Elizabeth Buhungiro

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

Reasons for separating a child from family

Every child has the right to grow up in the care of parents or guardians. However, there are circumstances under which a child can be separated from their family and placed in the custody of another person or authority. According to article 11 of law relating to the protection of the child, such...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Regarding the national identity card

Every Rwandan aged sixteen years and above is obligated to possess a national identity card. According to LAW N°14/2008 OF 04/6/2008 governing registration of the population and issuance of the national identity card, issuance of the national identity card shall occur within six months of...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Know Your Rights: The right to protection from cyber crimes

Phones, laptops, tablets and other computer devices which can be connected to the internet are possible avenues for the commitment of crime. Offenses related to computer usage are known as cybercrimes and are punishable under Law Nº 60/2018 of 22/8/2018 on prevention and punishment of...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Do you know the price of nosiness?

You go around asking people when they are getting married. You go around pocking your nose into married people’s business asking them when they are planning to have (more) children. You ignore the way they laugh to conceal embarrassment and discomfort. You ignore the way their body language...

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Plastic

Plastic is the most commonly used material for the manufacture of products. The Science History Institute of the United States says that plastic is mostly made from petroleum and fossil fuels whose atoms are long-chained and arranged in repeating units. That’s why plastic is strong, light and...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

The right to filiation

Every child has the right to be taken care of by his/her parents, hence the law governing persons and family that statutes filiation. According to article 46 of the law, filiation is “the relationship between a child and his/her father or mother.” According to article 47 of the law...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

The problem with keeping girls at home till marriage

When I moved to Kigali in 2014, my worst nightmare was trying to find decent accommodation. Basically, the choice was between beautiful apartments for which I would have had to sell my kidney to afford a month’s rent, and inexpensive houses for which I’d have had to jump over ditches,...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

The right to protection from trafficking

Human trafficking is a heinous crime. It often results in several other human rights violations such as the right to a family. To protect people from trafficking, the government of Rwanda established a law relating to the prevention, suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons and...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Scissors

A pair of scissors is a common and simple item found in most homes and offices. It comes in varying sizes to suit the cutting up of various materials. The way it operates, according to Wikipedia, an encyclopaedia, is that it has two pivoted metal blades with sharpened inner edges and two bows. When...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

A tribute to non-biological mothers

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. Many people around the world, including me, celebrated the women who gave them life. Not to take away from the sentiment, I waited till today to pay my tribute to the non-biological mothers. Because it’s one thing to love and care for a child that you...

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: The wheel

A wheel is an essential part of every vehicle. As it moves in circular motion around an axis, it makes it possible to drive from one place to another. Researchers estimate that the wheel was invented around 3500 BC (the Bronze Age) in ancient Mesopotamia; present day Iraq. Made from wood or clay,...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

The right to buy good products

There are many manufactured products on the market. And without regulation, it’s easy for companies to ignore the rights and needs of those who purchase and use the products (consumers). For this reason, the government established a law relating to competition and consumer protection. Among...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Eight-to-five jobs are underrated

We are told to treat our eight-to-five jobs as placeholders for our dreams. Those dreams apparently only exist on the self-employment planet. So we are told not to settle; to be uncomfortable and unsatisfied until we have people opening gates for us while giving us meek smiles and calling us...

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Curriculum, teaching hours, and language of instruction in schools

Good education is one that is organised in such a way that it skills a learner and prepares him/her to be a productive citizen. For this reason, the Government of Rwanda established Ministerial Order N°006/2016 of 08/01/2016 Ministerial Order Determining Curriculum, Teaching Hours and the...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: Staplers

A stapler is one of the commonest and most essential items in any office. It contains thin metal staples used for holding together two or more pieces of paper. According to Wikipedia, an encyclopaedia, there are also surgical staplers used to close up surgical wounds. The stapler is said to have...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Stop policing people’s weight

To whom it may concern. I don’t know who died and made you the size police. Someone adds the slightest weight and you feel the need to point it out. But you don’t just point it out, no. You describe the person’s body parts to them as if they don’t have a mirror. You meet...

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

The right to protection from harmful work

Today, many countries around the world celebrate Labour Day, in recognition of the contributions and achievements of the working class. The working class has come a long way since the start of the industrial revolution of the mid-18 Century. For instance, at first children were subjected to...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Origins of ordinary things: The forty-hour workweek

World over, the official working time is commonly observed as 8pm to 5pm from Monday to Friday. This is known as the forty-hour workweek. Its existence allows the working class to have time for leisure, rest and recuperation so that their health and productivity stay intact. But how did it come to...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Humility doesn’t apply at work

Brian had been at the company for only one month. But the Managing Director (MD) was already in love with him. They were socialsing, talking strategy, and making small talk. And all that was grand until Brian started subtly assigning me tasks. Subtly because he’d say things like “if...

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:20 PM

The right to freedom of worship

During Easter, billions of Christians around the world commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and celebrate his resurrection as they believe him to be the Saviour of the world. Christianity is one of many religions around the world. Each religion has its own doctrine, practices and worship. In...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00 AM