City of Kigali vows to repossess unexploited prime land property

The City of Kigali has insisted that it will go ahead with a controversial plan to confiscate plots of land in the Central Business District and along strategic corridors it says have been lying idle for more than three years despite several warnings to the owners. The decision, first announced...

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Gen Kazura replaces Gen Nyamvumba as Kagame shakes up top military brass

President Paul Kagame has made sweeping changes in the upper echelons of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), appointing Gen Jean-Bosco Kazura as the RDF Chief of Defence Staff. Kazura, who was also promoted to four-star General from Major General, replaces Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, who was last evening...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 3:52 AM

Wave of exits reaches four more districts as six officials quit

Six other senior officials from four districts have been forced out of office or resigned, The New Times has learnt. They join a growing list of district leaders that have dramatically exited in the last few days bringing the total number of departures to 16 across eight districts in three days...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 11:57 AM

Rwanda rejects Uganda claims over border incident

The Government of Rwanda has said that the two men who died following an incident near the border with Uganda were on the Rwandan territory when they confronted Rwandan security forces on patrol. A note verbale by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to their Ugandan...

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5:24 AM

83,000 Genocide victims to be laid to rest in Nyanza

A mass funeral for over 83,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is expected to take place today at Nyanza Memorial in Kicukiro District. The remains of the victims were recovered over a period spanning one year from scores of mass graves and underneath houses in Kabuga-Gahoromani, a...

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 12:10 AM

Gen Mupenzi named new Army Chief of Staff

Lt Gen Jean-Jacques Mupenzi is the new Army Chief of Staff. He was appointed Tuesday by President Paul Kagame—and Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF)—in a move that also saw him promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, up from Major General, according to a Defence...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 11:41 PM

Rallying call for local leaders to jumpstart anti-poverty efforts

The Government has called on local leaders to scale up efforts designed to reduce poverty and accelerate sustainable development. Local Government minister Prof. Anastase Shyaka issued the rallying call yesterday, three years after the last general local elections were held. “In the...

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:23 AM

Amavubi stars have huge potential…but are we letting the boys down?

It was a disappointing weekend of internationals for the Amavubi fans. Hosts Rwanda lost 1-2 to Les Éléphants of Ivory Coast in the second round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers. There is no shame in losing to the immediate former African champions and three-time African...

Monday, September 10, 2018, 11:38 PM

Arsenal fans in Rwanda are finally smiling…and something is terribly going wrong at the Theatre of Shattered Dreams

‘Visit Rwanda’ made its debut in English football Sunday, gracing the left sleeve of Arsenal shirts and the perimeter LED displays and screens inside the 59,867-capacity Emirates Stadium. It was a proud day for Rwanda as Visit Rwanda-Arsenal deal – heralded in many circles as a...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 11:17 PM

Five things you should know about your parliamentary candidates

President Paul Kagame is today set to dissolve the 3rd Lower House just days before the start of campaigns for the 80-member chamber. The country’s electoral commission earlier this week published a list of candidates approved to contest in the upcoming parliamentary polls, the fourth since...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 1:01 AM

Why Ferguson is the root cause of United’s current troubles

On April 22, 2013, Manchester United wrapped up their 13th Premier League title under their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The previous season, their ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City had pipped United to the title on the final day of the campaign, with Sergio Aguero breaking the Red...

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

Belgian senator weighs in on Brussels ETO Kicukiro massacre case

Alain Destexhe, the Belgian Senator who initiated the 1997 Belgian Senatorial Commission of Inquiry into the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, has described as “exceptional” the ongoing trial in Brussels in which the Belgian State and two of the most senior military officers who led a...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Five basic reasons why Hey should not have set Amavubi up to defend in CHAN decider

The local Amavubi were Tuesday night bundled out of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals. It is tempting to conclude that the result was harsh for Rwanda because the Mediterranean Knights snatched their goal three minutes into stoppage time but, well, for neutrals, it must have felt...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

8 things we learned from Amavubi’s draw against Nigeria’s Super Eagles

When South African referee Victor Miguel Gomes blew the final whistle ending the Rwanda Vs Nigeria CHAN clash in goalless draw at the Grand Stade de Tanger on Monday, some Amavubi players fell on their knees and gazed up into heaven clearly content with the result. We had just watched a game...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

We are probably asking too much of Amavubi

The national football team, Amavubi, will Monday play the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their opening match at the fifth edition of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Morocco. When Rwanda hosted 2016 edition, the wasps made the most of home advantage and reached the quarter-final stage of...

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

French judges close Habyarimana probe

French investigating judges have closed a long-running inquiry into the shooting down of former Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana’s plane near Kigali International Airport on April 6, 1994. Moments after the missile attack extremists in the Habyarimana government launched the Genocide against...

Friday, December 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

PHOTOS & VIDEO: Kagame, Al-Bashir hold bilateral talks

President Paul Kagame yesterday arrived in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum for a two-day state visit, which Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo said signifies “the stepping up of the bilateral relations” between the two countries. On the first day of his visit, President Kagame held a...

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kagame delivers State of Nation address, opens Umushyikirano - VIDEO

President Paul Kagame this morning delivered the State of the Nation Address, stating that the country has grown stronger over the last one year. He also used the occasion to open this year’s National Dialogue Council (Umushyikirano), which has attracted over 2000 participants from across Rwanda...

Monday, December 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

New report links France to Genocide in Rwanda

Fresh details have emerged in a new report pointing to the involvement of France in the planning and execution of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The report, released early Wednesday by the Government of Rwanda, is the result of an inquiry by Washington, DC, law firm Cunningham Levy Muse LLP...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Parliamentary bureau on the spot over plans for costly tour

Lawmakers on Monday failed to endorse a motion from the Chamber of Deputies’ Bureau suggesting that all members go on a month-long field tour as part of their oversight function. The motion was moved on floor of Parliament by the Deputy Speaker in charge of Finance and Administration, Abbas...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 12:00 AM