Lawmakers urge government to reduce DNA test cost

Members of the Lower chamber of Parliament have expressed concern over the high cost of DNA tests at the Kigali-based National Forensic Laboratory, urging the Government to consider ways to bring it down. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests are carried out in order to confirm a relationship such...

Monday, August 3, 2020, 10:18 PM

Burundian refugees petition to return home

Over 330 Burundian refugees settled at Mahama Camp in Rwanda, have appealed for a dignified and lawful return to their home country, in a petition to the Burundian President, Evariste Ndayishimiye. They also copied the Government of Rwanda (the Ministry of Emergency Management – MINEMA),...

Monday, August 3, 2020, 5:24 PM

Hundreds of cooperatives found to be unproductive

An assessment that was carried out on 1,505 cooperatives from 2018 until March 2020 revealed that 283 of them were non-operational, the Minister of Trade and Industry has said. Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye made the disclosure on Thursday, July 30, 2020, as she appeared before the plenary...

Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:18 AM

Govt moves to address shortage of ambulances

Insufficient ambulances have been delaying the transfer of patients to hospitals for treatment, a problem that the Ministry of Health has embarked on addressing. Talking about the number of current ambulances in Rwanda, and their capacity, Dr Tharcisse Mpunga, the Minister of State in charge of...

Friday, July 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mutuelle de Sante defaulters to be fined

People who will not have paid all the required contributions to the community-based health insurance scheme (Mutuelle de Santé) by December 31 of each year, will be charged a fine, according to a new legislation in the offing. Imposing the fine is provided for in the new draft law amending the...

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:58 AM

Animal proteins tipped to help Rwanda tackle stunting

Animal-source foods are important in Rwanda’s fight against stunting affecting children, as well as malnutrition among the adult population from vulnerable families, actors in livestock and nutrition have argued. They were speaking on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, during the launch of...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 3:15 PM

Children commission dissolved

The National Children Commission (NCC), and the National Early Childhood Development Programme (NECDP) are to be merged into one institution once a new bill that the Government tabled before the Parliament on July 28, 2020 is enacted into law. While presenting the relevance of the draft law...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 11:17 PM

Parliament repeals provision compelling public servants to take oath

A provision of the draft law establishing the general statute governing public service which compelled public servants to take an oath before being allowed to assume their responsibilities has been removed from the bill amending the statute. The removal was announced by MP Christine Muhongayire...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:50 AM

Lawmakers call for more awareness of law protecting graft whistleblowers

A legal provision that protects a person who gives corruption to get a service for which they have right and reports the case to justice organs prior to criminal investigation, is not well understood among the general public. Senator François Habiyakare, the Chairperson of the African...

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:39 AM

Lawmakers pick Mukayijore to replace Nyirarukundo at Pan-African Parliament

The Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, July 23, voted MP Suzanne Mukayijore to represent Rwanda in the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) with 76 votes out of 80 MPs who were present at the plenary sitting. PAP is the legislative organ of the African Union (AU). Each country is represented by five...

Friday, July 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

Visually impaired to get easy access to published works

The Plenary Session on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, voted the law approving Rwanda's accession to the Marrakesh treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are visually impaired or print disabled. The treaty was adopted at Marrakesh in Morocco on June 27, 2013. The...

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 9:37 AM

Rwanda to host virtual African Green Revolution Forum summit

Rwanda will host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit virtually from September 8 to 11, 2020 to avoid spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a statement from the event organisers. The Summit due in September this year is the 10th edition of the AGRF, and the first of such...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 2:02 PM

Why government wants to reform anti-Genocide body

A new bill that the Government has tabled before Parliament seeks among other things to bolster the ability of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) abroad. Soline Nyirahabimana, the State Minister in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Justice...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:16 AM

How the 2020/2021 agriculture budget will be used

Gabiro Agribusiness Hub Project, which seeks to greatly develop Rwanda’s farming sector, will receive the larger share of the 2020/2021 agriculture budget, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources has said. Gerardine Mukeshimana made the disclosure on July 17, during a virtual...

Monday, July 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Parliament calls for policy on usage of languages

Parliament has asked the Ministry of Youth and Culture to address the issue of Rwandans who are unable to get services in Kinyarwanda because they are offered in foreign languages. This, the legislators said, can only be addressed through the establishment of language usage in the country....

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:31 PM

Schools appeal for lower water tariff

Public and government aided schools have requested to be charged lower prices on water they consume, arguing that the current tariffs are high. They say that water expenditure is projected to rise in  September 2020 when they are expected to reopen because they will need to use...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:15 AM

Data management system to expedite school feeding support

A school data management system that has started being used in public and private schools is expected to address the issue of delays in disbursement of the Government financial support to schools, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said. Minister Uzziel Ndagijimana made the...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 5:24 PM

Finance Minister outlines plan to fix gaps in Mutuelle de Santé

The Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said that recently-approved subsidies will help the government to fix the growing funding gaps that have been affecting the community-based health insurance scheme – Mutuelle de Santé. Minister Uzziel Ndagijimana made the observations while...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:26 AM

Mageragere needy families get Rwf228 million decent homes

Fifty-five-year old Julienne Mukarubayiza has been living without stable accommodation, moving from place to place in search of shelter. Recently, she was accommodated in a kitchen in Nyamirambo Sector by a concerned family, but it was destroyed by rain leaving her worried. Later, another...

Monday, July 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

French President pledges to advance Rwanda-France cooperation

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has promised to invigorate development cooperation between Rwanda and his country through bringing all genocide fugitives to justice, jointly tackling Covid-19 pandemic and reestablishment of a Francophone cultural centre in Kigali.  ...

Sunday, July 5, 2020, 4:58 PM

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