Kagame commends ICT-backed justice delivery during Covid-19

President Paul Kagame has said that dispensing justice through the use of ICT is a way to go as it can help overcome limitations such as those imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic on service delivery. The President made the remarks on Monday, September 7, during a virtual address to...

Monday, September 7, 2020, 1:48 PM

Sudan declares three-month state of emergency over deadly floods

The Sudanese Security and Defence Council declared a national state of emergency for three months as a result of floods that have killed 99 people, and damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes, state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The Council also designated Sudan...

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 7:23 PM

What is hindering production of flavoured tea in Rwanda?

Most of the flavoured tea used in Rwanda like ginger, lemongrass, and chamomile flavours – is imported, and even then it is rarely available in local shops. The underlying reasons for this is the scarcity of spices such as ginger and the culture of tea consumption among Rwandans. Hamim...

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 10:00 AM

Covid-19: Agric ministry urges extra efforts to increase farm productivity

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources has said that agriculture and livestock are expected to considerably contribute to the recovery of the national economy from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic. For that to be achieved, it requires to redouble efforts in order to increase...

Friday, September 4, 2020, 2:18 PM

Fund set up to help mitigate Covid-19 impact on media

Local media houses stand a chance to access grants from a new Covid-19 recovery Fund designed to help mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19 on the media sector. The Fund has been established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Rwanda Governance Board (...

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 9:24 PM

Ex-Chief Justice Rugege to chair mediation advisory committee

Chief Justice Emeritus, Prof. Sam Rugege on Monday, August 31 rooted for peaceful resolution of conflicts following his election as Chairperson of the Court Mediation Advisory Committee. He was elected at the launch of the Court Mediation Advisory Committee, an alternative justice system, a...

Monday, August 31, 2020, 8:06 PM

FEATURED: RCA unveils Rwf16bn plan to bolster coops’ performance

Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) has launched a five-year strategic plan that is intended to increase the productivity of cooperatives through need-based trainings to build their capacity as well as scale up their uptake of ICT among others. The plan launched in Kigali, on Thursday, August 27,...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 11:00 AM

Law on electronic monitoring of suspects ready for gazetting

Suspects may soon be required to wear electronic devices instead of being put under provisional detention, thanks to a new ministerial order that only awaits publication in the Official Gazette, it has emerged.   According to the Ministry of Justice, the system that tracks suspects is...

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwandan exporters count losses over their chilli damaged in UK

Rwandan exporters who had sent shipments of chilli pepper to the United Kingdom (UK) market are crying foul after their produce was held for inspection and got damaged along the process. Speaking to The New Times, Robert Rukundo, Chairman. Horticulture Exporters Association of Rwanda (HEAR...

Monday, August 24, 2020, 10:00 AM

RNIT Iterambere Fund grows to Rwf14bn despite Covid-19

Savings into the Rwanda National Investment Trust (RNIT) Iterambere Fund increased by more than 32 per cent to Rwf14.43 billion in July 2020 from Rwf10.91 billion in December 2019. This situation suggests how Covid-19 pandemic might have had a silver lining as far as proving the need for making...

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 10:00 AM

Rwanda to start rapid antigen tests for Covid-19

As Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in the world and claiming lives, Rwanda is embarking on carrying out antigen-based tests to diagnose the virus. During an event in which Africa Medical Supplier donated testing kits for Covid-19 to the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), officials...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 9:20 PM

Inside plans to address Rwanda’s persistent water scarcity

Clean water is still a ‘scarce resource’ in Rwanda. Some people get it once or twice a week, and there are residents in some areas which do not access it and resort to consuming untreated water from lakes and other water bodies. The shortage of safe water is also the case in Kigali...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:00 PM

Should names of convicts’ parents be published?

A database of the Office of the Ombudsman had 1728 people convicted of corruption as of Thursday, August 13, 2020. The list of those convicts was published on its website along with the names of their parents. On the website of the Judiciary of Rwanda, you can find published judgments including...

Monday, August 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

Assumption Day: Archbishop Kambanda recommends prayer for greater unity

The Archbishop of Kigali, Antoine Kambanda, has advised Christians and Rwandans, in general, to respect God, seek greater unity, and shun anything that can distance them from the Almighty who is the source of perfect peace. Kambanda delivered the message while speaking to The New Times...

Friday, August 14, 2020, 4:35 PM

Why Consumer Price Index rose by 11.5 per cent

The Consumer Price Index in Rwanda increased by 11.5 per cent between July 2019 and July 2020, according to latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) on August 10, 2020. This, according to NISR, means that for an item which was costing Rwf500 in July 2019,...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 8:15 PM

Lawmakers propose early access to pension benefits

Lawmakers have proposed early access to pension benefits for employees who have lost jobs as a result of various circumstances such as restructuring, or layoffs among other factors. The Members of Parliament made the proposal on Monday, August 10, 2020, during a session in which the legislators...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 12:36 AM

Outrage as genocide denier is chosen expert on Belgian colonial role in Rwanda

Laure Uwase, a member of the Jambo Asbl – a Belgium-based association which has been criticized for trivializing and denying the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, has been appointed a member of a commission to examine the role of Belgian colonial rule in Rwanda and the entire Great Lakes...

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11:39 PM

MPs reject govt proposal on dismissal of imprisoned civil servants

A proposal by the government to remove, from office, public servants who have been sentenced for more than two months has been rejected by lawmakers. Under the draft law establishing the general statutes governing public servants, a civil servant who has been sentenced to more than two months...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 5:18 PM

Lawmakers scrap fines from mutuelle de santé draft law

People will not be fined for missing the deadline for paying contributions to the community-based health insurance scheme commonly known as Mutuelle de Santé. While voting the draft law amending the 2015 law governing the organisation of the community-based health insurance scheme on Tuesday,...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9:59 AM

Rwanda reassures voluntary repatriation of Burundi refugees

The Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has said that Rwanda reaffirms the principle of voluntary repatriation as a durable solution for refugees, in accordance with international and Rwandan law. The Ministry issued the statement on voluntary repatriation of refugees on August 3...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 10:39 PM

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