Lesson from Thai boys’ rescue: we can still be human even in this age

It is a week since the twelve boys of a Thai football team and their coach were rescued from flooded caves where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Since then, the world’s attention has shifted to other events and those who crave it, perhaps because it bestows on them worth that...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 1:27 AM

Rare good news from the Horn of Africa

It is rare that good news from Africa gets widely reported. It is even more unusual for that to come from the Horn of Africa. Usually what we get from there are stories about war, famine and other disasters, pirates and terrorists. But occasionally there is an exception. One such rare occasion was...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:42 AM

2018 World Cup: Thrills and shocks in Russia

Human beings love a good contest. It is good when it is fair. Everyone is satisfied, no one grumbles. It is even better if there is some controversy for then it raises very passionate debate. Best of all is if it is tight, closely fought, bringing out all the skills and emotions of the combatants...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:52 AM

Northern Corridor Summits resume, but can momentum be regained?

On Tuesday June 26, the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit was held in Nairobi after a two-year break. In its early years, the summit was such a regular event and matters concerning various projects it initiated were always in the news. In the time the summit has not been held,...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:27 PM

People will do anything to save their souls. Do same for the planet

Humankind has been concerned about the future of the earth from the time we inhabited it. But the danger that the earth could come to an end or become so changed that it would not support human life was always a very distant thought. Even the apocalypse predicted in religious teaching was never...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 12:43 AM

Why everyone loves talking about Rwanda

Rwanda is rarely out of the news these days. Most times it is for good reasons even if the motive for being there is usually ill-intentioned. We have to get used to it. It comes with doing things that attract attention, admiration or envy. It has not always been like this. For a long time, this...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 AM

Of paradise, eternal life and Rwanda’s future

Thoughts about the future of our world are never far from the mind, especially in these times of climate change and fast changing new technologies. I was reminded of this recently by two rather unrelated remarks. One was a tweet posted during the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali in April. The...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5:56 AM

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, 1:27 AM

It is floods now, but we shouldn’t forget drought might follow

This wet season, Rwanda has received the most amount of rain in 36 years, according to environment minister, Dr Vincent Biruta, and it shows. There have been more floods than in the recent past. Roads have been cut off by landslides, houses destroyed and deaths have occurred (more than 200 since...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:02 AM

New face of labour

Today we mark International Labour Day to honour the men and women whose work makes our lives worth living. The celebration comes with a bonus of a public holiday, and so you are probably reading this from the comfort of your home. We mark the day, not in praise of labour as purely physical...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 1:24 AM

In Rwanda education, science and technology are the new drivers of pan-Africanism

African politicians and intellectuals used to talk passionately about pan-Africanism. You hardly hear the word now, except among a small group dedicated to keep it alive. That, of course, does not mean that the idea is dead. Far from it. It is actually alive and well and flourishing in Rwanda. You...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:44 AM

These things matter in public service: Trust, accountability, integrity

There has been a spate of sackings and resignations at various levels of local government across the country in the last few years. These had become regular and rather ‘normal’ and were beginning to attract less attention. More recently, however, there have been sackings of top level...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:18 AM

Rwanda today is proof of this: Fear not those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul

Twenty-four years ago Rwanda descended to its darkest moment when more than a million of its citizens lost their lives in a killing frenzy never seen before. Today, as we have done every year since 1994, we remember all those who perished in that Genocide against the Tutsi. In doing so, we are...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:15 AM

African scientists make case for more research and better teaching of science

Ask any ordinary person what they think of scientists and you will get this sort of response. Scientists are very brilliant people but rather strange. They are the sort that will run off in mid-sentence in the middle of an interesting conversation because they have suddenly remembered an item in an...

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:53 AM

We should always appreciate our men and women in uniform

In many countries, even the most developed, war veterans do not always get the necessary support to reintegrate into civilian life. Life is even worse for those disabled while in service for their nations with many resorting to substance abuse to escape from their worries. In some countries,...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

AU can deliver but must keep momentum

Africa is getting closer to unity. That sounds very optimistic, but recent trends on the continent point in that direction. African leaders have shown that they have serious intentions to make the African Union (AU) work. They have recently initiated institutional reforms within the AU and...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

African businesses must step up to make Continental Free Trade Area work

Africa is moving closer to continental unity, more than at any time in its history, with the exception perhaps of the founding in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 March 2018, African heads of state and government will...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Want to improve education quality? Stop teaching and let students learn

One of the resolutions of this year’s National Leadership Retreat was the improvement of the quality of education in Rwanda at all levels. It is not the first time this issue comes up for national discussion. It always does and there is an opinion about it from all quarters, from the very...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

We need to increase our focus on results to accelerate Rwanda's development vision

Two events, apparently unrelated and far from each other, but actually connected, happened in the last fortnight. One was the death of famous evangelist, Billy Graham, on February 21. The other was the closure last week of hundreds of churches in Kigali and across the country. Billy Graham’...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Moral outrage as hypocrisy in sex scandals

There has been a lot of sex in the air lately. Both conventional and social media have been awash with stories and discussion about unsavoury goings on, especially in the West. Ordinarily, there should be nothing strange about this. Sex has always been a fascinating subject even though most will...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 12:00 AM