Of two contrasting partnerships

Rwandans have a saying that goes 'Inshuti nyayo uyibona mu byago' (loosely, a friend in need is a friend indeed). Culture and its values sustain society and defend it against...

EDITORIAL: Media silence over HRW’s exposure raises unanswered questions

A few months ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW), with a lot of fanfare, came out with yet another of its now famous “reports” on alleged rights abuses in Rwanda. To...

Nurturing a gender-conscious generation

It is the year 2017 and the name Harvey is nothing but negative in the minds of many. Not only is it the name of a devastating hurricane but it...

It takes a village

In the scorching sun of a June afternoon, a gaunt teenage boy arrived at Kinyinya Health Centre. Weary and out of breath, Ishimwe made his way into the crowded waiting...

EDITORIAL: Fast-track ratification of the Kigali Amendment

October 15, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Kigali Amendment to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Kigali Amendment, sealed during the 28th...

Why are Africans absent from Nobel Prize winners?

The Nobel Prize season has just ended and we know the winners of the prize in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature and peace for 2017. Around this time of the...

Editorial: Take breast cancer awareness to the workplace

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world, and the Ministry of Health is undertaking a number of activities to increase awareness in the fight against breast cancer,...

Roots of change: Make migration work for rural development

Throughout history, one of the most effective strategies for people to look for a better future has been to move. In most cases leaving impoverished rural areas in search of...

Harmful benevolence in Rwanda's judicial system

The ideology of genocide and justice cannot go hand in hand. You cannot embrace both at once. As such, one of the sectors of the state that suffered serious decay...

How can UR balance its mission and financial goals?

To the best of my knowledge, the majority elite Rwandans, including myself, have been trained and groomed by the University of Rwanda (UR) to be resourceful in society. It is...

Editorial: Strict regulation key to fixing public transport woes

The State Minister for Transport, Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, has put Rwanda Federation of Transport Cooperative (RFTC) on the spot over harsh working conditions it has subjected its drivers to.

Closing the education gender gap

WASHINGTON, DC – Completing primary school in Niger was never a certainty for Aishetu Mahmoudu Hama, given all the obstacles that stood in her way. “It was hard to study,”...

What do they mean by, "The law is very clear on this"

Language is one of those things that continue to fascinate me. I guess being a child of two different ethnicities means the linguistic interest kicks in much earlier when your...

The entrenchment of the political internet

The twists and turns in the unfolding plot in Kenya’s repeat presidential elections continue to intrigue not so much because of the anxiety resulting from the apparently politically calculated infusion...

The geoengineering fallacy

BERLIN – As the world struggles to rein in emissions of climate-changing gases and limit planetary warming, a new technological silver bullet is gaining supporters. Geoengineering –the large-scale manipulation of...

The case against free-market capitalism

OXFORD – Free-market capitalism is on trial. In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses neoliberalism of increasing homelessness, throwing children into poverty, and causing wages to fall...

Disaster mitigation is a collective responsibility

Yesterday was the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Globally, the day was held under the theme, ‘Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement’, while in Rwanda, it was marked under...

Humanity: United we shall stand, divided we shall perish

I cannot aver that I strictly confess to any religious-sect piety. Rather, I’d say I subscribe to the school which holds that communion with God needs no human intervention.

Decentralisation Vs Centralisation: A journey of citizen empowerment

Seventeen years ago, the Government of Rwanda adopted the National Decentralisation Policy, whose the ultimate goal was to allow the citizenry to take charge of their country and to hold...

Editorial: France should face the truth and stop mudslinging

Twenty-three years after the Rwanda Patriotic Front stopped the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, France remains on a revisionist path. Paris’s role in supporting the genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana,...

The two backlashes against globalization

NEW DELHI – When I left India for graduate school in the United States in 1975, the word “globalization” was not in use anywhere in the world. Back then, crossing...

Peacekeepers' role in ever-changing and unpredictable environments

Twenty-seven years ago this month, the life of this country hung on a thread. Not literally, not practically, not virtually, not apparently, not with any nearness qualification. Violence against civilians,...

EDITORIAL: Unemployment: Help the youth make the most of country's potential

National employment rate in Rwanda currently stands at 16.7 per cent, according to a new labour force survey released by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) on Monday....

Let’s seize the moment

Exhaustion has completely taken me over. Not the physical kind but the type which is psycho emotional and caused by external stressors in one’s life. No I am not taking...