What reforms say about politics in East Africa

If anyone asked East Africans, especially Kenyans and Ugandans, what the most frequently used word in their politics is, they would probably get this answer: reform.

[Editorial] Universal HIV/AIDS treatment: Scale up voluntary testing and counseling

Global researchers met in Kigali to chart ways on how to effectively achieve universal HIV/AIDS treatment on the African continent through effective implementation of the World Health Organisation’s 2016 "treat...

Does Africa have a story to tell?

A fortnight ago I collated some thoughts into a Twitter thread. Readers agreed with most of what I was saying except for the statement that ‘Africa has no story to...

Rwanda's quest to bridge the Gender Gap

Like anyone would feel when you’re elevated from one status to another-obviously from a lower to higher position-you would feel flying high. The same applies when a country’s profile is...

Climate leadership means ending fossil-fuel production

VANCOUVER/BERLIN – The end of the fossil-fuel era is on the horizon. With renewables like solar and wind consistently outperforming expectations, growth in electric vehicles far exceeding projections, and governments...

[Editorial] New $10m support to smallholder farmers timely

Fall Armyworm and Cassava Brown have in recent years ravaged crops across Rwanda.

Entropy is ruining EAC integration dream

The week was a mixed bag of fortune where Rwanda was acclaimed by World Bank among the globe’s top 50 investment-friendly countries, got ranked 4th globally by World Economic Forum...

Editorial: Good policies attracting more foreign investments

A low key ceremony took place in Kigali this week that could have lasting impact on the region’s mining industry.

African agricultural biodiversity and FAO International Plant Treaty

Africa is immensely rich in biodiversity. Its living organisms comprise around a quarter of global biodiversity. However, biodiversity in Africa continues to decline, with ongoing losses of plant species.

Cancer in Africa: Making strides, creating solutions

On 7-10th November 2017, Rwanda will host yet another major international conference. It’s not an AU or UN summit but instead a conference to talk about cancer.

A federal Spain in a federal Europe

BRUSSELS – I have always been a profound admirer of Spanish democracy, but especially since February 23, 1981. On that dramatic day, Colonel Antonio Tejero attempted a coup d’état against...

[Editorial] Political will only recipe for gender parity

It is that time of the year when global organisations give a bill of health to countries; assessing their performance across many sectors, recording their failures and generally tracing the...

When the Weinstein sex pest uproar is closer to home

As fallout from the Harvey Weinstein saga continues to claim more powerful names in the West, so has it heightened international attention about women and girls’ vulnerability to sexual predation.

EDITORIAL: Determination is the key to Rwanda’s resilience

This week’s release of the Doing Business report was again a poignant pointer that the government’s investment into creating a conducive business environment was gaining due recognition. The report again...

Rwanda is demonstration of our ability to shape a new narrative

I have long wanted to come to Rwanda. I have been drawn by what happened here. Drawn not by the horror of the killing, where neighbour turned on neighbour extinguishing...

EDITORIAL: Poor post-harvest handling cause for food loss

There is a very important meeting taking place in Kigali. The 7th Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)...

How prevalent is sexual harassment in Rwanda?

As is often the case, it has taken Hollywood to get the whole world talking about sexual harassment again. Harvey Weinstein is the latest in a string of badly behaved...

EDITORIAL: Better marketing for local products should be the next frontier

Kigali has been on its feet for some time now trying to cope with the continued traffic of people from all corners of the world who have adopted the city...

Fake news and biased news

Interviews are always tricky. If an unscrupulous interviewer is looking for a particular answer or claim, they have the power to edit, manipulate, or even rewrite their subject’s words to...

When sport spells openness and progress

Some people look at Rwanda today and forget that it was not always like this. The country is rarely out of the news. It is hailed for remarkable achievements but...

Harmonise RSSB laws to accommodate non-citizens

As the region continues to celebrate the strides towards the integration of East African Community, a fundamental area of integration has largely escaped policymakers. This is harmonising national social security...

Editorial: It’s time to expedite the minimum wage review

SINCE the 1980s, Rwanda’s minimum wage has been a paltry Rwf100 (a day) despite the increase in the cost of living over the last three decades. However, efforts to review...

National Parks: changing from the 'Big 5' to 'Big 6' animals

Early this year, Rwanda introduced 10 black rhinos from South Africa, making it the full ‘Big Five game animals’, a phrase coined to describe the five species of the African...

President Kagame's Unity Club speech was spot on

Friday night and by sheer accident I watched the Unity Club gathering on Rwandan Television. I had heard President Kagame speak many times in the past but in President Kagame’s...