The New Times

EDITORIAL: 25 years of toil have everything to show for it

It has been quite a rollercoaster journey, a treacherous path; from the savannah of Umutara, the steep hills and valleys of Byumba to the volcanoes. Hunger was an extra enemy to conquer, a constant companion, and there was no time to grieve fallen comrades; the young men and women had a greater...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The youth should be eager to learn about the history of the liberation struggle

Over 20 local and foreign journalists and story-tellers were yesterday given a guided tour of three most significant sites in the history of the Liberation Struggle waged by the Rwanda Patriotic Army between 1990 and 1994. The three locations are Gabiro in Gatsibo District, Muhoza in Musanze...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 12:19 AM

EDITORIAL: How did colonial laws survive this long?

The Catholic Church is the biggest landowner in Rwanda and occupies some of the prime spots all over the country, housing the majority of schools and monasteries. Even most prime real estate in Kigali is in the hands of the Church. The vast ownership was not a result of smart investments but a...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: A week of reflection and renewal

Today marks the beginning of a busy week in Rwanda during which the country marks both Independence and Liberation anniversaries. Rwanda officially became an independent country 57 years ago today even as the significance of the event was a little more than just a symbolic gesture from the Belgians...

Monday, July 1, 2019, 2:00 AM

Editorial: Busy pulling millions out of poverty, Rwanda has no time for distractions

Parliament has finally approved the budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 that was read to them a short time ago. The major part of the close to Rwf three trillion tab will be spent towards economic transformation as well as infrastructure and improving the welfare of Rwandans. The lots of millions...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New EAC passport should strengthen ties, not xenophobia

Rwanda yesterday began issuing the new electronic East African passport as part of the integration efforts of the East African Community (EAC). The new passport adopted by all member states of the EAC will in the next two years replace the current national one, be it national, service or...

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: UN Group of Experts’ report clears any remaining doubts

Social media has been awash with images of combatants of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) who were either killed or captured by Congolese government troops. They have been operating in South Kivu and have formed a coalition under the name P5 together with Conseil national pour le renouveau et la...

Friday, June 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The youth should understand this; there is no free money

It was quite a sight early this week at the Kigali Convention Centre when hundreds of people, the majority of them young men and women, caused a huge commotion that attracted the attention of senior government and security officials. The people had just fallen victim to one of the biggest con...

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: How is Rwanda’s economy faring? Ask the World Bank

The African continent is in trouble, deep economic trouble. The latest World Bank assessment is that most African countries are drowning in unsustainable debt. There have been even some allegations on social media that some countries have mortgaged their ports to the Chinese – the new...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: When will they get off their high stools and get back to reality?

A France 24 journalist did not see it coming when she found herself on a head-on collision with “Who are you”? President Kagame and European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, were being interviewed by the French Television station when Rwanda...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: A warm welcome to the new members of Akagera park!

Rwanda is five rhinos richer following the arrival in the wee hours of Monday morning of Jasiri, Jasmina, Manny, Olmoti and Mandela. By press time, the black rhinos – originally from Safari Park Dvůr Králové in Czech Republic, Flamingo Land in United Kingdom, and Ree Park Safari in Denmark...

Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: What detractors will never tell you about Rwanda

A meeting took place last week in the Eastern Province that would answer anyone’s questions, especially those who have taken it upon themselves to question Rwanda’s human rights record. Many would rather rely on rumours other than evidence-based research. So, what better source than...

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:20 AM

EDITORIAL: It’s the Gov’t, not the Church that sets health policies

For many years, the Catholic Church called the shots in Rwanda. It influenced policy, pulled all sorts of strings and had tentacles in all sectors of society. The church was omnipresent, but its real leverage was that it owned the schools and hospitals, therefore, it had a psychological and...

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: ECOWAS has set the tone; will EAC be able to follow?

As we are now used to seeing and hearing, whenever the mainstream media report about Africa, it is always gloomy. This past week it has not been any different; former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s dramatic death in a courtroom, ethnic clashes in Mali that took hundreds, Ebola’s...

Friday, June 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Hate speech should be fought with actions, not empty words

A very important event took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York Tuesday, but it did not make it to many media outlets, possibly having been over-shadowed by the death of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Strait of Hormuz crisis. UN Secretary-General António Guterres...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Internship stipends need not give UR a headache

A few years ago, White Collar and Blue Collar jobs were everyday expressions in the media to describe the capitalist divide in labour. The latter was doing all the hard manual jobs; factory workers, drivers, and mechanics, name any trade apart from pushing the pen from behind an office desk. Today...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: For victims of the Uganda torture, court was the only avenue

For the last couple of years, relations between Rwanda and Uganda have continued to deteriorate, with scores of Rwandans arbitrary arrested, detained, tortured and refused consular visits. To make things worse, anti-Rwanda elements were operating openly on Ugandan soil with the full logistical and...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Editorial: New Kivu Belt tourism initiative a welcome addition to existing efforts

Rwanda seeks to nearly double its tourism receipts to USD 800 million by 2014. The Government also hopes to significantly increase the number of jobs the sector directly creates, up from some 900,000 last year. To achieve this target there is need for a holistic  multisectoral approach that...

Monday, June 17, 2019, 12:01 AM

Editorial: School milk distribution needs to be streamlined

In the just unveiled budget, social protection received a fair share of the total. That item covers quite a lot of ground; from improving the living conditions of Rwandans, easy access to medical care and special programmes for the most vulnerable such as the Vision 2020 Umurenge where they are...

Sunday, June 16, 2019, 1:41 AM

EDITORIAL: The success of the blood drive is well-rooted in culture

Human blood occupied an important position in traditional Rwandan culture; it was a symbol of life, life-long friendship and unbreakable family bonds Spilling blood was the ultimate crime and sharing it the highest honour. In order to seal a pact of friendship, the blood of two parties was mixed....

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12:00 AM