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Twegerane to ‘Smart’ buses: Tracing Kigali’s winding road to modern public transport

When Francis Rangira, a veteran educationist now in his 90s, talks about absence of public transport in Kigali in the early 1950s, not even the most imaginative mind can paint a picture of how life was then. “There were no roads but footpaths. On a few murram roads we would sometimes see the...

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Irigukunze; the security guard who is excelling at university

While many resign to ‘fate’ and like the proverbial ostrich bury their heads in the and once faced with challenges, Irigukunze keeps his head up ready to confront any challenges, and says he is ready to pay any price, however high, to become an industrial mogul.  GILBERT...

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Who is to blame for the fatal road accidents?

A horrific road accident involving two public vehicles killed 15 people and injured dozens others in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province on Tuesday this week. The fatal incident took place at an accident blackspot in the Kiziguro area along the Kigali-Kagitumba highway. The tragedy followed...

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Irigukunze; the security guard who is excelling at University

While many resign to ‘fate’ and like the proverbial ostrich burry their heads in the and once faced with challenges, Irigukunze keeps his head up ready to confront any challenges, and says he is ready to pay any price, however high, to become an industrial mogul.  GILBERT...

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Who is to blame for the fatal road accidents?

A horrific road accident involving two public vehicles killed 15 people and injured dozens others in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province on Tuesday this week. The fatal incident took place at an accident blackspot in the Kiziguro area along the Kigali-Kagitumba highway. The tragedy followed several...

Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Know Your History: The birth of Nyamirambo

In 1920, the Belgians had already started to occupy Quartier Matheus and its surroundings in Nyarugenge District. The area served as both an administrative and business centre for the colonialists. But in the interest of their businesses, the colonialists decided that their staff - assistants,...

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Trade unions in property wrangle

Trade unions operating in the country have asked the government for facilitation to enable them carry out their duties of advocating for respect of  workers’ rights. Their concern that first came up in 2007 was renewed last week, during a training session on labour rights organised by...

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

The trials and tribulations of living with HIV/Aids in school

Although medical personnel always encourage people living with HIV/Aids to disclose their status to close relatives, guardians or friends so as to be accorded the much needed special care, teachers seem not to be considered as close since they are kept in the dark about their learners’ health...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Senior govt officials explore how to improve efficiency

Permanent secretaries from all the ministries and directors general of public institutions are in a three-day training session aimed at enhancing efficiency and effectiveness in government systems and processes. Speaking at the opening of the training in Kigali, yesterday, Anastase Murekezi, the...

Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Integrated smart IDs to be issued next month

The government will soon start issuing integrated smart Identity Cards that have several identification features, The New Times has learnt. In an exclusive interview last week, Pascal Nyamurinda, the Director General of National Identification Agency (NIDA), said his institution is currently...

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

How school clubs are redefining country’s education landscape

School clubs are becoming a reliable tool to instill a sense of fraternity and creativity among students. Student clubs are associations that carry out specific activities, and membership is voluntary. Students can subscribe to multiple clubs at the same time.  Through the clubs, they carry...

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

The story of Kandt and how Kigali came to be the capital city

Many people today tend to think that Kigali was ‘born with’ the same sky scrapers it has now. A little reading would reveal the story of a city’s humble beginnings and how it grew into a modern capital that now has three districts and a million of residents. History has it that...

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

More buses imported to ease city public transport

Royal Express and Kigali Bus Services (KBS) transport companies on Monday unveiled 15 and 20 new buses respectively, to boost mobility within the City of Kigali (CoK). The latest fleet brings  the number of 60-seater buses to over 100 compared to 40 buses that were plying  city roads by...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Diaspora students urged to stick to Rwandan values

The annual civic education for Rwandan youth studying from abroad kicked off yesterday with officials urging the youngsters to stick to the country’s values while in their respective host nations. Briefing the students at Amahoro National Stadium before departing for Gabiro in Gatsibo...

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Varsity hopefuls grapple with tuition jitters

Barely three weeks to registration, many students admitted to the University of Rwanda (UR) for the September 2014 intake are yet to find means to finance their studies. Some say that they will not be able to take up admission if the government does not support them, given the dire financial...

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

ARJ elects new committee

Rwandan journalists yesterday elected a new executive committee for their association – (ARJ). The Executive Committee comprised five members. Collin Haba, president; Aldo Havugimana, 1st vice president; Marie Louise Uwizeyimana, second vice president; Edmund Kagire, secretary general and...

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Population Day: Change in mindset behind major gains in family planning

As nations yesterday marked the World Population Day, it was observed that Rwandans have increasingly embraced family planning after realising its implication on the economy. Senator Gallican Niyongana, a member of Rwanda Parliamentary Network Forum on Population and Development, in an interview...

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Private schools petition govt after losing students to 12YBE schools

Several private schools across the country say they are struggling to remain in business because parents nowadays prefer to enrol their children in 12 year Basic Education schools.  One of the affected schools is Ecole Secondaire de Musange (Esecomu), a once thriving school in Nyamagabe...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

EAC states challenged on demorgraphic dividend

Demographers have challenged partner states of the East African Community to harmonise socio-economic policies with population growth patterns in order to realise the demographic dividend. Demographic dividend refers to demographic returns on sustainable investment in policies and plans that aim...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Liberation memories of a successful ex-combatant

News of the fall of Kigali to forces of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF Inkotanyi), on July 4, 1994, found John Gapfizi at his rebel base in Byumba. Gapfizi, who joined the RPF one month after the launch of the struggle on October 1, 1990, worked as a radio communication technician—a...

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

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