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PM to brief Parliament on education sector

Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente is expected to appear in Parliament next week on Tuesday, December 1, where he will update members of both chambers on the national status of education and the way forward. Ngirente’s briefing was initially scheduled earlier in March but was postponed as the...

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Probe team to investigate lengthy pre-trial detentions

A special committee has been set up and tasked with looking into the issue of long correctional facility stays preceding suspects’ trials and suggesting ways how this can be remedied long term, members of the media heard on Monday, November 23. Addressing journalists as part of the...

Monday, November 23, 2020, 2:48 PM

Dowry takes center stage at Gender compliance meeting

To pay dowry or not to. That is a question that has been a subject of debate between those who want everything culture to be left intact and the others who prefer to call themselves progressive. The discussion came up again on Wednesday, November 18 as the Legal Aid Forum (LAF) was launching its...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 8:38 PM

Senate wants convicts of defilement, rape publicised

The Senate has requested the government to consider following the example set by the Ombudsman’s Office to make public the names of those convicted of corruption and publicly name those convicted of defilement and rape. The request was made on Tuesday, November 17, during a plenary...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 1:18 AM

Sexual abuse of children below 10 years on the rise

A total of 2,167 defilement cases reported to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) between 2018 and 2020 involved children aged below ten, The New Times can reveal. According to tentative figures contained in a report set to be discussed by senators on Tuesday, November 17, in the 2018/19...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:38 AM

Teachers’ placement exercise to be concluded next by week

The teacher placement exercise that saw top officials at Rwanda Education Board (REB) suspended from their duties, will come to an end on Monday, November 16, The New Times has learnt. On November 2, REB’s Director-General Irénée Ndayambaje, Deputy Director-General Angelique...

Friday, November 13, 2020, 4:21 PM

Lawyers make case for GBV victims, refugees

The Legal Aid Forum (LAF) has appealed to the Government to consider exempting victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) from paying court fees when filing their cases with courts of law. The Legal Aid Forum is a non-governmental organisation bringing together 36 national and...

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 2:13 AM

Minister Nyirarukundo to appear before Senate over Ubudehe

The Minister of State in Charge of Social Affairs and Social Protection Ignatienne Nyirarukundo will appear before the Senatorial Social Affairs, Human Rights and Petitions Commission on Thursday, November 12 where she is expected to among other things shed light on what the government based on to...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 2:40 PM

Covid-19: Thirteen test positive in Rwamagana prison

Thirteen inmates from Nsinda Correctional Facility in Rwamagana District have tested positive for Covid-19, the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije, has said.  Ngamije said this on Monday, November 9, while appearing alongside the Minister for Local Government Prof. Anastase Shyaka...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 4:16 PM

Court of Appeal president outlines challenges in criminal justice

A new criminal policy that is being reviewed by the Cabinet will usher in changes that will turn around how judges make their final decisions and contribute to the much-needed alternatives to prison sentences, justice stakeholders were told last week. This was revealed by the President of the...

Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:45 AM

EU pushes for alternatives to imprisonment

The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) delegation to Rwanda, Nicola Bellomo has called on the government to revamp its criminal justice system and find alternatives to prosecution and imprisonment. Bellomo said this at the opening of a one day consultative forum aimed at assessing the impact...

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 2:15 PM

Survivors concerned over genocide fugitives – report

A new report by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) has shed light on the uncertainty and fear faced by survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi over the issue of fugitives who committed atrocities but continue to roam the world freely. The report, which is set to be...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 1:19 AM

UN court dedicates November to Turinabo et al. contempt case

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) in Arusha, Tanzania has dedicated the entire month of November to a trial involving five Rwandans (now referred to as Maximilien Turinabo et al.) who are accused of using bribery and coercion to secure reversal of witness...

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 1:28 AM

Gov’t expropriation arrears date back to 2012 - watchdog

The government still owes expropriation fees that date way back to 2012 in what Transparency International says is in breach of the set laws put in place to defend Rwandans in the likelihood of the need for their relocation to pave way for public interest projects. Speaking on a panel...

Monday, November 2, 2020, 9:00 AM

Ombudsman throws out 419 appeal cases

The Ombudsman, Anastase Murekezi, has said that after reviewing 465 files requesting for fresh trials on the basis on unfair judgement, his office decided that only 46 of them (representing 9.9 percent) were on merit before he rejected 419 others. Presenting his 2019/2020 activity report to...

Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:39 AM

Land wrangles our biggest challenge, says Ombudsman

The Ombudsman, Anastase Murekezi, has said that issues surrounding land related matters continue to top the list of the cases that are filed with his office, reflecting the same pattern over the course of the last few years. Murekezi said this on Tuesday October 27 while presenting his...

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:00 AM

Ombudsman outlines issues in completion of judgements

The Ombudsman Anastase Murekezi will on Tuesday afternoon present his 2019/2020 activity report to members of both chambers of parliament, where he is among other issues expected to outline the challenges and possible solutions to the consistent challenge of delays and failures in completion of...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12:47 PM

Govt to pay Rwf1 billion in civil servant litigations

The Government is expected to part with Rwf948 million to 105 civil servants after it was dragged to court largely due to unfair dismissals, a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) has revealed. The loss stems from cases revolving around dismissal of permanent staff, termination of...

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 AM

More than 1,500 teachers are undocumented – new report

A total of 1,566 teachers in public schools are currently working without legal documents putting them in the positions that they occupy, the Public Service Commission has said in its 2019/2020 activity report. The report, to be tabled to the Senate on Monday afternoon, indicates that teachers,...

Monday, October 26, 2020, 12:05 PM

Only two polio cases registered in Rwanda in 27 years

Rwanda has recorded only two polio cases since 1993, an achievement that can be attributed to the country’s commitment toward immunisation and monitoring, Rotarians and medical professionals heard on Friday. Addressing the group on the occasion to mark World Polio Day on Friday, Dr....

Friday, October 23, 2020, 7:41 PM

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