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

Govt retreat opens with call for better coordination

President Paul Kagame has called on public officials to perfect the art of coordination and communication among themselves as the country embarks on the implementation of a major five-year development agenda.The President made the remarks while addressing 300 national and local leaders at the...

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

It is a growth-oriented reshuffle

President Paul Kagame, on Monday, shook up his cabinet, with changes that directly affected seven ministries, including Education, Infrastructure, Finance, Natural Resources and Health.The reshuffle saw six entrants, including four ministers, namely, Prof. Silas Lwakabamba (Infrastructure), Oda...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

When Rwanda won the UN Security Council seat

Tomorrow, January 1, 2013, Rwanda takes her seat at the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, replacing South Africa. The country was elected to the all-powerful 15-member Council on November 18, just days after the release of a highly controversial report linking Kigali to a rebellion in...

Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:00 AM

RPF’S 25-YEAR JOURNEY

The Rwandese Patriotic Front today celebrates its 25th anniversary, capping weeks of activities that included supporting the vulnerable, and the launch of the construction of a liberation museum and the party headquarters. The day’s celebrations will take place at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali....

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 12:00 AM

RPF will not relent on building a dignified nation – Kagame

  President Paul Kagame has said the ruling Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) will not give up on the mission of building a dignified Rwanda. Kagame, speaking in his capacity as the Chairman of RPF, was addressing thousands of party supporters at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali today during the...

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 12:00 AM

The passing of an icon

HER last tweet says it all. It is a short tweet but packed with a compelling message that brings out the values she so cherished in her life that was cut short at the age of 48. She had a special passion for the wellbeing of children and family values; perhaps this explains why she began and ended...

Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:00 AM

DRC, Rwanda, Uganda defence chiefs meet in Goma

Chiefs of Defence Staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, yesterday, met in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, two days after the withdrawal of the M23 rebels from the strategic lakeside city.The meeting was aimed at assessing the progress of the implementation of the...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 12:00 AM

Congo: Top UK researcher casts doubt over UN report

A recent report by a group of UN experts panel which controversially accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing a rebellion in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo exhibits “methodological shortcomings”, a top British researcher and lecturer has said. Dr Phil Clark, a lecturer in...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

M23 agree to withdraw from Goma, Sake

The M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to a regional peace plan that requires them to withdraw from the strategic eastern towns of Goma and Sake, a rebel official has said. Speaking to The New Times in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, M23 head of external relations,...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s UN envoy appointed minister

President Paul Kagame yesterday appointed Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, as State Minister in Charge of Cooperation.The portfolio has not been in existence.Ambassador Gasana will however remain the country’s envoy to the...

Friday, November 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

International community has failed in DRC – UK advocacy group

FOR the past 10 years the international community has failed to take into account the underlying causes of endemic conflicts in the Congo, leaving billions of dollars invested in trying to stabilise the country without bearing fruit, the London-based International Alert has said.“It is our...

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12:00 AM

UN Security Council backs ICGLR on Congo

The UN Security Council has voiced its support of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in its efforts to find a lasting solution to the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, The New Times has learned.The members backed the regional peace plan following a...

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:00 AM

DRC Crisis: Rwanda makes case before UN sanctions committee

RWANDA last evening appeared before the UN’s DRC Sanctions Committee to officially present its rebuttal to allegations by a UN Panel of Experts (GoE) that Kigali was backing the M23 rebels who are fighting the Congo government.“We will officially present our case. Maj Patrick Karuretwa...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

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