Smoking at all costs

Claude Bamutura used to smoke like a chimney and whenever confronted about it, would retort that ‘what is the point of dying with a clean pair of lungs’? Well, he...

EDITORIAL: Continuous assessment of EAC projects crucial

When Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda began the implementation of some of the projects under the East African Community (EAC), without the other partner states; Tanzania and Burundi, critics were already...

Behold the Internet of Things, it’s already here

Many will recall the graphic footage that went viral last year, involving a Ugandan house-girl caught on hidden camera cold-bloodedly brutalising an 18 month-old child left in her care.

We need more from African journalists

WHAT DO you know about Zimbabwe, apart from President Robert Mugabe? The Victoria falls perhaps? For instance, did you know that President Mugabe is the most educated President in the...

EDITORIAL: Traders should make the most of the Export Handbook

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) have come up with a very useful tool that is bound to open new doors to prospective exporters: The Export...

The G-7's sustainability mission

FRANKFURT – In six months, representatives from countries around the world will gather in Paris in an effort to reach a global accord to fight climate change. When the G-7’s...

Why the soaring youth unemployment in this digital era and what can we do?

The fragility of the youth labour market is a global phenomenon, not least since the global financial crisis of 2008. There are challenges of our young people entering the competitive...

Time to become better stewards of our planet

The World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on June 5th as the United Nations’ principal avenue for raising worldwide awareness about sound environmental management and spurring positive actions...

EDITORIAL: Burundi refugees: EALA should stamp its foot not do goodwill

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), on Tuesday, toured Mahama Refugee Camp in Kirehe District, a temporary home to more than 23,000 Burundian refugees, in what they said...

Europe's pointless deficit targets?

BRUSSELS – The fiscal rules of the European Union have undergone some much-needed improvements in recent years, but much more needs to be done. In addition to suffering from a...

Voluntourists: A new crop of 'Africa experts'

Last week, I read with keen interest an article reprinted in this paper by Georgianne Nienaber titled ‘An Obama policy of disingenuousness in Rwanda’.

Why Rwanda's governance model is best for us

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One of the reasons corruption is allowed to thrive in Africa is because many governments are scared of holding those that they perceive as strong men to account. So leaders...

EDITORIAL: We need clear cash-in-transit regulation

A very extraordinary and mysterious affair unfolded in Kigali this week. Over $600,000 in cash was recovered from suspected robbers who had stolen it as it was being transported from...

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Time with newborn children not an exclusive preserve of women

My Rwandan sisters, who hope to have children one day, must be dancing a little jig after reading last week that Parliament has finally received a draft law that establishes...

EDITORIAL: Support NIRDA in its noble mission

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) recently unveiled an ambitious strategy designed to help more than double the country’s industrial output in the medium-term.

Development: Seize the sustainable future

BEIJING – For the first time in years, a healthy dose of optimism seems to be in order. The global economy – a few trouble spots aside – is finally...

How to default on sovereign debt

ITHACA – The financial brinkmanship over Greece’s debts has raised the question of whether (or when) the country will default. To be sure, it would be far better for Greece...

Burundi and Nigeria: Lessons of the possible and the preventable

A lot of good things seem to be going for Nigeria and for Africa too. On May 29, Mr Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as Nigeria’s new president. This followed a...

EDITORIAL: Address plight of cassava farmers urgently

Farmers who invested millions in growing cassava are counting losses after an outbreak of a disease which has destroyed hectares of cassava plantations in the country and Ruhango District in...

The business case for sustainability

BERKELEY – Investors worldwide are increasingly seeking investment opportunities that promise to bring environmental and social benefits, in addition to market rates of return.

Small steps to European growth

PARIS – The topics chosen by the European Central Bank for its annual forum in Sintra, Portugal, at the end of May were not deflation, quantitative easing, or financial stability.

Burundi: Saved by the Coup, again?

By the time you read this, there may or may not have been a real or simulated coup d'etat in Burundi. That is because another summit on the ongoing crisis...

EDITORIAL: More efforts needed to protect wetlands

Environment experts have cited poor coordination among regional wetland management organisations and development projects which encroach on wetlands as a threat to wetland conservation.