The New Times

EDITORIAL: Power-sharing is not about “eating”

Freshman Member of Parliament, Frank Habineza, has been the subject of conversation in the media over his questioning of power-sharing among Rwandan political parties. Habineza obviously wanted a bigger part of the pie when he accused the government of going against the letter of the constitution...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

FEATURED: Commemoration Of The 20th Anniversary Of The Intronisation Of His Majesty Mohammed Vi, King Of Morocco

Since 1999, Morocco has known a remarkable evolution in many fields. Over the years, the Kingdom has strengthened, accelerated, and broadened democratic reforms and has made significant  efforts in order to set up a modern basic infrastructure by facilitating the local, regional and...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 3:58 PM

EDITORIAL: Expedite the construction of special needs schools in districts

Last year, the Government revised the national special needs and inclusive education policy and its strategic plan. The five-year strategy, which runs up to the 2023/24 fiscal year, is part of the wider ambition to increase and sustain investment in the country’s socio-economic development...

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Plan for more advanced TVET training welcome but we must not lose focus

Workforce Development Authority and Rwanda Polytechnic have said they have concluded a proposal that seeks to introduce bachelor and master’s programmes for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET). They say that the plan, which only awaits cabinet approval, would see the...

Monday, July 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: CNN easily taken for a ride by Kara Fox and her “opposition” friends

Corporal Jean-Paul Mwiseneza was a marked man but he always managed to elude death by whiskers. His story is the story shared by many Genocide survivors. In 1994, at the height of the Genocide against the Tutsi, Mwiseneza and his father were attacked; his father died and Mwiseneza was left for...

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It is unbelievable that Rwanda could recruit such poor spies

Just when someone thinks they have seen and heard everything, then, boom! By now the story of mass arrests of Rwandans in Uganda should have been stale news, but it is the astounding level of excuses and explanation from Ugandan authorities that stokes interest. Ugandan media reported this week...

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Smugglers could have met their match at last

Early this week, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) announced that it had surpassed its revenue collection target by Rwf30 Billion during in the last fiscal year, collecting over Rwf 1.4 Trillion in taxes. That was about 54 percent of the whole budget and it should have been happily welcomed by the...

Friday, July 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Walking safely down a democratic path depends on who you are

The Brexit media bombardment has been so intense, so continuous and infectious that even non-British TV viewers are forced to partake of the party. Boris Johnson, the in-incoming UK Prime Minister is the man of the moment and with him brings to mind a favourite pastime in the West; democracy, or...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Technology waits for nobody, you have to keep up

Irembo, an e-Government service delivery portal this week clocked four years. Its coming into force helped streamline bureaucracy that we had been accustomed to for many years – and even found it normal. Now applying and paying for government services is just a click away. Life is good; no...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Access to sanitary pads should be a human right

Lack of access to sanitary pads should not be a subject of debate in this day and age; that issue should have been addressed as far back as yesterday. Sanitary pads should not be seen as a luxury, especially among the vulnerable rural folk. It should have been part of the social protection...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Documenting the success story of home-grown solutions is invaluable contribution

A group of 23 experts from different training backgrounds have authored a book, titled, ‘Home Grown solutions. A legacy to Generations in Africa,’ which documents Rwanda’s experience with borrowing from traditional practices to address contemporary challenges it faced in the...

Monday, July 22, 2019, 12:11 AM

Editorial: Opening the liberation archives would inspire the youth

From the reactions that followed the screening of the documentary; “The 600”, that recounts some of the most audacious and daring rescue missions undertaken by the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) at the height of the Genocide, it is clear that we have not done much to tell the stories of...

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 12:39 AM

Editorial: Prevent or fight Ebola, don’t share the curse

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the highest alarm sound. Ebola has been in and around DRC and Uganda on and off but it has always been contained before it spread...

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: UN should overcome its weaknesses and haul in genocidaires

It has all the hallmarks of a widespread conspiracy to shield key elements of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Otherwise, how does one explain the fact that 25 years later, key suspects are still out there despite bounties worth millions of dollars over their heads? The Mechanism for...

Friday, July 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: A lesson in humility from a simple road builder

There was no feasibility study, no geological assessment, just sheer grit … and faith. As the saying goes “Faith can move mountains” and that was what happened when one young man in Murambi Sector, Karongi District disrupted all the rulebooks on policy formulation. A video about...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Yes, convicts deserve a second chance

Rwanda’s penal system has undergone quite remarkable changes in the last few years. The one that stands out above the rest is the iconic Kigali Central Prison dubbed “1930” after the year it was opened. The old red-bricked building has been emptied of its tenants, the same as...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Africa should not put all its eggs in the “donor” basket

The current stalemate in relations between Rwanda and Uganda brought out possibly the worst in humans. No, it is not about torture, arbitrary arrests, “border closure” or economic sabotage; but self-confidence and relying on stereotypes; that only a “muzungu” holds the key...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

[Editorial] Public transport: Pay attention to people’s feedback

City of Kigali authorities have said they are in the process of reviewing the existing terms and quality of services of the three transport firms operating public transport in the city. The three firms –Kigali Bus Service (KBS), Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC), and Royal...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: We need tougher tax evasion laws

Rwanda Revenue Authority has announced that it has surpassed its tax collection target by Rwf 30 billion in the first half, having collected over 1.4 in the last six months alone. People might wonder how that amount is exceptional until they realise that what has so far been collected was the...

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1:31 AM

Editorial: That Angolan Quadripartite Summit rekindles hope

If presidential politics were a game, both Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angolan president João Lourenço would be referred to as rookies (new recruits). But they come with an eagerness to learn, if not change the game altogether. Both came to power to find they had...

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12:00 AM