Rwandan miners turn to Mombasa over mysterious theft of goods in Dar

The hash-tag, ‘WhatWouldMagufuliDo,’ was among 2015’s most trending topics on Twitter but there’s one more question for Tanzania’s new President John Pombe Magufuli; what will he do on learning that Rwandan miners are abandoning using Port of Dar for Mombasa, over theft? Following allegations of...

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Consensus may bore some but it works for Rwanda

On Friday, we were all handed a new book with 365 blank pages, what kind of story are you going to write for yourself? You have already used three pages so it better be a great story, one that you won’t have to regret at the very end of it as having been a waste of space. As a country,...

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Regional stories to watch in 2016

The year 2015 might be over but some of its stories will crossover into 2016 and continue making news headlines across the region and beyond; what will those be? From the ongoing crisis in Burundi to Uganda’s general election next month and Rwanda’s post-2017 conversation, it appears that...

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

East Africa's oil-boom to delay as low prices rage into 2016

The prospect of an East African oil boom is in pause mode as global price of crude oil continues to fall, leaving regional infrastructure projects such as the pipeline on hold and hundreds of jobs lost as oil firms cut costs to stay afloat. Some 200 kilometres from Kampala is Hoima Municipality,...

Thursday, December 31, 2015, 12:00 AM

What will 2016 have in store for the economy?

Last week, National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) governor John Rwangombwa admitted 2015 has been a challenging but, ultimately, a successful year, owing mainly to negative developments in the global economy. What are the prospects like for 2016? Prof. Thomas Kigabo, the chief economist at BNR, doesn’t...

Monday, December 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

2015: A year when Rwandans chose continuity

On Christmas day, Justice Minister Johnston Busingye announced the coming into force of Rwanda’s revised constitution, exactly a week after 98 percent of adult citizens voted, through a historic referendum, to support the country’s first major amendment since 1994. A month to Christmas, on...

Sunday, December 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

A very un-merry Christmas

Read this at your leisure for you have plenty of time on you, tomorrow is a public holiday. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. How about me? Not a chance. Blame that on Republics, those brigands that disbanded our kingdoms, now we have to toil to earn a living. Colleagues at RTV came to...

Sunday, December 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Kagame is Rwanda's most googled person for 2015

President Paul Kagame was the most searched person on Google, by internet users in Rwanda, according to a new ranking by Time Magazine, for 2015’s most ‘googled’ persons around the world. Time Magazine, which comes up with different rankings every year, used data provided by...

Friday, December 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

2015 challenging but successful year – BNR governor

A challenging but successful year,” is how central bank governor John Rwangombwa described 2015 yesterday as he presented the Financial Stability and Monetary Policy Committee statements for the third quarter period running from July to September. The central bank has spent the big part of the...

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Kagame is Rwanda's most googled person for 2015

President Paul Kagame was the most searched person on Google, by internet users in Rwanda, this, according to a new ranking by Time Magazine, for 2015’s most ‘googled’ persons around the world. Time Magazine, which comes up with different rankings every year, used data provided...

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Kagame to referendum critics: Respect choice of Rwandans

The mood, shortly before the President’s media briefing, was one of excitement. An opening question from The New Times set the ball rolling when Kagame was asked to respond to external criticism against the referendum, condemned and rejected in sections of the international press as a...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Muslims involved in terrorism have distorted view of Islam – scholar

Dr Nafie Ali Nafie is a Pan-African with no kind words for the West; a guru in Sudan’s domestic politics, he has previously served as the Chief of national intelligence and security services in President Omar Al-Bashir’s government. The 67-year-old American trained scholar in Genetics...

Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, one more Yego to go!

I chanced on one of the people who voted ‘no’ in Friday’s referendum; how did I find them, well, because I heard the person regretting a ‘mistake’…apparently, they thought that by ticking ‘no’ it would express their opposition to the...

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

What a 'Yego' vote means for Rwandans

An elderly voter, probably in her late 70s charged at a young polling agent at the Taba village polling station in Kicukiro District’s Niboye sector, during Friday’s historic referendum in which Rwandans emphatically voted in favour of amending the constitution. “Ferundum ni...

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

[PHOTOS]: Rwf10bn Belgium cash to power 6000 households

Rwanda and Belgium yesterday signed two bilateral development agreements, worth €14.3 million, aimed at helping government improve institutional capacity and expertise within priority sectors, especially energy and health services. The Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Claver Gatete,...

Friday, December 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Seventy workers laid off in Tigo reshuffle

At least seventy workers at Tigo-Rwanda could count themselves jobless in a move that the firm’s Chief Executive, Tongai Maramba, says is in line with an ongoing restructuring exercise to respond to recent developments in the sector. In an exclusive interview yesterday, Maramba said the...

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is agric quickest way out of poverty?

Least developed, low developed or developing countries, which is which? The choice of diction here is the privilege of the report authors, the subjects usually have no pick; the same can possibly be said of the United Nations 2015 “Least Developed Countries” (LDCs) report launched at a...

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 12:00 AM

Airtel plans cost-cutting layoffs, denies claims of exiting Rwanda

Airtel-Rwanda is in advanced stages of a process to cancel contracts of several of its senior and mid-level managers as the telecom company seeks to trim its operational costs in an increasingly competitive industry, The New Times has learnt. The number of those to be affected by the downsizing is...

Monday, December 14, 2015, 12:00 AM

Give press more access to regional summits

The twelfth summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) held in Kigali this week, was so close yet so far for local journalists; in the end, there was no option but to wait for the usually dry communiqué, even for those accredited to cover the event. Why? Well, for some...

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

How will Rwanda benefit from China's $60bn aid to Africa?

At a time when the Chinese economy is experiencing an unprecedented growth slowdown, President Xi Jinping made a rather ironical announcement, last week, in Johannesburg that his government is to double its aid to Africa, to US$60 billion over the next three years till 2018. It was the biggest...

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

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