Editorial

A big lesson from rural Rwandan women

A few years ago, regional water bodies came under siege. Water Hyacinth attacked from nowhere, literally creating a green carpet that extended beyond eyesight. Lake Victoria, the largest water body in the region and the source of livelihood for millions, was nearly chocked by the water weed, that...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:17pm

Turning over Belgian colonial archives wins the day

It was quite an eventful week; when the whole world’s attention and leadership was in New York, it was definitely not a good time for President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. He was in the glare of the world’s scrutiny for possible sexual misconduct in his youth that has...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:35am

Good service delivery needs commitment

Close to 200 members of the local administration from all over the country are holding a retreat to identify challenges and streamline their operations. Ever since the decentralization program was initiated, local entities took on the core responsibilities of the central government. The sudden...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:17pm

Religious manipulation should not be tolerated

In March 2000, Ugandans woke up in shock and disbelief when 778 members of a sect led by Bishop Joseph Kibwetere were found dead in Kanungu District in Western Uganda. They were members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a breakaway sect of the Catholic Church. It...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:11pm

Kennedy warned 57 years ago, but still the UN does not learn

New York this time of the year is akin to the Tower of Babel; restaurants are packed to the roof with a multitude of languages and spices it the air. Business is good. As had been predicted by some earlier, Trump’s speech left behind a trail comments, threats against Iran, China’s...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:21pm

RCI will take knowledge sharing to a new level

A few years ago, Rwanda embarked on an ambitious plan to phase out thatched houses. At first it seemed like an impossible feat, but persistence and commitment won the day. It went a bit further by giving out iron sheets to the most vulnerable and helping to build houses for them, especially during...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 3:37pm

The new Parliament should not be trapped in old ways, the page has turned

The new-look Parliament swears-in today with some of the big names that have dominated the last two or three terms making way for new blood. Previous parliaments met with a lot of challenges but slowly by slowly they managed to wade through. Today there is no lack of equipment or facilitation,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:48pm

The Dutch ought to be ashamed of spreading denial

Amsterdam University Press is about to cross the Rubicon of Genocide revisionism. It is joining a growing number of revisionists who use the cover of intellectual works to perpetuate a version of history they know is not true. They do so in order to mislead people and sanitise the image of...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 1:41am

Climate change is upon us, it’s not a myth

The world’s weather patterns seem to have gone bananas. Hurricane Florence has unleashed her anger off the Eastern Coast of the United States but it is still too early to assess the extent of the damage. But early images show the eastern part of the US is under water which will likely be the...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:29pm

The ignored gender equality issue

The terms gender equality and women’s empowerment are used almost daily as part of target setting for organisations and governments across the globe. Countries find themselves being judged by the number of women who are elected as part of the governance structure of the country and...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:37am

Need to take extremely generous deals with a pinch of salt

Pyramid schemes come in all shapes and sizes. They are perhaps the smartest scams ever invented because victims volunteer. With more than a third of the over 800 million hungry people found in Africa, it is a natural hunting ground for all sorts of pyramid schemes. But despite many schemes...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:44pm

HIV/Aids interventions paying off, they should be scaled up

Fighting the spread of the HIH/Aids scourge has been one of the country’s major priorities. About a quarter of a century ago, the epidemic had reached such proportions in the region that a town in a neighbouring country was completely wiped out. Many charlatans cropped up, taking advantage...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:14pm

Amavubi have all it needs to win, they should pull out the stops

Amavubi have all it needs to win, they should pull out the stops Rwanda national football team, Amavubi (Wasps) has another opportunity of putting their sting back in the game as they face Ivory Coast tomorrow seeking to qualify for the African Cup of Nations finals next year. They were unlucky...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 10:26pm

Agricultural finance is the continent’s only salvation

The East African region is endowed with good weather all year round. It has abundant rainfall and very few natural disasters apart from the occasional floods and isolated landslides. In short, it is ideal for agriculture, the mainstay of its population. In the Middle East and Mediterranean...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:29pm

[ Editorial ]: FOCAC loans are not toxic but transformational

As the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) enters into its second day, the noise that China is out to grab Africa is still polluting the airwaves, though, thankfully, the drama surrounding President Trump and his trade wars and former associates have managed to drown it out. The chorus...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 7:50pm

The demons of the Genocide ideology are very much alive

A small but significant incident happened this week in Belgium. In fact, it would have gone unnoticed, especially in Rwanda, if one of the key players did not carry an infamous name with a sordid past. Gustave Mbonyumutwa is the grandson of Dominique Mbonyumutwa, Rwanda’s first president and...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:30pm

Equal opportunities for all is what drives this country

Residents of Gisagara District are in seventh heaven following a pledge by President Paul Kagame to give them their first tarmac road. One would be forgiven to think that a 14-kilometre road is not something to write home about, but it is big deal to residents. Now that the relevant government...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:45am

The ghosts that haunt Butare need to be exorcised ASAP

Butare town, the once bustling centre and bastion of education in Huye District in the Southern Province, is an old shadow of itself. It was once the country’s centre of learning having been home to the National University of Rwanda and several prestigious secondary schools, including the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:35am

Addressing issues in the education sector needs haste

During the drafting of the 2013-2018 Education Sector Strategic Plan, several areas were identified as major challenges. One was increasing access to all levels of education, especially rural-based and disadvantaged children and improving the quality of education. One challenge that stood out was...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 3:06am

RDB should not rest on its laurels despite stellar achievements

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has just released its annual report and it did not disappoint on all fronts. RDB has been an important cog in the country’s development wheel and managed to attract investments worth $1.67 billion that created close to 40,000 jobs in 2017. Four years ago the...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 9:08am