Security Council calls on Kabila to authorise anti-FDLR operations

The UN Security Council has called on DRC President Joseph Kabila to “approve swiftly and implement fully” joint operations by Congolese troops and UN peacekeepers in the country against the FDLR militia. In a statement, released last evening by the President of the Council for the...

Friday, January 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

DR Congo still arming FDLR, says UN report

There is new body of evidence of continued collaboration between the Congolese army, FARDC, and FDLR, the militia blamed for the slaughter of more than a million people during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, including giving ammunition to the combatants, according to a leaked UN report. The...

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Noise pollution: Why business owners must adjust rather than play the victim

In November 2012, John Habimana opened a restaurant cum bar at Kisementi, Remera. Rosty went on to become a popular spot in town. Once the business picked up and, possibly due to client demand, Habimana could not resist the temptation to extend the happy ambiance to an open air club of sorts,...

Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Dallaire, top scholars demand BBC inquiry into Genocide film

Canadian senator Gen. (Rtd) Roméo Dallaire, former diplomats at the United Nations and eminent researchers, academics and investigative journalists from around the world have taken the lead in the growing chorus demanding the BBC management to retract and apologise for a documentary they say...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

INTERVIEW: BBC twisted human story of Genocide for political scores, says Andrew Wallis

A British freelance journalist and researcher Dr Andrew Wallis, who has been researching the history of Rwanda for many years, recently wrote an article entitled “Rwanda: Untold Story: Questions for the BBC” in response to a BBC documentary entitled “Rwanda’s Untold Story” that was aired on BBC2’s...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Global researchers protest BBC Genocide revisionist film

A group of 38 eminent scholars, researchers, historians and journalists from around the world has demanded that the BBC apologises for broadcasting an hour-long documentary earlier this month which they say revises and distorts the reality about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. In an October...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

FDLR stands for genocide and must disarm now - UK

The UK government has described the DR Congo-based Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) as “an armed group espousing genocide and should be treated as such.” In a statement sent to The New Times yesterday, the UK reiterated earlier calls for the militia,...

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why Senate president resigned

Dr Jean Damascène Ntawukuliryayo stepped down as Senate president yesterday after 15 members of the Upper House signed a petition calling for an extra ordinary session to deliberate on his leadership style and conduct. The Upper House comprises 26 senators. The Senate president is the second...

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

What does the new cabinet bring to the table?

This week has seen a flurry of activity in the country’s top leadership circles, with President Paul Kagame, in an arguably surprise move, appointing a new prime minister, consequently causing a major cabinet shakeup. Anastase Murekezi replaced Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, who had...

Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kagame, Obiang push for stronger African solidarity

Presidents Paul Kagame and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea have called for stronger African solidarity and South-South cooperation as the two countries announced new efforts to step up bilateral ties. They were speaking at a joint news briefing at Village Urugwiro in Kigali...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

We have built an army for posterity, says Nyamvumba

On July 4, 1994, a battle hardened rebel force known as the Rwanda Patriotic Army took the capital Kigali and effectively put an end to a genocide that claimed the lives of a million plus citizens in 100 days. The RPA has since metamorphosed into the Rwanda Defence Forces, widely regarded as one of...

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Liberation Struggle and the making of Rwandan peacekeepers

Rwanda is the sixth largest troop contributing country in international peacekeeping missions. The country boasts more than 5,000 peacekeepers in various hotspots across the world, including in Central African Republic and South Sudan. It is now 10 years since the country first deployed troops to...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

We remember but soldier on

BETRAYAL AND THE RISE. The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is summed up in the betrayal of the people by their own leaders. Nationalism was trampled on with ethnicity, humanity discarded for matchetes. That was 20 years ago, but today, the nation bristles with optimism. Remember. Unite. Renew....

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

2013: A year of tensions, betrayals and courage

Today, a year ago, Rwanda ushered in the year 2013 amid a noisy and terribly hostile neighbourhood. The M23 war was raging in eastern DR Congo, and the government in Kinshasa and its backers were increasingly keen to export that war across the borders to Rwanda. For Rwandans, it was clear that...

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda values ties that support local priorities – Kagame

Rwanda values organisations and individuals that do not seek to impose their will but rather align their support with the priorities of the recipient countries, President Kagame has said. The President was on Tuesday speaking in New York where he delivered a keynote speech on the occasion to...

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kagame condoles with Mandela family, orders flags to fly at half-staff

President Paul Kagame has sent his condolences to the family of former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, saying the late anti-apartheid hero represented “much of what is remarkable about the human spirit.”The President has also ordered...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Amb. Rugwabiza appointed new RDB chief executive, cabinet member

THE CABINET yesterday appointed former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organisation Amb. Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza the new Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Board (RDB). She was also appointed a member of the cabinet, according to a statement. Clare Akamanzi, who has...

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

FDLR will be disarmed, says UN Security Council

MONUSCO, The United Nations peacekeeping force in the neighbouring DRC, is committed to disarming the militia blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a top US diplomat at the United Nations has said. Samantha Power, the US Permanent Representative to the UN, said Monusco leaders...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

Women take 64% seats in Parliament

The just-concluded parliamentary elections have handed women an overwhelming majority in Rwanda’s Parliament, an unprecedented 64 per cent of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies. An analysis of the final preliminary results from the three-days voting shows that women will occupy 51 out of...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

RPF takes landslide lead at 75% vote tally

The ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) is on course for a landslide victory in Monday’s parliamentary election, according to preliminary results released last night by the National Electoral Commission chief Prof. Kalisa Mbanda.The partial results, representing 75 per cent of the total votes...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

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