Michel Nkurunziza

RRA warns of hefty penalties that await property tax defaulters

As part of Rwanda Revenue Authority’s efforts to ensure compliance in property tax registration, declaration and payment, authorities have warned of heavy fines against tax defaulters. The warning follows an extension of the deadline for declaration and payment for property tax to January...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:05 AM

Authorities to turn Mount Kigali into tourist destination

Officials in the City of Kigali have announced that at least 60 hectares on Mount Kigali in Nyarugenge District will be turned into a tourist destination. The development was revealed during the monthly Umuganda-Community work that was carried out on Saturday to build drains along the road being...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:44 AM

Will new strategic plan fix private media’s financial woes?

Following different private media outlets complaints about financial woes; Rwanda Media High Council has said that a five-year strategic plan running from 2020 to 2024 will build an economic environment that supports economic sustainability of media houses as well as creating an environment for...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:24 AM

More factories to relocate from Kigali city wetlands

An inventory conducted by Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) last year showed that there are more factories in wetlands beyond those in the former industrial park in Gikondo and must relocate. This was confirmed by Remy Duhuze, REMA’s Director of Environmental Regulations and...

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Government targets $1.5bn to electrify all households

The Ministry of Infrastructure has said that it is mobilizing $1.5 billion (Rwf1.4tn) to be able to connect all 3.8 million households to electricity by 2024. This was revealed on Thursday during the ceremony to celebrate the one-millionth household connected to electricity, an event that was...

Friday, January 24, 2020, 1:24 PM

Rice farmers count losses as disasters damage over 11,000 hectares of crops

The heavy rains experienced between October and December 2019 left a section of farmers counting losses. Gisagara District in Southern Province experienced heavy rains and flooding that eroded rice crops in the valley between Mamba and Gikonko sectors. Farmers told Business Times that the...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Govt prioritises 6 agricultural products to reduce trade deficit

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has said that they are prioritising agro-processing for six products; sugar, aquaculture, edible oils, rice, fertilizer and maize so as to recapture the domestic market and lower the imports. Sam Kamugisha, the Director-General for Industry at the Ministry of...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Danube Home enters Rwandan market

Danube Home, the home decor and furniture wing of Danube Group, has finally availed its  products on the Rwandan market with its first one-stop-shop set up at Kigali Business Centre (KBC) commercial complex. From their shop, customers can now buy everything they need in terms of a wide...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

The importance of early vision screening

When David Bimenyimana, a resident of Musanze District, was in primary school, one of his eyes suffered difficulty. When his parents realised this, they took him to herbalist for treatment, and not a health centre. The eye continued to get complications. Now 20 years old, Bimenyimana, a...

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda capital market set to be automated this year

Automation of Rwanda and regional capital markets is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year, Rwanda Stock Exchange has revealed. Rwanda Stock Exchange was started in 2011 with the aim of creating a savings and investment culture. By the middle of last year, it has eight...

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

How can the 40,000 job deficit be fixed?

The Government’s target to create 200,000 off-farm jobs every year is yet to be achieved. According to the Labour Force Survey Trends for Q3 of 2019 released by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), there is an annual shortfall of an estimated 40,000 jobs. This, it says...

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:32 AM

What are the disposal options for ONATRACOM’s old fleet?

When Onatracom, which was a government-owned public transport company was dissolved in 2016 and rebranded to a public-private partnership under the name of ‘Rwanda Interlink Transport Company (RITCO)’, its old buses were dumped. The public-private-partnership was one of the ways to...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Trio seeks to make fortune from watermelons

When three young university graduates joined labour market, like thousands before them, the job hunt was not as kind to them. Each of them started with professional internship in various institutions and later they turned to casual work for survival as the chances of formal jobs seemed limited...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Inside proposed Kibeho Basilica

Kibeho pilgrimage site in Nyaruguru district is expected to get a new basilica with a seating capacity of 10,000 and a compound with capacity to accommodate up to 100,000 pilgrims. Feasibility studies and designs of the facility have been completed and the construction is planned to be completed...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s Kibeho holy land to get 10,000-seater basilica

Feasibility studies and design have been completed and if everything goes according to plan, Rwanda’s pilgrimage site of Kibeho in Nyaruguru district will have a new basilica with a seating capacity of 10,000. Speaking to The New Times on Sunday, Francois Habitegeko, the Mayor of Nyaruguru...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:04 AM

Rwanda to distribute first locally made mosquito nets

The Ministry of Health has announced that it will this year start to distribute the first mosquito nets that are made in Rwanda. Located at Kigali’s Special Economic Zone, Garment Vision Ltd, a local company, launched its operations in March last year and started with installation of...

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why women remain few in Rwanda’s media sector

A study commissioned by Rwanda Media Council on gender status in the country’s media sector has outlined a number of reasons why women remain few in the media practice. According to the statistics from the study, the number of accredited journalists is 1,025 of which only 23.8 per cent are...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Muhanga man produces cooking gas stove components from metal scraps

One year ago, when Muhamud Manasseh, a resident  of Muhanga District, traveled to China and Kenya for a short-term course about the use of cooking gas and biogas. He returned with an entrepreneurial spirit. The entrepreneurial drive led him to seek ways to locally produce cooking gas stoves...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda to set up green bank to finance climate investments

Government is set to facilitate the creation of a financial institution in Rwanda that will be solely dedicated to funding projects that promote climate change resilience. The development was first announced during the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Former street vendors reap big from festive season

On December 31, the day before entering the New Year was already a festive day for women who are former street vendors grouped in mini-markets across the city, as they took advantage of clients buying food items for the big day. The New Times visited two mini-markets in Nyarugenge District...

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 12:45 AM

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