Time up for the unending French court drama on matters of Genocide

At the launch of the Judicial Year recently, the outgoing Prosecutor-General, in his presentation, said, rather to my exasperation, that the French judiciary intended to conduct one trial of an unnamed suspect which will symbolise the 20th commemoration of the Genocide that will be marked next year...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: We need to change the way government conducts its legal business – Busingye

The government has lost billions of francs on litigation due to poor contractual drafting, and making decisions that are not backed by a sound legal opinion. In an interview with The New Times’ Felly Kimenyi, the Minister for Justice Johnston Busingye said several measures in place will...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

ICTR: Rwanda needs more than just the armoured truck

The news that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will soon hand over, to Rwanda Correctional Service, an armoured car, that has for years been grounded at the tribunal’s liaison office in Kigali, should and will not excite Rwandans, especially if one is to weigh in what is...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: Tax evasion claims were unfair, says Rutabingwa

Following allegations by the Minister of Justice that half the lawyers in the country evade taxes, the president of the Kigali Bar Association has said the minister was given the wrong information and that lawyers should have been treated as other taxpayers, and not collectively accused.In an...

Sunday, September 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: Education minister explains University of Rwanda implementation timeline

All is set for the University of Rwanda to become operational when the 2013/14 academic year starts next week, but the institution will be given a two-year transition window to fully centralise the administration of the seven public universities. The Minister for Education, Dr Vincent Biruta, last...

Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

We need to step out of our parents’ shadows – poet Bamporiki

Edouard Bamporiki, a filmmaker, has been in the news for the past few days over an initiative he, together with fellow youth, has been running to nurture true reconciliation in the country based on trust. While meeting The New Times’ Felly Kimenyi, the 30-year-old gave a glimpse into the...

Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

ICTY prosecutor seeks retrial after allegations against Meron

The Prosecutor of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has expressed concern over recent allegations against a top judge at the court, saying that he may seek review of cases in which Theodor Meron is said to have exerted undue pressure on judges to acquit war criminals...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why Kampala peace process is the only remedy for Congo woes

Last month, I spent a week in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where I got an insight into the happenings in this troubled part of the country. The area on one hand, is a bedrock for suffering for some people, and on the other, a source of lucrative income for others – who...

Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why term-limits proponents are undemocratic

For the past few months, the East Africans have keenly followed a major electoral process in the region’s biggest economy Kenya, which culminated into Tuesday’s inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country’s fourth head of state.Many commentators across the region and beyond have...

Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: TVET will drive Rwanda’s manufacturing sector– Korean envoy

It has been six months since the Korean Ambassador to Rwanda took residence in Kigali. The appointment of envoys in both capitals came as a result of reciprocal visits involving high profile government officials and demonstrates growing bilateral ties between the two countries. The New Times...

Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Judiciary accuses Amnesty International of prejudice

The Supreme Court has termed the comments by Amnesty International on the ongoing trial of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza as “tendentious and prejudicial” to the independent judge adjudicating the appeal case.The highest judicial organ in the country was reacting to a statement released...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Leadership Retreat to strategise 11.5% growth

Close to 300 leaders will today head to Gabiro School of Infantry in the Eastern Province for the 10th National Leadership Retreat that gets underway tomorrow through Saturday.Held annually, the retreat brings together leaders from the central to local government, to reflect on the achievements and...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ntaganda leaves US in a check

Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda, who turned himself in at the American embassy in Kigali on Monday and immediately requested to be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), was still in town by press time last evening, according to embassy officials. Even as pressure mounted on...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda is a regional food basket, says Kalibata

In just five years since the launch of ambitious initiatives such as Crop Intensification Programme, Rwanda has moved from being a food importer to a regional food basket, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Dr Agnes Kalibata, has said. In an exclusive interview with The New Times,...

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Genocide convicts alarmed by ICTR acquittals

He may have been the mayor of the commune that played host to the ‘genocidal’ government for the better part of their 100-day blood-soaked realm, but Emmanuel Ruzigana is complaining of having gotten a raw deal compared to his former masters whom he says are merely getting a ‘pat...

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:00 AM

The life and times of Michel Rwagasana

She may have been only three months into her mother’s womb when her father died, but Rose-Marie Uwimbabazi, through interactions with people who knew him in person, has managed to piece together a sketch of the personality that was her father’s. Uwimbabazi, 49, is the only surviving off...

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

ICTR Genocide convicts in Mali get early release

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) has released two Genocide convicts incarcerated in Mali, before they completed their sentences, days after it was reported that Genocide convicts were operating businesses there.The MICT, which took over the mandate of former UN courts,...

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

UN report on Congo lacking – Frazer

Former United States Under-Secretary for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, has questioned the credibility of a report by a group of UN experts accusing Rwanda and Uganda of backing a rebellion in DRC.Appearing on Al Jazeera Television on Sunday, Frazer said that the report lacked substantial...

Monday, December 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Govt disappointed by Britain aid freeze

The government yesterday said it was disappointed by the UK’s decision to freeze budget support to Rwanda since it is based on a highly controversial report by a UN appointed Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo.The decision, announced by British International Development...

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

FDLR attack ‘won’t draw Rwanda into DRC crisis’

Government has said it will not be drawn into conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, even after  heavily armed militiamen attacked villages in the Western Province and left at least one civilian dead.    The attack, according to Rwanda Defence Forces, was...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

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