A toast to a leader who delivers what he promises to the people

Close to four million Rwandans petitioned Parliament to amend the Constitution and, finally, this week, the Members of Parliament overwhelmingly voted to amend the constitution, paving way for the re-election...

EDITORIAL: Agro processors should make quality their guiding light

Of late farmers have been complaining of lack of markets for their produce, especially during the bumper season. Most of the complainants are those who deal with perishable goods such...

The right intervention in Ukraine

STOCKHOLM – The ongoing Greek drama may have transfixed Europe and the world, but the great crisis in Europe’s east has not gone away. Ukraine remains under partial occupation by...

Post-2017: Rwandans cannot waste time on political theatre

I followed yesterday’s discussions in both chambers of Parliament on two forums; the national radio and on Twitter. To those living under a rock, the discussions were about amending article...

EDITORIAL: Agro-processing can change farmers' fortunes

During this time of the year when bananas are in plenty, farmers often lose millions of Rwandan francs. The most hard-hit are always farmers from the Eastern Province, the main...

Africa's opportunity in Addis

DAKAR – This week, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital and a city full of symbolic importance for all of Africa, is hostin the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. Most...

What will happen after the Iran deal?

BERLIN – After 12 years of tedious negotiations, Iran and the “P5+1” countries (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) have reached a comprehensive agreement...

It is constitutional to amend Article 101

The ongoing debate on whether Article 101 of the Rwandan Constitution of 2003 can be amended to allow for the election of the President of the Republic beyond the current...

Akagera: Community conservation and efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict

This month marked a major conservation milestone for Rwanda. After more than a decade of absence from the country, the King of the Jungle is back. The Akagera Management Company,...

EDITORIAL: Social security contributions should be managed wisely

Last year, Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) occupied centre stage in the media all for the wrong reasons. The body that is supposed to manage employees’ social security contributions, came...

Greece for grownups

LONDON – Greece and its European partners may have agreed on a new bailout provision, but how the Greek economic tragedy will actually end remains a mystery. One thing, however,...

Arrest of Karenzi Karake: How the UK violated his immunity

On Saturday June 20, 2015, Rwanda's Head of the National Intelligence and Security Services, Lt. Gen Karenzi Karake, was arrested in London while on official visit by the UK on...

EDITORIAL: Let's plan for manageable families

Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the World Population Day yesterday. Locally, the day was celebrated under the theme; “Raising Awareness on Population and Development Issues”.

Change with stability and continuity: An existential threat?

The above debate seems to draw confusion not critique per se from characters who have excluded themselves from anything Rwanda. These are characters linked heinous crimes committed against Rwandans, or...

Cousin Obama is coming to a neat Nairobi complete with Westgate mall

East Africa’s biggest economy is getting ready to host the world’s most powerful politician, Barack Obama, who also happens to be a son of the soil, as we say around...

A bachelor's degree in house-keeping

In February 2010, I wrote an open letter to President Yoweri Museveni which was also published by the Daily Monitor newspaper; in the epistle, I argued that his major achievements...

EDITORIAL: Investing in youth key to a secure future

This week, two poignant reports were released that were on different parts of the divide as far as social cohesion was concerned.

Rethinking education: Should we relook the TVET approach?

A few years back, I had an interesting encounter that has lingered in my mind ever since. While shooting pool with friends over drinks, this rather nice and polite bloke...

EDITORIAL: Social programmes should be protected jealously

Early this year, a number of local government officials, including district mayors and their subordinates, were forced to relinquish their posts – and some even prosecuted – for cooking up...

Football fanaticism should be exploited for society’s good

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Like many other people, I have spent the entirety of my life watching football. To those who loath football, it’s nothing more than a round piece of leather being kicked...

Plugging the leaks in Africa's economies

DAKAR – Africa is usually perceived as a net beneficiary of the global financial system, with aid and investment flowing to the continent from richer parts of the world. This...

The limits of Chinese soft power

CAMBRIDGE – China has been making major efforts to increase its ability to influence other countries without force or coercion. In 2007, then-President Hu Jintao told the Communist Party that...

Why we should bridge the gap between research and policy

In the context of globalisation and the world’s complexities, the need for sharing knowledge between higher learning institutions and community has become increasingly evident in recent years.

2017: Putting into context the debate on Rwanda's future

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I got goose bumps during the delivery of the landmark speech by President Paul Kagame while swearing-in our leaders two weeks ago; my eyes welled with tears as President Kagame...