What is the value of water?

When you and I breathe in fresh air, the amount I inhale affects you in no way. This is because air is abundant and so there’s plenty of it to...

Rwanda is charting its own dignified destiny

Methinks the coming years will see exciting times for everybody, Rwandan or not. When you take into account the changes taking place, especially the increasingly high speed at which everything...

Editorial: Farmers hold the key to access to financial services

Farmers are getting tired of being short-changed when it comes to access to financial services. They have now come out in unison demanding for an Agricultural Development Bank to cater...

Weathering the violence of climate change

SANTA MONICA – With India experiencing its worst drought in 140 years, Indian farmers have taken to the streets. At a protest in Madhya Pradesh this summer, police opened fire...

An ordinary man's random thoughts on democracy

The general election in Kenya has ended and the people’s verdict announced. But as has become the practice in some parts of East Africa, the losers have rejected that verdict.

EDITORIAL: More should be done to unlock cultural tourism potential

The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) has set an ambitious target to double its annual cultural tourism revenue from the current Rwf200 million to Rwf400 million.

A regulatory race to the bottom?

DUBAI – Amid intense competition for the anticipated listing of Saudi Aramco – the world’s largest oil company, owned by the Saudi state – stock exchanges and financial-market regulators are...

Surviving America's political meltdown

NEW YORK – The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in...

A uniquely Rwandan election

A very uniquely Rwandan election has come to a close. Kigali is still in a celebratory mood and it is expected to stay that way until the swearing-in ceremony, which...

Bugesera International Airport, the biggest PPP

In recent years, the government of Rwanda embarked on infrastructure development through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), as one of the ways to accelerate the country’s economic development.

EDITORIAL: The youth must jealously protect Rwanda’s peace and unity

The youth have been urged to own the country’s peace building process. The call was made on Saturday during celebrations to mark the International Youth Day in Kigali organised by...

What I didn’t hear from Rwanda and Kenya elections

In Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) eventually announced the results from yet another highly contested general election that saw eight candidates aiming for the top office while...

Rwanda’s alleged ‘climate of fear’ is a hoax

Medics, we all agree, are the only authentically qualified persons to lecture others about how to live their lives; not that we like it, I don’t, hence avoid having to...

EDITORIAL: Traditional medicine needs more research and support

The use of traditional medicine is very widespread in many societies, and Rwanda is no different. Before the advent of modern medicine, traditional healers were the only port of call.

Youth: the vanguard for peace and stability in Africa

One common feature of the youth, irrespective of which continent they belong, is the level of energy and optimism that results in the courage and strength to take action.

Kenyarwandans: More alike than we are different

Rwanda and Kenya elections having been so close in terms of timing makes it amenable for some of the obvious comparisons.

Brexit down on the farm

OXFORD – The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union no doubt carries many risks. But, if British politicians and business leaders are right, it also creates an important opportunity:...

No amount of manipulation will make Rwanda bend

The last couple of weeks have really brought out the worst in the mainstream western media. First, it was their onslaught at the run-up to the elections in Rwanda where...

Empowering the other half of Africa's economy

JOHANNESBURG – Julius Nyerere, the founding president of Tanzania, once said that “unity” will not make Africa rich, but “it can make it difficult for Africa and the African peoples...

What makes a great leader?

SINGAPORE – Not long ago, over dinner in Singapore, we attempted to define what qualities make a great leader. For Klaus, the five key elements were heart, brain, muscle, nerve,...

Making "women's work" count

ISTANBUL – Over the next few months, the 12,000 employees based at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California will complete their move to an extravagant new campus.

Editorial: Let's support RRA to enforce tax compliance

In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) surpassed its target by Rwf8.7 billion after collecting Rwf1,103 billion in tax revenue. This was disclosed during the presentation of the...

Kagame’s victory an opportunity to take Rwanda to the next level

During the August 4 presidential elections, Rwandans decided to consolidate the country’s achievements under the leadership of President Kagame Paul. This was confirmed by the landslide victory of over 98...

Rwandans are defining their democracy

The 21st century is, year after year, unfolding in its own colours. It has thus far been marked by the rise of unprecedented events – the increasing power of private...