Together, we can build the Africa of our dreams

In September 2016, I was nominated by the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta to contest for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission....

Exploring Rwanda’s ecological architecture

Following the recent launch of the green building council in Rwanda, it is evident that sustainability is currently the most pressing, complex and challenging agenda facing architects and urban designers.

Africa’s unique vulnerability to violent extremism

ADDIS ABABA – Africa bears the brunt of lives lost, economies ruined, and relationships fractured by terrorism. It is the continent where al-Qaeda launched its war against the United States...

EDITORIAL: Review law on counterfeit and substandard goods

The volume and value of counterfeit and substandard goods impounded by Police on the local market have risen over the past year. Fake and illicit pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and alcoholic drinks...

Britain’s new African empire

Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange control over $1trillion worth of Africa’s resources in just five commodities - oil, gold, diamonds, coal and platinum. My research for the NGO,...

The world is one huge glass house

Americans now realise that we live in a small world, one in which they do not have exclusive right to meddle in other countries’ affairs, and that what they do...

America's failures of representation and prospects for democracy

NEW YORK – As the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump approaches, the best way to assess the incoming administration may be to focus on the ultimate factors that led...

[EDITORIAL] Kalisimbi offers new opportunities for tourism investors

The long awaited construction of a cable car up to the top of the volcanoes in Northern Rwanda will soon become a reality.

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...