Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza

Victoire Ingabire loss at the African Court: The untold dismantling of African cronies

‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ It is ancient Latin, from the famous ‘Satires’, 16 works of Roman poet Juvenal, who existed between the first and second century. It means, ‘who shall guard the guardians?’ Written at the dawn of the modern era, the question...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:52 PM

Africa in the era of Trump

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam after so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” These remarks were made by boxing icon Mohamed Ali on April...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 11:02 AM

Disrupting the Africa narrative

(14) ‘a man going on a long trip called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone…(19) “After a long time he called them to give an account of how they had used his money (20)…you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five...

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 5:00 AM

The African century

We’ve all heard stories of ‘Africa rising’ at times, and ‘afro-pessimism’ at other times, without grasping exactly what all that means. To be clear, corruption and bad leadership won’t feature in my story because they are permanent features in all five continents...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:00 AM

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, 5:59 AM

Olympic games of governance; a case study

Seating in an African Development Bank’s conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, bringing together civil society, think tanks and the Bank on the subject of Africa’s industrialisation, I have a feeling of a déjà-vu. I feel, I have heard the questions being raised by CSOs and seen...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 12:36 AM

Mo Ibrahim was here!

IN Rwandan culture, nothing is more precious than a visitor; the ‘milk for visitors’ is set apart and handled with special care. An evening chat with visiting colleagues last week however, revealed that the culture is shared across the continent; a Senegalese insisting that ‘...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 11:15 PM

End of democratisation

‘You can fool some people sometime, but you can’t fool all the people all the time’ –Bob Marley, Get up, stand up! In the early 1950s, following the wave of independence in Africa and South America, former colonial powers wanted to ensure that their multinationals would...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:03 AM

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, 12:55 AM

Jambo ASBL: The evil that begot evil!

‘To those who teach us freedom, democracy and human rights while protecting those who killed one million of our people, we say to you: Rwanda has changed for good and forever. We are a people who stand up for our right and give ourselves dignity. No one else will fight for our right to live....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:37 AM

Kwibuka24: Victims, savages and saviours; a genocide denial metaphor

The Genocide regime in Rwanda and its regional and international allies were defeated. Militarily. There was no truce or armistice nor power-sharing agreements; there was a complete and irreversible defeat. The Rwanda Patriotic Front beat them in every battle, captured every hill, every city and...

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3:50 AM

Africa, it is ours!

It is 17:14PM local time in Cape Town, South Africa on February 11 1990.  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has just been released from prison; he walks. With one clenched fist in the air as a sign of ‘Amandla’ – ‘Power of the people’ and another, more tenderly, gripping...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 11:55 PM

Here is how we shall realise our dream for a Pan-African network

‘Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them.’ -Chnua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)   When last week I published an article on an African News Network, an African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) conference was convening...

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!.’

These words, spoken by prominent Jamaican civil rights militant–Marcus Garvey in the early 20th Century, were made popular by his fellow countryman Bob Marley in his ‘Redemption Song’. Here, Bob adds: ‘have no fear for atomic energy, for none of them can stop the time...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Umwiherero, the leadership lab

Umuntu ntiyirahira uzamuha inka, yirahira uwayimuhaye’ -President Kagame, National Leadership Retreat, 2018 ‘What’s past is prologue, what to come in yours and my discharge’ -Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1958 Last week, my fellow columnist, Lonzen Rugira, and I were invited...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

The real 'dream from my father'

Qatari Royals were constantly frustrated that in spite of the money they splashed at the chain of haute boutiques in the famous 8th District of Paris (8e Arrondissement), Parisians seemed clueless on where the hell little Qatar was; worse yet, they mistook the men in immaculate DJellabas and women...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

Black Panther: Africans can project no limits to their potential

My friend who’d bought a ticket to go see Black Panther was told by her sneaky 12 year old that the film was about a comic superhero. She gave him the ticket instead. She should have gone to see the film with her son, I said to her, just to see the look in the eyes of a 12 year old black,...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

What has democracy brought us?

The once politically incorrect question is now worth posing, for we are living the proverbial ‘interesting times’; a Chinese curse to predict, among other things, the downfall of liberal democracy. How interesting? On the 11th of February 2018, Ambassadors from European countries and...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

The fall of the African Wall

‘…Therefore the skillful General captures cities without laying siege to them. With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be complete. This is the method of attacking by stratagem.’ -Sun Tzu, Art of War (III...

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

'Liberal democracy' vs the Rwandan people, who won?

The western media’s criticism around the 2017 presidential elections in Rwanda felt more passionate than ever before. They all had the same message: ‘Rwanda, under Paul Kagame has achieved remarkable stability and progress, but Paul Kagame shouldn’t have continued because he is...

Friday, August 18, 2017, 12:00 AM