Editorial

Embezzlers of Saccos should be shown no mercy

Some years ago, the American financial sector was in serious trouble and it took the government’s bail out of most banks to avoid a complete financial meltdown. Banks had been dishing out mortgages carelessly left, right and centre, without the certainty that their clients were able to pay....

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 9:17pm

Kibeho needs an extreme makeover as a tourist destination

Today is Assumption Day, a day widely believed by the Catholic Church when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, ascended to Heaven. It is not easy discussing or dispelling religious beliefs, it is dangerous territory and one has to tread carefully. The issue of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:03pm

MP candidates should make promises they will keep

This has been a year of elections on the African continent, Rwanda inclusive. With most having taken place under a climate of violence and drama, Rwanda is not worried of travelling down that route. The difference is that Rwanda’s politics are not of the confrontational type that has been...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 9:45pm

The thought of granting Maj. Ntuyahaga asylum is an insult

The man responsible for the deaths of former Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and ten Belgian peacekeepers who were part of her security detail is out of prison. The morning the Genocide began, Uwilingiyimana was the first target and the task to get rid of her was given to Major...

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 9:42pm

The old Parliament has set the bar high, the next should go up a notch

The President dissolves Parliament today, one that has been the busiest so far. The outgoing lower chamber had the highest representation of women in the world, hovering around 64 percent at any one time. That number is likely to increase seeing that over 60 candidates are women. RPF-Inkotanyi,...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 8:46am

South Sudan will need support from African countries

Another round of talks has just ended with a new truce and a power-sharing agreement between the main protagonists in the South Sudan conflict; President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President, Riek Machar. The new deal gives back Machar his old job and some cabinet positions. A peace deal that...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 9:39am

Tour du Rwanda has come of age – congratulations to all involved!

The 10th edition of the annual Tour du Rwanda got underway yesterday, with Algerian Azzedine Lagab winning Stage I, the 15-lap circuit around Rwamagana town. This year’s race coincides with Tour du Rwanda’s tenth anniversary as a UCI Africa Tour category 2.2. Most importantly, the...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:17am

Agri-entrepreneurs should take full advantage of the AGRF offer

The Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is due to take place in Kigali next month and organisers will not come empty headed. Smart agri-business entrepreneurs might walk away from the forum with a financial windfall of between $100,000 and 5 million to invest in value addition. Adding value to...

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:09pm

Businesses should be ready to cash in on conference tourism

Rwanda’s status as a major tourist destination is not something new. Thanks to the Government’s commitment to conservation and innovation, the tourism sector has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.   The sector earned the country more than $400 million last year, twice...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 11:20pm

Kenyan post-election violence compensation timely

For the last ten years, business persons who used the Northern Corridor have been waiting for compensation for the losses they incurred during the 2007-8 post-election violence in Kenya. Most of the business people’s goods were caught in the thick of ethnic fighting following contested...

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 12:00am

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

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

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

There are lessons to pick from high profile visits

No sooner had the plane carrying Chinese President Xi Jinping taken to the skies than the Indian Prime Minister’s was landing. Just like Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accompanied by a very large delegation and immediately set about signing many cooperation agreements. Despite the...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:36pm

Chinese leader’s visit sure indication of ever-growing ties

Rwanda-China relationships will enter a new era tomorrow with the first ever visit to Rwanda by a Chinese Head of State.  For the last couple of decades China has taken an ever visible presence on the continent in an arena that was either dominated by former colonial masters or protagonists...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:12pm

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

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

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

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