COVID-19: How Rwandans are using social media to raise awareness, enforce lockdown

In some countries, according to reports, social media posts are being used to track whether people are adhering to strict coronavirus lockdown rules. In Rwanda where the government on Wednesday, April 1, ordered a 15-day extension of its ongoing lockdown, one of the key tools used to enhance the...

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 12:24 AM

UN chief calls for global solidarity to minimize impact of COVID-19

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday launched a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people.” This was as he launched a new report, "Shared...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:35 PM

Rwandan accountant detained in Uganda released on police bond

A Rwandan national who was recently detained in Kampala by Ugandan authorities under unclear circumstances, and charges, was Monday afternoon "released on a Police bond," according to a relative who is closely following the case. The relative, who prefers anonymity, told...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:57 AM

COVID-19: Rwandans support needy families during lockdown

It's not clear how much money has been collected, so far, but able citizens in most parts of Kigali have started voluntarily putting together money and other essential items such as food to families that need help during this COVID-19 lockdown.  The fundraising campaign is largely...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 11:17 AM

Rwanda writes to Uganda over accountant held in Kampala

Reports emerged, early this week, that a Rwandan national working and residing in the Ugandan capital Kampala had become another victim of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence. The New Times has established that Ronald Mutarindwa, a father, was picked up on Saturday, March 21,...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:50 AM

Jack Ma helps establish new platform to combat COVID-19

The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have jointly established a new programme, with the support of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence and Alibaba Health, to help combat the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Ma is a Chinese billionaire who has been at the forefront...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:20 PM

EAC ministers agree on joint action to fight COVID-19

East African Community (EAC) Ministers for Health and others responsible for regional affairs met Wednesday, March 25, by video conference in a session chaired by Dr. Daniel Ngamije, Rwanda's Minister of Health. Ngamije is also the current Chairperson of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:14 PM

10 exercises you may do at home to stay healthy, fit during coronavirus outbreak

With the ongoing lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Rwandans are missing their regular gym sessions. The sweat breaking fun during the bi-monthly car free day mass workout has also not been spared. However, coronavirus should not make us despair. There are endless options for...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID 19: 2020 Chess Olympiad postponed

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has postponed this year's Olympiad, a biennial chess tournament bringing together teams from all over the world, which was scheduled to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from August 5 to 18. A statement released on Tuesday by the FIDE Council regarding the...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 10:21 AM

Coronavirus: RBC boss explains country's preparedness and readiness

Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana, Director-General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), the government agency which coordinates epidemic preparedness and response in the country, on Friday sat down with The New Times’ James Karuhanga to shed light on what the country is doing to thwart the scary...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:17 PM

Chess: All Olympiad qualifiers pushed to May

The second phase of qualifiers to pick Rwanda’s flag bearers – in the open section – for the 44th Chess Olympiad, which was due to continue this weekend at Classic Hotel in Kigali, has been postponed after some top players failed to make it on Saturday, the chess federation has...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6:21 PM

What declaring coronavirus as a pandemic means

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said at a press conference that in the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China increased 13-...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Coronavirus: Schools take precautionary measures

When The New Times visited Wisdom Schools, a group of private primary and secondary schools located in Musanze District, on Thursday, pupils and students were queuing to wash their hands. Elie Nduwayesu, the Director of the school which has over 800 learners said; “We have asked all the...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:06 PM

FDLR commanders slapped with 7 charges

A prosecutor at the High Court Chamber for International Crimes, in Nyanza, on Tuesday, March 10, outlined seven charges during the opening of the substantive hearing in the case of two top commanders of the FDLR militia. The two are the former FDLR spokesperson Ignace Nkaka, best known as La...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:44 AM

FDLR commanders trial resumes in Nyanza

The High Court Chamber for International Crimes in Nyanza, on Tuesday, March 10, opened the substantive hearing in the case of two top commanders of the FDLR militia. The FDLR comprises remnants of masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda in which more than one million...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1:10 PM

Rwanda reassures tourists amid coronavirus threat

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Monday, March 9, assured all travellers and tourism stakeholders that Rwanda has not registered any case of COVID-19, so far, and tourism services continue to operate normally in all country attractions. This comes after the Ministry of Health, on Sunday,...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Chess: How GS Kimisange held on to the inter-school champions’ trophy

Groupe Scolaire Kimisange, a secondary school in Kicukiro District, on Sunday, March 8, once again, ran away with gold medals and a trophy after patiently outwitting nine other schools in the annual inter-schools chess tournament. They staged a hard fought comeback in the last three rounds...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 4:11 PM

COVID-19: Six new instructions for screening at all points of entry to Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Sunday night issued six new instructions for COVID-19 screening at all points of entry to the country as the government continues to up preventive measures. It noted that the recommended measures are aimed at protecting all residents and visitors of Rwanda. The...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 12:33 PM

Chess: Kagarama Secondary School indomitable at inter-school tourney 

Kagarama Secondary School on Saturday proved that it is a force to reckon with at the 2020 edition of the inter-school chess tournament which started Saturday at Classic Hotel in Kigali. Three rounds were played on Saturday and Kagarama SS won all of them to top the table. Three more, and final...

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 11:03 AM

Cabinet reaffirms strengthened approach to try contain possible COVID19 spread to Rwanda 

An extraordinary Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Friday, March 6, 2020, reaffirmed a strengthened approach to contain the potential spread of the coronavirus—or COVID19—outbreak in Rwanda.   This effort is led by the Office of the Prime Minister along with...

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11:42 AM