Opinions

Building consensus is the magic bullet to success of cooperatives

Rwandans this weekend met in their respective sectors to celebrate the International Cooperatives Day. Internationally, the day is celebrated on July 7 but in Rwanda, it was observed a week later, to make way for celebration of the Liberation Day. At least three million Rwandans are members to...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:43am

New law on jurisdiction of courts goes beyond establishing an Appeals Court

Since June 2, 2018, Rwanda has a new law determining jurisdiction of courts. While the law has brought many new changes including the introduction of the Court of Appeal, two other new developments are worth noting. First, the law has expressly recognised standing for ‘Friend of the Court...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:39am

Is Trump an “effective leader”?

NEW ORLEANS – No matter how much chaos and disruption US President Donald Trump causes – to trade, business, and even America’s core alliances – his supporters regularly insist that Trump is a leader who gets things done. While Arkansas Senator and almost-CIA director Tom...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:54am

Nurturing children for a digital future

It is clear that the digital world is here to stay. Moreover, it is a welcome and necessary component of a 21st century childhood. Children’s wellbeing in the digital environment is of no less importance than their wellbeing in any other setting. The digital environment is a technology and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:50am

Editorial: More brooms needed to clean up religious organisations

Religious predator sare on the increase on the continent. They unashamedly try to outdo their peers; whether it’s driving flashy cars or living in outlandish mansions. The most astonishing thing is that they have hordes of followers. A recent pastor in the southern parts of Africa recently...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:56pm

The crucial World Cup lesson on picking up after ourselves

As you read this, the most popular sporting event, the FIFA World Cup will be coming to an end today with the final between France and Croatia. Of all spectator sports, football continues to be at the top of the table and the World Cup that comes around once in four years has always been a huge...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:51pm

World Cup 2018 exposed Africa’s talent drain

The 2018 World Cup comes to an end tonight with two European countries, Croatia and France facing off in the final in Russia.It’s interesting but perhaps unsurprising that most of Africa seems to be backing the French team to snatch victory; but the Croatians can’t be taken for...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:44pm

Do you have what it takes to lead in the digital age?

Digital disruption is very real and yet, contrary to the wisdom of the crowd, what we need is not leaders who are digital gurus. The technology itself is not what makes us digital; it is how we use the technology as people. What we need are leaders who are willing and able to leverage digital...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:39pm

China Summit shows how important Africa has become

Ongoing preparations for the Focus on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit 2018 remind us it is just around the corner. Held every three years since 2000 and set to be hosted in Beijing this September, it has established itself as a forum on which to not only gauge progress on multilateral...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:35pm

Next parliament should strive to outmatch previous one

With the legislative elections just around the corner, political parties are bracing themselves, compiling lists of what they hope will deliver in the voting booths. Rwanda’s parliamentary elections are not marked by excitement and violence like in neighbouring countries; it is every-day-as-...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:37pm

We need a food revolution

LONDON – In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The next year, an even larger grouping was formed for Live Aid, a major benefit concert and music-based fundraising...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:35pm

Health coverage must not ignore Africa’s elderly

DAR ES SALAAM – My grandmother is 76, and my grandfather is 83. They have lived fruitful lives together, cultivating crops and grazing cattle in a remote village in the hills of southwest Uganda. But whenever I think of them, I am more in awe of their good health than their hard work....

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:30pm

Connecting Rwanda to the world

Visitors to Rwanda have long been captivated by the country’s natural beauty and its seemingly boundless potential that is evident everywhere, from the faces of young children to the fertile rolling hillsides. Those hillsides provide nourishment for the people of Rwanda and today, the...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:43am

The absurdity of fighting in defence of foreign languages

The on-going tension in the western parts of Cameroon has been simmering for some years but only got mention when casualties or internet shut down reached the ears of the media. For the last two years, when things began to get out of hand and the body count hiked, what had been an internal behind-...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:33am

Closing Pakistan’s electoral gender gap

ISLAMABAD – One hundred years ago, women in the United Kingdom gained the right to vote, and today, most women in the developed world are enfranchised. But in many developing countries, the resistance that British suffragettes faced a century ago, rooted in misogyny, persists. This is...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:32am

African leaders need to go beyond their call of duty

Today, doubting Thomases have found it inevitable to concede: this country has surprised with a quick rise from a write-off case to a case of something close to success. And fast shrinking that “close” gap. In all frankness, even most of us senior citizens who’ve been following...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:23am

Sport as an alternative means to attaining global peace

One of the biggest global challenges has been attaining peace and security in all continents and nations across the world, and a number of efforts have been made in order to attain this goal through various interventions such as conventions, sanctions, military actions among others. Despite the...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:39am

Should blacks keep making European nations global football powerhouses?

The ongoing World Cup matches have been quite scintillating as seen from the early departure of Germany, Spain and Argentina to the competitive fighting spirit of Iceland, Columbia and Senegal. I have missed but one match and do everything in my power to not miss a minute of each of the games. I...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:35am

Need for our own media could not be more urgent

The past week was not short of stories; good and bad. Tragedy first struck two weeks ago when a team of young Thai footballers were trapped in a flooded cave. International solidarity kicked in place as diving experts flew in from all over the world to lend a hand. Since the incident took place in...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:16am

Intellectual property, not intellectual monopoly

WASHINGTON, DC – “The copyright and patent laws we have today look more like intellectual monopoly than intellectual property,” wrote Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles in their recent book about the US economy. Concerns about overprotection of intellectual property acting as a...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:07am