Editorial

Africa should strive to get it right this time

When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was set up on May 25, 1963 there was a load of hope among many African leaders. Many countries were still having teething problems experimenting with independence. Africa at that time had some heavyweights such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kwame Nkrumah...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:37am

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

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

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

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

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

Independent notaries welcome but there is need to exercise caution

This week saw, for the very first time, the swearing-in of independent notaries. With the first group of over 900 already approved, it will mean that a district will have an average of three notary officials on top of the existing ones. Authenticating documents in the past was a very tedious and...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 3:44pm

Good, the youth are disrupting the digital status quo

Judging from nearly every speaker at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit, there is a lot of optimism in the air as far as embracing digital technology as a tool for economic advancement is concerned. The fourth edition of the summit, being held under the theme, “Accelerating Africa’s...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:32am

Reforming the education system needs a sturdy broom

Overhauling the education system has been the country’s priority when it turned out that most graduates churned out were not ready for the job market. The reforms were wide-reaching beginning with English being made the teaching medium, a move that many teachers were slow to adopt. English...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:57pm

Refugees may be having it tough, but they are not above the country’s laws

For the last couple of months, a well-orchestrated unrest has been disturbing the peace at Kiziba refugee camp, home to over 17,000 Congolese refugees They fled their homes in eastern DR Congo and some have been refugees for as long as two decades. What began as protests over food cuts by the UN...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:06am

Setting free University of Rwanda best decision

The Government has again proposed changes regarding University of Rwanda (UR) five years since the major changes that saw the merger of seven institutions of higher learning to create six colleges. After the merger, teething problems began to arise; financial woes set in and even paying lecturers...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:02pm

All media houses adhere to the same laws, there are no sacred cows

A few months ago, a local Christian radio station, Amazing Grace, aired a controversial sermon that attracted a flurry of condemnations, especially among women. It particularly targeted women, saying that they were the source of all evil and many other demeaning labels of incitement. Rwanda Media...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8:15am

Newly found mass graves raise more questions

Hardly a week had passed after the official mourning period for victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, than four mass graves of more victims were discovered on the outskirts of the city. As we go to press, the first grave has just been excavated and 207 bodies exhumed and more are...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:50pm

Researchers need to actively engage policymakers

Beginning today, Kigali will play host to a three-day workshop for top University lecturers and researchers from around the East African Community (EAC), with the goal of exploring ways of expanding postgraduate programmes across the region. Participants will seek to find solutions to critical...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 9:24am

How long before we start telling our own story?

There is an ongoing hot debate in the media, of the recent bombing of Syria by the US, France and UK over what they said was retaliation for alleged gas attacks on civilians by the Syrian government. Many are now disputing the facts with one famous western journalist, the first one to visit Douma...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 1:25am

Jambo ASBL: Yesterdays killers – today’s Democrats

If the generic theme adopted by the post-Genocide government in Rwanda is ‘Never Again: ‘Remember, Unite, Renew’, the specific theme for this 24th commemoration of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi is: Fighting genocide denial. Last week, I reminded that denial is the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:56am

Dark cloud looms over embezzlers, influence peddlers

It is not only embezzlers who are in for a rude shock in a new draft law on corruption that is currently before parliament. “ …accepting or offering illegal benefits, soliciting or offering sexual favours, influence peddling, making a decision based on favouritism, friendship, hatred...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 12:57am

Migration is not an undignified exit

EARLY THIS WEEK, it was reported that eight Cameroonian athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, had gone missing. A week or so before, news sources reported that some Nigerians masquerading as journalists had managed to be included on their country’s delegation to the...

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:14am

It shouldn’t take two decades for Genocide orphans to get justice

During one of the talks organised as part of commemorations of the 24th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the issue of injustice still suffered by young survivors again came to the fore. Many were orphaned at a very tender age, they did not know what their parents owned, be it...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:03am

Whether one twists figures or plays around the word ‘Genocide’, the truth remains

The lid is finally off. After more than two decades of trying to set the record straight on the appellation of what happened in 1994 in Rwanda, the United Nations has finally conceded that it was “The Genocide against the Tutsi”, and nothing else. Even for those who believed that a...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 2:01am