meeting that brought together Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Development Board (RDB)...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:44am

New senators to be sworn in today

President Paul Kagame is today expected to preside over the swearing-in of 20 senators as the Third Senate starts its mandate. The senators will join another six whose mandate will expire in 2020. The Senate is composed of 26 members who join the Upper House through elections or on appointment...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:43am

Genocide convict Ngirabatware’s witness bribery case gets underway at UN Court

The International Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals will on Thursday hear a case in which a convict of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is accused of contempt of court, through bribing witnesses. Augustin Ngirabatware was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:22am

More women now have access to antenatal care

The lack of enough information and failure to pay health insurance on time continue to be the main hindrance for expectant mothers to access antenatal services. The number of births happening at home reduced to 9 per cent in 2015, down from 31 per cent in 2010, according to the Demographic...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:20am

Teenage pregnancies holding back progress of rural women

As Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of Rural Women, on Tuesday, civil society organisations pointed out that teenage pregnancy and mistreatment of teenage mothers were still threats to the development of rural women. At the celebrations held at Byeza Cell, Muhazi...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:18am

$5m mobilised for gorilla conservation in Rwanda

A fundraiser organised by popular American TV personality and comedian Ellen DeGeners has raised some $5 million (about Rwf4.6 billion) as her efforts to raise funds for conservation of mountain gorillas in Rwanda kicks off in earnest. Ellen DeGeneres was, over the weekend, joined by her wife...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:14am

Civil society welcomes scrapping of morning meetings for villagers

The Ministry of Local Government this week published an announcement halting public or private awareness gatherings for farmers.  Usually, the meetings take place in the morning, prompting farmers to lay down their tools.   “We are requesting all concerned authorities, that...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:06pm

Rwf5bn project to promote clean cooking in Rwanda

A new project is in the pipeline through which up to €5 million (Rwf5 billion) will be sunk in boosting Rwanda’s efforts to reduce deforestation by promoting clean cooking, officials have said. The project, which is to be funded by the European Union through its initiative “...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:10am

New embassies: Rwanda pursues economic, diplomatic gains

Earlier this year, Rwanda said it was opening new missions to Ghana, Morocco, and Qatar. As a result the government appointed new envoys to represent Rwanda to the new missions who have already assumed their responsibilities. The envoys to new diplomatic postings include Sheikh Saleh Habimana...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 1:05am

Heavy rains, floods kill five people

At least five people were killed by heavy rains that caused floods across the country since Friday last week, the Minister of Emergency Management has said. The deaths come after Rwanda Meteorology Agency warned, last week, that the country would experience heavy rains characterised by strong...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:53am

Rwanda, CAR sign bilateral pacts

President Paul Kagame and President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of Central Africa Republic (CAR) yesterday witnessed the signing of four pacts in Bangui. The agreements are expected to increase partnership and cooperation between the two nations, particularly in areas of defence, mining and oil,...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:36am

Rwanda to digitise civil registration

The Government plans to digitise civil registration, a process where it will develop a database of births, deaths, civil marriage and legally accepted divorces for citizens and residents. The new system will consolidate data from various public institutions, among them, the National...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:32am

Agaciro Fund receives Rwf50m from water utility

Water and Sanitation Company (WASAC) has donated Rwf50 million to Agaciro Development Fund in a boost to the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Aimé Muzola, WASAC chief executive, said that the contributions from the utility body’s staff was a sign of sustaining national dignity....

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:26am

Global investors are hoping to cash in on the infrastructure of Africa’s mobile revolution

After a year of delays, a major Africa-focused telecoms infrastructure company has gone public. Helios Towers, one of the biggest telecoms tower leasing companies operating in Africa (or towercos as they’re also called), has raised $364 million after listing on the London Stock Exchange...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 12:26am

Africa seeks innovative ways for civil registration

Lusaka – African ministers responsible for civil registration are gathering in Lusaka, Zambia where they are discussing ways to improve civil registration, a practice where governments record vital events such as births, marriages, divorces, and deaths of their citizens and residents. The...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:35pm

Are producers ready to phase out single-use plastics?

In July this year, parliament passed a draft law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use and sale of single-use plastics. The Government has now issued a three-month grace period for dealers in single-use plastics to phase them out while manufacturers were given a two-year grace period to...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:41am

Electricity: Over 90 connected in Burera

Despite being home to Ntaruka Hydropower Plant, for long, most parts of Nkumba had never had access to electricity. The locals were accustomed to seeing electricity cables hovering over their houses taking power to other regions. This prompted them to persistently ask the government to...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:58am