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

Democracy in Africa: There is reason for optimism

It has been an eventful few days in Africa this past week. First, there was the resignation of Mr Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa on Wednesday night, February 14. His departure followed a dramatic stand-off with his party, the African National Congress (ANC) that threatened to end in a...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sporting success in Rwanda: Lessons from cycling and football teams

The reception of two sporting teams returning home from tournaments outside the country could not have been more different. One team had no one to welcome them home. The other received a hero’s welcome. This difference says a lot about the fortunes of the various sports in Rwanda. Some, like...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fight between Trump and allies good for Africa

For about a year now, African countries have had some respite from regular sermons and lectures on democracy, human rights and the friends they keep. This is not because of a flagging of zeal of the preachers, or because their lessons have been well learnt and taken to heart. Nor is it due to a...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

What the coming of VW says about Rwanda’s future

If twenty-five years ago you had said one of the world’s leading car makers would set up shop here, you would have been met with wide stares of incredulity. Some would have dismissed you as a lunatic. Others, a little more charitable, would have simply laughed off the suggestion. Not in a...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Affordable housing can’t be on wish list for ever

The construction industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Rwanda today, growing at a pace not seen before in the history of this country. It is easily noticeable because it is very visible and employs a large army of people. The ongoing construction falls into several categories: office...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Social media making street protests a thing of the past

Technology is by its very nature revolutionary. It is very disruptive and has a way of making things obsolete and replacing them with others, both in material terms as well as culture (way of doing things). We are then left with little choice but to adapt to the changes or else we remain in a...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

The year has just begun and will soon end. What does it all mean?

We are well into the New Year and the old one is firmly behind us, even if it is only three days. It is customary at this time for most people to review the year just ended, in terms of major happenings, and predict what the one that has just begun will bring. Every year we go through this same...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

Make Christmas message of peace, joy and goodwill real to more of God’s people

Yesterday was Christmas Day when the world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians filled churches to overflowing. Some of them were last in the hallowed places the same time last year. Many more were unable to attend the religious festivities because they had spent the previous night...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Market Made-in-Rwanda, please

“Why do we burden our President with all manner of problems, even those we can solve ourselves?” a friend asked last week. He was referring to President Paul Kagame’s comments about a factory that makes building materials here in Rwanda that many did not know about. The President...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Do your duty, plight of migrants tells African governments

Africa has made progress in more ways than social and economic indicators show. A lot of this has to do with how we think of and look at ourselves. We have, for instance, abandoned certain habits and attitudes that seemed to hold us back. But others linger and we seem unable to shake them off....

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 12:00 AM