Ceasefire and re-structuring of RPA units

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In this segment, Capt (Retired) Logan Ndahiro, who was part of the Liberation Struggle, tackles the ceasefire period that was put in place to facilitate the peace-talks that were taking...

Judge Theodor Meron makes international justice a travesty

UN Judge Theodor Meron, the president of the Mechanism of International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which was established to perform a number of essential functions previously carried out by the International...

EDITORIAL: New water tariffs will boost water access in rural areas

Access to safe water in rural areas is set to increase following the introduction of lower water tariffs. The water tariffs in rural areas were revised downward by the Rwanda...

East Africa could do with a mega summit on education

One of the biggest businesses in East Africa these days is conferences, summits, dialogues or whatever you may choose to call them. There is a whole industry built around these...

Kigali property landlords should lower their expectations

After amending rules on how people can advertise publicly, City of Kigali has announced a new target for 2017, businesses and nongovernmental organizations operating in premises designed to be residential...

EDITORIAL: Internet providers need to come up with new strategies to improve services

First time visitors to Rwanda are nearly always impressed when they land at the airport to find free WiFi. Sometimes they will have applied for their visas online and received...

Roads expansion have begun, but beware of the equilibrium effect

It should come as a relief that expansion of some of the major Kigali roads has begun, ostensibly to ease traffic congestion. Concerns have been loud over the increasing time...

EDITORIAL: Enact stringent measures to curb unnecessary litigations against government

The government has been losing billions of francs due to lawsuits filed by the public. This has been an issue the Ministry of Justice has been grappling with for the...

Cutting ISIS’s lifelines

FREIBURG, GERMANY – The fall of Aleppo last month to the Russia-backed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has spurred yet another wave of discussion about the prospects for ending...

Shedding off unproductive old habits in the New Year

It has been observed that ‘an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.’ There are...

[Editorial] Toward a modern city: Homes should be homes

You don’t need to have studied the Kigali City Master Plan to figure out the City of Kigali and the government’s vision of what the capital and its outskirts are...

Democracy's broken promises

SANTIAGO – Liberal democracy is under siege. Populists of the right and left are not only lashing out at globalization or stagnating middle-class incomes; they are calling into question the...

A call for Made-in-Rwanda suppliers to understand what matters to buyers

If you are a keen follower of business affairs in Rwanda, then you know very well that the campaign to encourage Rwandans to buy Made-in-Rwanda products is at full throttle.

EDITORIAL: Vision 2020 is on course

It is inconceivable to imagine that just 13 years ago, Rwanda’s GDP per capita was $221. At the height of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it was a paltry...

Can the EU survive populism?

BRUSSELS – Another year, another threat to the European Union’s survival. The good news is that the greatest disruption of 2016, Britain’s vote to exit the EU, appears manageable. The...

Comrade Trump and the Truth

OXFORD – When US President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years. Never before has an American presidential inauguration...

Why the obsession with deaths of celebrities than of the average Joe?

Magazine and newspaper headlines have been bemoaning celebrity deaths of 2016. Whether the rate of death for celebrities was actually higher than usual is still up for debate. Truth is,...

EDITORIAL: It would be in the country’s interests if RSB revisited its pre-shipment policy

The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) recently suspended pre-shipment inspection for all goods destined for Rwanda. The standards watchdog launched the Imports Products Conformity Assessment to Standards (IPCA) scheme where imports...

The five lessons of populist rule

WARSAW – Jarosław Kaczynski, Poland’s de facto leader, has become, next to Donald Trump, an avatar of the populist threat to the Western democratic model. As we await Trump’s inauguration...

What will post-truth year look like for Rwanda?

The New Year is finally here. It was welcomed with joy and excitement, and messages of goodwill, at least here in Rwanda. But soon it will be just like all...

"America first" and global conflict next

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States does not just represent a mounting populist backlash against globalization. It may also portend the end of Pax...

The American public against trump

PRINCETON – The United States, supposedly the world’s beacon of democracy, is practicing a strange form of it nowadays. One presidential candidate won nearly three million more votes than her...

EDITORIAL: Varsities should take advantage of new law to boost quality

Public universities are set to enjoy more autonomy after a new law governing higher education was passed in December, last year, to ensure that institutions of higher learning depend less...

International media and human rights organisations stole the Gambian election

President Yahya Jammeh, in his New Year’s message to the Gambian people, persisted in his rejection of last month’s election outcome, which he says was tampered with. On this basis,...