Rwandans too have a right to minerals trade

Kigali is playing host to a summit of stakeholders in the mining sector from across the world, and Rwandan businesses are keenly involved as players in this global business.Local traders say they have for years been treated unfairly in the global minerals chain, with unfounded suspicion, and were...

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda seeks to rejoin central African bloc

Rwanda is set to rejoin the Economic Community of Central African States (Eccas), six years after it pulled out of the regional bloc, it has emerged.The development was announced yesterday by Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo during a visit to the Republic of Congo.“My Rep. of Congo...

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Joint SADC-ICGLR summit calls for FDLR disarmament

Rwanda says it is optimistic that the government in Kinshasa, backed by a UN force with a more aggressive mandate, will turn its attention to FDLR, a Rwandan genocidal militia based in eastern DRC, following the conclusion of an armed conflict with the M23 rebels. Rwandan officials who attended a...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

Interview: Private sector will leverage ‘Transform Africa’ meet to spur industry – PSF boss

Rwanda is this week hosting Transform Africa Summit, a high-level conference on ICT.  The Private Sector Federation chief executive Hannington Namara says this as an opportunity for the Rwandan business community to see potential in the industry. In an exclusive interview with The New Times...

Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Six years on; Africa is on the move

SIX years ago, I was honoured to cover for this newspaper, the Connect Africa Summit that brought together heads of state, major multinational ICT companies and other partners, with an aim of bridging the digital divide on the continent. At the Kigali Serena Hotel, the venue of the summit,  a...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why can’t EACJ adjudicate criminal cases?

The idea to have the East African Court of Justice expand its mandate and go beyond just interpreting the Treaty establishing the bloc, to try cases of individuals and of criminal nature, has for years been toyed with at various forums but with no conclusive outcome. Interacting recently with a...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Let MAJ lawyers plead cases

The draft law establishing the Rwanda Bar Association is finally at the promulgation stage, after years doing its rounds in Parliament, the Ministry of Justice and the Kigali Bar Association. Whereas the learned fraternity is generally happy with this legislation, one of the issues they have...

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s Millennium Village Programme is a success story

An article by renowned journalist Howard French entitled “The Not-So-Great Professor: Jeffrey Sachs’ Incredible Failure to Eradicate Poverty in Africa” takes a swipe at a poverty eradication drive dubbed the Millennium Villages Programme, depicting it as a total failure. The...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

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

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