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RRA urges waiver Beneficiaries to pay tax for September 2020

In August, Rwanda Revenue Authority waived penalties, fines and interests of payment worth Rwf5 billion for taxpayers who were unable to pay because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The penalties accrued are from late payment of some taxes for the period of March, April and May. The statement, which...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 5:56 AM

How mining sector could drive up revenue

If there were more smelting companies in Rwanda, miners could earn 75 per cent more than they do today. This is because Rwanda exports a big proportion of raw unprocessed minerals to be processed. Today, a miner earns about Rwf6000 per one kilogram of tin. The value of the mineral goes higher...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 6:28 AM

FEATURED: Lack of convenient facilities for working mothers has long-term effects – activists

When a woman gives birth in Rwanda, she is entitled to a three-month maternity leave that may include pre and post-partum leave. After three months, when she returns to work, she is allowed to take one hour among the working hours to check on and breastfeed her baby, as stipulated by the Law...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 11:02 AM

Graffiti art sprouting up along Kigali streets explained

If you live in Kigali and happen to go past places like Remera SARL Motors market or at Kimisagara market, you will probably see street lined with graffiti carrying different messages on Covid-19. Graffiti is relatively new type of art in Rwanda. The graffiti paintings which have been...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 9:01 PM

Is ignorance of patients’ rights the latest challenge to healthcare service delivery?

Josephine Kantarama had been waiting for over an hour when The New Times spoke to her at Kibagabaga Hospital. The previous day, she had come to the same hospital but left without being attended to due to the long queues and waiting hours. In her early 50s, Kantarama says she suffers from a...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 12:00 PM

What’s a billionaire and how do they generate wealth?

Did you know that if today’s billionaires formed a country, it would be the eighth wealthiest in the world? It would have around just 2, 100 citizens with over USD 9 trillion in wealth, more than a hundred times of Rwanda’s wealth. Today, the world has more billionaires than ever....

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 10:30 AM

The 5 innovations rolled out to fight Covid-19 in Rwanda

Since March 14 when the first case of coronavirus was recorded in Rwanda, the country, just like many in the world, has been grappling with the pandemic. The pandemic has so far claimed 15 lives in the country and on the global scale, and over 810,000 people have succumbed globally. Covid-19...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 9:00 AM

Chinese embassy extends support to teachers hit hardest by Covid-19

The Embassy of China in Rwanda, in partnership with the District of Gasabo and Rwanda China Alumni Organization (RCAO) on Thursday, August 27, donated foodstuff to 300 teachers most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Gasabo district. The support includes; 18 tonnes of food like rice,...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 4:41 PM

In the era of Twiplomacy, for Rwanda, women take the lead

Social media has become an indispensable tool of communication world over. Having a more diversified audience, a 24-hour information landscape and more flexible interactions make Twitter, the micro-blogging tool, one of the most popular social media platforms with over 330 million active users...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:00 PM

Musicians sue hospitality outlets over unpaid royalties

Rwanda Music Federation has filed a case at Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) against consumers of local music who refused to pay royalties after several attempts for them to comply hit a snag. This was revealed by Jean de Dieu Tuyisenge the head of the federation, who in an interview with The...

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 7:00 AM

Debit card or credit card, what’s better?

Ever wondered the difference between a credit and a debit card? It’s easy to see why; debit cards and credit cards are widely accepted at many places. Cashless economy has been increasingly been adopted and even more when Covid-19 pandemic hit. Debit and credit cards both offer convenience...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 1:00 PM

Unemployment increased by 9 percent in February to May due to Covid-19

A new report released by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) has indicated that unemployment in the country increased almost two-fold within a period of three months between February and May 2020. According to the report, the unemployment rate stood at 13.1 in February before...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 5:46 PM

How music royalties work

Beyond concerts and performances, musicians have an alternative avenues to make money. Among the avenues is through large infrastructures in place designed to collect earnings for singers enabling them collect passive revenue. The money made out of such means are referred to as royalties and it...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:00 AM

Jittery as Nyabugogo market is put under lockdown

For many years Mama Nzungu, a market vendor, has been selling fruits in Nyabugogo Market, commonly known as ‘Kwa Mutangana’. On Monday morning her stall was temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 infections found in the market. She was told to undergo a Covid-19 test and...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 10:25 PM

[FEATURED] HDI trains future physicians on safe abortion

Health Development Initiative, a local NGO that seeks to boost the living standards of Rwandans, has carried out an intensive practical training about rights, legal frameworks pertaining to safe abortion. The training that was held in Kigali on August 14-15, was attended by over 40 final year...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 4:05 PM

What you need to know about new ambassadors appointed by cabinet

On Friday, August 14, an extraordinary cabinet meeting named four Ambassadors to represent Rwanda in different countries in Africa and Europe.   The appointed are Zaina Nyiramatama, who becomes the new envoy to Morocco, Olivier Nduhungirehe to The Netherlands, Jean-Pierre Karabaranga to...

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 3:42 PM

Legal scholars, civil society, join surrogacy court battle

Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Thursday heard the appeal case of a family that is seeking the right to have birth by surrogacy, after a lower court – Kicukiro Primary Court – in June ruled to block the procedure. According to the judge at the lower court, surrogacy is not backed by...

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 8:37 PM

If you are under 18, the law limits your access to reproductive health services. It is time to change, activists say

The law relating to Human Reproductive Health in Rwanda grants every person the right to medical services and information related to human reproductive health. However, the law limits people under 18 years of age from deciding for themselves on issues regarding reproductive health and offers no...

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:00 AM

Youth Day: Your ideas, discipline will sustain Rwanda’s gains – Youth told

The Minister of Youth and Culture, Rosemary Mbabazi has encouraged the youth to sustain the discipline and innovative ideas that have enabled Rwandans to achieve what Rwanda is today. The minister made the remarks in a virtual celebration to mark the International Youth Day that was celebrated...

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:14 PM

Your skills are now more relevant than ever – President Kagame to UGHE's MGHD ‘20 graduates

President Paul Kagame has told the University of Global Health Equity’s (UGHE) fifth cohort of graduates that the skills they acquired at UGHE are an important part of the region's aspiration for improved health care and better research capacity, and conveyed his hope that they would find...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 9:12 PM

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