The New Times

Editorial: New DRC-Rwanda ties causing many some sleepless nights

The rousing welcome President Kagame received at the Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa where he had gone to pay his last respects to veteran Congolese politician, Etienne Tshisekedi, rubbed some people – especially those with short memories – the wrong way. Tshisekedi was one of the...

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:30 AM

BBC at it again stoking the fires

There is no remaining doubt; BBC Kinyarwanda service has been taken over by Rwandan dissidents or it is working to promote their cause. A Rwandan dissident is gunned down by police in South Africa in a botched highjack attempt, immediately, BBC goes on the offensive that he was a “refugee...

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Can locals also get a taste of luxury tourism?

These are exciting times to be in the hospitality industry in Rwanda, especially the tourism sub-sector. It has been a long journey but worthwhile all the way. There had been some nail-biting times in the past, especially when Rwanda was called upon to host an international conference and the only...

Friday, May 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL:Housing authority needs to borrow a leaf from “Visit Rwanda”

The issue of affordable urban housing has been haunting the government ever since DAY 1. All past housing developers have entered the market targeting the upper middle class. That caused many Kigalians to move into unplanned neighbourhoods that soon began taking on slum-like features. Relocating...

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Gatuna border had many secrets to divulge to diplomats

Gatuna border post with Uganda has been turned into the subject of conversation for all the wrong reasons. Ugandan officials and media are quick to spread half-truths to whoever is within earshot that Rwanda closed its border, which is far from the truth. The One-Stop border concept has been the...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Absence of order in public transport breeds chaos

In a bid to streamline public transport, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has put in place many measures, some of which turn out to be unpopular at the beginning, but perceptions later change. That is the case of the transport sector, especially public passenger transport that has to...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Maternity leave: Education ministry could have done better

The Ministry of Education is looking for additional Rwf1.3 billion for teachers’ payroll so as to take care of payment for teachers who sit in for teaching staff on maternity leave. The ministry says it needs over 7000 temporary teachers to fill the gap left behind by new mothers who are...

Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Hope Ramaphosa swearing-in wasn’t only thing on the menu

It was all pomp and circumstance yesterday as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn as South African President. He first occupied the seat last year after his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, was forced to resign over a string of corruption accusations and state capture by his business crony....

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Nsabimana terror charges: The hunt for suspects must continue

Callixte Nsabimana appeared in court Thursday where he was formally charged with 16 terrorism-related charges. To the Rwandan people, the pain, suffering, and loss caused by his actions, especially the infamous Nyungwe attacks that left nine people dead and many more injured, cannot be...

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: What next now after Callixte Nsabimana reveals all, including Uganda’s role?

Rwandan opposition groups never cease to amaze how they are so quick to believe in their own dreams. They are the true inhabitants of Utopia. One only has to read their postings on social media to see how desperate they crave for relevance. You cannot avoid feeling sorry for them and their make-...

Friday, May 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The Church defrocks for breaking its laws but not for Genocide; it’s a big shame

Early this week, someone posted on the local social media platform a photo of a civil marriage. The publisher captioned it that it was a priest who had been recently defrocked due to “questionable behaviour”. Now he was tying the knot with his love. It was possible that the former...

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: In Gakenke, Genocidaires got the last laugh and it’s unacceptable

When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi erupted, some families were not lucky; their killer-neighbours were so efficient that they wiped entire families off the face of this earth. GAERG – an association of former student survivors of the Genocide – embarked on the noble task of...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Joint cross-border multi-sectoral cooperation key to addressing global health emergencies

Rwanda is hosting the 7th African Partner Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) Key Leader Conference, which has attracted delegates from over 24 countries. Nations that constitute the grouping meet to share best experiences and jointly identify the most common and most urgent requirements as well as...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rukumberi: The best way to honour departed loved ones is to carry their legacy forward

Rukumberi, one of the areas that saw the worst killings during the Genocide against the Tutsi, yesterday laid to rest over 40,000 victims of the slaughter. Some of the remains were recovered in recent days while others were removed from a rundown memorial, before they were accorded decent burial...

Monday, May 20, 2019, 12:55 AM

Editorial: There are more untapped business opportunities upcountry

It is not every day that one finds a foreign company setting up offices and factories upcountry. Most of them opt for the convenience of the Kigali Special Economic Zone. That was not the case for Africeramics, a new company that intends to build a ceramic factory in Nyanza District in the...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:01 AM

EDITORIAL: Sexual harassment has no place in our newsrooms

Come July this year, Rwanda will present its first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report to the UN on the state of their implementation. One of the goals regard peace, justice and building strong institutions, which is such a large area to cover. But there is one area the media fraternity has...

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 12:57 AM

Editorial: CHOGM2020: As the saying goes “Charity begins at home”

Preparations for the 2020 Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting (CHOGM) are in full gear. An estimated 10,000 delegates are expected and it will be one of the largest meetings the country has hosted. Local organisers are aware of the fact and it will be the largest stage where the...

Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Africa slowly but surely crossing the digital frontier

The next edition of Transform Africa Summit (TAS) will not take place in Kigali but will be hosted by Guinea. The poster-boy of African innovations has grown in stature over the years; therefore it was inevitable that it would become a truly African affair. The current edition has been taken over...

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:12 AM

EDITORIAL: Most roads lead to Kigali this week

Africa’s premiere technology meeting, the Transform Africa Summit (TAS), is upon us again and Kigali is teeming will all sorts of geeks. Well, that is not all that is happening at the moment; at a different venue in Kigali, there is another equally important continental event taking place...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:09 AM

EDITORIAL: Entrepreneurs should take full advantage of major summits

Whenever an international conference takes place in Kigali, visitors go back with a piece of Rwanda with them. Many come with wrong conceptions, are apprehensive and are only reassured after landing and interacting with Kigalians and, surprisingly, discover a haven of peace, not the stereotype of...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12:00 AM