New road maintenance levy to up fuel prices by Rwf20 per litre

The government’s recent decision to increase the road maintenance levy by Rwf20 per litre, is likely to be felt by consumers through an increase in the price of goods. This comes at a time when the cost of production is already high due to expensive energy costs. The new levy is poised to strain the private sector, and the final cost will be passed to the consumer. The levy, which is intended to mobilise funds…

"New road maintenance levy to up fuel prices by Rwf20 per litre"

Cobblestone roads cheaper solution for Kigali

Kigali City plans to build roads using cobblestones, which is cheaper to use and has a longer life span compared with tarmac roads. Cobblestones are also said to be more environmentally friendly as scientists say tarmac roads emit dangerous gases. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said acute irritation in workers was from airborne and dermal exposures to asphalt fumes and aerosols. The NIOSH scientists assessed the chemistry, health, and exposure data…

"Cobblestone roads cheaper solution for Kigali"

Rwanda tourism grows beyond gorilla trekking

As Rwanda started rebuilding after the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, tourism was considered one the economic pillars that would not only bring in much- needed foreign exchange, but also change the image of hopelessness that the international community had of the country. The government worked on restoring peace and security in the country, and especially secured the Volcanoes National Park in Musanze district, Northern Province, the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. “Rwanda…

"Rwanda tourism grows beyond gorilla trekking"

EDITORIAL: Tackling grafts requires a holistic approach

This week, the parliamentary public accounts committee started its hearings aimed at investigating cases of public financial mismanagement. But as the legislators meet, of particular concern are the increasing cases of corruption in public institutions. Cases of corruption are increasing because conditions are ripe for it. The motivation to earn income through corrupt practices is extremely strong, exacerbated by poverty and by low and declining civil service salaries. Coupled with a strong motivation is the…

"EDITORIAL: Tackling grafts requires a holistic approach"

Church shootings in Charleston show globalised racial war

The heady mix of bloody tragedy and dogged symbolism in Charleston, South Carolina, these past few days has to remind one that the United States of America is so disunited as to make nonsense of its very name. One wonders what really unites this great mass of land and peoples apart from a convoluted history of displacement, conflict, strife and slaughter. At home and abroad. South Carolina is that place that historically symbolised those traits.…

"Church shootings in Charleston show globalised racial war"

Rwanda taxman terms revenue goals set by ministry ‘unrealistic’

The Rwanda Revenue Authority is laying blame with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for revenue shortfalls due to unrealistic targets, which the ministry gives the tax collection body. In the past two fiscal years, the tax body has struggled to meet its targets partly because of dwindling revenue from international trade. However, RRA told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, under which RRA works,…

"Rwanda taxman terms revenue goals set by ministry ‘unrealistic’"