Rwanda

Inside Kigali International Airport expansion works

A team of workers supervised by engineers are putting finishing touches on some of the major sections of Kigali International Airport as part of the expansion works. Workers and trucks are seen clearing the new apron – an airport parking – which according to Rwanda Airports (RAC...

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:37am

New CIMERWA boss speaks out on rebranding the firm’s products

The 38-year-old Rwandan cement company, CIMERWA ,recently announced the appointment of their new Chief Executive Officer, Albert Kipkemoi Sigei, who is succeeding Bheki Mthembu whose term ended. Sigei not only brings new ideas and skills to the company, but has also assured the company’s...

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:31am

Make public servants’ salaries priority, MPs tells government

Members of Parliament have implored central government to prioritise payment of salaries of public servants during the execution of the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020/2021. They made the call on Friday, May 29 during a budget hearing session by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on...

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:31am

Kagame, top EU official Urpilainen discuss Rwanda-EU ties

President Paul Kagame Friday held what he described as a “good conversation” with the European Union (EU) Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. The President announced on his Twitter account that the conversation focused on the broader collaboration between...

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:32pm

Rwanda reports six new cases of Covid-19

Rwanda on Friday, May 29 confirmed six new cases of Covid-19 and two recoveries. The latest patients, got from 1,340 samples tested over a period of 24 hours, brought the tally of confirmed cases to 355, of which 247 have been discharged from treatment centres after recovery. In total, the...

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 9:22pm

How money, petty politicking protected Félicien Kabuga from justice for 26 years

It’s not often that you hear of a criminal, anywhere, wanted by multiple jurisdictions with a $5 million bounty on his head, taking a casual morning walk in his neighbourhood. But that’s exactly what Rwandan native and genocide crimes fugitive Félicien  Kabuga did. His...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:14am

Businesses struggle to pick up despite lockdown easing

The coronavirus outbreak has continued to push many small and medium enterprises on the edge even as the government recently lifted some lockdown restriction, allowing some businesses to resume operations. Business operators in Kigali’s Central Business District told The New Times that...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:52am

French court rejects Kabuga’s appeal for bail

A court in Paris, France, on Wednesday, May 27, rejected the request by lawyers' of Genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga to release him on bail as the initial judicial process continues in France. Kabuga again appeared in court on Wednesday, a week after his lawyers were granted more time to...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:48am

Belgian court upholds sentence for Genocide convict Neretse

A Belgian court has upheld the 25-year sentence handed to Genocide convict Fabien Neretse. The appeal case   against the December 2019 ruling is being heard by the Cour de Cassation. According to Andre Martin Karongozi, a lawyer for the victims, defence attorney Jean Flamme was...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:46am

All Kigali taxi motos to use cashless payments

All taxi motos operating in Kigali will from June  1, use only cashless payment platforms when charging their clients, according to Rwanda UtilitiesRegulatory Authority (RURA). This is part of the efforts to reduce  the risk of spreading Covid-19 throug cash handling. With taxi...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:07am

Rwanda set to double sardine fish production

National fish production could double following the introduction of sardine fish species known as Isambaza into two twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in Northern Province. Sardine fish were only available in Lake Kivu. Now, after trials the fish species will, for the first time, be harvested...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:49pm

Rwanda reports seven new cases of Covid-19

Rwanda has on Wednesday, May 27 confirmed 7 new cases of Covid-19 and one recovery. The latest update from 2,059 sample tests brings the tally of confirmed cases to 346, of whom 245 have been discharged from treatment centres after recovery. In total, the country has so far conducted 62,...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 9:57pm

BPR raises unsecured loans limit, extends mortgage repayment period

Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR) Plc is seeking to ease its credit access terms and has since reviewed key lending conditions. The bank has adjusted its unsecured loans up to Rwf 15M from Rwf 6M previously a move that the bank says is in response to consumer demands and market trends. The...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 10:12am

Executive Secretary of Southern Province fired

Prime Minister Dr. Edourd Ngirente has appointed Bob Gakire as the Acting Executive Secretary of the Southern Province after dismissing Paul Jabo from the same position. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday evening, Jabo was fired from his position to pave way...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:48am

How two sectors in Rwamagana are becoming key suppliers of fresh foodstuff

About 25 kilometres from Kigali is Karenge Sector, Rwamagana District in the Eastern Province. It is a key source of bananas, vegetables and other cash crops for Rwanda’s capital city. At least 260 tonnes of vegetables, mainly tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkins, watermelons and pineapples...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:40am

Rwanda changes tack on HIV amidst Covid-19 outbreak

The coronavirus pandemic has struck one of its most pernicious blows to the global health sector with unimaginable consequences. Recently, concerns have emerged that countries are diverting resources, including those that are meant to fight HIV/AIDS, in a bid to curb the coronavirus crisis....

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:08am

Rwf1bn earmarked to combat floods in Musanze, Nyabihu

The Government will spend at least Rwf1 billion on the rehabilitation of Mugogo lowland in Musanze and other areas in Nyabihu district that were ravaged by floods. The intervention comes to restore gains from multi-billion project in Musanze and Nyabihu districts which was being threatened by...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:59pm

Brussels Airlines to start Kigali flights in July

Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier and largest airline of Belgium, announced Monday that it will finally resume commercial flights to different destinations including Kigali. The Lufthansa Group carrier grounded its entire fleet on March 24, and had halted all commercial passenger operations...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:58pm

Court to rule on Ntaganzwa Genocide case next week

The High Court Chamber for International Crimes in Nyanza will on Thursday June 4, deliver judgment in the case of Genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa. Ntaganzwa, 58, was arrested in 2015 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and flown back to Rwanda in 2016 where he has been on...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:46pm

Rwanda unveils $11bn climate action plan

Rwanda has become the first African country to submit a new national climate plan, whose implementation requires $11 billion (10.2 trillion), as an essential tool to implement the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius with an...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 10:49am