DRC rebel defectors deny Rwanda links

Several young men who turned up at a UN base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after allegedly defecting from a  breakaway faction of the Congolese army, calling itself M23, have refuted media reports that Rwanda was behind their conscription.They were responding to questions from...

Friday, June 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Kabarebe, Kayonga head to Goma as tensions mount

Rwanda will today send yet another high-profile delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for further bilateral talks even as Kigali has openly expressed frustration that Kinshasa had undermined ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the renewed crisis in the country’s east...

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

AU deliberates on DRC

Members of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union on Thursday discussed the current crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a call to the rebels to lay down their arms and pursue their “concerns through political channels.”Meeting at the AU...

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t slams UN report on DRC

The Government has dismissed reports allegedly contained in an internal UN document claiming that Rwanda is supporting the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, described the reports as “categorically false and...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gacaca ‘achieved its mission’

The Gacaca justice system delivered its intended objectives and was the right solution for the complex nature of the cases related to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, according to a report released this month by a London-based think tank.Published by the Africa Research Institute, the report,...

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

Bashir sends message to Kagame as Khartoum-Juba tensions mount

Sudanese President Omar el Bashir has sent envoys to Kigali to deliver a message to his counterpart, President Paul Kagame. Both the Sudanese embassy in Kigali and Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs and Cooperation minister Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed the development to The New Times last evening.The...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, DRC defence and security chiefs hold talks in Kigali

A high-powered Rwandan military team held an overnight meeting with a seven-member Congolese delegation in Kigali on Thursday as both sides continued talks aimed at finding immediate peaceful resolution of the renewed conflict in eastern DRC, it has emerged.The Rwandan side was led by the Minister...

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, DRC military chiefs meet over clashes

The Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Forces, Lt Gen Charles Kayonga and his Congolese counterpart, Lt Gen Didier Etumba, Wednesday met at the border district of Rubavu as Kigali sought a peaceful resolution to the escalating security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo...

Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:00 AM

New model mooted for youth economic empowerment

As the world marks the May Day today, Rwandan bureaucrats are mulling over a better scheme that can genuinely help turn the country’s young population into entrepreneurs and a skilled workforce. The Ministry of Youth and ICT has already developed a framework on how the country can best...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t committed to entrepreneurship – Kagame

The Government of Rwanda will continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that all Rwandans with good ideas can become entrepreneurs, President Paul Kagame has said. The pledge is contained in the President’s Labour Day message to Rwandans on the day the nation joins the rest of the...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Gov’t committed to entrepreneurship – Kagame

The Government of Rwanda will continue to make the necessary investments to ensure that all Rwandans with good ideas can become entrepreneurs, President Paul Kagame has said. The pledge is contained in the President’s Labour Day message to Rwandans on the day the nation joins the rest of...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

Arrested RDF officers pardoned

The Reserve Force Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Fred Ibingira, yesterday, returned to work after four months of suspension and house arrest on disciplinary grounds, according to a statement from the military. Also released from house arrest are Brig. Gen. Richard Rutatina, Director, Military...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:00 AM

House arrest lifted for Gen. Ibingira, three others

The Reserve Force Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Fred Ibingira, today returned to work after four months of suspension and house arrest on disciplinary grounds, said a statement from the military. Also released from house arrest are Brig. Gen. Richard Rutatina, Director, Military Intelligence (J2); Brig...

Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

House arrest lifted for Gen. Ibingira, three others

The Reserve Force Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Fred Ibingira, today returned to work after four months of suspension and house arrest on disciplinary grounds, said a statement from the military. Also released from house arrest are Brig. Gen. Richard Rutatina, Director, Military Intelligence (J2); Brig...

Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Senior RDF officers promoted

The Commander-in-Chief of the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF), President Paul Kagame, yesterday, promoted 29 senior military officers. According to a statement signed by the Military and Defence Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita, the promotions were in appreciation of exemplary service. The...

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda wants ICTR convicts

Rwanda has made a bid to host the five convicted architects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, who are temporarily held at the ICTR detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania, awaiting a decision on countries where they will serve their sentences. So far, Mali and Benin have been the preferred...

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda stands with Syrians

Rwanda has added its voice to the growing international condemnation of the Syrian government’s violent crackdown of its own citizens; calling for respect of the “legitimate and rightful aspirations” of the Syrian people.The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:00 AM

Rwanda condemns Syria violence

Rwanda has strongly condemned the ongoing violence meted out by the Syrian government against its own people, and expressed support for the aspirations of the Syrian people, who have staged peaceful protests as part of what is now known as the Arab Spring. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:00 AM

Retreat targets growth

TAKING STOCK:President happy with progress but demands more results The Ninth Government Leadership Retreat enters its second day today with officials setting out strategies to accelerate the country’s development towards achieving a middle-income economy by 2020.More than 250 officials are...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

Kagame challenges officials to do more to defeat poverty

GAKO – President Paul Kagame has demanded more results from his government, insisting they should spend more time on delivery and less on rhetoric.He was speaking at the Ninth Annual Leadership Retreat at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako, Bugesera District.“These meetings should not...

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 12:00 AM