'Liberal democracy' vs the Rwandan people, who won?

The western media’s criticism around the 2017 presidential elections in Rwanda felt more passionate than ever before. They all had the same message: 'Rwanda, under Paul Kagame has achieved remarkable...

Kagame won by 99% but will still share power: A peep into Rwanda's all-inclusive governance model

Today is Inauguration Day in Rwanda. Paul Kagame will be sworn in for the fourth time as president after an election that only cemented his undisputed popularity among the people...

RPF's moral contract with the Rwandan people

This question about the weakness of Rwanda’s political opposition parties is an interesting one. Is the opposition weak in Rwanda because it is not given space? Because it’s persecuted? Not...

Editorial: Very busy seven years lie ahead, but Rwandans shall overcome

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President Paul Kagame will be sworn-in today to begin another 7-year mandate. His overwhelming endorsement by the Rwandan people caused some ripples among a few foreigners but Rwandans had the...

The lost lesson of the financial crisis

LONDON – Ten years ago this month, the French bank BNP Paribas decided to limit investors’ access to the money they had deposited in three funds. It was the first...

How the Western media gets it wrong on Rwanda

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Africans have for long been subjected to the thinking that prosperity and stability can only be achieved through western prescriptions. Trying other approaches like Rwanda has done, means being labeled...

Editorial: Assumption Day rains could be put to good use

The perennial mystery did not disappoint. It rained on Assumption Day, as it always does ever since the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Kibeho in 1981. It is wildly...

Is Trump killing the dollar?

SANTA BARBARA – For nearly a century, the US dollar has been viewed as the financial world’s ultimate safe haven. No other currency has promised the same degree of security...

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.