Opinions

For endangered wildlife every single life matters

The East African Community has been blessed by nature as a concentration of some of the best wildlife this planet has to offer. The elephants grazing majestically together with tall giraffes (I actually don’t know of a short giraffe) as the gazelles jump around trying to avoid being part of...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:22pm

In Africa, BRICS have a finebrick

In three months, representatives and leaders of four out of the five-BRICS member states have visited Kigali and met with President Paul Kagame; first was South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa in March, followed by Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov in June before China’s Xi...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:21pm

Will top lender require banking facilities?

Alibaba is the world’s most valuable retailer but it has no inventory. Airbnb is the world’s largest accommodation provider but, like Alibaba, it has no real estate. Uber is now the world’s largest transportation company but it doesn’t own vehicles. Similar business...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:13pm

The Good Immigrant

The World Cup is over but there is still discussions going on about what happens off the field for many players who took centre stage during this year’s tournament. One recurring discussion has been around football players of dual nationality or from immigrant families, whose identity is...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:35pm

How the Volkswagen Africa initiative is breaking new ground from Kigali

The launch of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda in June this year makes for one of the most visible industrial endeavours in the country to date. It speaks of a nation already on the march towards the development of a sector that stands to give it more a sense of pride as a manufacturer of a...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:11pm

Borrowing from the populists’ playbook

“Don’t get mad, get even.” Established political parties looking to take back control from populists should turn that maxim into a strategy. Stop complaining about the success of populists, and start stealing a few pages from their playbook. There are three I’d steal. The...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:03pm

From Brexit to breferendum

LONDON – If something is impossible, it does not happen. If a country votes to make two plus two equal five, this “democratic decision” will eventually be overridden by the rules of arithmetic, no matter how large the majority or how loudly “The People have spoken.”...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:55pm

Population should be involved in all development matters

Several people have fallen victim to a new breed of smart conmen in the past simply because of their ignorance. Real estate brokers have been selling land to developers and individuals. At a later stage, when the latter apply for building permits, they learn that the particular land is either...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:39pm

Unlocking private-sector funds for sustainable development

WASHINGTON, DC – For the last three years, dozens of countries have gathered each July to present their national plans to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the latest of these United Nations High-Level Political Forums, governments rolled out impressive blueprints –...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:52am

How to increase America’s saving rate

CAMBRIDGE – The United States needs new policies to raise the household saving rate. From 1960 to 1980, the household saving rate ranged between 10-13 per cent of after-tax income, providing funds for investment in plant and equipment. Since then, levels of household saving have declined...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:50am

Can ‘building unity’ be turned into one of Rwanda’s export commodities?

If you were in Kenya around the 1980s, you must have followed the classic court case odyssey of S. M. Otieno, after his death. He’d been a smart Luo lawyer married into a Kikuyu tribe, something of a taboo in his community then. His was a simple case of death and burial, really. But the...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:38am

Editorial: Africa needs to start showing commitment towards keeping peace

African military leaders are very preoccupied by the proliferation of foreign military bases on the continent. The worries were raised in Kigali during an ongoing meeting of the East African Standby Force (EASF), one of the five regional forces for Peace Support Operations of the African Standby...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:36am

Is China a threat to the spread of democracy in Africa?

There are days when writing an article is the last thing on my mind. The brain is tired and good ideas are elusive. That was the case for today’s article, until I found myself in the car driving and listening to an interview programme on BBC. My mind was still lethargic up to the moment when...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:03am

The economic benefits of family planning

NEW YORK – The decision to start a family is one of the most important choices a person can make. It is also a fundamental human right; only individual adults should have the power to decide whether, when, or how often to conceive. And yet, for millions of people around the world, this right...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:18am

China and India’s growing engagement with Africa

Africa has always been said to be a continent of immense opportunities. From natural resources, untapped potentials to its rapidly increasing population that is significant for human capital and market for finished products. With these, Africa has seen much interest from other continents in terms...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:35pm

Entrepreneurs should make most of Expo

The 21st edition of Rwanda International Trade Fair, commonly known as Expo, opens its doors today. Every year the expo has pulled in many exhibitors and this time they come from 23 countries. Every year there is something new and this time it is no different. There will be no more dipping into...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 8:28pm

The double standard of the Mail and Guardian

Last Thursday on July 17, upon Nelson Mandela’ Centenary, the Mail and Guardian (M&G), a South African newspaper, published an Op-Ed titled: ‘Kagame could be the next Mandela if he stepped down’. The author, Nigerian Chude Jedeonwo, indulged in the usual binary narrative:...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:03pm

Wearing the outgoing PAC’s shoes will need big feet

If there is any House committee that has left an indelible mark in the outgoing parliament, it is the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC). The no-nonsense group has done a lot in bringing government bodies to account and make sure that the annual Auditor General’s report is acted upon....

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:03am

The promise of inclusive education

WASHINGTON, DC – Ali Moussa and Mahmoud are sixth graders in Zanzibar. Both boys are nearly blind and use recording devices and braille machines to read. But, thanks to their school and teacher, they are able to keep pace with their peers in the mainstream primary school that they attend....

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:14pm

Good news: African leaders are showing more urgency

There seems to be greater urgency among African leaders to raise the level of cooperation across the continent than there has ever been. Everywhere one looks there is a flurry of bilateral and continent-wide activity to make deals, sign agreements or implement existing ones. Africa finally seems...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:36am