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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

EDITORIAL: Reopening of schools should be guided by science, nothing else

The debate on whether schools should reopen has continued to dominate the public sphere for weeks now.  In most countries, schools have been closed for in-person learning following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) urged African governments...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Stalled infrastructure projects have ripple effects, expedite them!

Work on the implementation of the Nyandungu Eco-Tourism Park has slowed since the project commenced in December 2016. The completion of the project meant to turn Nyandungu wetland into an urban recreational space was expected this year. While Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA...

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: New Financial laws is further proof Rwanda is ideal for doing business

At an extra-ordinary cabinet meeting last week, the structure of the newly created Financial Intelligence Centre was approved. At the same meeting, the partnership law was approved and awaits to be gazetted. A few weeks back, Rwanda amended its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist...

Friday, August 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The Coronavirus is gaining strength; it is our duty to stop it

According to the Ministry of Health, Rwanda recorded two new deaths this week, bringing the total number of Rwandans who have died to 10. The last couple of weeks have also seen the country record triple-digit infections, with some days north of 100. To other countries, this number may be...

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The Quest for Answers Must Continue

A number of survivors of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi are still looking for answers from the perpetrators. They want to know where their families were buried after being brutally killed.  On August 13, 2020, information surfaced that there are bodies that were buried in pits, and...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Supporting domestic tourism should be a national service as well

One of the sectors that have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic is tourism. Yet, it ranks high up there when it comes to generating revenues for the country. This is a difficult time for the industry, but one thing for sure is that the sector will rise up again. Before...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Taxi motos finally go digital other sectors need to do the same

In the years to come , Covid-19 will be regarded as one of the world’s biggest disruptions and it will take time before things return to normal, but the negative part of the virus aside, It has also contributed to some positive changes hygienically and accelerated the transition towards a...

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: It is time to fill the gaps where the laws are absent or silent

There is an ongoing court case in Rwanda that seems to have tied the judiciary in legal knots as it enters into uncharted territory. It is all about the legality of surrogacy, where a woman carries a child to term on behalf of another woman who is unable to give birth. Article 4 of the African...

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Access to sexual reproductive health services should be relaxed

As the world celebrated International Youth Day, this year’s theme; Youth Engagement for Global Impact resonates well with the aspirations of many Rwandan Youth. In many parts of the world, the youth is impacting the world; They are at the forefront of violence, uprisings, and unrest...

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

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