Opinions

Nyungwe forest is a magnificent place for ecotourism

Last week,I had a chance to visit Nyungwe rainforest, popularly known as Nyungwe National Park, which lies in the south west corner of Rwanda. What an evergreen and thick forest!  It covers a vast area. I traversed the forest from one entry point to exit point. The journey takes approximately...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:05pm

Editorial: Private sector should partake in efforts to grow cultural tourism

CONSTRUCTION Workson what promises to be the country’s leading eco-cultural tourism hub on Rebero Hill in Kicukiro District in the City of Kigali have reached advanced stages with officials saying that the first phase of the state-of-the-art facility will be completed in the current fiscal...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 10:57pm

Winning the war on tuberculosis

JOHANNESBURG – The world is finally waking up to the threat posed by one of the most overlooked diseases of our time. Last month, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) hosted the first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) to explore options for international eradication...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:09pm

Is pensioner populism here to stay?

MILAN – The right-wing populism that has emerged in many Western democracies in recent years could turn out to be much more than a blip on the political landscape. Beyond the Great Recession and the migration crisis, both of which created fertile ground for populist parties, the aging of the...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:06pm

EDITORIAL: A speedy and lasting solution needed regarding abandoned property

Immediately after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the issue of absentee landlords was at its highest. Most parts of the country resembled ghost towns; over a million people had perished while more than triple that number had fled. When the defeated genocidal regime decided to vote with their...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:31am

There must be deliberate efforts to make our roads safer

Rwandans all over the world entered the weekend mood with some worthy news to celebrate. The moment news came in that the country’s amiable Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo had been unanimously declared as the new Secretary General of La Francophonie, the various social media...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:07am

Failure to adopt data analytics hurts Africa

Give me a one-handed economist,” an irritated US President Harry Truman once said. “All my economists say, ‘on the one hand...on the other’”. To this day, economists have failed to take bold steps and make conclusive decisions especially in this era of Information and...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 1:00am

Editorial cartoon

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 12:11am

How transparency can help the global economy to grow

Countries around the world spend an estimated $9.4 trillion a year on procurement – 15 per cent of global GDP. Indeed, UN figures estimate that public procurement can account for 15-30 per cent of GDP for many countries. However, according to the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime and the...

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 12:09am

EDITORIAL: Enfin, you can now return your sword in the scabbard

The dust has finally settled in the quest to choose the next Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Rwanda’s own, Louise Mushikiwabo, was unanimously endorsed, ousting the incumbent, Michaëlle Jean of Canada. The run-up to the election was full of...

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 12:26am

US Build Act more humble than flexing muscle to outweigh China

With the signing into law last week of the Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development (Build) Act by US President Donald Trump, it will only add to development welfare – and the concerns – in Africa echoing that of China’s infrastructural ventures. The Build Act is...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:57pm

Mitigating India’s climate-change misery

SANTA MONICA – The record-setting heat that blanketed the planet this summer was a sticky reminder that as global temperatures increase, people on the margins of society – the sick, the elderly, and the poor – will suffer disproportionately. And, nowhere will...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:54pm

‘Crazy Rich Asia’

CAMBRIDGE –In the surprise hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (based on a 2013 Kevin Kwan novel), a New York University economics professor (Rachel), travels with her boyfriend to Singapore to meet his family. There, she learns, apparently for the first time, that her significant other...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:51pm

How Africa wins the 4th Industrial Revolution

Historically, technology has been a major driver of human advancement. The agrarian revolution ended more than 50 millennia of a hunting-gathering lifestyle and ushered unprecedented population growth, urbanisation and the development of knowledge and governance tools such as writing and...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:36am

EDITORIAL: Organise, don’t agonise over mismanagement of resources

Every year, whenever the Auditor General’s Office presents its report to parliament it is like they copied and pasted the previous year’s report. The similarities are very glaring; the mistakes in the financial audits in government entities are the same and the culprits remain...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:03pm

Democracy is not a creature on stilts

Someone in an e-mail pointed out to me the fact of how last week I contradicted myself. On one hand, I denounced mind-manipulation that foments violence and death. On the other, I praised armed struggle for liberation, which necessarily involves death. But, before you put me to the sword, allow me...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:59pm

Editorial cartoon

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:31pm

EDITORIAL: A united Africa will always help shape the political landscape

The die is cast and now it’s a foregone conclusion after Canada and Quebec threw their lot behind the candidature of Louise Mushikiwabo to head Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Canada’s support, and indeed Quebec’s, are significant as the incumbent, Michaëlle...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:05pm

Innovate to attract and retain quality teachers

Allow me to pen this last write-up on education by focusing on teachers, who just last Friday celebrated their day internationally. Teachers are a major factor in sustainable socio-economic development and thus the teaching force requires special management. In Rwanda where we seek to make our...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:59pm

Choosing the best students

PRINCETON – In different countries and for different reasons, university admissions policies are under attack. In a Boston courtroom on October 15, a judge will begin hearing a lawsuit claiming that Harvard’s admission process discriminates against Asian-Americans. In the United Kingdom...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 10:32pm