Editorial

Cup of Excellence equals Country of Excellence?

The coffee bean is coming home and Rwanda is one month away from writing another page in her history books. This is because in August this year it will play host to the first international Cup of Excellence (COE) competition event on the African continent. Perhaps it should not surprise many people...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Ingando: Building the spirit of nationalism

Rwandan youth about to go abroad for studies, together with those already there but currently back in the country, are undergoing a two-week civic education workshop at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako. The workshop, called Ingando and which will be conducted annually, started yesterday with the...

Monday, July 7, 2008 - 12:00am

This is how to triple food production

Agriculture minister Christopher Bazivamo oozes confidence that come next season, the country is tripling its agricultural output. This, despite the land not being “very productive because most of the farmers lack the necessary skills to ensure effective productivity,” as he explained to the...

Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 12:00am

The ‘Arusha Hilton’ is raising an immoral storm

The decision by the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (ICTR) Adama Dieng to grant prisoners – those serving their sentences or awaiting trial – might seem to be a humane act at first glance, but it has raised so much dust that it will take time to settle. It is reported...

Friday, July 4, 2008 - 12:00am

A unified Africa braving the lions

The 14th Rwanda Liberation anniversary could not arrive at a better time – when the nation is celebrating a major breakthrough against its detractors. President Paul Kagame and his Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama are fresh from the African Union Summit in the Egyptian port city of Sharm El...

Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 12:00am

AU right on universal jurisdictions

The just concluded African Union Summit has laid a few eggs. The urge on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to form a government of national unity purposely to accommodate Morgan Tsivangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change is one of them. In light of the fact that Mugabe won the June 27...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:00am

African Union should indict Mugabe

The African Union Summit going on in Egypt has so far not pronounced itself on the run-off presidential elections in Zimbabwe, which took place on June 27 and saw Robert Mugabe claiming a ‘landslide victory’. Morgan Tsivangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, a party which beat Mugabe’s ZANU PF...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Police relations with media needs fine tuning

Some of the institutions in this country are not about to master the media relations formula. Or could it be that they still struggle when it comes to understanding and therefore estimating the role of the media in society? Take for example the Internal Security Ministry which organised a press...

Monday, June 30, 2008 - 12:00am

EAC: Deal with the ‘small things’ first

Last week Rwanda hosted two big functions concurrently – the East African Investment Conference, and the East African Community Heads of State ninth summit. No doubt these were two important events that could have grabbed just as much attention had each one run separately. This is because however...

Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Turning a new leaf as East Africans

Tanzania has always been the epitome of peace and stability in the post-colonial East Africa. It is the envy of its neighbours, particularly in view of how political events have unfolded in individual nations after they acquired independence. Kenya has had sporadic political hiccups over the last...

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:00am

More partnerships will fill human resource gaps

When human resource capacity gaps are a huge problem like it is the case with Rwanda today, working to bridge them becomes the only answer. Therefore the announcement that the School of Finance and Banking, in partnership with William Davidson Institute and Goldman Sachs are going to be offering...

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:00am

EAC conference should be maximally exploited

Rwanda is hosting the first ever East African Community Investment Conference, even when it should be remembered that it has just recently been admitted in the regional bloc. This is a great endorsement of confidence that the region has in Rwanda, and the wishes by many to see it put its past...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 12:00am

Drastic plans needed to save Kigali City

If one was in Venice or Mexico City, one would have a sinking feeling - literally. Probably for Venice, the famous “floating city” with its myriad of canals, part of its sinking problems is caused by global warming and the rise of the ocean levels. But the other problem has been caused by water, or...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 12:00am

We cannot have enough health interventions

Rwanda is currently hosting a team of American doctors who are on a two-week mission to provide training to Rwandan medical personnel, as well as providing specialist advice and treatment to a lucky few Rwandan patients in dire need. A local NGO that promotes community-based healthcare development...

Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:00am

Kwita Izina: Another first-class Rwandan concept

On Saturday the world, represented by a diverse cross-section of people who had come from near and far, participated in the Rwanda Office of Tourism and National Parks (ORTPN)-organised Gorilla-naming, or Kwita Izina ceremony. This is a function, like Swaziland’s famous Reed Dance, or Umhlanga,...

Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 12:00am

Kwita Izina: Reaping the profits of conservation

They will lay out an elaborate programme in true Rwandan style as they perform one of the most important parts of our culture. In normal circumstances, the whole village would be invited to step forward and propose names to the new born baby. But this ceremony has a twist; it is not the usual one...

Friday, June 20, 2008 - 12:00am

Just declare a life-presidency, Mugabe

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe recently vowed that his ruling ZANU PF cannot hand over power for which they shed a lot of blood, to anybody simply because the ballot tally says so. If his message had been published in another newspaper and not the government owned The Herald, it might have passed...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda right to apply Universal jurisdiction law

No one should begrudge Rwanda the intention to indict some foreigners who participated in the 1994 Genocide – especially when the evidence is simply overwhelming.Minister of Information in the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Monday that national judicial institutions were going to explore...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 12:00am

Participatory input good for judicial reform

One of the main points President Paul Kagame emphasized to the current Minister of Justice and Attorney General at the latter’s swearing in after he had been appointed on August 4, 2006, was the quickening of the Judicial Reforms. The President said then that “the reform process should continue in...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 12:00am

Save a life: Aid this ailing heart patient

Eleven-year old Jean Claude Ngirinshuti, son of a father working for a monthly salary of Frw30,000 or US $55 and a jobless mother, is in urgent need of critical medical attention. The boy can no longer eat normally, and is said to be extremely weak. He dropped out of school as a result of an...

Monday, June 16, 2008 - 12:00am