Africa: too much leadership

NAIROBI – After disputed elections with violence on both sides, President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga may become the true founding fathers of Kenya in the power-sharing deal...

What kind of elites are our universities producing?

Thursday March 27 was a day of pomp and celebration at the National University of Rwanda as they graduated a large group of students, both under and post graduate.  To...

Cut food prices: cut tariffs

Rising food prices have caused street protests from Mexico to India to Senegal. But this could be a blessing in disguise if it makes governments eliminate the trade barriers that...

Why quartet Genocide revisionists’ event has sparked protests, locally and abroad

Four men accused of downplaying and denying the 1994 Genocide are at it again. They are now heartily looking forward to advancing their own created version of the Genocide at...

How helpful is food aid really?

A few weeks ago I happened to meet an interesting new acquaintance; this person was a member of UNICEF who’d arrived in Butare on his way to see what he...

Internal Affairs: Did you know there were many types of queues?

Have you ever been on a queue in front of a bank teller or an MTN attendant? Maybe you were trying to pay some taxes or bills, get some cash...

Kabuga will not survive in a united EAC

Nairobi is said to be the most populous city in East Africa, with an estimated urban population of over four million. It has an estimated surface area of 684 square...

Gadaffi: Where oil, religion and business mix

The visit by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadaffi to Uganda and the inauguration of the Mosque at Old Kampala was a huge statement about the Libyan leader’s strategic interests in...

Overcoming Mathematics phobia in schools

Mathematics fear is quite common to most students in Rwanda and other countries. The fear that mathematics is too complicated and difficult to pass makes students loose confidence and subsequently...

Business challenges in the countryside

Rwanda is still as safe and secure as it has always been for almost decade now, even in the countryside. Rwandans are struggling day and night to kick poverty out...

Free lessons in surviving the Gutter Press

Late in the 19th century, some newspaper publishers in the US discovered a new way to increase circulation. They invented what was to become known as "Yellow journalism".

Obama’s candidacy sets big test to American democracy

BARACK Obama’s candidacy is a big test to US democracy especially now that he has emerged as a very strong contender to the presidential seat.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Solving a huge education problem

We have a huge education problem: students are not getting an education because teachers are not getting enough money to stoke their passion for education!

Combating hunger with Strategic food stocks

There have been a lot of discussions and resolutions to combat food insecurity but the issue of hunger and famine continues to linger in the Sub-Saharan countries. They suggest primary...

Morgan Tsvangirai - A successful failure

In May 2005, Police and Para-military forces, on the instructions of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, carried out a brutal operation called ‘Operation Murambatsvina’ (meaning literally "remove the dirt") in...

Leave the young people alone

These young people today “don’t respect their elders, they do what they want, they are too materialistic and their clothes are strange and overly provocative. All they do is eat,...

Don’t blame the water. Go and sin no more

For all of you out there who thought you had steered clear away from sin all your life, well!, bad news. The Vatican has just updated its sin list to...

Combating hunger with strategic food stocks

There have been a lot of discussions and resolutions to combat food insecurity, but the issue of hunger and famine continues to linger in the sub-Saharan countries. They suggest primary...

What does preserving history for our future generations demand of us - to read or to write?

It is as paradoxical as that. For example, what is more important comparatively, the capacity to read or the capacity to write? The questions are paradoxical and end up with...

Glossing over theft: Let’s get tougher on thieves

They tell a story of a man who was caught about to steal something from a shop shelf, and when he was asked what he was doing by one of...

Killing in the name of God Part II

Religion in Rwanda, especially the Catholic Church, has for the last one hundred years occupied an influential position. It did not come as a surprise therefore that thousands of people...

Killing in the name of God

  Part One Violence and religion have, time immemorial, gone hand-in-hand. History books have many references of "defenders of the faith" leading religious expeditions to punish or forcefully convert non-believers.

Why aren’t we developing faster?

According to Paul Wolfowitz, former President of the World Bank: World Bank’s beneficiary countries that do not have access to capital markets mostly "remain poor because their political system is...

Raising the bar on what is corruption

My professor wrote a very interesting piece on corruption with a very catchy title, “The cost of being corrupt.”  The title may be a little wayward for those who like...