The New Times

Editorial: The closure of SteelRwa is a wakeup call to manufacturers

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) this past week closed SteelRwa, a steel-manufacturing factory located in Rwamagana District. The plant was closed for persistently polluting its environs despite several warnings from authorities over the over the issue. Unfortunate, as it is,...

Monday, August 12, 2019, 1:21 AM

EDITORIAL: Streamlining issuance of transcripts does not need rocket science

University of Rwanda (UR) was created in 2013 after the merger of several government-run institutions of higher learning. The National University of Rwanda (NUR) was the largest institution in the merger. Today UR is composed of six colleges which until recently were scattered around the country....

Sunday, August 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: VW Move; that was not a smart move

When Volkswagen Mobility Solutions entered the public transport fray and Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) directed all private taxis to install YegoCabs-powered metres, there was high hope that finally, the authorities had gotten the right formula to a seamless transport system in the...

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The Saudis lifted women’s travel ban, where are the sanitary pads?

Social media is one place that really tells one the extent of diversity in ideas, beliefs; a place where one man’s meat is another man’s poison. It is a “fake news” and gossip paradise where misinformation spreads like wildfire, where one’s reputation can be lost at...

Friday, August 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: In times of need, the neighbour’s door is always open

Ebola has stopped being the talk of the town and gone global. As it erupted in eastern DR Congo and started spreading southwards, there was reason for concern. All that time it had been contained in the violence-ridden northeast of the country but when a case was diagnosed in the populous town of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: If GMO is the future, it needs to be sanitised

A very important meeting is taking place in Kigali but many are unaware how much its outcomes could be worth billions and what’s at stake. Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue is being held at a time when the continent is at its lowest food-secure stage and things are not made any easier...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kinyarwanda is a language without borders

The language debate has been hot again on social media; it is all about Kinyarwanda to be exact. Some years ago when the Rwanda Academy of Languages and Culture (RALC) was set up, the first thing it did was a media campaign correcting common mistakes in Kinyarwanda that had now taken root. That...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ebola: Continued vigilance a necessity

With another case of the deadly Ebola virus reported in Goma, just across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo, last week,  Rwanda’s medical machinery is in overdrive. The Rwandan Ministry of Health has not been idle; it has carried out drills in several medical facilities on...

Monday, August 5, 2019, 1:22 AM

Editorial: Kinyarwanda is here to stay, no matter what

As far back as 2013, the Ministry of Education developed the Education Sector Strategic Plan. Among the key features was that Kinyarwanda should be the language of instruction in lower primary schools; from nursery up to Primary Three. But up to now, schools have failed to implement it and the...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:57 AM

EDITORIAL: Leave Rwanda out and instead fight Ebola

The Goma-Gisenyi border is one of the busiest crossings in the world with tens of thousands crossing the border every day. With the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and some cases discovered in Goma, the border is a nerve centre to prevent the disease from crossing into...

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Malnutrition in this era should be made history

At first, the efforts that the government was putting in sensitizing the population to have kitchen gardens were puzzling until the figures started speaking for themselves. Malnutrition was a very real problem and the only option was to encourage people to have gardens where they could plant...

Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The govt has played its part shielding its citizens; the ball is now in their court

With another case of the deadly Ebola virus reported in Goma, just across the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda’s medical machinery is in overdrive. The Rwandan Ministry of Health has not been idle; it has carried out drills in several medical facilities on what to do...

Thursday, August 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

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