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Busasamana: Where god sleeps

In many African societies, the king was considered a supreme creation or even a deity himself. This was the belief in Rwanda before the dawn of the Christianity era. Busasamana, a complex name whose roots come from ‘Gusasa’ (to lay a bed) and Imana (God), roughly translates as ‘...

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mother tongue policy: Can schools implement it?

When you think of a modern private pre-primary and lower primary school, what comes to mind? A school whose main language of instruction is English or French? You are not far from the reality on the ground. In fact, most privately owned schools within city centres (Kigali being the biggest) use...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Over 3,000 civil servants fail to declare wealth at eve of deadline

At least 5,000 of the 8,000 civil servants, representing 62 per cent, had declared their assets by last week ahead of the deadline today. Among those who have already declared their wealth are high ranking officials, including the President, Senate president, Speaker of Parliament, the President...

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

University of Rwanda admits over 9,000

After scrutinising 19,024 applications, the University of Rwanda has confirmed that 9,360 applicants meet admission requirements to various courses for the 2015 academic year. Professor Nelson Ijumba, the deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and research, told Sunday Times yesterday that...

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nyabugogo: From a swamp to a bustling business centre

We may be tempted to think that Nyabugogo, an area known to for its endless human and traffic jam, and a home to both small and big businesses was always like that. Nyabugogo, currently in Kimisagara sector, Nyarugenge district, which hosts the country’s biggest taxi park, was a few decades...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Govt creates new force to replace local defence

The Ministry of Local Government has created the District Administration Security Support Organ (Dasso), a new force to replace the current Local Defence Forces. The 7,000-strong force is currently undergoing training at the Police Training School in Gishari, Rwamagana District. A total of 2181...

Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

University of Rwanda to start PhD programmes

Rwandans seeking to pursue doctorate studies will now have the option to pursue it Univerisy of Rwanda effective the next academic. The university is finalising the curricula for eight doctorate of philosophy (PhD) programmes to be rolled out in the next academic year, The New Times has learnt....

Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

French youth jet in on mission to denounce complicity in Genocide

A twenty-member delegation of young French leaders and their European colleagues yesterday arrived in Kigali as part of a campaign to denounce the role of France in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The youths also say they want to establish contacts with their Rwandan counterparts.  The...

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Sectors to certify land transactions

Delivery of notary services in transactions involving land and other immovable properties is set to improve significantly following the publication in the Official Gazette of a law that decentralises the services to the sector level. This means that notaries for land transactions will gradually...

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

School dropout rate still high

District education officers say they are stepping measures to curb the high school dropout rate by co-opting parents to ensure children remain in class until they graduate. They were reacting to a recent report by the Ministry of Education (Mineduc) which showed that the dropout rate was still...

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Reformed FDLR member living a new life

Until 2007, Denis Murego, worked as umucengezi—an infiltrator who gathered intelligence information for the DR Congo-based militias who perpetrated the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. His main role was supplying food to infiltrators of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libé...

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Education ministry to prioritise career guidance

The Ministry of Education (Mineduc) is working on a plan to introduce career guidance programme in all schools to enable students make informed decisions when choosing university courses. This was announced during a Joint Review of Education Sector meeting in Kigali yesterday. The meeting brought...

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwandans urged to keep liberation spirit alive

Rwandans have been urged  to keep the liberation spirit alive and desist from actions that could drive the country back to the dark past characterised by  ethnic divisions and genocide ideology. Central and local government leaders, and Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) officers made the...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kigali maps new bus lanes for public transport

The City of Kigali is in the final stages of demarcating routes for new passenger service buses managed by Bus Rapid Transits (BRT). The articulate buses, each with a capacity of more than 100 passengers, will have exclusive routes. The project seeks to provide a sustainable solution to the...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Kigali launches school feeding programme

Parents should give children enough food to eat to boost performance in school, Mathias Harebamungu, the state minister for primary and secondary education, has said. Harebamungu made the call, last week, while launching the school feeding programme in the City of Kigali at GS Camp Kanombe, in...

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Who will hold FARDC responsible for their exactions?

In the past three days, the small town of Busasamana has seen an unusual amount of activities with teams of journalists, defense attaché from various embassies and various leaders travelling to the scene where the DRC army crossed into Rwanda. “It is not the first time that the...

Friday, June 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Students stranded as catholic varsities grapple with conflict

Seven years after they  completed their course, former students of an unaccredited catholic school, Institut Supérieure Pédagogique et Cathechèse (ISPC) in Huye District are yet to graduate. “We are missing many  opportunities and there is even no official...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Cooperatives changing the face of the city

For a first time visitor to Gakinjiro, home to artisanal workshops and hardware shops, the gigantic new buildings along the Kinamba-Kagugu road might give one the impression that city moguls have turned their interests to the flourishing neighborhood. That is just a wrong impression. Cooperatives...

Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Agaciro funds to be invested in government treasury bonds

The Rwf21.6 billion so far pooled by Rwandans through voluntary contributions under Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF) will be invested in government treasury bonds next month, AgDF chief executive officer, Vianney Kagabo, has said. “We are planning to embrace the capital markets by July and...

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why cab drivers shun taxi-meters

Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (Rura) last year issued a directive obliging all taxi drivers to install automated metre readers, as a way to protect the users from unscrupulous operators. However, the metres, which have been fitted into most of the taxis, commonly known as taxi-voiture are not...

Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

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