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Editorial: Mineral wealth must trickle down to the communities, and faster

Parliament has asked government to expedite the implementation of its proposal compelling mining firms to share 10% of their revenues with communities that live near mining sites. This proposed policy is significant for various reason. However, it is now four years since it was first mooted by...

Friday, November 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Consistent education and enforcement key to ensuring fire safety

In July 2014, the Government announced a raft of measures designed to prevent fire incidents that had become a regular occurrence at the time.  Some of the measures rolled out included requirements for all public building to install a fire alarm system with an alarm bell on each floor,...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Affordable housing ambitions could use some incentives

Rwanda’s housing development has not grown proportionately to the growth of cities and rapid urbanization being witnessed across the country. The annual housing demand is estimated at 31,279 housing units per year against the supply of about 1,000 units meaning that there is an annual...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Growth of apparel exports vindicates Rwanda on second-hand clothes

In 2015, the East African Community (EAC) partner states agreed to increase tariffs on second-hand garments to help grow the region’s textile and garment industry. Three years later, only Rwanda implemented the agreement, while the other partner states withdrew from the plan succumbing to...

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Africa must be ready for Covid-19 vaccine

US drugmaker Pfizer has launched trials for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which is said to have 95% efficacy rate. The trial programme will run in Rhode Island, Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee. Pfizer is one of several drugmakers whose Covid-19 vaccines have shown promising results in human...

Monday, November 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Returnees' integration is proof of inclusivity for those still hesitant

Nearly 2,000 Rwandans repatriated from DR Congo at the end of last year were on Tuesday, November 17, reintegrated into society. The development is a culmination of 11 months of an intensive rehabilitation programme at Nyarushishi Transit Centre in Rusizi District.  This a...

Friday, November 20, 2020, 12:03 AM

EDITORIAL: Naming and shaming rape, defilement convicts would only be a good start

Nearly five months after the Justice sector first announced it was considering to publish names of defilement and rape victims, the Senate has strongly backed the move. A damning report by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Human Rights and Petitions left members of the...

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It’s not too early to start planning for Covid-19 vaccine

The last two weeks have had bursts of excitement and optimism after two leading pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna announced that their respective Covid-19 vaccines showed over 90 per cent efficacy. The development excited global markets with hope of return to normalcy in the coming...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:48 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwandan Diasporans should take a leaf out of their Hamilton counterparts’ book

There has recently been renewed momentum to track down and bring to justice key suspects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi still holed up in most western countries, chief among them being Félicien Kabuga. The ‘chief financier’ of the Genocide, who was arrested in France earlier...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Tackling mental health requires a multi-pronged approach

The Minister of Health last week announced plans to open in Kigali a one-stop health facility that will offer comprehensive mental health treatment services in the country. This will complement other efforts in place to address mental health issues by specifically helping in early diagnosis of...

Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Refugees too deserve free legal services

The revised ministerial order determining court fees in civil, commercial, labour, administrative and criminal matters has become the subject of scrutiny from the legal fraternity. It was after being gazetted on November 2, 2020 that most legal service enthusiasts realised that the article...

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: More recreational activities will spark life into Kigali City

The City of Kigali is currently revamping traffic islands, also known as roundabouts, developing theme and amusement parks, tourism sites, and going at large to lure private investors to invest in other recreational spaces. The upcoming Kigali Cultural Village, whose first phase was completed is...

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 12:08 AM

EDITORIAL: More action needed to lower cost of sanitary pads

Almost one year since the removal of Value Added Tax on sanitary pads with an aim to make them more affordable and more accessible, little has changed. Affordability of pads has a long wait with raised but somewhat futile hopes. Hopes were initially raised in August 2013, when the East...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 1:44 AM

EDITORIAL: Teen pregnancy: We must not throw victims under the bus

The Ministry of Education was last month forced to order schools to stop the shocking practice of requiring girls to undertake a pregnancy test as a precondition for admission. The intervention followed reports that some private schools, including Blue Lakes International School, based in...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Time is ripe to pass the criminal justice policy

Rwanda’s justice sector has made tremendous strides especially since 2004 when reforms in the sector kicked off. These reforms have paid off in many ways, including getting the thumbs up of international jurisdictions like the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: We can be more deliberate and bold in harnessing Rwanda’s tourism potential

There seems to be a new momentum in a couple of districts to position themselves as major tourist destinations. One of such projects is set to be implemented around Lake Muhazi in the east, while another one is seeking to promote the areas around Lake Kivu to the west.   From...

Friday, November 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Comply with your tax obligations to help Rwanda navigate pandemic times

Rwanda Revenue Authority announced this week it surpassed its target for the first quarter of 2020/21 fiscal year, collecting Rwf371.5 billion. It’s not the first time the tax authority has exceeded its target but to do this in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic is impressive to...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Improving learning outcomes should remain a priority

Rwanda’s mid-term and long term goals and ambitions are to a great extent dependent on the quality of human capital being developed currently and in the near future. In 2018, a World Bank index on human capital, gave Rwanda 38 per cent; meaning that a Rwandan child can be estimated to be...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:57 AM

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 9:53 AM

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What is the Readers Platform?  The Readers platform is an opportunity for readers to get closer to The New Times by submitting story ideas they would like to read, watch and see covered by news organisations.  To ensure that this platform serves its purpose, The New Times has put in...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 9:50 AM

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