Waking up to washed phones

I doubt there are parents out here, especially with toddlers, who have not had an experience that involves the urge to literally grab their child by the shoulders and shake sense into them. Personally, there is not a single day that I am not thankful to God for blessing me with Kwezi but there are...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

African MPs push for more women participation in commercial farming

The Speaker of Parliament, Donatille Mukabalisa, has called for greater efforts in pushing for gender equality on the African continent specifically in the area of agriculture which is the source of livelihood for most people on the continent. Mukabalisa said this in Kigali yesterday while...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Govt increases stipends for vulnerable survivors

Government, through the Fund for support for Genocide survivors (FARG), has approved the plan to increase a monthly living allowances for vulnerable survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The monthly stipend is set to increase from Rwf7, 500 to Rwf12, 500 as the minimum allowance per...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:20 PM

Correctional Service appeals for support to rehabilitate inmates

The Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) is seeking support that would make it possible for convicts to walk out of jail equipped with skills that would see them rebuild their lives and avoid being repeat offenders, the service’s Deputy Commissioner General Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza has said....

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Plan to introduce ankle monitors for convicts takes shape

The government is putting final touches to a legal framework that will, among others, see convicted felons serving short sentences released into the community where they will be obliged to do community service or wear monitoring ankle bracelets. Briefing the commission on the state of national...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Judiciary to launch retrial and anti-corruption portal

The judiciary will next week launch a portal that will allow Rwandans to share information regarding trials related to corruption and help complainants seek retrial of cases. The application will also provide a platform to share suggestions and exchange ideas on delivery of justice. The Spokesman...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I: Talking vs shouting/beating

There are not many African children who can say that they have not faced corporal punishment at one point when they were growing up. What I can tell you is that our parents’ slippers, the sticks in the compound and open palms had a relationship with our small backsides. I don’t like...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda ratifies Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement

Members of the Lower House yesterday approved the draft law for the ratification of the agreement establishing a Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) among the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community. The...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

MPs begin scrutiny of draft consumer protection law

The long-awaited revised law relating to competition and consumer protection yesterday began its journey toward enactment following the passing of its relevance in the Lower House. Presenting the bill to the lawmakers, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Uzziel Ndagijimana, said that...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Women in policing: We have a lot to be thankful for – ACP Ruyenzi

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Teddy Ruyenzi has just returned from South Sudan where she was heading a unit of 160 police officers, dominated by women under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This contingent, dubbed RWAFPU-3 was the first of its kind and was charged with...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 11:12 AM

Kwezi and I: Oh how times have changed!

I was listening to Liberation Day songs yesterday and it occurred to me that it has been 25 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was stopped by the barrel of a gun. I was also reminded that I am no spring chicken anymore. I cannot believe that I came to this beautiful country when I was...

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kwibohora25: Seven presidents to grace Liberation celebrations

At least seven foreign Heads of State are expected in Kigali for the 25th Liberation Anniversary slated Thursday, July 4, at the Amahoro National Stadium, in Kigali, the state minister for East African Community affairs, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe has said. Liberation day marks the day...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 9:58 AM

The 600: Filmmakers bring the ‘Inkotanyi’ rescue mission to the big screen

About a year ago producer Richard Hall travelled to Rwanda for the very first time. At the end of his trip, he and Annette Uwizeye; also a filmmaker, decided to visit the Campaign against Genocide Museum.The Museum is located within the parliamentary buildings. It was the first time both were...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I: The medical emergency that left me shaking

In the few short years that I have been a parent, I have never experienced something as unpredictable as a child’s health. It’s almost like the weather in Kigali. Sunny one minute, gloomy the next. You don’t know what is going to happen so you just have to be a little prepared...

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

Education minister briefs senate on TVET progress

The Minister of Education, Eugene Mutimura, yesterday appeared before the Senate where he provided a status briefing on where government is in implementing the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.   Mutimura told the senators that government has made strides...

Friday, June 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

KWEZI AND I: Unexpected conditions

There is something about diseases or infections that you literally know nothing about. I don’t remember a case of eczema anywhere when I was growing up, neither did I know of any serious allergies, except for a kid in our neighbourhood whose skin would get big bumps from just eating meat. So...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

Civil society outlines changes to consider in new tax law

The Rwanda Civil Society Platform has presented its wish list to consider for changes regarding at least 20 articles in the proposed Tax Law that is currently being reviewed by the parliamentary Standing Committee on Budget and Patrimony.  The civil society’s appearance comes a day...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

PSF lobbies for flexible tax penalties

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) has appealed to the Government to ease pressure on taxpayers by applying flexible penalties to its members who delay to declare their taxes. The PSF position was tabled in parliament yesterday as it lobbied the members of the parliamentary Standing Committee on...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

MPs outline six challenges undermining productivity of Rwanda’s labour force

The Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs yesterday briefed the Minister of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA), Fanfan Rwanyindo Kayirangwa on the issues that are still holding back the labour market, calling for her quick intervention in finding long term solutions. The President of the...

Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:02 PM

Nestlé and Sucafina partner to support 8000 households

Nestlé and Sucafina – a Geneva based “Farm to Roaster” coffee company, have announced the extension of their partnership for the next three years that will target over 8,000 households around five western province coffee washing stations of Musasa, Mushonyi, Nyamyumba, Rwinyoni,...

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 12:05 AM