Opinions

The ‘apps’ and downs of public transport in the EAC region

Transport in East Africa is one of the topics that attract my interest easily. This is mainly because movement of people and goods has always been one of the core pillars of the whole East African integration agenda pushed by our leaders. I am sure you have noted the glamour each time any of them...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:12am

Editorial: Rwandan companies should venture where the money is

Bank of Kigali (BK) is not pulling any punches of late. It started a couple of months ago when celebrating its 50th anniversary. It made the wishes of some of its customers come true as a show of appreciation. But before that, it completely overhauled itself. It morphed into several entities in...

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 2:06am

Let’s pay more attention to the music curriculum in our schools

There’s general acknowledgement that music is not only good for its own sake, but has attributes that may improve a child’s abilities in learning and dexterity in other tasks. One only needs to recall the nursery rhymes or the songs by generation after generation of children on the...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 3:24am

Is big tech destroying retail markets?

WASHINGTON, DC – Information technology is not just transforming markets; it is also making them ubiquitous, particularly for household consumers. From pretty much anywhere in the world, one can now search out goods and services, compare prices from multiple sellers, and give detailed...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:24am

Corralling the info-monopolists

GENEVA – When Mabruka was 18, she came home from school one day and started coughing up blood. She had been feeling sick for about two months, and when she went to a health clinic, she described symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, chills, loss of...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:24am

Editorial: REMA should bear full responsibility for pollution in Akagera River

Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) has ordered the suspension of a leather factory located in Bugesera because it was intentionally polluting River Akagera that pours into the Nile. Usually, construction of any major structure has to undergo an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)....

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 2:18am

Empowering rural women through education

The right to education is fundamental Human Right. Education is crucial for development of women. Rural women’s access to education and training can have a major impact on their potential to access and benefit from income-generating opportunities and improve their overall well-being....

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 6:56pm

How universities can soften the Brexit blow

LONDON – The United Kingdom ranks around 22nd among countries in terms of population. Its economy is somewhere between the fifth- and seventh-largest in the world in terms of nominal GDP (in US dollars), which is comparable to the economies of India and France. In terms of wealth – that...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:48am

The known unknowns of US sanctions against Iran

BEIJING – The sanctions against Iran reinstated by US President Donald Trump raise two all-important questions that have no convincing answers. First, will this action make the world safer, as Trump claims, or will it further destabilise the Middle East and undermine future efforts to limit...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 3:36am

Will nanotechnology one day bring home our national outlaws?

Fake news is the order of the day these days. And so here is a piece doing the rounds on social media, as you’ve no doubt seen, bearing the bloodcurdling tag of “The Death of Death”. However, scary as that may sound, it’s reportedly the title of a book that carries the...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 2:48am

Editorial: Thumbs up to rapid, well-coordinated Gatuna road response

It has been an unusually busy season of disasters, not only in our region, but the world over. A dam burst in Kenya, sweeping away scores of people, animals and homes. In Rwanda, River Sebeya broke its banks because of the heavy rains, taking lives, destroying property, and disrupting education as...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 2:42am

Abidjan est doux!

I am leaving Abidjan with deep humility, having learned one important lesson; ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in my philosophy’. Or in prose: books can be deceiving, if one doesn’t get to travel on site and see for oneself. Here, I was exposed to...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00am

Visitors should be lured out of the city, but they need a reason to

When Rwanda set its sights on becoming a MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events) hub on the continent, many thought it was just another gamble. How would it wrestle the market away from the likes of South Africa, Kenya and North African countries that have always had the lion’s...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00am

The economic imperative of protecting women’s health

BANGKOK – Mai was 17 years old when she and her boyfriend became sexually active. Because unmarried adolescents in their country cannot access contraception without parental consent, they decided to make do without. Not long after, Mai became pregnant. As a teen mother, Mai can access...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Preventing an AI apocalypse

NEW YORK – Recent advances in artificial intelligence have been nothing short of dramatic. AI is transforming nearly every sector of society, from transportation to medicine to defense. So it is worth considering what will happen when it becomes even more advanced than it already is. The...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 5:06am

Learning from Liberia’s educational partnerships

MONROVIA – Around the world, some 263 million children remain out of school, and of those who do attend classes, 330 million are receiving substandard education. As a result, an estimated 617 million school-age children are unable to read at grade level. The problem is a global one, but it...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:11pm

How ethical are audit firms?

The recent shenanigans in South Africa surrounding KPMG professional misconduct have again raised the question of how ethical audit firms are. One of the topics that every auditor has read or been taught willingly or unwillingly is ethics. Whether the auditor likes it or not, ethics has constantly...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:09pm

Women are indispensable partners in development

On Sunday, the world celebrated Mothers’ Day. In Rwanda, mothers and women in general are evolving in a conducive gender environment and making important contributions to the country’s development. But that was not the way things were before far-reaching gender reforms; for instance,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:05pm

Corralling the info-monopolists

MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – In a modern capitalist economy, we celebrate innovations that produce market power, but fear the risks of unchecked dominance. Nowhere are those risks more apparent than with today’s information-technology monopolies. The question of how to encourage...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:42pm

Decolonising the mind as necessary as ever

A little over thirty years ago, renowned Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiongo, published a collection of essays entitled: Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature. It was an important collection in which he examined the negative impact of the use of colonial languages on...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:14pm