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Will Africa accept terms set by Europe?

“The ones who feel the heavy hand of fear deserve the yoke of slavery; freedom needs virtue and boldness.” Andreas Kalvos,  Greek poet The recent arrest in Frankfurt, Germany, of the Chief of Protocol of the President of Rwanda, Rose Kabuye, has brought to head the protracted political battle...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Civil society should play bigger role in devt programmes

Many Civil Society Organisations from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, last week met at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, to discuss trade and regional development issues. Productive discussions regarding regional trade issues were raised, and the role of...

Monday, November 17, 2008 - 12:00am

Rose Kabuye, we stand beside you

Being white can sometimes be a real tribulation, especially in view of the ignorance, obtuseness and downright deviousness of the white world in regard to Africa as a whole and more especially in regard to the abomination of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. Rose, my heart goes out to you...

Monday, November 17, 2008 - 12:00am

RWANDA VERSUS FRANCE: The African nation’s attempt to shed French influence has led to a potentially spectacular court case

The arrest of a high-ranking Rwandan official in Europe on Sunday marked the sudden escalation of a high-stakes diplomatic battle. It may lead to an unprecedented showdown in a Paris courtroom at which French and Rwandan leaders will accuse each other of provoking the 1994 genocide in which more...

Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 12:00am

French have bitten off more than they can chew

I’m not the kind of person people would say has an explosive temper; but something about the arrest of Rose Kabuye has totally rubbed me the wrong way. I can not believe the arrogance of some people. How dare the Europeans decide to overstep their boundaries like that? I was surfing the net on...

Friday, November 14, 2008 - 12:00am

International community should pressure Kabila on FDLR

Two misjudgments While Bernard Kouchner and David Miliband seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis in eastern Congo and the European Union considers sending troops to North Kivu Province, the international community must recognize the role it has played in fomenting the conflict and the need for...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Africa’s talking, who’s listening?

Reading about world politics is like getting a taste of fresh gossip- until it hits you that unlike useless chit –chat with your friends, colleagues and the rest of the world-this is the real deal! The world is like a balloon filled with chaos and everyone’s wondering, who’s going to prick at the...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Why is Germany fighting French Dirty Wars?

Where is the German sense of fairness? Why should the German government arrest a Rwandan government official on the basis of indictments issued by a French government in an effort to cover up its very prominent role in the 1994 Tutsi genocide? The government in Berlin is aware that the Bruguière...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 12:00am

We need to rethink environment and water conservation

Flash, goes the toilet in my apartment. This sound of flashing water is replicated every so often everywhere on the block where I stay, so much so that I was obliged to sit down one day – not idly – and calculate the amount of water it takes to carry away about, say, 200 millilitres of urine that...

Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:00am

The un mindset is part of the problem in the Congo

When evidence first emerged early this year, of United Nations Forces (MONUC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), arming FDLR/Interahamwe, in exchange for minerals, MONUC leaders in Kinshasa were quick to deny the accusations, until they were confronted with irrefutable evidence, as the...

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Bloody shame that ours aren’t as uplifting

I woke up, Wednesday, bleary eyed and all, at exactly five o’clock in the afternoon but with a smile on my face. I was suffering from the Obama induced post-election hangover. I’d been up the entire night, watching the tallies of each and every state as I bit my nails to the quick,  having...

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 12:00am

Great expectations: Obama will have to deliver

WASHINGTON – Over and over, Barack Obama told voters if they stuck with him “we will change this country and change the world.” They did, and now their expectations for him to deliver are firmly planted on his shoulders. Many supporters greeted his victory with euphoria. Impatient for a new...

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Fighting exposes Congolese soldiers

Currently, the media is awash with stories of recent fighting in eastern Congo. Quite often, the turn of events can be ugly. Just in conformity with the old adage, which says, where two elephants fight, the grass suffers, Congolese civilians are facing the brunt of the fighting more than any other...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Lessons Africa can draw from the US elections

Before media analysts release statistics, I can confidently report that the US elections are the most covered this year. The US is regarded as the most democratic nation in the whole world, and certainly the most developed. Being at the forefront of almost everything; from politics to the economy...

Monday, November 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda determined to grasp Digital Revolution

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon, Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said. He was referring to the various medals of honour he had introduced in order to motivate his army, first in the French revolution and later in his many conquests. And his soldiers’ morale was...

Monday, November 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Malaria: Great idea, bad scheme

A new global subsidy to give malaria patients the best treatment may divert money from simpler campaigns and could undermine drug quality--but it looks set to be rubber-stamped by donors without proper assessment. The fact that malaria kills an African child every thirty seconds has prompted the...

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Let me throw my two cents in this English-French debate

I’m not going to debate the various merits and demerits of the Ministry of Education’s plan to make English the language of instruction in schools across the country. I’m not going into the politics of its all i.e. the need to integrate into the East African and, possibly, the Commonwealth system...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 12:00am

Defrocking hovering over fire-spitting priest?

When asked whether in telling such truth he was not cutting down the tree upon which he was seated high up in the branches, Monsignor Jean Ndorerimana replied that he would rather cut off all the branches except the one good one he was seated on. And that even if he fell down, he would have a lot...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Cleaner production: a measure to curb global warming

Cleaner production may seem to be a new thing to our ears but I bet global warming is not. For those who may not be well conversant with the term global warming, it is a term relating to carbonic emissions that are generated by fuels, gas and oil used in machines to generate energy. They are...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Thabo Mbeki, the weak link in the negotiations chain

Thabo Mbeki, the disgraced former president of South Africa and the SADC-anointed mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis spent four days last week in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, wrestling with Robert Mugabe’s brittle ego to save the power-sharing deal. He failed. Failure to reach an agreement is a serious...

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 12:00am