Gatsibo rice farmers embrace non-agriculture activities

Gatsibo rice farmers have started a journey towards poverty alleviation by embracing modern farming techniques that guarantees high yields. This season alone is predicted to give them over 30,000 tons of rice. The over 3000 farmers have also started non-agricultural activities which have seen them...

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Banana prices skyrocket in Eastern Province

Banana prices have more than doubled in Eastern Province, driven by the ongoing food shortage in the region. A bunch of banana in Kayonza town now costs between Rwf6,000 and Rwf8,000 up from between Rwf2,000 and Rwf3,000 previously. Traders say the increase is due to the fact that they get...

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rural girls, women celebrate international girl child day

Rural girls and women in Kayonza District on Friday celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child, highlighting various challenges that hinder their development, thereby preventing them from enjoying their rights. During the event, suggestions were made on how best to devise new measures and...

Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

First Lady launches leadership and Mentorship workshop

The First Lady and Chairperson of Imbuto Foundation Jeannette Kagame, yesterday, launched a two and half day’s workshop for the Association of Student Survivors of the Genocide (AERG) where she urged them to uphold the spirit of resilience as a way to progress. The forum will involve AERG...

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Eastern Province sets aside Rwf86bn for water projects

Districts in the Eastern Province have earmarked a total of Rwf86 billion in the next fiscal year – more than half of their combined budget for the 2016/17 financial year, which starts this July – to build and strengthen water supply systems in the region. This was announced Friday by...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Eastern Province commemorates 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

The employees of the Eastern Province over the weekend paid tribute to former staff that perished during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The event of commemorating the Province’s fallen staff was being held for the fifth time and it started with a Walk to Remember. A delegation of the...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Prof. Lwakabamba vows to crackdown on graft at INATEK

The vice chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo (INATEK) Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the crackdown on officials at the institution implicated in corruption-related cases. Addressing varsity academic and non-academic...

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwinkwavu Hospital honours staff killed in the Genocide

Medics and other employees at Rwinkwavu Hospital in Kayonza District have been asked to play their rightful role to ensure the country never experiences the same tragedy it endured 22 years ago. The call came as the hospital staff paid tribute to the colleagues killed during the 1994 Genocide...

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Districts tipped on handling Labour cases

The Public Service Commission has cautioned local government authorities against dismissing their employees without following due processes. According to François Habiyakare, the chairperson of Public Service Commission, government is losing money through paying damages after being dragged...

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Woman admits to killing husband after four years

Police in Ngoma District are holding a woman who recently admitted to murdering her husband four years ago. Claudine Munyanvura is said to have hit and killed her husband, only identified as Mutsindashyaka, in 2012.Since then, the search had been on but in vain. It was not until Monday that she...

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Gatsibo, Nyagatare farmers upbeat about irrigation scheme

A new irrigation scheme in Gatsibo and Nyagatare districts has created 6,000 new jobs. Speaking to The New Times on Friday, Gatsibo District agriculture officer Bernard Udahemuka said the irrigation scheme offered great opportunities to farmers. “Our project showed the scheme was the ‘most...

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

New animal feeds factory opened in Rwamagana

The business community in the country has been urged to invest in the production of animal feeds to increase livestock farming in the region. The call was made by Tony Nsanganira, the State Minister for Agriculture, while inaugurating a new animal feeds factory in Rwamagana District on Tuesday....

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

[PHOTOS]: Women, child victims of Genocide honoured

At least 620 children and women tortured and brutally murdered in Sovu and Rubona cells of Rwamagana District during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi were honoured on Wednesday. Eighty-three children, 350 women and 167 men were killed in what is still remembered as one of the most brutality ever...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

E. Province steps up efforts to fight land misuse

Farmers in the Eastern Province have been given until July to sort out issues related to misuse of land or risk losing it to Government. The warning was sounded Monday by provincial governor Odette Uwamariya while addressing farmers from Kayonza District, whom she told that a campaign would soon...

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Remains of 130 Genocide victims get decent burial

Remains of over 130 Genocide victims were on Monday given a befitting burial at Mwurire memorial site in Rwamagana District. Mwurire is one of the sectors in Rwamagana District where many Tutsi were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The site already had remains of over 25,000...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Survivors want monument where 6000 Tutsi were dumped into water reservoir

A water reservoir constructed to facilitate rice irrigation in Ruramira and Nyamirama sectors of Kayonza District became a curse after thousands of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi were dumped in it. Residents who gathered at a place locally known as ‘Barage’ to pay...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Remains of 200 Genocide victims in Kayonza District still missing

Remains of at least 200 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are still missing in Gahini Sector, Kayonza District, 22 years after the Genocide. Area survivors said during a commemoration event on Wednesday. According to Damascene Turatsinze, a Genocide survivor, perpetrators are still...

Friday, April 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Eastern Province: 14 local leaders arrested over missing VUP funds

At least 14 local leaders have been arrested across the Eastern Province on charges of misappropriation of public funds. The officials are accused of embezzling and or misusing government funds under the Vision Umurenge Programme (VUP), a social protection initiative introduced to reduce levels of...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

E.Province farmers upbeat ahead of harvest season

Agronomists in different parts of the Eastern Province are predicting high maize and rice production this season. In separate interviews, on Monday, the agriculture officials said their projections are based on high quality seeds which were supplied to farmers, training and improved drainage...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Mother of conjoined baby appeals for help

The mother who gave birth to a baby girl with two heads at Kirehe Hospital is appealing for help. The baby was born on Wednesday, attracting several curious onlookers until the baby was shifted to an intensive care unit in Kigali. The mother, a cultivator, however, said she was worried since she...

Friday, February 26, 2016, 12:00 AM