Opinions

Water: A real game changer for our sustenance

No natural resource is infinitive! One single common characteristic of all natural resources is that they are limited and deplete over time. Hence it is necessary to always understand the natural resource’s potential; how it could be conserved, protected, re-generated, rationalized and...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:03pm

Last call, please! Anybody clinging to the greetings of yore, let go

Reader of this greying column, have you survived the night, waraye, wararmutse, bwacyeye, wabonye (imyugaririro) ivamo, wabonye bucya?  With the latter literally asking if you miraculously saw the sun rise! Or, depending on where you are on this globe, if it’s afternoon or evening, have...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:53pm

AU reforms require political will to bear fruits

The African Union has embarked on a potentially transformative process of institutional reform that, if implemented, will make it leaner and more efficient and increase its financial self-sufficiency. It is notable that very little achievements have been made by the continental body in the social...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:46pm

African countries have more to gain by ratifying the CFTA

“We have to run where others walk” President Kagame, on many occasions, has made that statement that really put into perspective why Rwanda seems obsessed with speeding up development. The country lost a lot of precious time in petty politicking that brought the country to its knees....

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:25pm

With the economy on the right footing, something good is in store

The country’s financial institutions have reasons to smile after it was reported that the economy had rebounded after starting very poorly in 2017. This first quarter it has registered a double-figure growth of 10.6 percent thus continuing the growth pace of 10.5 percent in the last quarter...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:59am

Europe’s Left turns right on immigration

BERLIN – Europe’s established left is facing the threat of extinction. In less than two years, the continent’s social-democratic parties have suffered historic losses in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. On a continent long defined by democratic competition between...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:36am

Are we in a corporate-debt bubble?

WASHINGTON, DC – Is growing corporate debt a bubble waiting to burst? In the ten years since the global financial crisis, the debt held by nonfinancial corporations has grown by $29 trillion – almost as must as government debt – according to new research by the McKinsey Global...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:30am

Why markets and political scientists disagree on the G7

WASHINGTON, DC – To say that this month’s summit of G7 leaders in Canada was an unusual one would be an understatement. A traditionally friendly and predictable gathering of like-minded countries was marred by finger-pointing and disagreement, resulting in an inability to achieve...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:24am

Caring for children is a collective effort

Rwanda marked the Day of the African Child this past weekend with a call for collective efforts in raising children. There was also a call to support the setting up of Early Childhood Development centres. While the day of the African Child has its roots in South Africa, the need to support the...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:09am

Goddess Rose is subordinate to goddess Eva: Rwanda is on the right course

It is a sunny Saturday afternoon and a convoy of buses is snaking its way past Muhanga, full of excited school pupils from Kamegeri, Southern Province. It is the last day of their 4-day study visit to Kigali and each one wants to outdo the others in narrating their experience of the city and its...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:34pm

The costs of trade war

GENEVA – According to an old African proverb, “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” The same is true for full-blown trade wars: when major economies clash, developing countries will be among the hardest hit. On June 1, the US administration imposed import tariffs...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:21pm

Which anti-poverty policies work?

VIJAYAWADA, INDIA – Some policies seem so altruistic that it is almost impossible to imagine any objection to them. For example, lending small amounts of money or writing off debts to help the extreme poor are intended to help the most vulnerable, and both approaches seem entirely sensible....

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 11:17pm

Reform or die: Building a critical media in Rwanda

Two weeks or so ago, I watched a talkshow on Rwanda Television that focused on a seminal topic, ‘Building a Critical Media-Evaluating performance of media in reporting key issues facing society’. The show’s host, newsman Eugene Anangwe, and the three guests, all veterans of...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:28am

How the new EU data protection law will impact other countries

A new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), entered into application on 25 May 2018, across the EU countries, sets out rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based. Unlike the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995 (Directive 95/46/EC), which has been the main...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:27am

Our infant information revolution

CAMBRIDGE – It is frequently said that we are experiencing an information revolution. But what does that mean, and where is the revolution taking us? Information revolutions are not new. In 1439, Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press launched the era of mass communication. Our current...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:26am

Editorial: Efficient management of coops is key to their sustainability

For the past one week, Rwanda Cooperatives’ Agency has been on a campaign to among others sensitise members on proper management of cooperatives and also impart basic management skills to the coops’ leaders, to ensure they properly serve their intended purpose. The cooperative...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:21am

Journalists don’t ‘confirm’ they ‘report’

The Twitter hash-tag #ICanConfirm, created in mockery of journalists’ frantic reporting on the arrest, early this week, of a top Ugandan military official, generated quite a discussion in various online editorial chat rooms; the question was, is it a reporter’s job to confirm?...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:46am

Editorial: Banning cell phones in school

When the Ministry of Education announced a ban on cell phone use by students in primary and secondary schools, the first question that came to mind was; “what were they doing there in the first place?” What is a 12-year old doing with a cell phone? Parents who dote on their...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:43am

We may not be hosts soon but we can take notes

Just before the World Cup kicked off in Russia, FIFA announced that the 2026 edition of the games will be hosted by three countries; Canada, USA and Mexico. The World Cup has always been hosted by one country save for the time South Korea and Japan hosted it in 2002. The 2026 edition will be...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:41am

Raise awareness on sudden cardiac death

“What happened?”“He/she just collapsed and died.” In May alone, I heard that question and answer a couple of times. In the news, both print and electronic formats, sudden deaths are becoming common. My curiosity is not what causes it. That we know. Bitange Ndemo My...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:29am