Bertrand Byishimo

Experts weigh in on rampant drug abuse in the showbiz industry

2019 was the year that confirmed that drug abuse among artistes was rampant. There were several cases of artistes who were in and out of prison for abusing or trafficking drugs. Some artistes have been spotted indulging in drugs and excess alcohol consumption.  Some of them are still in...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Community health workers: Facilitating the growth of Rwanda’s health sector

Community health workers (CHWs) have played an important role when it comes to primary health care delivery. Community health workers are members of a community chosen by members or organisations to provide basic medical care, and are capable of providing preventive and rehabilitation care....

Monday, January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Beyond the classroom: Using debates as a learning tool

In December last year, roughly 400 students participated in group activities that involved debates, with themes centred on development. Twenty-four mentors were there to help them. The exercise took place at New Life Christian Academy in Kayonza. Participants were from around the East African...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwandan doctor discovers rare lineage of a TB causing bacteria

For the first time in the history of Rwanda, Dr Jean-Claude Semuto, supported by a team of six Rwandan scientists from Rwanda Biomedical Center, has identified a new type of tuberculosis causative agent. The new tuberculosis bacterial strains belong to a new lineage dubbed Mycobacterium...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Gisozi: Gutted Agakiriro workshop to get Rwf200m facelift

The carpentry section of a business centre known as Gakiriro in Gisozi sector, Gasabo District, is set to get a major facelift months after it was razed by back-to-back fires. The most recent inferno gutted the market last year on June 29, destroying property and merchandise valued in billions...

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Pastor uses Kinyatrap to preach to masses

Kinyatrap might be a new genre on Rwanda’s music scene, but a growing number of music fans are embracing the rhythm. At Zeal of the Gospel Church in Nyamirambo, a suburb of Kigali, in a recent Sunday service — Eric Munyemana, the church’s senior pastor, raised a microphone in...

Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

The 600 nominated for three international awards

The 600, a movie that tells the most compelling story of the struggle to liberate Rwandans from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, has made it to three big international award events in the United States and the United Kingdom. The movie highlights the inspirational story that honours the...

Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

From despair to hope: Grandmother’s joy after family is evacuated from ‘death trap’

It is 11a.m. A grandmother is standing in the doorway wearing a broad smile. Euphrasie Mukankuranga is aged 60. She tells us she is a mother of four and has two grandchildren – both with her when we visited on Wednesday, January 8. She lives in Kabusunzu Village, Kimisagara Sector in...

Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

American singer’s Kinyarwanda song sends tongues wagging

An American worship leader, Evan Jerral has released a single with its video dubbed “Ushimwe”. In an interview with one of the local media houses, Evan, who was in Rwanda in March last year, said he fell in love the first time he stepped foot in the country, and was inspired to sing...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:46 AM

What role does the language of instruction play?

Last year, stakeholders in the education sector welcomed the move by the Ministry of Education to withdraw a policy directive that instruction be exclusively done in Kinyarwanda for lower primary. The previous decision to use Kinyarwanda as the language of instruction lower primary stirred a...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Stories that dominated education headlines in 2019

The year 2019 was marked by multiple policy changes, particularly in the education sector. Education Times’ Bertrand Byishimo looks at some of the highlights. International varsities find a home in Rwanda 2019 saw new international universities finding a home in Rwanda. On January...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Daliso, Idris to spice up ‘Seka Live’

After an exciting performance by Kenya’s Omondi and South Africa’s Madinga, last month, Rwanda’s national comedy, “Seka Live” is set to return on the last Sunday of this month, January 26. The lineup includes local as well as international outfits in the world of...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwandan gospel artistes win big at Maranatha Awards

A good number of Rwandan gospel artistes were voted among the winners of the Maranatha Awards 2019. Among the many that walked away with different accolades include Israel Mbonyi who won an award as the Best Live Minister.  Aime Uwimana also scooped the award for the Best Collaboration for...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda National Police outlines its 2020 agenda

On Friday, January 3, Rwanda National Police revealed the areas in which it will focus on this year. Commissioner of Police John Bosco Kabera, the RNP spokesperson told reporters during a press conference that they will install more camera on highways to curb overspeeding. This is in addition...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 1:33 AM

Developments that shaped the health sector in 2019

So much happened in Rwanda’s health sector in 2019 — setbacks and remarkable milestones. The year began with the outbreak of Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda took several measures to combat it, and the efforts paid off.  In its first issue of the New...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

2019: A year of major strides in education sector

2019 presented multiple policy changes, particularly in the education sector. Despite the challenges brought about by those changes, Rwanda’s education sector welcomed new universities and the changes made are hoped will drive the education sector to a better destination. Some of the...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 1:03 AM

Rehoboth Ministry: A jubilee of unity evangelism

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi left behind many broken hearts, frustrated families, and an almost hopeless generation. In its aftermath, Rwandans were converging from different nations where they had fled to come back to their country, and among them was a group of young Christians who upon...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:36 AM

Major Showbiz highlights to expect in 2020

The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade. For the entertainment world, event promoters and organisers have already given us a sneak peek into some the major events that Rwandans should look out for. From international celebrities visiting Rwanda or gracing our stages, to major career...

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 12:25 AM

What will it take to break the wall of silence on sexual harassment?

One day on a scary night in Mageragere Sector, robbers attacked a small family of one boy, a girl and their mother. The attack was very serious as the robbers tied them up in different corners of the house. They carried out their errand but on top of that raped the girl in the house without...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Is all set for the next academic year?

It is just a fortnight before the 2020 academic year for primary and secondary schools starts amidst several changes within the education sector.   The changes include the shift from Kinyarwanda as the medium of instruction in lower primary. The “profesora” ...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 1:21 AM

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