The New Times

Editorial: Yes, the region was definitely on fire this past week

The whole world held its breath on Saturday morning. The excitement was reverberating in every part of the world as one man was going to take human endurance to another level. Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge was going to attempt to set a world record by running the marathon in under two hours. The...

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda’s youth is spoilt, but positively

The curtain has finally fallen on what must have been a definitely an exciting three-day YouthConnekt Africa summit. Imagine bringing together about 10,000 young people from 91 countries under one roof and the logistics it must have taken. The organisers pulled it off brilliantly that at the end...

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Protecting the girl child above all

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child and there are many reasons why the day should not go unnoticed. Adolescence, especially for girls, is a dangerous stage of life in many countries. It is common to find girls as young as 12 being married off because parents regard them as...

Friday, October 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rebuilding Rwanda was not a walk in the park

Some people have the gift of reading between the lines in order to decipher the true nature of the underlying message. At the ongoing YouthConnekt summit taking place in Kigali, it did not need to dig hard to realise that the thousands of youth in the meeting expect too much from President...

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The YouthConnekt concept is infallible

Most African countries are sitting on a ticking time bomb unless they address a pressing issue; empowering its youth to build a brighter future. Idle and unskilled youth are lethal especially when manipulated by unscrupulous politicians as has been witnessed in the past. So, when Rwanda held...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 12:02 AM

EDITORIAL: The Mara is here, will Samsung and Techno cede the way?

During the previous Mobile World Congress that took place in Barcelona in February, a new kid-on-the-block was asserting itself at the dinner table reserved for the big boys; iPhone, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia. Mara phone, which had been a concept up to then, made its grand entrance even if it had...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Fast-track efforts to ensure healthy urban living

Today is World Habitat Day. The day, which falls on the first Monday of October, serves as an opportunity to draw attention to the state of cities and towns and recommit to sustainable urbanisation that leaves no one behind. This year, the day will be observed under the theme, “Frontier...

Monday, October 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Rwanda community abroad will save many a lot of grief

Service delivery again came up during the just-ended Rwanda Day in Bonn, Germany, that attracted thousands of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda in their thousands. President Kagame exhorted those in attendance not to accept bad service and should be the first line of defence. As usual, the...

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda Day fuels and kindles this country’s development

For many Rwandans in the Diaspora and within the country, all roads today lead to Bonn, Germany, for yet another edition of Rwanda Day. Nothing whips up excitement especially for the Diaspora than meeting Rwandans from all corners of the world and getting up to date with happenings at home....

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Teachers need good reasons to celebrate

Tomorrow is International Teachers Day and the government has organized several functions all over the country to honour one of the most important professions but least appreciated jobs. Amid the celebrations tomorrow, one can be sure the teachers won’t hide their disappointment that plans...

Friday, October 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Trial of 25 brings the worms out of the woodwork

The beginning of a trial of 25 members of an armed group, Rwanda National Congress (RNC), captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo, unmasked just how deep the conspiracy ran, especially involving some of the neighbouring countries that have been at loggerheads with Rwanda. One very...

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda has not deviated from its liberation goals

When the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) launched the liberation struggle on October 1, 1990, they had reached a point of no return. It was a one-way ticket to triumph or to sacrifice. Thousands did not survive the four-year campaign that was wrought will all kinds of dangers. But RPF’s...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: “Arrangements” between parents and violators will not curb defilement

Gender politics in Rwanda is very serious; it is not just a matter of equality of sexes, women promotion, etc, its goes deeper than that. Traditionally, at a time when in many cultures women were more like ornaments, there to cook and produce children, a woman had a special place in Rwanda. She...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Who is trying to scuttle the peace talks?

One would have hoped that we had seen the last of it, at least from a government publication. Had it been from the usual suspects – online tabloids well-known for their rants about Rwanda and its leadership – it would have been understandable. But New Vision? No. How can it create a...

Monday, September 30, 2019, 12:13 AM

Editorial: With or without affirmative action, women have arrived

There were four by-elections in four districts this week and all of them elected female mayors. The results are very significant for one single reason; they were not a result of affirmative action that is entrenched in our constitution. For many years Rwandan women had no place in society, in...

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Access to Information journey needs patience

In 2013, a long protracted battle that had pitted government officials and the media finally came to an end. That is when the Access to Information Law was passed, but it was a short-lived victory. So, today as we celebrate World Access to Information Day, it is only fitting that we assess the...

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: No need to live under the shadows of social media

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), as well as the Rwanda National Police, have of late been taken for fodder by social media. Both institutions have been adept at harnessing the internet and citizens have kind of taken them hostage. They no longer have the luxury of sleeping or burying dossiers...

Friday, September 27, 2019, 12:57 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda will give asylum seekers back their dignity

It is said that President Kagame gave one of the shortest speeches in history before the UN General Assembly, estimated to be less than eight minutes. But in the few words were packed the essentials that would have taken hours to emulate in detail. One message that stood out was that Rwanda was...

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: For Genocide survivors, closure is nowhere near

There is so much going on in the world at the moment, and with the world’s leaders gathered within a space of a few hundred square meters, there is bound to be drama. It is a place to wash the world’s dirty linen in public, to posture and to receive bad news, as British Prime...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: A “how dare you” that could tip climate change scales

It has become a habit, that whenever world leaders are about to meet during the annual UN General Assembly to discuss pressing matters, a distraction always appears and the real debate is swept under the carpet. This year it was no different. Climate change was top of the agenda then things...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 AM