Justice: Ombudsman reviews 6000 petitions

The Office of the Ombudsman has handled up to 6,080 petitions related to court rulings from October 2012 through June 2017, according to official figures. By the end of 2016/17 judicial year, only 279 cases—out of 366,560 that had been decided by the courts—were found to have...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Africa seeks to harmonise formal and traditional justice systems

  Formal justice is not enough to ease access to and guarantee justice and need to be harmonised with traditional systems. This was underscored by stakeholders in the justice sector from more than 15 countries across the continent during a three-day conference on collaboration between the...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Businesses urged to exploit expanding internet network to drive growth, boost service delivery

the business community, especially young entrepreneurs, should take advantage of the growing 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network coverage as an opportunity for content and online services development. Emmanuel Hategeka, the Rwanda Development Board chief operating officer, said 4G Internet...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Young entrepreneurs decry limited access to finance

As jobs become increasingly scarce, there is growing need for entrepreneurship. However, many youths who want to start business say there is another challenge to be reckoned with: lack of funding. These concerns were raised at the weekend during an event organised by DOT Rwanda, a youth-led...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Sri Lankan military officers on study tour

A delegation of students and staff from the Sri Lanka Defence Service Command and Staff College is in the country for a two-week geo-strategic international study tour. After visiting Kigali Genocide Memorial, the 16-person delegation headed to the Ministry of Defence where they were briefed on...

Friday, August 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Presidential elections were free, fair and transparent – governance board

Friday’s presidential elections were conducted in a free, fair and transparent environment that meets democratic and good governance principles both local and international standards, according to Rwanda Governance Board (RGB). The board gave its verdict yesterday having deployed observer...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Eastern Province: Huge turnout attributed to political maturity

Presidential election in Eastern Province, like elsewhere in the country, was marked by high turnout, with majority choosing to get done with the business early. By midday, there was little activity at polling stations as most people had voted and returned home. Noteworthy too, was the high...

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Once isolated Bweyeye residents jubilate as homes get electricity

Located several kilometres off the main road in Rusizi District, Bweyeye Sector was previously considered a remote and isolated place. It had no electricity until Monday, this week, when power reached the sector in fulfillment of a promise President Paul Kagame made when he visited the area back...

Friday, July 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Drive to improve farmer participation in agric programmes

Transparency International Rwanda and its partners has initiated a project aimed at increasing participation of farmers in planning, implementation and monitoring of agriculture projects using district performance contracts (Imihigo). Launched in Kigali, on Friday, the project will be implemented...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

PLWDs reassured on presidential election facilitation

In the past elections, people with disabilities had difficulty accessing polling stations, voting for the candidates of their choice, among other challenges. During this year’s presidential election, disabled people have been promised facilitation during the campaign as well as on election...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwandans in Israel mark Kwibohora 23

The Rwandan embassy in Israel with the Rwandan Community, friends of Rwanda, the diplomatic community and international organizations on July 15 marked the 23rd Liberation Day (Kwibohora 23). The event was held in Tel Aviv. In his speech, the Minister of State in the Israeli Prime Minister’s...

Friday, July 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Govt seeks to lower cost of Hepatitis vaccination

Last Friday, the Ministry of Health concluded a campaign on prevention, access to testing, treatment and care of Hepatitis that was conducted in line with World Hepatitis Day (WHD) celebration. During the campaign, 250,000 people were expected to be screened for Hepatitis B and C while 400,000 (...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kamaliza: The life and times of a music icon

You have probably heard people sing songs like Kunda Ugukunda, Humura Rwanda, Umutoni, Mbabare Ngirente and Sinakwanze, among others at weddings and concerts and wondered who sung such legendary songs. That’s Annonciata Mutamuriza, famously known as Kamaliza, one of the best musicians that...

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

First Lady urges women to keep up the good progress

Rwandan women have been urged to avoid faltering on their current progress. The First Lady, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, made the call yesterday during the 25th anniversary of Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe, an umbrella of women civil society organisations. The First Lady officiated at the launch of a Rwf530-...

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda, Mauritius top Africa in 2017 global cyber security index

Rwanda is one of the African countries that are most committed to cyber security, a new report has shown. The second edition of Global Cybersecurity Index, that was released by the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency, on Wednesday, ranked Rwanda second in Africa after Mauritius....

Friday, July 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Unity Club inaugurates homes for Huye Genocide widows

Rwandans should uphold unity and inculcate it in the youth to sustain what the country has achieved. The First Lady Jeannette Kagame made the remarks at the inauguration ceremony of Impinganzima hostels built for Genocide widows in Mukura Sector, Huye District, yesterday. The hostels will...

Friday, June 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Speaker meets UNFPA regional director

Julitta Onabanjo, the United Nations Population Fund regional director for East and Southern Africa, yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Donatille Mukabalisa. Dr Onabanjo is in Rwanda for the Africa Health Forum. During her visit to Parliament, she pointed out the...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Marriage: How much should dowry cost?

In Rwandan tradition, paying dowry was and is still a common practice which however has evolved over the years from just giving cows to money. Currently, there are misconceptions over the importance and worth of dowry. There are some reports which claim dowry is one of the causes of domestic...

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Ombudsman's office faces gaps in capacity to fight graft – study

There are some gaps that need to be plugged if the Office of the Ombudsman is to successfully play its role of combating corruption in the country, a new study has shown. The study assessed the effectiveness of anti-corruption commissions in Eastern Africa. The study, conducted by Transparency...

Friday, June 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

American diplomat publishes book about Rwandan women

American author Swanee Hunt launched a book entitled, “Rwandan Women Rising”, documenting the story of transformation of Rwandan women. Hunt, a former US Ambassador to Austria (1993-97), is currently a lecturer at John Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University. The launch, in Kigali on...

Monday, June 12, 2017, 12:00 AM