Michel Nkurunziza

Students to receive lessons through radio, television amid lockdown

Rwanda Education Board (REB) has said that it is working with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners to deliver lessons, through radio and television, for students who don’t have access to e-learning platforms amid the COVID-19 crisis. The response...

Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Gisovu Tea Company donates Rwf10m to support needy families

The Gisovu Tea Company Limited, located in Karongi District in the Western Province, has contributed Rwf10 million to help support needy families affected by COVID-19 crisis. “The contributions were raised by the Company and all its employees and pledged to the Mayor, Karongi District as a...

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:02 PM

COVID-19: Govt moves to decongest food markets

The City of Kigali and Nyarugenge District authorities have shifted some food trading activities from city markets to Nyabugogo Bus Park to decongest marketplaces. The move aims to ensure social distancing among people, which is an important tool in the fight against the spread of coronavirus...

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 1:10 AM

Activists vie for easy-to-use learning tools for vulnerable students

Activists have called on government, through the Ministry of Education, to put in place easy-to-use distance learning tools for vulnerable students with no access to internet and smart devices, such as smart phones and computers, so they can benefit during lockdown. E-learning tools that have so...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Delinquents joining transit centres to be quarantined

Every delinquent who is taken to a transit centre will be quarantined in their own room for a period of 14 days. Aimé Bosenibamwe, the Director-General of National Rehabilitation Service, said the moves aim to implement the guidelines by the Ministry of Health to subdue the spread of coronavirus...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:44 AM

COVID-19: Public warned against unapproved drugs

Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned the general public against taking unapproved drugs for treating COVID-19. The drugs include Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin which the Authority said were not yet approved for treating COVID-19. “They are not yet...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

EAC private sector calls for common post-COVID-19 recovery strategy

Private sector bodies in East African Community (EAC) have recommended that partner states come up with a common Post COVID-19 recovery strategy for the region with a focus on intra-EAC trade and investments. This one of the 15 resolutions made by CEOs of Private Sector Federations from...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 1:09 PM

RRA announces short-term measures to support taxpayers

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has announced a raft of measures to support taxpayers as business activity continues to plunge amidst the spread of coronavirus. Taxpayers were supposed to declare corporate income tax for 2019 by 31st March, 2020. Businesses are also obliged to declare their...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:59 AM

Govt warns conmen pretending to support needy families

Local Government Minister, Prof. Anastase Shyaka, has warned people who take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to swindle people of their money and food on the pretext of using it to support needy families. The announcement comes after several people launched initiatives to fundraise for the...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 8:08 PM

Coronavirus cases rise to 86 in EAC

Cases of coronavirus patients have reached 86 in the East African Community region, paralysing business and halting travels among the bloc’s nationals. Four partner states including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have reported COVID-19. So far Rwanda has recorded 40 coronavirus...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:58 AM

PSF surveying virus-hit businesses

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) says it is compiling a report on all businesses being affected by coronavirus in an effort to inform policymakers on the appropriate response to soften the impact. The exercise follows reports that some businesses have started to feel the pinch of COVID-19...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:50 AM

Public outrage as churches solicit for offertory amid COVID-19 lockdown

Social media users including government officials have condemned churches that continue to solicit for offertory and tithes from their members in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has triggered economic hardship among some members of the society. In order to contain the spread of the...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:09 AM

COVID-19: COMESA Business Council cites trade disruptions

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Business Council, through its special edition covering business insights of the COVID- 19 virus, has reported that there have been serious trade disruptions between country members, region and international trading partners due to the virus...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:00 AM

COVID-19: Police suspends drivers’ license services, vehicle inspection

Rwanda National Police has suspended all services related to issuance of driver’s license for two weeks, as a way of containing coronavirus spreading. The message was contained in a public notice issued Sunday, following a nationwide lockdown that was announced by Prime Minister Edouard...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 10:02 AM

COVID-19: Rwanda on lockdown, essential services remain available

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Saturday declared a countrywide lockdown and only essential services will be allowed to remain in operation. The lockdown is part of the effort to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has ravaged the world and Rwanda has already registered 17 cases. In a...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 11:13 PM

Hotels count billions in losses over COVID-19

Hotels in Rwanda have reported losses amounting to over Rwf13 billion since February due to coronavirus outbreak. Barakabuye Nsengiyumva, the Chairperson of Rwanda Hoteliers’ Association (RHA), on Friday, March 20, told The New Times that some were already laying off workers as a way of...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: Kigali public library goes digital

Kigali Public Library has announced that anyone in need of library services can now access its digital library for free as a way of avoiding physical contact in order to limit the risk of coronavirus infections. The free service is granted following the closure of the physical library for a...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Hotels feel the pinch of coronavirus outbreak

As hotels in Rwanda continue to implement measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, they are also struggling to get customers following the temporary suspension of meetings and conferences. And with the virus fast-spreading, some clients cancelled their reservations, hurting the...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3:05 PM

Night clubs, live bands, pool games suspended over coronavirus

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has ordered hotels and other hospitality facilities that receive and accommodate many people to put in place stringent measures against coronavirus pandemic including closure of night clubs. The announcement, signed by Claire Akamanzi, the chief executive of RDB...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why male engagement in early childhood development is essential

Experts in child brain development and education have cited low male engagement as part of holistic education. A study carried out by Save the Children in partnership with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP) on ‘Male Engagement in Early Childhood Development’...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM