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Editorial: Only the taxman can save the media industry

Recently there was a debate on the future of Africa’s fragmented and weak aviation industry which cannot stand on its own feet. One of the solutions put forward was merging in order to compete with airlines from outside the continent who dominate the African skies. They will either have to...

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Citizens have the power to fight corruption

This year’s Corruption Perception Index is very damning. Transparency International says that the global perception is that governments are doing very little to tackle the vice, especially the Sub-Saharan region which was the worst performer. On a scale of 0-100 Sub-Sahara paints a bleak...

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Ever wonder why Uganda-Rwanda talks move at a snail’s pace?

Yesterday, many world leaders converged in Jerusalem, Israel, to mark the 75th anniversary since the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp where many Jews were exterminated during World War 2. In attendance was Prince Charles and in his remarks, one might have been tempted to...

Friday, January 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It is not by chance that things work here, it is by design

Nobody among those who claim to know more about Rwanda’s economy than the country itself seemed to notice, or they did and just shut up intentionally because it debunks their theories. Here we refer to the likes of The Economist and other sceptics who would rather dump the country among...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Throwing border gates wide open way to go

The immigration department is one of the most popular government departments because of its seamless operations. They offer rapid services and it is rare to hear any complaints directed towards them. On top of that, they are innovative. Foreigners applying for a visa did not need to visit Rwanda...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 12:39 AM

EDITORIAL: Deal with schools making unreasonable demands

Most of the education commentaries that have been published by The New Times have mostly been complaints or finger-pointing at where we thought needed attention. So we need to tip off our hats at authorities who are quick to get the message and rush to put things back in order because education...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:30 AM

Editorial: Only DR Congo has the chance of silencing the guns this year

When Callixte Nsabimana who calls himself “Sankara” was first arrested in May last year, it was the beginning of the end of the armed group that goes by the name FLN. It is the armed wing of a loose coalition headed by Paul Rusesabagina and Faustin Twagiramungu who are based in...

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rusesabagina and co’s game slowly coming undone

Two separate but related events took place yesterday: In the town of Nyanza, the High Court Chamber of International Crimes was deciding whether Callixte Nsabimana, alias Sankara, should be court martialled similar to some with whom he shares the same charges. Nsabimana was a spokesman of the...

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Distorting the Genocide will not get far

It was a small victory, but a victory all the same. The widespread indignation was because a French publishing house had touched a raw nerve. Larousse has been in existence for over 100 years and is best known for its dictionaries and encyclopaedias and other reference books. Despite being a...

Friday, January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Sewer, the best news of the decade

This town might not sink after all. There has been an ongoing joke that Kigali might one day be transformed into one giant sinkhole. The reason being that in the absence of a sewerage system, every building is obliged to provide its own septic tank. From time to time the tanks are emptied but in...

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:41 AM

EDITORIAL: Musanze domestic-abuse case casts a shadow over local government

There is a distressing photo doing the rounds on twitter. It is the very image of savagery at its worst. The photo is that of the back of a woman’s head in plaits, but half of the hair is missing after it was uprooted by brute force by her husband. The man was a Deputy Mayor of Musanze...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kibeho Basilica is a smart economic move

It would be quite an impossible task to separate Rwanda from the Catholic Church. At one point in time, the Church and the country were inseparable. In fact, at one time the head of the Catholic Church in Rwanda was also a member of the Central Committee of the ruling party until he was forced to...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Police-Church partnership key to behaviour change

More than half of Rwandans are Catholic faithful while the Church is also a major partner in provision of social services such as education and healthcare, owning a significant number of schools and health facilities nationwide. The influence of the Catholic Church in Rwanda goes as far back...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:15 AM

Editorial: Kudos to UR for listening and taking action

Early this week, this newspaper touched on problems faced by fresh graduates because of the delay in getting their degree certificates due to several issues, one of which is that they are printed in Europe and come out months later. Some of them missed job or scholarship opportunities because...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Nothing like beginning the decade on a sound economic outlook

The verdict is out, just as expected, Rwanda’s steady economic growth is getting even stronger, according to the World Economic Prospects report published by the World Bank. In the past whenever the country posted positive results, not everyone has welcomed the news. Some even go to the...

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: No one chooses to become a refugee, but it’s your choice to help them or not

Norway is the only developed country that has done anything to relieve the suffering of some of the refugees who were evacuated from Libya and are now accommodated at Gashora Transit Centre. Not only has it donated close to Rwf 3 billion to the exercise, but it has also committed to taking in...

Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Results speak louder than words

Anything Rwanda tends to suscitate a lot of emotions, both for and against. On the home front is what one can call a crack unit that has vowed to bring the new Rwanda to the world, to dispel every piece of wrong narrative peddled on the net, mainstream media and academia. They are always up in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Education should not be static in the age of innovation

Many parents with school-going children, during this time of the year, have only one thing in mind; to see the end of January. Their spirits are low and the pockets even emptier after a festive season combined with a back-to-school flurry, but they are thankful that they managed to go through...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: What next now for RNC and co. in South Africa?

Members of Rwandan opposition and armed groups operating in South Africa are at crossroads; as of January 1, the Refugees Act, which took effect then, bans them from engaging in political activities. It is quite a big blow for the likes of Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC group that had found the...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Connect Rwanda challenge will propel us to a digital society

The Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Force are among the latest institutions to throw their weight behind a campaign to provide unconnected Rwandans with smartphones, pledging a combined 2,000 locally made smartphones on Friday. Launched just last month, the Connect Rwanda Challenge seeks...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 1:04 AM

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