Bertrand Byishimo

Coronavirus: Zigama offers loan payment relief to borrowers

Zigama Credit and Savings Society (Zigama CSS) has waived the payment of the principal amount that borrowers were meant to pay in March in order to soften the economic impact of coronavirus on its clients. However, borrowers will still pay the interest rate for the month of March. According...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 2:38 AM

Keeping up with home-schooling

With schools across the country closed and the reopening time uncertain, the Ministry of Education has been gathering online teaching materials, looking for ways to keep kids engaged beyond the limited hours of remote-learning school days. However, education experts suggest that blended learning...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

Pharmacies decry shortage of medicines

Many pharmacies around the country are feeling the pressure to keep their customers supplied with vital medical supplies while dealing with shortages caused by the continued spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 By press time, 70 cases have been registered in Rwanda and according to...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 1:13 PM

First aid: What to do before medical help arrives

According to experts, when it comes to first aid, a victim’s situation can be saved or worsened in a few minutes depending on the intervention done within that critical time. As such, life-saving techniques should be embraced in case of emergencies; such as drowning, accidents, heart...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Private clinics geared up for coronavirus response

As different government institutions, especially hospitals, are doing what they can to contain the spread of coronavirus in Rwanda, private medical facilities have also not been left behind, The New Times reports. Located in downtown Kigali, Polyclinique du Plateau is one of the...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka26: CNLG reveals commemoration programme

Although cases of coronavirus continue to rise, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has said that commemoration activities for the 26th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi will proceed. In an exclusive interview with The New Times, Jean-...

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 11:51 PM

Kenya registers first coronavirus death

On Thursday, a 66-year-old man became the first person to die of the coronavirus in Kenya, the country’s Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said in a statement. According to the statement, the deceased had arrived in the country from South Africa via Swaziland on March 13. “We...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 11:11 AM

VIDEO: Frontline medics urge Rwandans to be vigilant as COVID-19 rages

A number of Rwandan medical practitioners have joined efforts to back the government’s ongoing awareness campaign to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. The awareness campaign is an initiative by the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) and Society for Family Health. As...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 3:07 PM

COVID-19: Government issues fresh instructions to industries

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued fresh instructions to industries that are exempt from the countrywide lockdown as the country continues to fight the spreading of coronavirus. According to the ministry, the only industries that should remain in operation are those working...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 1:18 PM

COVID-19 lockdown: Government takes to distance learning

The Ministry of Education has made all the e-learning platforms accessible to students free of charge in a bid to facilitate homeschooling amidst the ongoing lockdown over coronavirus. Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Rwanda a fortnight ago, Government tightened measures it...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:37 AM

COVID-19: Why Rwanda should embrace blended learning

Since the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Rwanda, the government tightened measures it deemed adequate to mitigate the risks of transmission of the virus. Among others, a decision that all schools and higher education institutions (both public and private) would close for an initial two-week...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Calls grow for greater solidarity among citizens to ease coronavirus impact

Rwandans have been called on to show greater solidarity with each other and to throw their weight behind government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The country is under partial lockdown since Sunday and many are expected to lose their jobs as businesses suspend operations and...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:23 AM

Uganda confirms first case of coronavirus

Uganda has become the latest East African Community nation to report the case of coronavirus. The country’s Ministry of Health said in a statement that a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai at 2:00 am on Saturday, 21 March 2020 aboard Ethiopian airline tested positive for Covid...

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:59 AM

Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Legendary American vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s has died aged 81 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, in the United States. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:55 AM

Ncuti Gatwa continues to scoop international awards

Just when the news is all about the New Coronavirus outbreak, leading to the cancellation of all entertainment events and social gatherings, not all is groom. There is some good news to celebrate. Rwandan-born film actor Ncuti Gatwa (pictured)has continued to scoop accolades and recognition at...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:39 AM

COVID-19: How do you keep students busy? Experts share their tips

On March 14, the Government announced that all schools and higher education institutions, public and private will be closed with immediate effect.  The move was to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  The announcement left many parents wondering how best to keep their students...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:04 AM

Preparations for Genocide commemoration to proceed despite coronavirus outbreak

Preparations for this year’s 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are underway across the country despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak  According to Jean Damascene Bizimana, CNLG’s Executive director, nothing will halt the preparation process ...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:17 PM

[VIDEO] COVID-19: How are families equipped to keep virus at bay?

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) hit the headlines, hygiene has be recommended by experts as central in curtailing the spread of the virus, which has so far been registered in over 170 countries, Rwanda inclusive. The outbreak which has not spared Rwanda was earlier this month...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:30 PM

Kagame joins WHO's 'Safe Hands' campaign

President Paul Kagame has has become one of the latest global leaders and celebrities to join the World Health Organisation's social media campaign that seeks to show people how to properly wash their hands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. The Rwandan leader joined this...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:01 PM

Coronavirus: Supreme Court suspends proceedings

The Supreme Court has issued a statement restricting face to face court activities as a precaution in the wake of the fast-spreading new coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows a decision by the government to suspend school schedules, religious services, sports leagues, and other public gatherings...

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:20 PM