KWEZI AND I: New issues, newer discoveries

I have heard people say that life is a permanent teacher but I think it needs to be rephrased because if anything, raising a child is like being permanently in class. While the teacher may come and teach something that you know a little about, he or she will on very many occasions make you realise...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 10:57 PM

Youth MP-elect Kamanzi and his last minute decision to run for parliament

One hour after we had set up an appointment for an interview, Ernest Kamanzi appeared at The New Times offices on time. Clad in a fitting suit, Kamanzi looks like any other young professional but nothing is typical about him. At just 28, Kamanzi is one of the two legislators who were earlier this...

Friday, September 7, 2018, 11:48 PM

KWEZI AND I: Why we need a fun but affordable children’s venue

Last week, I finally succumbed to modern medicine and thankfully, Kwezi is breathing better and I am happy to be in office working without worrying about her. In the last week or so, I have had an opportunity to spend so much more time with her than I have in the last few months and as usual,...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 11:41 PM

We are grooming the youth to take over conservation – Akamanzi

As one of the country’s long term environmental protection strategies, the Government is working on grooming the youth to take over the custodianship of the nation’s future conservation efforts, the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Clare Akamanzi, has said. Akamanzi said this...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 2:26 AM

Legislative elections: Voters, stakeholders weigh in on polls

At about 4.30am, residents in Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District, were jolted out of their sleep by music announcing that the day to finally cast their vote in the parliamentary elections had arrived. Not long after that, a male voice appeared on the public announcer reminding everyone that the...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 3:55 AM

A guide to Monday polls: What you need to know

From September 2-4, Rwandans will head to the polls to decide who to represent them in the lower chamber of parliament. Below, we bring you some of the things that you need to know about these elections. Who is eligible to vote? Anyone who is 18 years old, and is a registered voter. Who is not...

Friday, August 31, 2018, 11:36 PM

Africa needs ICT to fast-track development – Dlamini-Zuma

Any African country interested in making progress should follow the Rwandan model and invest in a wall-to-wall ICT infrastructure to facilitate e-governance, or risk being left behind. The observation was made by South African Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 12:53 AM

KWEZI AND I: Of weather that comes with issues

Most of us who have been suffering because of the hot season have for the last few days been celebrating the rainy season that started about a week ago. That humidity that was threatening to suffocate us is now gone, and for that we are thankful. That said, just like some of us prefer rain to...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 11:52 PM

RNP most reliable police force in Africa – WEF report

Rwanda is the number one African country where citizens trust and rely on Police services to enforce law and order and 13th globally, according to the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum’s 2017/2018 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) ranks Rwanda above countries like the...

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12:30 AM

Over 600 register to observe elections

With approximately one week to the parliamentary elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) says that it has so far registered 603 election observers. The Director of Communication at NEC, Moses Bokasa, told The New Times yesterday that the number of observers is expected to increase...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 12:38 AM

Kagame to campaign for RPF candidates in Gisagara

President Paul Kagame is expected in Gisagara District today to request the residents to vote for his party in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Kagame was last in Gisagara District in July last year where he was campaigning during the presidential elections that were held in August and...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 12:28 AM

KWEZI AND I: Venturing into the dating scene

Dating in 2018 is not hard, it is almost a task. The dynamics of two people working on committing to each other today is not what it was before the arrival of smart phones and social media. Things seem to be getting worse by the day. But if you thought dating is hard when you are single,...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10:16 PM

16 Kigali women candidates scramble for two House seats

Sixteen candidates vying for two seats for the Kigali Women representative in the September 4 parliamentary elections yesterday kicked off their campaigns before hundreds of women local leaders who will have a final say on who joins the lower house. The women leaders, all from 11 of the 15 sectors...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 11:58 PM

Poor feasibility studies blamed for shoddy Imihigo projects

Poor feasibility studies continue to affect the quality and sustainability of projects contained in the Imihigo contracts, an evaluation report by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda has said. Imihigo are performance contracts between citizens and their leaders where each district...

Friday, August 17, 2018, 12:32 AM

EAC prosecutors move towards curbing poaching

If the efforts that prosecutors from the East African region are vowing to put together are anything to go by, the days of poachers tracking and killing the bloc’s wild animals are numbered. While speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a workshop yesterday in Kigali where prosecutors...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12:40 AM

Govt to spend Rwf500 billion on Imihigo

The Government will spend Rwf509 billion on the implementation of projects to alleviate poverty, the Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, has said. Delivering his remarks during the presentation on Imihigo for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and outlining the targets for this year, Kaboneka...

Friday, August 10, 2018, 12:58 AM

NEC briefs candidates ahead of campaigns

National Electoral Commission (NEC) officials yesterday met with the political parties and candidates who will be participating in the September parliamentary elections to brief them about campaign guidelines. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairperson of NEC, Kalisa Mbanda, told the candidates...

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 1:12 AM

KWEZI AND I: A diva is born

Kwezi is back from her grandparents’ home where she has been for a good three weeks. This year, I made a promise to myself that since I don’t get to see my parents as much as I would love to, I will give them Kwezi to fill the void. It is safe to say that I am using my child to fill a...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 9:56 PM

What you need to know about September parliamentary polls

Next month Rwandans will go to the polls to vote for people who will represent them in parliament after the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Monday released a list of 521 candidates approved to contest in the elections. The commission had received 539 applications. With the elections drawing...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 12:13 AM

More women, political parties get green light to contest for parliamentary seats

Two political parties will for the first time front candidates in the forthcoming September Parliamentary elections, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced yesterday. At a media briefing held at their offices, the Chairperson of NEC, Kalisa Mbanda, said that the council approved 521...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 1:58 AM