Minister, lawmakers call for fresh measures to shore up agric lending

In the absence of an agriculture bank, there is a need to ensure that the sector receives “a fair share” of loans from local lenders, the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources has said. Gérardine Mukeshimana was appearing before the Chamber of Deputies’ standing...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:29 PM

REG embroiled in expropriation saga

Parliament has urged institutions to pay people their compensation promptly for property taken through expropriation to pave way for projects of public interest. It made the observation in Kigali Wednesday while receiving two representatives of 37 Nyabihu District residents petitioned the...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs question low occupancy rate of cross-border markets

The Minister for Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, has pledged to address the challenges affecting cross-border markets in the next financial year which begins in July 2020. The minister’s promise came after Members of Parliament said that the occupancy rate of cross border markets...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Elders advocate for special policy

Organisations striving for the rights and welfare of the elderly have urged the government to develop a special policy to cater for them in a bid to ensure a dignified old age. Their observations follow the endorsement by an extraordinary Cabinet meeting on Friday, March 6 in Kigali of a draft...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Online property auction to ‘tackle fraud, corruption’

Property auctions will soon go digital in a bid to curb corruption thanks to a Ministerial Order relating to the electronic execution of enforcement orders, which was approved by the Cabinet on Friday, March 6. An enforcement order is an order by a court to force a person or organisation to...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:48 AM

Additional Rwf17bn Mutuelle funding to boost health care

In 2015, Jean Baptiste Ntakirutimana, a resident of Gisagara District lost his wife at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare. She died from kidney failure, in part, because they could not afford the Rwf60, 000 bill for the drugs she had been prescribed for, despite having health insurance...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs raise concern over property auctions

Lawmakers have expressed concern that financial institutions are inclined to auction debtors’ mortgaged property, suggesting that other remedies should also be applied as provided for by the law. The legislation provides for four remedies in case of default of loan repayment by the...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 1:00 AM

NAEB upgrades packing house to ensure safety of horticulture exports

National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has unveiled its newly upgraded packing house that will help the quality and safety of Rwandan produce to meet international market requirements. The event was officiated by the CEO of NAEB, Amb. Willian Bill Kayonga and Ton Negenman, First...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Musoni, Rwandan lawmakers root for a stronger Pan-African parliament

A parliament with full legal powers is key to achieving Pan-Africanism or the African Union (AU) that the continent deserves. This was the view expressed by Protais Musoni, the Chairperson of the Pan African Movement (PAM – Rwanda) Chapter on Thursday, February 27 in the...

Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:42 AM

Government to waive taxes on agric land ‘wrongly reserved for construction’

The Ministry of Environment has said that it will work with the Ministry of Local Government and district advisory councils in the process to exempt people from paying overdue taxes on their farmland which was wrongly designated for construction. Although citizens have homes on land that is...

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

MPs task gov't to revise land transfer fees

The fee charged on land transfer is a burden to citizens with small plots especially in rural areas and they need to be revised, Members of Parliament have told the Ministry of Environment. MPs argued that charging Rwf30, 000 for the completion of a transaction for each parcel of land ...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:20 PM

Government increases public spending by Rwf140 billion

Parliament has approved the revised national budget of Rwf3.0171 trillion for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. The change represents an increase of Rwf140.1 billion or slightly over 4.8 per cent from the original Rwf2.8769 trillion budget. While presenting to Parliament the draft 2019-2020 revised...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1:00 AM

Rwanda bans tilapia fish imports to prevent virus spread

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has banned the importation of tilapia fingerlings (young tilapia fish) after tilapia lake virus (TiLV) disease was identified in various countries. The virus affects both wild and farmed tilapia fish, and it can cause decline in tilapia...

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 AM

Govt woos youth into coffee farming

The future of coffee production and coffee subsector development in general depends on youth engagement as, currently, the crop is predominantly produced by an aging population, the National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) and Agriterra have said. Agriterra is a Dutch non-government...

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 AM

Does agric insurance go far enough?

Rwanda launched the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme in April 2019, which is considered by stakeholders as a milestone as it aims to save farmers from incurring losses. The scheme, which is subsidised up to 40 per cent by the government, is also intended to enable farmers to easily access...

Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Milk-for-all-students initiative in limbo

A year since all schools were instructed to start providing at least half a litre of milk to every student, schools are yet to comply citing shortage of funding. In February 2019, the Ministry of Education announced that each student should get at least a half-litre of milk per day; however, the...

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 1:00 AM

Ex-minister Uwizeyimana faces ‘unintentional bodily harm’ charge

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) received the file of former minister Evode Uwizeyimana and are analysing it for and he will potentially be charged with a crime of causing unintentional bodily harm. Uwizeyimana was until last week, the state minister in charge of...

Monday, February 17, 2020, 5:36 PM

Parliament to summon Finance Minister over expropriation arrears

The Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies has resolved to summon the Uzziel Ndagijimana, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, in order to explain the progress on paying outstanding expropriation compensations to affected citizens countrywide. The lawmakers made the resolution on...

Monday, February 17, 2020, 12:28 PM

Lawmakers highlight ICT challenges in education, service delivery

The ICT infrastructure programme, designed to help achieve Rwanda’s vision of a knowledge-based economy, is facing issues that affect its effective implementation, lawmakers have warned. The issues include inadequate skills of teachers who deliver ICT enabled education, Edda Mukabagwiza,...

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 3:03 AM

Former Minister Uwizeyimana could face assault charges

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) is examining a case file from Rwanda Investigation Bureau on Evode Uwizeyimana, former Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, under which he could be charged with 'unintentional bodily harm'. RIB Spokesperson...

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 3:02 AM

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