The New Times

Editorial: In 2019, racism should have no place in an Ivy League college like Harvard

Early this month, the Harvard Political Review (HPR), a quarterly magazine published from US-based Harvard University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, published an article under the title: “Renaissance for Rwanda’s Dogs.” The publication is under the...

Monday, November 25, 2019, 12:20 AM

Editorial: A DNA databank might be the answer to many questions

A landmark ruling was made late this week by the Supreme Court when it based on DNA testing to solve a paternity dispute. The ruling is significant for several reasons; long before the National Forensic Laboratory was set up, DNA samples were sent to Europe, usually to Germany, but it was a slow...

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The dream that was CMU-Africa

There was a time when the phrase; “building castles in the sky” was regarded in a negative sense.  It was more or less wasting precious time on things that would never take off. In Rwanda, it was the other way round; the country had lost everything and all it could afford was to...

Friday, November 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Fair trade has no place for favours, just sheer sweat

Conventional logic in business is that once you buy somethings and sell it at a higher price, the money that remains once the expenses have been deducted is profit. Not all businesses bring in the same level of dividends so business people are very choosy. Some are even crafty that they know how...

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Whatever the narrative, facts will always win the day

There is a letter circulating on the internet that should be a good source for sincere research in the Rwandan political history that many so-called experts find it convenient to ignore. The letter, written in March, 1965, was from the then Minister of Finance and Public Service and it was...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwandans need local products just as well

A few years ago, the mere mention of “Made in Rwanda” would conjure images of the woven baskets or Akabanga, the famous hot chili oil that accompanies many meals. Today it has gone even further. The Made in Rwanda mania is so contagious that in a short while the whole concept spread...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Abuses or whatever, getting justice for survivors is what matters

The Dutch authorities have announced the opening of investigations into another Genocide suspect hiding in that country. If all goes well, 63-year-old Jean-Baptiste Nyabusore will soon be on the same flight path of as Jean-Claude Iyamuremye and Jean-Baptiste Mugimba. Both were extradited by Dutch...

Monday, November 18, 2019, 12:12 AM

Editorial: Gambia deserves praise for speaking up for the Rohingyas

The never-ending suffering of the Rohingyas is the highest form of indictment that can be directed against the international community. Myanmar has never been very much bothered by the condemnations for what is regarded as a state-directed Genocide against a minority group. The crisis has...

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kinyarwanda needs urgent rescue

During the recent Cabinet reshuffle, the Ministry of Youth and that of Sports and Culture were reorganised. Youth and Culture were put under one roof while Sports became a stand-alone ministry. One can read an interesting trend in the changes; there is an urgent need to uphold our culture which...

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Economically? Les faits sont têtus

The former American Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have had a hard time fitting into society in this era of fake news. He is the one who coined the famous quote; “You have a right to your own opinion but not your own facts”. Of recent, some people have cropped up whose heads...

Friday, November 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: African countries should prioritise easing Visa requirements

Africa has always been accused of having the harshest border-crossing conditions, where strict visa regimes are the order of the day. Many African countries view fellow African nationals with suspicion but are ready to embrace and roll out the red carpet for nationals from the West or other...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Abuses or whatever; getting justice for survivors is what matters

The Dutch authorities have announced the opening of investigations into another Genocide suspect hiding in that country. If all goes well, 63-year-old Jean Baptiste Nyabusore will soon be on the same flight path of as Claude Iyamuremye and Jean Baptiste Mugimba. Both were extradited by Dutch...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:09 AM

Editorial: Collaboration might be the answer to some media challenges

Last week, Rwanda celebrated the African Information Day. The celebrations culminated into the annual Development Journalism Awards where the best journalists are recognised. However, it was the discussions on what the local media ought to do in order to stay afloat in the ever-changing media...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 6:57 AM

Editorial: Who will give justice to disinherited orphans?

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi brought the best and worst in people whether on the side of victims or perpetrators. The victory by the Rwanda Patriotic Front over the genocidal forces created two migratory movements but in difficult directions; as one group entered the country, a larger one...

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: African countries need to learn to solve their own problems

Someone once remarked that Africa’s next big war will neither be caused by ideological or political differences, but water. The logic behind that conclusion was River Nile which has long been regarded as a bone of contention. A loop-sided division of the Nile by the British during colonial...

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:06 AM

Editorial: In Rwanda, as in Britain, there’s separation of powers

There is nothing as annoying as people who seem to think they are above the rest, that they know best and expect you to toe the line. That is exactly the attitude a group of British lawmakers displayed when they wrote to President Paul Kagame seeking the release of two former senior army...

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Uganda-Rwanda row more than just the border

A recent editorial in the Ugandan publication, The Monitor, titled: “Get border peace talks back on track” was an impassioned appeal to leaders of both Uganda and Rwanda to bury the hatchet, implement the Kigali MoU and reopen Gatuna border post. They based their plea on the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The floor is still open; would Rwandans have had it any better?

Rwanda’s democratic credentials have always come under attack because it does not follow a certain template. It chose to design its own route, one that would help it chart its way through the myriad of problems she was facing. Copy and pasting other people’s versions of democratic...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: If countries pulled their weight, climate change wouldn’t be so menacing

Recently, what is considered as the world’s lungs, the Amazon Forest, was burning to the ground while media attention was focused on Brexit and Donald Trump. That was despite the fact that whatever happened in both cases would have very little impact on Rwanda or climate change. In...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Restoring natural ecological balance is a moral obligation

Rwanda has reached another milestone in its efforts to preserve and protect the environment: the country has achieved 30 per cent forest cover. That the feat has been reached ahead of schedule (this was the target under the Vision 2020 national blueprint) is commendable and kudos to all those...

Monday, November 4, 2019, 1:08 AM