The language opportunity for “Ururimi”

In Rwanda, we speak Kinyarwanda; in Burundi, they speak Kirundi; in Eastern Congo and Southern Uganda, they speak Kinyarwanda and related dialects like Gikiga. In Western Tanzania, they speak a...

Giving universal education a fresh lease of life

Universal Primary Education, or UPE, is now getting universalized in the whole of Africa. Donor partners fork out money to developing countries to help with this grandiose programme, affixing time...

So, Kosovo is independent, huh?

Despite Serbia’s entreaties, Russia’s vehement refusals and China’s misgivings, the final nail in former Yugoslavia’s coffin was hammered in by the people of the ex-Serbian province of Kosovo. After Croatia,...

The dilemma of surviving an earthquake

A couple of weeks ago, two earthquakes struck Rwanda and neighbouring DR Congo, killing at least 39 people including those that were in a church at the time. More than...

Georges Ruggiu, the “Euro Genocidaire’s” final lap to freedom

The only non-Rwandan to be convicted for the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, will soon be on his way to a more “comfortable” jail in Europe, and possible release.

Ignore wild diversionary claims against Rwanda

The masterminds of the Rwandan genocide, milling in European capitals, will not stop their heinous acts as their sole aim is to shed more and more innocent Rwandan blood.

Kagame’s high performance rating begs no questions

At a routine press conference held by President Paul Kagame at his Village Urugwiro office on Monday, February 4, 2008, a journalist asked him to declare his interest, or the...

Two worlds for Europe’s Rwandans

You might have guessed what the buzz word is, in this distant Diaspora world. It’s perhaps the same wherever you are, but it has two dimensions here. Many Rwandans in...

The vow of celibacy is flawed

I read with dismay, a headline in The New Times about two weeks ago. It screamed “Catholic Priest arrested over molestation” (The New Times, January 25th issue N01396). This story,...

The ‘finger sign’ beats traffic police skills

If you are caught driving above 80 km/hr on the highways of Rwanda, you will be charged with reckless driving. It is clearly stated, it is not merely a traffic...

Elections USA: underdogs rewrite history

America has always prided itself as the bastion of democracy and free speech. This freedom has given a podium to all kinds of loonies to vent their frustration on either...

Nothing can fight HIV/Aids better than discipline

Following government advice that circumcision lessened chances of contracting HIV/Aids, many young men formed very long lines outside health centres to have their foreskins chopped off. State minister in charge...

Living and thriving in a global world

Some years ago when I told a European that I was from Rwanda, she stopped in her tracks, looked at me in the eye, and asked me if Rwanda was...

Africa has more to offer than most people think

Africa is a huge continent comprised of more than 50 countries. Unfortunately, the stereotypical single image of Africa is as the department store of unhappiness with wars, famines, poverty, and...

Ban: What does his visit to Rwanda signify?

Now that the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon has come and gone, one wonders what exactly the general public takes of his recent visit.

Our vice: The art of distortion

A crisis, whatever its magnitude, is a goldmine for journalists. We tend to feed on the misfortunes of others and sometimes the feeding frenzy goes into overdrive.The worst thing that...

Education ministry needs more head scratching for clearer way forward

Since the results for the 2007 national examinations were released nearly two weeks ago has received scathing comments. Yes; only 26.74 per cent managed to pass it.

Protectionism harms consumers and the environment

Last week, delegates from “major economies” concluded a summit in Hawaii aimed at “supporting the collective effort to negotiate a new international agreement” to restrict greenhouse gas emissions globally. 

Kenya is broken and needs fixing

The Daily Monitor’s Tuesday, February 2, 2008 editorial attempts to analyse President Paul Kagame’s reading of the situation obtaining in Kenya as reported in the news media based on the...

Direct cash for the poor: Ghana’s grand centrally planned waste

Medieval Kings and Princes were naively convinced by alchemists that they could turn lead into gold. Even though the alchemists repeatedly failed, they received the support of the Kings and...

Move beyond just land re-distribution

The land re-distribution exercise has well and truly begun. The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame directed the re-distribution and was in the Eastern Province to supervise the exercise as it...

The lost generation of our education system

It took a while to sink in, but there it was; I was holding the evidence in my hands. Scrubbing my face with Jik (a powerful bleach) would not have...

Choice: the recurring motif in President Kagame’s political discourse

Human beings are endowed with the right of choice, which is a form of empowerment that gives us our responsibility as independent beings. That essentially means that we do what...

Investment in renewable energy is vital

Sustainable development cannot be realized when the environment onto which all activities take place is abused at will and people continue indulging in environmental degradation. Ruinous developmental practices are pursued...