Part of East Africa? $500 flights to Nairobi doesn’t feel like it

I am sitting here at the computer looking at a weather map of East Africa.

100-year–old Kigali should stay the course

A capital city is usually considered the face of a country and Kigali has really lived up to the expectations.

Love for thyself: lessons and observations from Israel to Rwanda

It is a common game to play along the long afternoon hours of the African week to find the most far-fetched allusions to fraternity—from one end of the continent to...

Rusesabagina booed by University Students

A famous singer once wrote, “You can lie to some people sometimes but you cannot lie to all the people all the time”, and that is just what the self...

Congratulations H.E. Dr Paul Kagame

I join all well wishers in congratulating our President on the attainment of an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Glasgow in Scotland last week. The...

Ideology hinders water for the poor

A billion people lack clean water and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation but the obstacles they face usually have more to do with ideology than practicality.

On oil in Rwanda, I am more positive than my president

My president Paul Kagame doubles as my role model as well. He inspires me tremendously with his management style. I admire his open approach to issues many other leaders might...

Chemicals are good for you

London -- Scary headlines recently announced a study claiming that a pesticide causes prostate cancer and birth defects.

Where are we with only our principles? Out of business

Late in the autumn of 2003, in the autumn of my teenage years, I was dating a younger girl named Tori. Tori was two years below me and attended a...

The retirement home for Presidents

I am in Oslo, where we have been talking about New Images from Africa with a lot of people who know about such things.

Adopt a regional Digital Solidarity Fund

The recently concluded “Connect Africa” Summit has taken the right angle of ‘Act Now’ to reduce the digital divide, which is a crucial element in pursuing the Millennium Development Goals...

Hilton trip will bring embarrassment to Rwanda and herself

I am not against humanitarian work—though I have to admit I find it hard to believe the person who says they are doing something purely and only for someone else—but...

Does the church support cross-generation sex?

Recently, a Ugandan vernacular daily newspaper, Bukedde, reported a surprising wedding involving a young man with an older woman.

Burundi rebellion a new threat to peace

Bujumbura, Burundi – Gilbert Nsaguye is in a pensive mood, still haunted by a recent attack near the capital Bujumbura led by the Palipehutu FNL, a rebel faction loyal to...

WHO’s got its facts wrong?

The World Health Organisation makes great sport of taking the pharmaceutical industry to task for its inability to provide everyone in the developing world with the drugs they need.

Fixing Rwanda’s IT problem

All the world lies, but numbers don’t. In that regard, Rwanda is doing—factually—quite well for itself. In other areas, though words may be promising, the numbers are sobering and honest.

Lessons to draw from Lucky Dube’s death

A hit by a lightening bolt could not fully define the shock, despair, anguish and sorrow that engulfed the African continent on hearing the tragic death of their dear friend...

Reference hospitals offer wide range of services to the society

The functions of reference hospitals may be broadly categorized into; the direct clinical services provided to individual patients and the community within the hospital, and other set of broader functions...

How to cause hunger

Chronic hunger affects some 850 million people in the world, while hunger and poverty combined claim around 25,000 lives every day.

The story behind the closure of RIMEG

Much as every human being has a right to express his view point, The New Times investigative desk has unearthed circumstances contrary to those advanced by the Managing Director of...

Collaboration between FARDC and FDLR: Danger to Rwandan security

The current conflict in eastern DRC between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Laurent Nkunda is a clear danger to Rwanda and indeed regional security.

Gender balance should be more emphasised in the rural areas

As Gicumbi District prepares to host the Gender for rural women day celebrations, to be held at Kaniga sector on October 26, many gender cross cutting issues need to be...

Paul Rusesabagina created a hoax charity to enrich himself

Paul Rusesabagina, the imposter humanitarian has set up a foundation called Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation (HRRF). This organization ostensibly aims at providing assistance to the Genocide survivors. However, the foundation...

Rape, epidemic raises trauma of Congo war

Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist, cannot bear to listen to the stories his patients tell him anymore. Every day, 10 new women and girls who have been raped show up...