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Editorial: As students return to school, we can’t let our guard down

Many students will be returning to school on Monday, November 2, almost eight months after classrooms were closed following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19 global pandemic. It has come as a great relief, especially for students who have been stuck home for the biggest part of the...

Monday, November 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Schools are reopening but we must remain vigilant

Primary and secondary schools have started phased reopening with many of them set to resume in-person classes next week. This follows more than seven months of school closure occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. However, it will not be business as usual for learners and...

Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:05 AM

EDITORIAL: Reform the recruitment process in schools

The Covid-19 outbreak has had far-reaching consequences on our education sector. This pandemic also came in the midst of persistent challenges, including uncertainties in the education policies. Now this week it turned out that the government is paying millions of francs to some 1,566 teachers...

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Better preparedness will mitigate negative impact of rains

As was predicted by the Rwanda Meteorology Agency , Season A of rains has commenced and is expected to get more intense in coming days.  Despite the positive impact of the weather phenomenon, it is not always kind to some Rwandans and their livelihoods.  Previous rainy seasons have...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Creation of Rwandan cardinal has more than symbolic value

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 25, named Msgr Antoine Kambanda, the Archbishop of Kigali Diocese, among 13 prelates set to be created cardinals at a November 28 consistory, his seventh. Kambanda’s historic appointment makes him Rwanda’s first-ever cardinal and the first cleric from...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: For Rwanda detractors, time is the best judge

A self-styled Rwandan opposition activist was last week handed a jail sentence in the United Kingdom after he was convicted for stealing an equivalent of Rwf280 million from a Catholic Church cathedral in the United Kingdom where he worked. Rene Mugenzi, who is also an avowed genocide denier,...

Monday, October 26, 2020, 6:52 AM

EDITORIAL: Jailing of Malawian officials sends a strong message to those shielding genocidaires

Two former senior government officials, including an ex-cabinet minister in Malawi were on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison with hard labour, for among other crimes helping a Rwandan genocide fugitive to fraudulently acquire a passport. The former Malawian minister for home affairs and...

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Kudos to Rwandan Diaspora in Australia for exposing lies against motherland

In 2008, the Government of Rwanda embarked on an exercise to redistribute farmlands and address longstanding land-related disputes and injustices, particularly in Eastern Province.  The move saw powerful individuals in government and military circles lose huge chunks – some of which...

Friday, October 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Transport saga exposes weaknesses in our consumer protection systems

In the last couple days, the public was outraged by the decision by Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) to increase public transport charges. Irked by the decision, some citizens turned to social media, twitter for that matter—to express their unhappiness about the new bus fares,...

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Affordable housing outcomes yet to be felt on local market

On Tuesday 20th October, Shelter Afrique a housing development financier announced that its board has approved the development of the Kinyinya Park Estate Project- a 10,000 integrated and sustainable large scale housing project in Kigali. The project is expected to cost approximately $400...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda’s commitment to multilingualism key to its competitiveness

When Rwanda introduced English as an official language in 2003 and joined English-speaking East African Community and the Commonwealth less than a decade later some observers claimed the country was ditching French. This was despite the fact that French remained one of the official languages, as...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Fighting genocide ideology is a collective duty

Members of parliament have recently called for sustained efforts to uproot the genocide ideology in the country and beyond, following a report of increased cases of the vice that were registered during this year’s commemoration period. A report by the National Commission for the fight...

Monday, October 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Sentencing an ex-minister to 10 years sends a strong message on corruption

The former Minister of State for Education, Isaac Munyakazi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined Rwf10 million in a corruption-related case.  According to the judge, the Munyakazi was found guilty of abuse of office, and being complicit in the case where his co-accused was ...

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Allowing medics to comfortably work two jobs is progressive

The last cabinet meeting made an important resolution about practitioners in the health sector. It approved the first national duo practice for health professionals, which means physicians, nurses, medical assistants and other clinical personnel can comfortably have two jobs. Practitioners in...

Friday, October 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Govt should harness public support to decongest prisons

The number of people in correctional facilities continues to grow, exerting pressure on government finances and on top of exposing the inmates to all sorts of hazards. For instance, over the last five years, overcrowding in correctional facilities increased from 99.6 per cent to 124.8 per...

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12:24 AM

EDITORIAL: Driving up domestic savings requires more than just personal savings

On Tuesday this week, BK Group’s subsidiary, BK Capital launched a trust fund dubbed Aguka Unit Trust Fund. This makes it the second unit trust fund in the local market after Rwanda National Investment Trust’s Iterambere Fund which was established by the government with a mission to...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New partnership between REB and the authors’ body could help foster our reading, writing culture

That the culture of reading and writing in Rwanda is almost non-existent is no news. For a while now, there has been occasional half-hearted effort at reversing the trend, often with little to no impact.  This has partly been down to lack of a coordinated, holistic approach that allows for...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Fix BDF funding anomalies

Members of Parliament last week grilled, for the second time in less than a month, leaders of Business Development Fund (BDF), on the management anomalies that were first highlighted in a report by the Auditor-General. Established in 2011, BDF works with financial institutions to cover...

Monday, October 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Mental Health should become a national priority

A study conducted in 2018 by the Ministry of Health indicated that Rwanda has a very high prevalence rate of mental health disorders.   Major depression tops with a rate of close to 12 percent within the general public and among Genocide survivors, the rate nearly triples at 35. 1...

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Pay greater attention to mental health

Saturday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. The occasion should not just shine a spotlight on the challenges related to mental health but serve as an opportunity for world leaders to move mental health higher up the agenda. As highlighted by the World Health Organization, there is an...

Friday, October 9, 2020, 12:00 AM