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Editorial: When the power of the media is at play

There is nothing that beats the feeling of satisfaction, of accomplishment than helping somebody rediscover their lives. That is what happened in The New Times offices this week when a campaign it helped publicize ended with a 28-year-old Genocide survivor finally discovering her...

Friday, July 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Responsibility To Protect principle should be kept alive

The image might not have circulated widely, but it was very powerful. It was a photo of the President of Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, laying a wreath on the flag-draped coffin of a Rwandan peacekeeper who was killed last week when their convoy was attacked by armed men....

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The virus doesn’t respect status, only pragmatism

THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Antonio Guterres rightly said that the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our world. “It has laid bare risks we have ignored for decades: inadequate health systems; gaps in social protection; structural inequalities; environmental degradation; the...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Action on errant varsities timely

The current Coronavirus pandemic has exposed private schools’ soft underbellies which have seen three universities closed and their top officials arrested. Many have focused on the business side of things to the detriment of quality education and have been depending on student...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Only people like the 57 clean prisoners understand the Rwandan psyche

Rwanda National Police sometimes defies logic compared to other police forces in many places. It is not every day that you will find nicely dressed, clean cut members of several armed groups captured somewhere like in the Congo paraded before the media. That is what happened this week when 57...

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Places of worship should help spread the word

People have something to celebrate after the government lifted the ban on mass worship. Churches, mosques and crusades were closed but not before some religious leaders made the most outrageous statements. Some self-styled “Bishops and “Apostles” publicly ridiculed the dangers...

Friday, July 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Easy access to Kigali masterplan needed

Kigali City Masterplan is still as enigmatic as ever. It has been designed and redesigned countless times. So, when the City of Kigali unveiled the definitive design last year in May, very many people were still left in the dark regarding the plan. The masterplan is supposed to define Kigali...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Whoever licenses dangerous liquor is the main problem

As if Covid-19 was not enough to give people sleepless nights, some brands of locally distilled cheap liquor is taking its toll on many people, A few weeks ago, footage of a “rebel” village in Gikondo circulated on social media, it showed people who were in violation of the curfew...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We have it in our powers to prevent further Corona deaths

The Coronavirus made a bold statement this past week. First came the devastating news that the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast had become Covid-19’s latest high profile victim and Rwanda recorded its fourth death. Perhaps the loudest statements came from the US, Brazil and Madagascar,...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: When the UN pledges to prevent Genocide, history tends to repeat itself

As survivors mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre during the Genocide in Bosnia, in Rwanda we are celebrating the end of the Genocide against the Tutsi that took place a year earlier. One cannot miss the similarities in the shortcomings of the international community in both...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 7:11 PM

EDITORIAL: There is no place for complacency in the fight against Covid-19

The Coronavirus and protective measures have now become part of very many people’s lives all over the world. The way a country deals with its spread also informs its predictability and containment. Those who were cautious from the beginning have been able to keep it at manageable levels,...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Sending the message home; there are no sacred cows

Some countries on this continent have built a name for themselves as bastions of impunity, as long as one has financial or political power. Big names are mentioned in major corruption deals but the wheels of justice are slow to turn or simply take leave. An example is a member of parliament...

Friday, July 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: When the skies reopen on August 1, ultimate caution will be necessary

Rwanda has announced its intentions to reopen Kigali International Airport for passenger flights. Air travel has been the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and it was primarily responsible for the rapid and widespread infections that left no continent untouched. The suspension of flights...

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There is no honour in not honouring international commitments

As the continent celebrates Africa Integration Day, one can safely say that although some countries have shown goodwill towards that end, the road is still bumpy. When the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) was signed in Kigali on March 21, 2018, there was a lot of excitement in the air...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Crackdown on errant private schools was timely

In the run-up and the continuous festivities to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Liberation, the main point that most people concur with is that the greatest achievement in the last two-decades-and-a-half was equal opportunities for all. Although the liberation struggle came at a high cost...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 1:24 AM

EDITORIAL: When push came to shove, Inkotanyi had the last word

There is nothing as satisfying as seeing children born after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi burning with the fire of patriotism. It is a sight worth beholding, realizing that all the sacrifices were not in vain and that it was worth every drop of blood. Going by the many postings on social...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 12:02 AM

Editorial: Many don’t know good things when they see them

A drive-through Covid-19 testing exercise has been introduced in Kigali. While testing is still free of charge, one can bet their last dollar that if a testing facility was set up in the stadium, few would heed the call. And even if it was made compulsory and a deadline set, one can be sure...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Covid-19 overshadows Independence Day, even in the south

Independence Day in Rwanda was, as usual, an uneventful day despite it being a public holiday but it will be marked jointly with Liberation Day a few days later on July 4. For Rwanda’s twin sister to the south, Burundi, which also received independence from Belgium on the same day, it was...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:28 AM

EDITORIAL: 58 years of independence or 26? It is your choice

Rwanda and Burundi are today celebrating 58 years of independence from Belgium. But what is there to celebrate? Back in the 1950s when many African countries were agitating for independence, there was an atmosphere of excitement. Most pro-independence leaders were harassed or jailed by the...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:13 AM

EDITORIAL: Some local leaders need to be taken to task

Some people are definitely sleeping on the job and are better doing something else than pretending to work for those they lead. Two very disturbing videos on social media call for stiffer actions, not only against the subjects involved, but the people tasked with implementing government policies...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:13 AM

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