COVID-19 lockdown: The posts that took Twitter by the storm

Rwandans are in the second week of a nationwide lockdown that was put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus and many are adjusting to the new normal, staying home. While some continue to work from home, others are using this time to work out, learn how to cook new dishes, pick up new...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12:02 PM

Local breweries turn to home delivery in wake of lockdown

‘Happy hour’ may be suspended at bars and restaurants across the country, but that should not stop consumers from consuming alcohol in their homes. The leading domestic beverage firms, Skol and Bralirwa, have teamed up with a local delivery company, Vuba Vuba...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 5:54 PM

COVID-19: Envoy dispels fears over Rwandans in UAE

The Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emmanuel Hategeka, has said that despite fears that Rwandans living in his area of jurisdiction could have contracted the coronavirus, no case has so far been reported to his office. Speaking to The New Times in a telephone...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: Govt promises support to severely vulnerable families

The Minister of Local Government, Anastase Shyaka, has said that the government will look into supporting severely vulnerable families during this lockdown aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus. Shyaka was speaking during a televised programme on Sunday, March 22, to shed more light...

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:51 AM

COVID-19: Parents brace for extension of school closure

The government’s announcement stipulating a possible extension of the initial two weeks closure of schools has left many parents grappling with challenges that come with homeschooling their children. The Ministry of Health on Thursday, March 19, night said that the initial 14-day closure...

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:00 AM

COVID-19: How to spot fake news

On Thursday morning, most social media users woke up to a supposed “government announcement” ordering a shutdown of literally everything, with the exception of pharmacies, hospitals, and banks. To a keen eye, figuring out that this alarmist announcement was nothing but ‘Fake...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 4:04 PM

COVID19: Seven tips to maintain mental health amid virus outbreak

As Rwanda continues efforts to fight the global coronavirus pandemic, the Mental Health Division Manager of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC); Dr Yvonne Kayiteshonga has suggested ways the community can normalise their ways of life and continue to protect their mental health. Kayiteshonga was...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: Govt to cater for stranded Burundian students

The Ministry of education has said that it is taking care of about 11 secondary school students of Burundian origin who were left stranded when their country closed its borders on Sunday and ordered mandatory quarantine for anyone entering the country. Claudette Irere, the Minister of State in...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:57 AM

COVID-19: Varsity students stranded in mad rush to get them back home

Hundreds of University of Rwanda students in Huye District are stranded on campus after failing to find buses back home as public transport companies prioritise high school learners. Public transport has been disrupted across the country since Sunday when the Ministry of Education embarked on a...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:53 PM

Salary issues, unfair dismissal take lead in labour report

Issues surrounding salaries, unfair dismissal and contract termination due to alleged economic or technological reasons take up 90 percent of the challenges raised by people in the private sector, a report produced by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) says. Commissioned...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Govt owes Rwf33bn in expropriation fees

The Government owes approximately Rwf33bn in expropriation arrears to locals, The New Times has learnt. Expropriation is done by the State in order to pave the way for public interest projects such as roads, energy projects and other public infrastructure projects. The report on...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda shines in World Justice Rule of Law Index

Rwanda has emerged the second best performer in Sub-Saharan Africa in the World Global Rule of Law Index, improving three places from last year's ranking. The ‘World Justice Project Rule of Law Index’ is an evaluation of rule of law adherence; measuring countries...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Report highlights issues in public procurement

A survey conducted to explore the state of public procurement at the local level has highlighted a number of issues with as many as 55 percent of the respondents admitting to have lodged complaints contesting the processes. According to the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA) Act, for...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

New guidelines issued on public contracts

The Minister for Justice, Johnston Busingye, has issued fresh guidelines to heads of all government institutions regarding public procurement.  The fresh guidelines seek to plug the loopholes that have previously resulted in misuse or misappropriation of public funds. The development...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Report sheds light on property expropriation issues

A survey conducted in six districts has shed light on the issues in the land expropriation process with a whopping 60 percent of the respondents defining the processes, especially in valuation, as ‘unfair’. Expropriation is done by the State in order to pave the way for public...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Busingye challenges bailiffs to neutralise property ring

The Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, has challenged court bailiffs to work together and stop a criminal ring that is suspected to have infiltrated their processes. The bailiffs are responsible for executing judgements pronounced by courts. According to the law, professional bailiffs...

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Parliament orders probe into misuse of public funds by May

The Ministry of Justice has up to May this year to have investigated the misuse and abuse of public funds raised by the Auditor General’s 2017/2018 report. The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze, told The New Times that his team...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12:08 AM

Govt reinstates ownership of 12,000 pieces of land to locals

After a countrywide state land registration exercise conducted in the last fiscal year, the Government has reinstated ownership of land to a total of 12,369 people, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Political Affairs and Gender heard Friday. The Minister for Environment,  Jeanne d...

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 AM

Over 78,000 babies born to teen mothers in four years

A few days ago, First Lady Jeannette Kagame addressed fellow African First Ladies who had gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and voiced her concern about growing gaps in parent-child communication, limited access to sexual reproductive health information  and quality services that continue to...

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 1:50 PM

Automated driving test centre due next year

A new one stop centre that will eliminate human contact and usher in a completely computerised system of sitting both theoretical and practical driving tests will be ready in June next year, members of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security heard this week...

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:06 AM