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

Regional defence ministers meet in Goma

Defence ministers sitting on a seven-member committee set up last week by a regional Heads of State and Government Summit are set to embark on their assignment today when they meet to try and find a lasting solution to the skirmishes in the Congo. The talks will take place in Goma, the capital of...

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda responds to new DRC rebel support claims

The Government of Rwanda this week accused the UN Group of Experts (GoE) on the Congo of “bad faith” following the publication of a new document linking Kigali to the M23 rebels, who have seized parts of DRC’s eastern North Kivu province.The GoE is led by Steve Hege, widely viewed...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 12:00 AM

Are the UN experts credible?

The credibility of some members of the UN Group of Experts for Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been questioned after it emerged that the Group’s coordinator, Steve Hege, has, for long, sympathised and advocated for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).The FDLR...

Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda submits rebuttal to controversial UN report

Rwanda, on Monday submitted to the UN sanctions committee its rebuttal on allegations contained in an addendum to a Group of Experts report that claims Kigali is backing the M23 rebels, who have, over the last two months, seized parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Last week,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

US Embassy says Ambassador Rapp was misquoted on Rwanda

The United States Embassy in Kigali has said the media reports suggesting that senior Rwandan officials faced possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged support to DRC’s M23 rebels were inaccurate. The reports, initially published in The Guardian of the UK,...

Friday, July 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

Kagame appoints Maj Gen Kamanzi as new Army Chief

The Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), President Paul Kagame, yesterday appointed Maj Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi as the new Army Chief of Staff, replacing Lt Gen Caesar Kayizari, who had held the position since April 2010.Maj Gen Kamanzi, who was until yesterday the Commandant,...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Regional ministers call for FDLR disarmament

Foreign affairs ministers and representatives from 11 countries that constitute the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) have called for “renewed focus on strong and decisive action against the FDLR who remain a threat to Rwanda as well as to Rwandophone and other...

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 12:00 AM