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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

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

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