Opinions

A key issue stemming from Rwanda – The Royal Tour: an opinion from the Global North

“I don’t want to defend myself with what detractors have to say about me; I prefer to do things, judged by my countrymen and women, and we should be judged by the progress we make or lack of it. I’ll let you argue with the results, not with me.” His Excellency Paul Kagame,...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:34pm

Why conservation of wetlands is vitally important

As a signatory to the Convention on wetlands, popularly known as ‘the Ramsar Convention’, Rwanda conserves swamps, also referred to as wetlands, which are among the most productive environments in the world. They are considered as biodiversity cradles of the earth. By providing water...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 9:36am

Editorial: Weather-induced losses must spur us to action

In response to deadly rains that have hit the country in the last few months leaving more than 200 people dead and billions of Francs worth of crops and other properties destroyed across the country, the Government last week announced it had set up a national ministerial level disaster response...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:15am

The Africans We Want - fighting corruption in Africa

The 50-year African Union’s Agenda 2063 seeks to achieve “The Africa We Want” that is integrated, prosperous and peaceful, and also democratic and efficacious in international relations. But we won’t get this Africa We Want until we have “The Africans We Want”...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:45pm

Maintaining the momentum toward universal education

LONDON – On the surface, mass illiteracy seems like an evil that should be easy to eradicate. Achieving that goal requires neither a technological breakthrough nor a scientific discovery. And yet universal education has long eluded mankind, even when achieving it has been a globally shared...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:40pm

Mother nature is a deadly foe, we must be better prepared

Some of us grew up in times when children were made of tougher fibres. When the season for the rains came around we rejoiced a little. We enjoyed playing in the rain until we were not only totally soaked, we were also guaranteed of a good spanking from our parents. Other times we stayed dry and...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:16am

Internet freedom good for African innovation

At the just concluded Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, a father told me a story about his seven-year-old daughter. He asked her what they had learned at school that day and she said: “I learned how to make a baby robot”. It was a largely normal answer from a seven-year-old. But the...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:10am

Time to revisit social media usage

Between 1930 and 1931, while B. F. Skinner was a graduate student at Harvard University, he carried out an experiment on behaviour. A hungry rat was placed in a box with a lever in it. As the rat moved around the box, it accidentally knocked the lever and a food pellet dropped into the box. After...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:06am

Commercial farming can’t go hand-in-hand with archaic traditional mindsets

It seems like meat, fruits and vegetables produced and processed in the country are not good enough for most of the major hotels. Most prefer to import food from other African countries such as Kenya or South Africa. Sometimes they even venture beyond the continent. With over 10,000 hotel beds...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:42pm

Editorial: Govt needs strict school inspectorate and severe sanctions

During a recent inspection tour of our education system, which was carried out as part of the Quality Education Enhancement Awareness Campaign, a lot of surprises awaited the team. Books were gathering dust yet students needed them; laptops under the One Laptop Per Child programme were neatly...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:49am

Map undesignated species before we lose them in Lake Victoria

Concerns about environmental threat posed to aquatic biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin have been increasing in intensity over the recent years. However, it almost always never ceases to unsettle many a conservationist that, despite recorded decimation of various fish species in the expansive...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:49am

The ABCs of NCD Care

GENEVA – The World Health Organisation recently began sounding the alarm about a deadly new pathogen called Disease X. In fact, Disease X does not actually exist, at least not yet. Rather, it is part of a clever public-awareness campaign by the WHO to prepare people and governments for the...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:26am

Macron’s internationalism and the new politics

WASHINGTON, DC – French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the United States last month was a study in contrasts. Despite the friendly dynamic, Macron’s agenda and rhetoric were almost diametrically opposed to US President Donald Trump’s. But Macron’s...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:24am

What is your ‘Why’?

Growing up, all I ever wanted was to finish school, get a job and make a living, period!  The purpose and meaning (Why) of what I did was no big deal at the time. In my mid-career, suddenly, the urge to do something that really mattered became of paramount importance. I realised I was...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:01pm

Solving the productivity puzzle

SAN FRANCISCO – For years, one of the big puzzles in economics has been accounting for declining productivity growth in the United States and other advanced economies. Economists have proposed a wide variety of explanations, ranging from inaccurate measurement to “secular stagnation...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:23am

Is humanity visiting anarchy on this planet?

Mighty Mother Nature is hopping mad and we are at peril! Doubtless, our societies are to blame. Otherwise who else is responsible for the way this earth seems to be coming apart, threatening our very existence? Surely, aren’t we bringing doomsday to ourselves? As we speak, the Hawaiian...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:12am

Women should not allow to be treated as sex objects

Recently, the African Union (AU) secretariat came under fire from women groups who accused it of sidelining women when it came to filling decision making positions. At a time when we are talking of gender parity and it being one of the pillars of the Agenda 2030 and 2063, the AU should be the last...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:08am

Counting the costs of Trump’s Iran policy

MADRID – With President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will begin reimposing sanctions against Iran, the short, strange life of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – has entered a new and dangerous phase...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 9:24pm

Why public policy management remains a challenge in Africa

One of the most crucial roles of public administration is policy formulation and implementation. Formulation and implementation of public policy is one thing, sustaining and maintaining the policy is another.  Policy simply means a plan or a course of action or measures deliberately selected...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:48pm

ICTR’s successors still have time to do the right thing

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, a body set up by the United Nations to tie the loose ends of the Rwandan (ICTR) and Yugoslav (ICTY) international tribunals, is still trying to get its footing right. It would be an understatement to say it inherited an international mess that...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:43pm