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

Experts investigate border violation by DRC soldier

A group of regional military experts tasked to monitor security along DRC’s frontier with its eastern neighbours, including Rwanda, yesterday launched investigations into the circumstances under which an armed Congolese military officer entered Rwanda illegally. Senior Non-Commissioned...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Rwanda: Monusco mortar rebut dangerous

The ministry of defence has denounced denial by the UN Mission in the Congo (Monusco) that mortar bombs landed on Rwandan territory from the Congolese side of the border this week, saying the rebuff poses a danger to civilians. On Monday, the Rwanda Defence Forces protested what it described as...

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Nyagatare tragedy: Gov’t extends condolences, pledges action

TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, including Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, yesterday vowed to get to the bottom of the reasons behind the fatal collapse of a four-storey building in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province.By press time, four people had been confirmed dead following the tragedy,...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Death toll from Nyagatare building collapse rises to six

Two more bodies were last night pulled from the rubble of a building that collapsed yesterday in Nyagatare, raising the death toll to six. Police say five people were transferred to Kigali for treatment – four at King Faisal Hospital and one at the Rwanda Military Hospital-Kanombe –...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

We have destroyed our football but can still redeem it

Rwandans love football, no question about that. No sport provokes as much passion and excitement in Rwanda as the Beautiful Game. Those who suggest that we give up on this game because we are not good enough at it are practically clueless.When APR play Rayon, our 25,000-seater Amahoro stadium is...

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda’s UN Security Council presidency is good news

Today, April 1, Rwanda takes over from Russia as the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), three months after the country joined the world’s all-important peace and security organ, as a non-permanent member.The post-Genocide Rwandan government and the United Nations...

Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:00 AM