Africa, Europe must partner as equals – lawmakers

Lawmakers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries convening in Kigali on Saturday pushed for a strong Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) parliamentary network and particularly emphasized the need for their European counterparts to respect the dignity of Africa. The decision was made during...

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Global robotics firm inches closer to launch in Rwanda

Fabrice Goffin, the Belgian owner of a company specialising in new robotics solutions, on Friday gave The New Times a demonstration of what service robots, “humanoid looking” creations with machine intelligence cable of detecting and talking with humans, can do to make our lives easier...

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

RDF, Dallaire Initiative join hands to end use of child soldiers

The Dallaire Initiative and the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) on Thursday engaged governments and partners in discussions, in Kigali, on new ways of ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a global partnership committed to ending the use and...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 4:50 PM

Rwanda-Uganda meeting postponed to November 18

The return meeting between Rwandan and Ugandan officials which was earlier set to be held this Wednesday in Kampala has been pushed to November 18, Monday next week. When Rwandan and Ugandan officials met in Kigali, on September 16, it was then agreed that a follow-up meeting, to iron out the...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:15 PM

Security agencies step up fight against cross-border crime, counterfeits

Law enforcement institutions will not tire until cross-border criminals are totally reined in. The commitment was made Monday by officials from Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) while briefing reporters about outcomes of the just-concluded “Operation Usalaama VI” in Rwanda which ran...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

AfCFTA a stepping stone for huge investments in Africa – Songwe

Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), on Tuesday last week opened the 23rd meeting of the intergovernmental committee of senior officials and experts from 14 eastern African countries in Asmara, Eritrea insisting on the importance of increasing...

Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

UNECA forecasts strong growth in Eastern Africa for 2020

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) office for Eastern Africa forecasts regional growth rising to 6.5 per  cent in 2020, after a more moderate performance of 6.1 per cent in 2019. Andrew Mold, ECA’s Acting Director for Eastern Africa announced the forecasts...

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

Human trafficking victim narrates ordeal in Kuwait

In April 2018, she was enticed by a trafficking agent in Kigali she only knew as Mugeni, with promises of a Rwf300,000 monthly salary at a supermarket in Kuwait. Upon arrival, however, Umutesi was sold as a slave. For six months, she worked as a domestic servant in three different homes. She was...

Monday, November 4, 2019, 1:16 AM

Qatar, Rwanda to co-host anti-corruption awards summit

The 4th International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Award summit will take place in Kigali on December 9. The annual event is being co-hosted by the governments of Rwanda and Qatar and will take place at a time when the country is recognized as one of the five least corrupt countries in Sub-...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

MPs task Justice ministry to streamline legal framework on human trafficking

Lawmakers on Monday asked the Ministry of Justice to expedite a Ministerial Order that will pave way for support for human trafficking victims. The call was by members of the Chamber of Deputies’ Standing Committee on National Unity, Human Rights and Fight against Genocide, who said that...

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:00 AM

Regional military chiefs agree on plan to eradicate armed groups in DR Congo

Military officers from DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania who met in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma on Thursday and Friday eventually agreed on a joint plan to track and eradicate foreign and Congolese armed groups in the vast country. The meeting was a follow up to the one held...

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:00 PM

Regional military chiefs meet in Goma over armed groups

Senior military officers from at least five African Great Lakes countries are attending a meeting in the Congolese city of Goma expected to come up with a joint plan to rout militia groups based in DR Congo. The armed groups include a myriad of militias from Congo’s neighbours, including...

Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:17 PM

Rwandan peacekeepers construct school for 800 students in Darfur

Rwandan peacekeepers operating in Sudan’s Darfur region as part of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) on Wednesday handed over a newly constructed secondary school they constructed in El Salaam IDP Camp, El Fasher – Darfur. Nusaibah Girls’ secondary...

Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:12 AM

Road safety: over 600 arrested for drunk driving in eight weeks

The Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, on Thursday said the government will not rest until road accidents, especially those caused by drunk driving are no more. The Minister said this Thursday during a media interaction session at Police Headquarters in Kigali, on the...

Friday, October 25, 2019, 9:34 AM

South Africa ‘yet to execute arrest warrant for Genocide fugitive’

The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, on Wednesday, told the United Nations General Assembly that South Africa is yet to execute an arrest warrant issued by the Mechanism’s Prosecutor for a fugitive believed to be holed...

Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:09 AM

Regional parliament to push for One Network Area

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has embarked on a process to gather information on possible challenges to inform appropriate recommendations that will help streamline implementation of the One Network Area (ONA) initiative and make it easier for people in the region to communicate...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:25 PM

Genocide court to wind up by end 2020

The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Carmel Agius, Monday announced that the court is expected to wrap up its judicial work by the end of 2020. Judge Agius said this as he met with the President of the 74th session of the UN...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Regional lawmakers in consultations on graft fight

A group of East African legislators arrived in Kigali over the weekend to consult stakeholders on the East African Community Integrity and Anti- Corruption Bill 2019 The Bill seeks to promote integrity and ethical values within organs and institutions of the East African Community (EAC)....

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Luanda MoU: Rwanda dispels reports about Kampala meeting

Nearly a week after the date when senior Rwandan and Ugandan officials were due to reconvene for a follow-up meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, by invitation of the latter, no official invitation is known in Kigali but confusing pronouncements are appearing the Ugandan newspapers. When...

Monday, October 21, 2019, 4:20 PM

Rwanda working with World Bank to streamline civil registration

Civil registration was a subject of serious discussions at the just concluded fifth Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration which was held in Lusaka, Zambia. The topic has become important to Africa’s economic and social development. It is at the core of the...

Monday, October 21, 2019, 12:00 AM