Democracy in Africa: There is reason for optimism

It has been an eventful few days in Africa this past week. First, there was the resignation of Mr Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa on Wednesday night, February...

Why Belgo-Rwandans are set to appear before Belgian parliament to defend crimes of their fathers

The Belgian Federal Parliament is to invite a group of neo-Nazis to hear their representations, ahead of a parliamentary debate on a bill to make genocide denial a criminal offence.

Editorial: Laxity in construction sector regulation is unacceptable

Two people died and sixteen others sustained serious injuries when a church under construction in Muhanga District caved in last week.

Africans no longer tolerate reign of impunity

There is a growing trend among Africans that international crimes should never go unpunished. The perception is promisingly different from the way it was two decades ago.

EDITORIAL: Harness the untapped potential in horticulture sector

Last week, horticulture sector stakeholders converged in Kigali to deliberate on strategies that could help improve Rwanda’s horticulture business and make it more competitive.

If you do go abroad, have some faith

Whenever we encounter the outside world, we are always advised to “Take the good stuff and leave the bad behind.” Because of this, we end up fishing for the fruits...

Free speech in the filter age

In a democracy, the rights of the many cannot come at the expense of the rights of the few. In the age of algorithms, government must, more than ever, ensure...

In search of a global refugee strategy

BRASÍLIA – Next week, leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in Brazil to discuss solutions to the global refugee crisis. Observer countries, international organizations, and representatives of...

EAC’s border crossings deserve much better attention

February has few days but this year it has come with a lot of action in those few days. I mean who would have guessed that it would be the...

Africa in auto-correction mode; let it be!

Two executive resignations in a week, first, Jacob Zuma quitting power in South Africa, hours later, Ethiopia’s Hailemarian Desalegn followed suit; both, barely four months since Robert Mugabe’s departure in...

Africa’s cities are growing larger and thirstier

In two months, the city of Cape Town in South Africa could become the first major metropolis in the world to run out of water. City officials have announced that...

Editorial: University of Rwanda could be sitting on a solution

Next academic year, the government will increase its financial allocation to the University of Rwanda (UR) by 40%, bringing the total to Rwf 36 billion.

The bumps to watch out for on Rwanda's growth trajectory

Most indications have been consistent that Rwanda is on a firm footing towards economic take-off.

Rising above hunger and all forms of malnutrition

An African proverb says that “wisdom is like a baobab tree – no one individual can embrace it.” The same can be applied to the fight against hunger in Africa....

Three keys to a new South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – Jacob Zuma has resigned as South Africa’s president – an inevitable move, following the African National Congress’ withdrawal of its support. Two decades after Nelson Mandela tried –...

[Editorial] Student financing needs to be revisited

Rwf10,000 will put a little smile on the faces of students of the University of Rwanda. That is the amount of money to be added on their Rwf25,000 monthly stipend.

Volunteer leaders at the grassroots, our unsung heroes

There is a cadre of workers that we take for granted in this country. Few of us really appreciate the profundity of their work’s impact, especially to the ordinary citizen....

EDITORIAL: New hope for renewed Rwanda-South Africa ties

This week has been very volatile in the top echelons of African politics. South African President Jacob Zuma finally crumbled and resigned after his party recalled him. New President, Cyril...

What has democracy brought us?

The once politically incorrect question is now worth posing, for we are living the proverbial ‘interesting times’; a Chinese curse to predict, among other things, the downfall of liberal democracy.

Commodity price regulation will spur inclusive growth

Globalisation and the world order in the aftermath of the Second World War left the international community divided into two major economic blocs; Capitalism and Socialism. Capitalism was allied behind...

EDITORIAL: The UN should rethink the MICT strategy, it has become irrelevant

When the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT came into force in 2012, eight indicted Genocide suspects were still at large. MICT took the residual functions from the International Criminal...

Rwanda’s capital markets at crossroads

As the Rwanda Stock Exchange launched the “Access and Grow” campaign last week, what most policy makers and observers may have missed to appreciate is a deep desire by an...

EDITORIAL: Team Rwanda cycling needs your full support

The 14th edition of the African Continental Cycling Championship opens today. The four-day event, that will mostly take place between Kigali and Nyamata, has attracted some of the best cyclists...

Sporting success in Rwanda: Lessons from cycling and football teams

The reception of two sporting teams returning home from tournaments outside the country could not have been more different. One team had no one to welcome them home. The other...