Opinions

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

Greener, Greater cities

Discussions about “greening” cities typically recognize the importance of sustainable infrastructure and smart urban planning. What they often overlook is that nature is the world’s original infrastructure, and nature-based solutions can help cities address some of the biggest...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:40am

Africa may be the underdog at World Cup but it’s more than that

FIFA World Cup 2018 is now well under way. Like always, even for those of us who profess to merely be social football fans, I don’t know many who manage very well to escape the bug when the time comes around every fourth year. One of the main reasons for this is the media which, even in the...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 1:07am

Freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution, but within the law

The Islamic community yesterday ended the Holy month of Ramathan with the usual prayers. One message from the Mufti - the head of the Muslim community - that stuck out was the return of unity among their sect. In the past few years, Rwanda was not spared by the infiltration of extremist Islamic...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:57am

Financial equality for Africa’s women farmers

Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the world’s most gender-unequal regions, a place where perceptions, attitudes, and traditional roles conspire to limit women’s access to healthcare, education, and economic resources. To overcome these obstacles, women need greater access to financial...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:51am

The power of empowering refugees

For many refugees, access to education is the key to a more prosperous future. In Uganda, a unique refugee-led initiative has converted donor support into a sustainable school system and training program that provides a blueprint for self-sufficiency for displaced people everywhere. KAMPALA...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:51pm

Agriculture’s bad medicine

Around the world, antibiotics are being misused in livestock production, which is leading to an uptick in antibiotic resistance in humans. To stem the global threat, the world needs a new multilateral treaty that incentivizes farmers to scale back their prophylactic use of antimicrobial drugs. SAN...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:44pm

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...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:25pm

Editorial: A budget to bridge the industrialization gap

This year’s budget speech was more of an early Christmas gift for commuter and heavy goods transporters, industrialists and cycling enthusiasts. But those who went home with the widest smiles were manufacturers and Rwanda Cycling Federation; factory equipment and racing bikes were given a...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:18pm