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

Sheraton, Hilton hotels eye Kigali

Internationally recognised hospitality brands, Sheraton and Hilton hotels will soon open shop in Kigali in the upscale Nyarutarama area, in Gasabo District.This was disclosed by the Mayor, City of Kigali, Fidele Ndayisaba in an exclusive interview with The New Times last week.According to the Mayor...

Monday, November 26, 2012, 12:00 AM

Giving prosecutorial powers to Ombudsman is in good faith – Ngoga

The proposal to give the office of the Ombudsman mandate to prosecute some corruption cases will boost the anti-corruption fight in the country, the Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga, said.The legislation that is currently in parliament seeks to empower the Ombudsman to conduct prosecution of some...

Monday, November 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

‘One University’ will prioritise research; Prof Rugege

The proposed University of Rwanda will have research as a key priority when it is finally instituted, according to Prof Geoffrey Rugege, the Executive Director of the Higher Education Council (HEC).In an exclusive interview with The New Times, Rugege admitted that faculty members at the different...

Monday, November 12, 2012, 12:00 AM

Survivors want action on Genocide fugitives

The survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have urged government to marshal all diplomatic efforts to ensure that Genocide fugitives are brought to book.Under their umbrella, Ibuka, the survivors said that different countries have deliberately refused to have special provisions in their...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwandans urged to take part in the selection of national heroes

It is the duty of every Rwandan to participate in the vetting of people designated for national decoration, the head of the recently established Chancellery for heroes and national orders and decorations of honour has said.During an exclusive interview, the Executive Secretary for the Chancellery,...

Monday, November 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

Prosecution disappointed by Ingabire sentence

Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga acknowledged yesterday that prosecution was unhappy with the eight-year jail term handed to Victoire Ingabire by the High Court.Ingabire, 44, was on Tuesday sentenced after court found her guilty of terror charges and denying the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.She...

Friday, November 2, 2012, 12:00 AM

New Ombudsman outlines priorities

A few days after being sworn in as the new Chief Ombudsman,  Aloysia Cyanzaire has said that several proposals, some of which are still before parliament ,  will strengthen her office to be able to execute its mandate of fighting corruption and injustice.In an exclusive interview with The...

Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Mpiranya, Zimbabwe and changing positions

Last week, we witnessed, through media accounts, the sudden change of heart of the Zimbabwean government, regarding the continued hunt for one of the most wanted Rwandan Genocide fugitives, Protais Mpiranya. As recent as April this year, the Zimbabwean government categorically denied the possible...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12:00 AM

DRC should stop playing the victim – Mushikiwabo

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, has said that unless the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo stops blaming other countries for its internal problems, their woes would remain.She was speaking during an interview with France 24, a French TV network. She advised...

Friday, September 7, 2012, 12:00 AM

Sudan envoy urges Africa to unite

The Sudanese chargé d’affaires in Kigali, Idrees Muhammed Ali, has called on African countries to work together to be able to defeat “the double standards imposed on us by the west”.“They are dividing African countries in order to rule them. So what we could do to...

Monday, August 6, 2012, 12:00 AM

ICTR refers last detainee to Rwanda

The Referral Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), on Thursday, referred the only suspect awaiting trial to Rwanda. The court was created to try key architects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Bernard Munyagishari was president of the Interahamwe militia in the...

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00 AM

Africa needs its own peacekeepers, not ‘mercenaries’

THE international media are once again abuzz with outrageous allegations contained in a confidential UN report, which reportedly accuses Rwanda of backing the rebels in eastern DRC.The report is solely based on claims of supposed rebel deserters who allegedly spoke to officials of the UN Mission in...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

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