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When the time comes….

When the time comes, I hope I will be ready and strong. I hope I will be able to go aboard that plane and look down from the skies without tears or obvious signs of weakness. I hope I will not be found wanting in resolve at that moment in time which will require fortitude. Letting go, of things...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:59pm

Three cheers for regulation

CAMBRIDGE – One of the striking changes any rich-world traveler to low-income countries cannot fail to have missed during the past decade or so is the rapid spread of mobile phone use, followed now by expanding mobile Internet access. Mobile communications are playing the same role in social...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:40pm

Business community should make the most from VVIP visits

Starting today, Kigali is going to become a beehive of diplomatic activities with high profile visitors on the menu. Our usually smooth traffic flow is bound to be disrupted and it would do well if authorities in charge of traffic and transport began early sensitization on the routes to use around...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:31pm

Behold the Horn… of Africa

On this link you will be introduced to Dr Abiy Ahmed’s doctrine. Listening to him, one is able to appreciate the legacy of late Meles Zenawi, the charismatic Ethiopian Prime Minister who passed away six years ago. Like his illustrious predecessor then, Dr. Ahmed’s political thought is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:13am

Using fire to sustain natural habitats

Looking at Akagera National Park, with its beautiful fluorescent green landscapes and animals grazing peacefully on the land, it may not be easy to understand exactly what is needed to preserve and maintain this environment. All across Africa, terrestrial native environments can be divided...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:22am

Let there be more than light

PRAGUE – For the well-off in both rich and poor countries around the world, lives are enriched by plentiful access to energy that provides light, fresh food, and clean water, and that powers technology and allows the ability to control the temperature. Bjørn Lomborg  Abundant energy...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:38pm

Editorial: Mandela-ism should be a chapter in every aspiring leader’s book

Today is Nelson Mandela International Day. Had he been alive, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday. The iconic son of Africa inspired many beyond its borders; he was adopted as a symbol of tolerance worldwide. Even though he was jailed by the apartheid regime where he spent over a third...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:33pm

Lesson from Thai boys’ rescue: we can still be human even in this age

It is a week since the twelve boys of a Thai football team and their coach were rescued from flooded caves where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Since then, the world’s attention has shifted to other events and those who crave it, perhaps because it bestows on them worth that...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:27am

No, Africa has no share in France’s win; it should carry its own cross

The football World Cup cacophony has finally ebbed except in the streets of Paris where the world champions landed yesterday after a fairy tale ending to their campaign. The euphoria that received France’s second-time win of the cup was tinged with some humour that left a stale taste in the...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:21am

Fossil-fuel doublespeak

BERLIN – Since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, too many policymakers have fallen for the oil and gas industry’s rhetoric about how it can help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Tall tales about “clean coal,” “oil pipelines to fund clean energy,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 10:37pm

Are macroeconomic models still relevant?

In a conversation on Facebook, a friend recently raised an issue about the weaknesses of economic models. He was reacting to my Facebook post, in which I tried to explain why, at times, non-economists misunderstand language of economists. I used an example of the misunderstanding in the assumption...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 8:42pm

Building consensus is the magic bullet to success of cooperatives

Rwandans this weekend met in their respective sectors to celebrate the International Cooperatives Day. Internationally, the day is celebrated on July 7 but in Rwanda, it was observed a week later, to make way for celebration of the Liberation Day. At least three million Rwandans are members to...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:43am

New law on jurisdiction of courts goes beyond establishing an Appeals Court

Since June 2, 2018, Rwanda has a new law determining jurisdiction of courts. While the law has brought many new changes including the introduction of the Court of Appeal, two other new developments are worth noting. First, the law has expressly recognised standing for ‘Friend of the Court...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:39am

Nurturing children for a digital future

It is clear that the digital world is here to stay. Moreover, it is a welcome and necessary component of a 21st century childhood. Children’s wellbeing in the digital environment is of no less importance than their wellbeing in any other setting. The digital environment is a technology and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:50am

Editorial: More brooms needed to clean up religious organisations

Religious predator sare on the increase on the continent. They unashamedly try to outdo their peers; whether it’s driving flashy cars or living in outlandish mansions. The most astonishing thing is that they have hordes of followers. A recent pastor in the southern parts of Africa recently...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:56pm

The crucial World Cup lesson on picking up after ourselves

As you read this, the most popular sporting event, the FIFA World Cup will be coming to an end today with the final between France and Croatia. Of all spectator sports, football continues to be at the top of the table and the World Cup that comes around once in four years has always been a huge...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:51pm

World Cup 2018 exposed Africa’s talent drain

The 2018 World Cup comes to an end tonight with two European countries, Croatia and France facing off in the final in Russia.It’s interesting but perhaps unsurprising that most of Africa seems to be backing the French team to snatch victory; but the Croatians can’t be taken for...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:44pm

Do you have what it takes to lead in the digital age?

Digital disruption is very real and yet, contrary to the wisdom of the crowd, what we need is not leaders who are digital gurus. The technology itself is not what makes us digital; it is how we use the technology as people. What we need are leaders who are willing and able to leverage digital...

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:39pm

China Summit shows how important Africa has become

Ongoing preparations for the Focus on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit 2018 remind us it is just around the corner. Held every three years since 2000 and set to be hosted in Beijing this September, it has established itself as a forum on which to not only gauge progress on multilateral...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:35pm

Next parliament should strive to outmatch previous one

With the legislative elections just around the corner, political parties are bracing themselves, compiling lists of what they hope will deliver in the voting booths. Rwanda’s parliamentary elections are not marked by excitement and violence like in neighbouring countries; it is every-day-as-...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:37pm