The New Times

EDITORIAL: Yes, convicts deserve a second chance

Rwanda’s penal system has undergone quite remarkable changes in the last few years. The one that stands out above the rest is the iconic Kigali Central Prison dubbed “1930” after the year it was opened. The old red-bricked building has been emptied of its tenants, the same as...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Africa should not put all its eggs in the “donor” basket

The current stalemate in relations between Rwanda and Uganda brought out possibly the worst in humans. No, it is not about torture, arbitrary arrests, “border closure” or economic sabotage; but self-confidence and relying on stereotypes; that only a “muzungu” holds the key...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

[Editorial] Public transport: Pay attention to people’s feedback

City of Kigali authorities have said they are in the process of reviewing the existing terms and quality of services of the three transport firms operating public transport in the city. The three firms –Kigali Bus Service (KBS), Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC), and Royal...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: We need tougher tax evasion laws

Rwanda Revenue Authority has announced that it has surpassed its tax collection target by Rwf 30 billion in the first half, having collected over 1.4 in the last six months alone. People might wonder how that amount is exceptional until they realise that what has so far been collected was the...

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1:31 AM

Editorial: That Angolan Quadripartite Summit rekindles hope

If presidential politics were a game, both Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angolan president João Lourenço would be referred to as rookies (new recruits). But they come with an eagerness to learn, if not change the game altogether. Both came to power to find they had...

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The Diaspora is a province in itself, should it get more?

There is always that feeling-good moment whenever one gives back to the less fortunate to see the glimmer of happiness in the receiver’s eyes. That is exactly what a group of Rwandans living in Germany must have felt when they cut the tape to open a new school they built in the Northern...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Time of the year when dollar-landlords come out in force

It is Summertime in the Western hemisphere, that time of the year when members of the Rwandan Diaspora return to their roots to recharge their cultural batteries. Excited youngsters who study abroad will also be on holiday and cafeterias and malls will be filled with their chatter. The money-...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Roadside cameras should not terrorise drivers, they are lifesavers

The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, yesterday began implementing a ban on motorcycles in the city it instituted last month. Though the use of motorcycles for public transport is not as widespread as in some of our cities, it is bound to disrupt movement. Their only consolation is that their city...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Ombudsman needs to be more visible

In one of those rare occasions on the African continent, a High Court in Namibia has found a sitting minister guilty of corruption. It was found that during a previous occupation, she had peddled her influence when she removed some people from the list of those to benefit from a mass housing...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Consensus around AfCFTA proof that true African unity is possible

Rwanda is set to host an Intra-African Trade Fair from September 1-7, 2020 as part of broader efforts to boost trade on the African continent. The development was announced as African leaders gathered in Niamey, Niger for the launch of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade...

Monday, July 8, 2019, 12:11 AM

Editorial: There is no pride in celebrating getting back what was yours

It was just too good an occasion for some Rwandan opposition figures to let go without taking advantage and remind the disinterested world that they still exist. It was all about dates and their meanings to some people. July 1 is Independence Day and July 4 is Liberation Day. Both days are public...

Sunday, July 7, 2019, 12:19 AM

EDITORIAL: When mercenaries beat patriots to the tape, there is need to worry

The dust has finally settled after the 25th liberation anniversary celebrations that signed off with yet another memorable military parade that was flavoured by clockwork synchronisation akin to the Chinese. The only disruptions were the blocked roads and diversions that should remind city...

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 12:02 AM

Editorial: Rwandan women deserve their liberation

YESTERDAY, Rwandans celebrated 25 years of liberation and putting an end to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that cost the lives of over a million people. There is no speaking of Rwanda without invoking the Genocide; all life stopped in 1994 when all demons descended on the country and life...

Friday, July 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: 25 years of toil have everything to show for it

It has been quite a rollercoaster journey, a treacherous path; from the savannah of Umutara, the steep hills and valleys of Byumba to the volcanoes. Hunger was an extra enemy to conquer, a constant companion, and there was no time to grieve fallen comrades; the young men and women had a greater...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The youth should be eager to learn about the history of the liberation struggle

Over 20 local and foreign journalists and story-tellers were yesterday given a guided tour of three most significant sites in the history of the Liberation Struggle waged by the Rwanda Patriotic Army between 1990 and 1994. The three locations are Gabiro in Gatsibo District, Muhoza in Musanze...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 12:19 AM

EDITORIAL: How did colonial laws survive this long?

The Catholic Church is the biggest landowner in Rwanda and occupies some of the prime spots all over the country, housing the majority of schools and monasteries. Even most prime real estate in Kigali is in the hands of the Church. The vast ownership was not a result of smart investments but a...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: A week of reflection and renewal

Today marks the beginning of a busy week in Rwanda during which the country marks both Independence and Liberation anniversaries. Rwanda officially became an independent country 57 years ago today even as the significance of the event was a little more than just a symbolic gesture from the Belgians...

Monday, July 1, 2019, 2:00 AM

Editorial: Busy pulling millions out of poverty, Rwanda has no time for distractions

Parliament has finally approved the budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 that was read to them a short time ago. The major part of the close to Rwf three trillion tab will be spent towards economic transformation as well as infrastructure and improving the welfare of Rwandans. The lots of millions...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New EAC passport should strengthen ties, not xenophobia

Rwanda yesterday began issuing the new electronic East African passport as part of the integration efforts of the East African Community (EAC). The new passport adopted by all member states of the EAC will in the next two years replace the current national one, be it national, service or...

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: UN Group of Experts’ report clears any remaining doubts

Social media has been awash with images of combatants of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) who were either killed or captured by Congolese government troops. They have been operating in South Kivu and have formed a coalition under the name P5 together with Conseil national pour le renouveau et la...

Friday, June 28, 2019, 12:00 AM