Presidential term-limits: one size fits most, but not all

It is winter season in London; the sun’s rays are hitting the earth at a shallow angle, the days are short, the nights are long. It is freezing, and frankly...

The Rwanda I envisage in future

How do you measure the physical size of a country? In the land of 1000 Hills, if you flattened all the hills and stuck them together like a patchwork quilt,...

EDITORIAL: Forget Monusco, call in EASF

Germany’s Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Fahrenholtz recently made pertinent observations on the current stalemate in disarming the FDLR militia operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): It was up...

Gender equality as a development goal

NEW YORK – Despite progress in many societies, women almost everywhere still suffer from significant levels of discrimination. Even in countries where gender equality has advanced furthest, women are over-represented...

Why I am ashamed for gawking at the Miss Rwanda contestants

Everyone loves this year’s Miss Rwanda. Pictures and videos of the 15 final contestants are being shared on social media and WhatsApp by the hundreds, nay, thousands of people; even...

Beyond MDGs: Why we need to strengthen our institutions

We know how far we have come to be where we are today. As I reflect upon several achievements attained not only as the health sector but the entire nation,...

EDITORIAL: Extend more support to farmers

Farmers have for long complained about lack of access to finance, a situation that’s partly blamed for the sluggish growth of the agriculture sector. However, a partnership between the East...

Can Yemen be saved?

SANA’A – Yemen is no stranger to crisis. Exposed to a regional proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, plagued by an entrenched Al Qaeda affiliate, and divided by tribal...

Track record, not term limits count in elections

In the next three years all the countries making up the East African Community will have held general and presidential elections. Already there is a great deal of talk -...

Investing in our children, securing our future

The mind of a child is like a blank book page on which anything can be written. Early infancy presents the greatest opportunity for learning but also the greatest vulnerability...

EDITORIAL: Let's take precautionary measures against heavy rains

LAST weekend’s heavy downpour left several people dead and property worth millions destroyed across the country. Officials blame lightening for the deaths.

Fiscal austerity versus European society

WASHINGTON, DC – Over the last five years, the eurozone has, without explicit popular consent, maintained a strict policy focus on fiscal austerity and structural reforms – despite serious social...

Of Bachelor's degrees, and project management jobs

I recently came across a story about an NGO in Kigali which ran an advertisement for a Project Management vacant post. The main requirement for the post was Bachelor’s Degree,...

EDITORIAL: Sustain anti-graft efforts

A week dedicated to the fight against corruption in the Judiciary ended on Saturday with officials and activists alike indicating that graft cases in this critical arm of the State...

The global economy's Chinese headwinds

BEIJING – Last year, the global economy was supposed to start returning to normal. Interest rates would begin rising in the United States and the United Kingdom; quantitative easing would...

Cheap oil for change

WASHINGTON, DC – The recent decline in oil prices is likely to have a major, largely positive impact on the global economy – even greater than most observers seem to...

What if we looked at EAC integration just like CSR

When you are the rich man in the village you are expected to do certain things like help the poor with some of their personal problems or even social services...

Imagine petrol at Rwf500 a litre!

Did you read Citigroup's report on global oil prices released on Monday? I did. And I found it rather shocking. It said oil prices may fall to $20 a barrel...

EDITORIAL: Kigal City needs to streamline some of its decisions

A story that broke in our sister Kinyarwanda publication, Izuba Rirashe, this week revealed that the City of Kigali is losing millions of francs in frivolous litigations that could have...

The Internet shapes you

Safer Internet Day earlier this week (February 10, 2015) came and passed quietly without as much as a remark in the local media.

EDITORIAL: If Monusco is incapable, what is it still doing in DR Congo?

There is a popular Kinyarwanda saying; “Amaso yaheze mu kirere” that could literally be translated into; “Waiting for Manna to fall from Heaven”.

Reforming Greek reform

PRINCETON – Greece’s new government, led by the anti-austerity Syriza party, presents the eurozone with a challenge that it has not yet had to face: dealing with national officials who...

Are national champions really winners?

COLOGNE – Manufacturing is once again at the top of Europe’s business agenda. The European Union’s previous industry commissioner, Antonio Tajani – who was recently replaced by Elżbieta Bieńkowska –...

Deceit, moral posturing explain UN inaction against FDLR

The United Nations has pulled out another one from its bag of excuses. Its forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), numbering over 20,000 troops will not lift a...