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Rwanda confounds its critics

While people across the world that Genocide that took place in Rwanda must never be allowed to happen again, two countries in Africa - Ivory Coast and Sudan - stand on the brink of new social and political catastrophes from ethnically manipulated contests for land and power. The entire opposition...

Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 12:00am

Barter trade: A marshal plan for Africa’s development

Economies of African countries have remained static for decades, and, to some extent, some have had to decline as a result of multilateral factors that have played major role in bringing these economies almost to a halt. Among other factors one would to this decline, include political reasons that...

Friday, September 7, 2007 - 12:00am

Impunity in Rwanda is a thing of the past

Arrests of army generals for flouting the law and probing of high profile government officials has been in the limelight of the local media for the past weeks. The mentality, traced to the genocidal regimes, that men in the uniform are above the law was unravelled by the arrest of Brigadier...

Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:00am

Cafe Rwanda’ promo helps a nation recover from Genocide

Prior to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, a three-month long massacre that claimed the lives of more than one million people, the primary cash crop and heartbeat of the Rwandan economy was a vibrant coffee trade of Arabica beans.  In 1990 Rwandan farmers exported 45,000 tons of coffee per year. Over...

Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 12:00am

Fear of fresh conflict in Congo

Peace accords that were to put an end to the conflicts that killed millions in the Democratic Republic of Congo are collapsing after a powerful renegade Tutsi general declared war on the government. The United Nations has started airlifting thousands of government troops into the eastern Kivu...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:00am

Should church leaders amass wealth?

I have been following the feud which has rocked Maranatha Church and the questions about whether or not Pastor Gitwaza owns a Hummer as it appears in the press, but had restrained myself from commenting on the matter.   The reason for my restraint being that you cannot do it without appearing...

Monday, September 3, 2007 - 12:00am

How effective is the on going ant-malaria spraying?

Efforts by government to curb the problem of malaria through the ongoing indoor residual spraying campaign have made residents to smile after realizing that ICON not only kills mosquitoes, but also other dangerous insects in their houses.The United States Embassy and the ministry of Health recently...

Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Do not distort Rwanda’s history

A month ago, precisely on July 8, 2007, Paul Rusesabagina attended a Sunday service at St. Sabina Church in Chicago, USA and addressed a congregation of approximately 3,000 people. From the time he attained his new found “fame” as a “hero” from the producers of the movie Hotel Rwanda – to whom he...

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

Lessons from Rwanda

A couple of months ago, I suggested that the claims for the benefit of the Tory trip to Rwanda might be inflated. In the current mood of dissatisfaction with David Cameron, much of the media and many private commentators are making cynical observations about this trip.  Much of this cynicism...

Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:00am

Who the hell is this ‘muzungu’?

I apologise for that racist utterance, but I beg you to note that I am quoting somebody. Ordinarily, the mention of ‘umuzungu’ would not have caught my attention, knowing the way it is used playfully, and harmlessly, by Rwandan children at the sight of a person who is not black like them. In...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 - 12:00am

Scientific research important for strategic areas of development

The government of Rwanda has in recent years been focused on identifying and supporting various areas of research and education with potential for contributing to national needs. Rwanda has a long tradition of supporting research in areas with intrinsic scientific interest, and this strategy has a...

Monday, August 27, 2007 - 12:00am

Domestic violence, who is to blame?

With concerted efforts, Rwanda has successfully handled and addressed serious problems even to the smallest unit of the community. Sure, when one talks about projects fighting Genocide ideology, even a layman from the rural area has heard of it and many are living   it, not because the...

Monday, August 27, 2007 - 12:00am

Voices of the devil mislead the international community

I WOULD like to express my disappointment over the recent media reports on the appointment of Maj.Gen Karenzi Karake by Rwanda to deputise the UN-AU hybrid force commander. Gen.Karenzi Karake has held a number of appointments and rose to his current rank by merit on which his appointment to be...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:00am

Demob, come out openly and we discuss

I read an article in Umuseso N° 292 of August 21-28, 2007 allegedly written by one unnamed demobilized soldier (demob) appealing to President Paul Kagame to pay him and his colleagues 9 months salaries that they were not paid in 1995. After reading the story, I remembered listening to a discussion...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 12:00am

Rwanda: Rusesabagina, Genocide and identity politics

It has been about a year since I first sat in the living room of Paul Rusesabagina’s house outside of Brussels. Prior to that meeting, I had interviewed Terry George, the director of Hotel Rwanda, Linda Melvern, the well-known genocide researcher, Rwandans who had been at Hotel Milles des Collines...

Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 12:00am

The new Rwanda

Just 13 years after the Genocide, Rwanda is accomplishing miracles. Can a deeply scarred society simply will itself to succeed?In 1994, neighbours killed neighbours, priests their congregants, and parents their own children until one out of every 10 men, women and children was dead.Just 13 years...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 12:00am

Genocide still ignored

Racism remains present in international politicsSixty years ago, people vowed “never again.” As news of the Holocaust spread around the world, people were determined to make sure such heinous crimes would not be repeated. Yet, 13 years ago, everything went to hell in Rwanda. 800,000 people died,...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:00am

The heed to land disputes

Making the choice to own land is hard enough, but lately buying a plot of land is only the beginning. Land disputes are becoming an increasing problem, especially in the savannah lowland: home to various categories of livestock farmers. About 80 Kilometres east of Kigali is the Eastern Province...

Monday, August 20, 2007 - 12:00am

Let Rwanda try suspects

Few nations have suffered like Rwanda, a poor central African state of 7 million where the Hutu majority rose up in a genocidal attack on the Tutsi minority in 1994. Some 800,000 people were slain. And while Rwandans have tried thousands of genocidaires for their roles in the massacre, some...

Monday, August 20, 2007 - 12:00am

The heed to land disputes

Making the choice to own land is hard enough, but lately buying a plot of land is only the beginning. Land disputes are becoming an increasing problem, especially in the savannah lowland: home to various categories of livestock farmers. About 80 Kilometres east of Kigali is the Eastern Province...

Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 12:00am