The New Times

EDITORIAL: Love him, loathe him, Robert Mugabe was an African icon

At the end of the day, the inevitable happened, the candle’s wicker was consumed and darkness ensued. No one disputes the fact that Robert Mugabe was a respected African liberator, a revolutionary in the same fabric as other pre-independence freedom fighters. Mugabe’s rule is a...

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Celebrating saving an animal instead of hunting it

It is party day again at the foothills of the volcanoes and residents will get their Sunday-best out of storage dust off what remained of last year’s dust and step on the floor. The air is electrifying as people from all walks of life; from local farmers, and government and business...

Friday, September 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Xenophobic attacks in S. Africa need firm response from AU

For the last few weeks, news has been dominated by the unrest in Hong Kong following the Government’s move to extradite residents of the former British territory to mainland China for trial. But the senseless destruction and vandalism seem to have worked as the Government has now announced...

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Errant leaders should be named and shamed

Rwandan authorities have been in the habit of handing out polite sackings of public officials. They are usually given an honourable exit of resigning “for personal reasons” even if they have been forced out. While that practice helps in “saving face” for the affected...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

ITANGAZO RYA CYAMUNARA

  MU RWEGO RWO GUSHYIRA MU BIKORWA ICYEMEZO CY’UMWANDITSI MUKURU CYO KUGURISHA INGWATE CYO KUWA 22/07/2019 ;  

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 2:49 PM

EDITORIAL: Nduba is a ticking time bomb that needs to be defused

Kigali is one of the few modern cities with no central sewerage system for domestic waste disposal. Its hilly terrain and many unplanned neighbourhoods also make it a challenge to manage waste. Every building is expected to have septic tank and many commercial buildings tend to empty them...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Empowered cells will help fast-track development

The Ministry of Local Government has announced plans to empower the cell, the second-lowest administrative organ after the village. According to the ministry, the government will ensure the cells are empowered to become centres of local government service delivery. As part of empowering the...

Monday, September 2, 2019, 1:21 AM

Editorial: Reducing poverty does not need nuclear science

If some people still bore doubts that Rwanda’s journey towards drastic poverty reduction among its population, they should have been in Kigali this past week. They would have witnessed firsthand how women are a key element and without whose support major government programmes would not...

Sunday, September 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kigali has come far, far away and it still has way to go

20 years ago, Kigali was a very dull town, there was no vibrancy and nearly everyone seemed weary and acted like a bureaucratic civil servant. Business people were the worst; it was as if by opening a shop, they were doing a favour to their customers. When the clock hit mid-day, they closed shop...

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: New Mayor needs to deal with greedy local leaders in earnest

It seems that residents of “Bannyahe”, a slum in Kigali, have lost their battle to be compensated in monetary terms instead of exchanging their slum dwellings for new houses being built in Busanza on the outskirts of Kicukiro District. The new City Mayor, Pudence Rubingisa, has...

Friday, August 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Wildlife conservation begins as a small idea …

Wildlife conservation will be the top billing for the next few days and the icing on the cake will be the annual gorilla naming ceremony, “Kwita Izina”, which as usual, will have some celebrities among the “namers”. This year, 26 baby gorillas will be named, an indication...

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Genocide suspects have reasons not to stop running

Hopes are high that after a quarter-century on the run, the past has finally caught up with three Genocide suspects who have been enjoying impunity both France and Belgium. Ernest Gakwaya, Emmanuel Nkunduwimye and Fabien Neretse were arrested in 2011 and have been waiting to face their day in...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: An ignorant tweet from Biarritz is a wakeup call to African media

An American White House correspondent for the Associated Press has ruffled quite a few feathers of those who felt they had been insulted. During the just ended G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, the journalist captioned a photo with the words: “World leader bear hug before the group photo @ #...

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: As East Africa, we must have our priorities right

This weekend, Burundi caught the attention of regional and to some extent international media, for what many commentators have come out to state was unnecessary reasons. Across this country, state-sponsored demonstrations were staged in protest of the participation of drummers in an ongoing...

Monday, August 26, 2019, 1:19 AM

Editorial: It‘s not all about conferences; RCB should leave its mark behind

Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB) will be very busy this coming week with no fewer than six international conferences taking place in Kigali.  Some of those conferences include the African Potato Association, which will be holding its 11th triannual conference and the organization of Eastern...

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Being a good host is understanding all about dignity

The Mediterranean Sea has swallowed thousands of desperate African migrants trying to cross to Western Europe. Despite the well-publicised mass drownings on the shores of the Libyan coast where people-smuggling is a lucrative business. Worse has befallen those who failed to board the creaky...

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Rural women have better chances of surviving cyber onslaughts if prepared early

An interesting seminar took place yesterday organized by the Association of Rwandan women in media (Arfem), Women@Web and Rwanda Media Commission (RMC). The goal of the seminar was to chart ways to see how more women can have more presence online because studies show they lag behind their male...

Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Ministry needs to clear the air over school milk

Rwanda has always been adept at punching above its weight and gotten away with it. Most people never stop and question how it triumphs over great odds, but the answer is right there in front of them; good planning, taking calculated risks and taking the plunge when it sees an opportunity. That...

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Packaging tourism has no template, only innovation works

The annual gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, is upon us once again. As usual, many celebrities will be in town and the lucky ones will have the honour of naming one of the 25 baby gorillas. Kwita Izina has put Rwanda firmly on the international tourism calendar and brought gorilla...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 12:00 AM