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Editorial: Efforts to support local artists commendable

Rwanda’s entertainment industry has been on an upward trajectory over the last few years, with several young artists breaking through while a few more established names have been nominated or even won awards regionally and beyond.  While the small size of the local market and...

Friday, September 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: PAC hearings should lead to concrete action against wastage of public resources

The Public Accounts Committee started probing government institutions and those affiliated to it on Monday, September 14 on the possible misuse of public funds. The hearings are based on the Auditor General’s report detailing how much money was lost and other issues ranging from delayed or...

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Weather elements remain a threat to food security

Like other agricultural summits before it, last week’s 2020 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2020) reiterated the need for the African continent to be food secure and highlighted multiple avenues to the ideal scenario. Among the mechanisms that have been touted as a sure avenue towards...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Observing health guidelines is in everyone’s best interest

Business activity in Kigali’s commercial hub of Nyabugogo is set to pick up Tuesday with the reopening of Kwa-Mutangana market, nearly two weeks after the reopening of the Kigali City Market (both facilities had been closed after they emerged as Covid-19 hotspots).  But it won’t...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Bridging the gender gap in private sector is a necessity

A 2018 labour force survey by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) revealed a massive gap between men and women in the industry, with women owning just 33 per cent micro enterprises and 29 per cent of small enterprises. The figure fell drastically to 15 per cent for medium...

Monday, September 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Embrace coronavirus testing instructions

Rwanda now accepts hosting events with a controlled capacity. This week, Kigali successfully hosted an in-person continental agriculture conference, in adherence with the Covid-19 guidelines that included social distancing and wearing of masks.  While there was a virtual component, all in-...

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: We must mend our relationship with nature

The latest report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) shows that animal population has reduced by 68% since 1970, as human activity erodes the planet’s life support systems to the edge. The report underlines how humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having a catastrophic impact...

Friday, September 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: International cooperation will render justice for Genocide victims

Charles Ntahontuye Ndereyehe, alias Karoli—one of the masterminds of the Genocide against the Tutsi at ISAR Rubona in 1994 was arrested by the Netherlands authorities on Tuesday, September 8 and there is a possibility that he will be extradited to Rwanda to be tried for Genocide crimes....

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Reducing air pollution is a matter of urgency

3000 people are a significant number. They could fill a small stadium or mid-sized market. They are more than the capacity of some commercial buildings in the city. This is the number of lives lost annually owing to air pollution-related ailments. Air pollution has emerged as one of the top 10...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:03 AM

EDITORIAL: Rayon leaders, fans need to put club above self-interest

Rayon Sports are arguably the biggest sports club in Rwanda, boasting fans in all corners of the country and beyond the borders. As well as a large, committed fan-base, the club enjoys a long and proud history going back several decades, making it one of the most important members of Rwanda...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: People in the informal sector should also benefit from affordable housing schemes

Last week, the City of Kigali unveiled a new master plan, a more inclusive and progressive document that will guide the capital city’s development for the next 30 years, up to 2050. Among the key highlights in the long-awaited document is the emphasis on city dwellers of low-income status...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rusesabagina: Media have a duty to fact-check

In an era of fake news and misinformation, media organisations have the extra responsibility of fact-checking their content before publishing or broadcasting it.  The big story in Rwanda this week has been the arrest of suspected terror leader and financer Paul Rusesabagina.  His...

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Tenants should be protected throughout the Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has had far-reaching consequences on businesses, leading to mass unemployment. The latest report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda shows that in February this year, before the first Covid-19 case was registered in Rwanda, the unemployment rate stood at 13.1...

Friday, September 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There is need to revisit strategy on single-use plastics

Last year, the Government gazetted the law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use and sale of single-use plastic items in Rwanda.  Among the things that the law banned include; plastic bags, disposable cups, straws, coffee stirrers, soft drink and water bottles, as well as...

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Tailor plan for waste management system to local context

Kigali is seeking an innovative solution to waste management, a growing concern across the continent and beyond. In an attempt to set up a sustainable solution to waste management, Ministry of ICT and Innovation has announced the search for a firm to implement a smart system for waste management...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 11:19 PM

EDITORIAL: Paul Rusesabagina: Let justice prevail

Two important pieces of news broke around the same time on Monday, sending tongues wagging. Both triggered an avalanche of speculation, especially among Rwandan opposition and armed groups operating outside the country. But, the arrest of Paul Rusesabagina, the leader of an opposition group...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: African Development Bank has never been more important

Nigeria’s Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina was this week re-elected as President of the African Development Bank at the Group’s first virtual Annual Meetings, handing the economist and agricultural expert another five years at the helm of this critical Pan-African institution. The...

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: New Covid-19 guidelines will be a game-changer, only if we respect them

Wednesday’s cabinet meeting was held amid fears that the country was potentially headed back into lockdown following sharp rises in daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths. In the end, the Government did not find another full lockdown appropriate – at least for now – but...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 7:42 AM

EDITORIAL: Leverage Twitter diplomacy to promote country

Twitter is one of the popular social media platforms that Rwandans use to disseminate and gather news not only in Rwanda but around the world. It is also a key avenue through which the rest of the world get news about Rwanda. Nearly all of Rwanda’s diplomatic corps have a presence on the...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We must continue to believe in our Covid-19 prevention measures

The last few days have seen Rwanda register record confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, driven in large part by outbreaks in two major Kigali city markets. Pockets of infections in Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts also continue to contribute toward the growing numbers of infections in the...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

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