Editorial

Bottom-up leadership style is the way to go

LOCAL LEADERS from the City of Kigali have been asked to embrace a bottom up approach of leadership as a way of ensuring effective delivery of  services. The call was made by the Local Government Minister, James Musoni, on Saturday, while addressing local leaders from the City of Kigali at...

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Good policies are healthy for business

FOR THE last couple of years, Rwanda has been doing extremely well in the World Bank Doing Business Report that has helped attract many foreign investors.  The government has been pulling out all the stops in order to create conducive business environments which have entailed drastic business...

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00am

Savers have braved risks; welcome guarantee fund

What do you do when a bank goes bust? You saved your hard-earned millions and then suddenly, news break that the bank you were relying on for ‘growing your money’ is going into administration. It closes, leaving your lips dry and cracking with stress. Legal battles ensue, but that only...

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00am

The media also needs protection from exploitation

THE INTERNATIONAL Labour Organisation has in the recent past been partnering with members of various professions to better understand labour rights as stipulated in the International Labour Systems. The media was not left behind in the consultations and the biggest irony was that the profession...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Educate the public about municipal bonds

The planned gazetting of municipal bond issuance regulations this month will come as a major step forward in the country’s bid towards self-reliance as underlined in the growth blueprint, EDPRS II. The Capital Markets Authority has finally confirmed that the guidelines will be published...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:00am

New minimum wage long overdue

GOVERNMENT HAS announced it is considering fixing a new minimum wage before the end of the year to replace the one set way back in 1974.  This is good news for workers who have had to contend with an outdated legislation that subjects them to be paid as low as Rwf300 a day in wages. Needless...

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 12:00am

EAC citizens now have a reason to smile

ON FRIDAY, East African Community (EAC) leaders met for the 5th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Nairobi during which they agreed on a wide range of issues, which if implemented, will not only take the bloc’s integration to another level but will have a significant impact on...

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwanda’s media gains are indisputable

TODAY WE celebrate the World Press Freedom Day to hit home the importance of a free and vibrant media in society. The term “Fourth Estate” to describe the media was not just a play of words, but rather a recognition that it plays a major role in nationhood by demanding accountability...

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Financial access key to empowering youth

THE THEME of the just concluded Third Annual National Employment Forum was “Work for self Reliance”.  The philosophy behind the theme is a far cry from the traditional concept of aspiring to be a civil servant once done with school. That was an automatic placement in the days when...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Regional countries have answer to insecurity

IT IS almost two weeks since Nigerian Islamic militants Boko Haram attacked a school in Borno State, in the north-western part of the country and abducted over 200 school girls. The audacity of the attack was a rude reminder that all countries, rich or poor, are vulnerable to similar attacks if...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00am

More interventions to fight unemployment timely

As Rwanda prepares to mark this year’s May Day tomorrow, it’s heartening that the Government is creating more programmes to generate jobs for the youth. The new National Employment Programme  which kicks off in the 2014/2015 financial year is a bold step as it will ensure that...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Amavubi coach job: May the best candidate win

IN TWO weeks the national football team Amavubi will have a new head coach. A committee has been set up to assess a shortlist of more than 20 candidates before picking the right man for the job. The national team coach is a hugely significant job  in a country where football commands a cult...

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Schools should implement feeding policy

AS LEARNERS report back to school for second term today, feeding at school remains a big challenge that needs to be addressed by all stake holders in education. Many schools don’t have a clear policy on feeding for learners while at school. During a leadership retreat last month, government...

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Local investors should join the energy bonanza

Members of Parliament this past week have been grappling with a nut cracker of a problem: reducing the energy bill. It would have been a walk in the park if it all depended on the water and energy utility, EWSA, but that is not the case.  The lawmakers found it unacceptable that the country...

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Thinking big in ICT has started bearing fruits

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES will soon see their historical and bureaucratic dependence on paperwork cut drastically as the government embarks on delivering most of its services online. Vision 2020 that was adopted in 2000 to transform this country into a middle income economy by the year 2020 is well and...

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Climate change mitigation: Let’s stay the course

Rwanda like, just like other countries around the world, is faced with the threat of climate change. Every year heavy rains claim people’s lives, and destroy crops, homes and infrastructure. Experts have warned that disasters across the world are likely to increase over the coming years as...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Close scrutiny of public works a welcome move

There is a famous saying that “Government is the only known vessel that leaks from top to bottom”. This becomes a reality when control mechanisms are wanting and loopholes are easily exploited. One of the main areas that are prone to abuse is public procurement services. It is...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Help the media fight corruption

A group of African journalists has recommitted to stamping out corruption by enhancing their investigative reporting. Corruption remains a daunting challenge to good governance and sustainable development on the continent. The journalists made the resolution after a weeklong training of trainers...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00am

There is no room for sports hooliganism in today’s society

THE SOCIAL and cultural fabric of our society was yesterday dragged two decades backwards through the mire and behaviour too impudent to describe in words. What happened as soccer fans, particularly of Rayon Sports, descended on Amahoro Stadium with stones and other ‘weapons’, must be...

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:00am

Remembrance should not be used to score political points

WHEN A child is growing up, parents play a major part in shaping his or her future. Among the many lessons a child receives, most are on how to fit into society and not be an unnecessary burden to others.To play fair and square and graciously accept defeat is one of the most valuable lessons. But...

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00am