Editorial

The soccer ghosts of 2004 are resurrecting

After defeating Morocco 3-1 over the weekend, Amavubi Stars have a real chance of making it to the next phase for qualification to the 2010 Africa, World Cup finals due in Angola and South Africa respectively. Amavubi Stars captain Olivier Karekezi said that nothing would deter them from their...

Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Have some faith, Monsignor!

Archbishop Thadee Ntihinyurwa’s remarks on foreign airwaves that he does not believe in the Rwandan judiciary should - in normal circumstances - have left an aftertaste. Uttering with a straight face, that four army officers arrested in connection with the killing of Catholic clergy in Kabgayi in...

Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 12:00am

Apologies: More potent when timely

It increasingly looks as though 2008 will go down in history as the year in which most big time apologies relating to human abuse were offered. It started in Australia on February 13, when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood in parliament and formally apologised to the indigenous Aboriginal population...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Tougher approach needed for street children school

School of Champions, a newly established rehabilitation and vocational training facility for former street children situated in Rwamagana, is already experiencing problems. Sponsored by a continental NGO - African Evangelistic Enterprises - the project intends to save street children from destitute...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 12:00am

To show or not to show violence footage

Yesterday BBC World showed gruesome footage of the violence in Zimbabwe ahead of the presidential runoff. The picture of a man whose right ear had been freshly chopped off in a style reminiscent of that used by Ugandan terrorist rebel leader Joseph Kony of Lord’s Resistance Army, run alongside the...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 12:00am

Amavubi: All the way to the Africa/ World Cup qualifiers

We said last week on the eve of Rwanda’s match against Mauritania that Amavubi now have what it takes to achieve the 2004 feat when they memorably qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations which took place in Tunisia. For them to relive that glory, together with the whole nation, they need to repeat...

Monday, June 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Food: Just produce more and more of it

As food price battles rage globally, it is good for Rwanda that it is not waiting idly, fidgeting with apprehension and waiting to be bailed out by somebody. The good news special to Rwanda - the government is doing everything possible to check the prices from spinning out of control. The ordinary...

Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 12:00am

UK extraditions: Not all hope is lost, after all

At last somebody somewhere understands that what happened in Rwanda in 1994 is an affair that concerns Rwandans first and foremost. The dark mark on our history was caused by Rwandans against their fellow men and women, and only they can wipe off the smudge. The judgment by a British Magistrate’s...

Friday, June 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda can learn from America’s political maturity

Americans who tag themselves as liberals are almost as many as those who prefer to be referred to as conservatives. But according to one recent poll, these two combined are less than 30 percent of the total number surveyed. Over 70 percent would like to be called moderates. If we are to go by the...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Fast track infrastructure dev’t in East Africa

Two weeks ago, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) budget committee rejected the Secretariat’s budget estimates, citing wrong prioritisation. The committee thought a lot of money was being set aside for spending on travel by officials, conferences and seminars.Whereas it definitely is not...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Commonwealth: Rwanda will get clean bill of health

A team from the Commonwealth Secretariat is currently in Kigali with the duty of making independent, on-the-spot assessment and interacting with government regarding Rwanda’s interest in joining the organisation.  Rwanda is seeking to join the Commonwealth because of the benefit of being part...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 12:00am

KUDOS FOR PARTIES’ ENTHUSIASM ON COALITIONS

The parliamentary elections slated for mid September are just over three months away. Talk by different party officials for now is about the political muscle which they have been able to build since the last elections in August 2003. Whereas we would not expect spokespeople to give negative...

Monday, June 2, 2008 - 12:00am

NGOs should not be milking cows

A recent probe launched by the Senate into the financial operations of an NGO is, to some extent, long overdue. Some people have been able to slip through the legal loopholes and created NGOs that are no less different than cooperatives. The NGO in question is actually an umbrella organisation of...

Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Road to South Africa begins today

A pathetic away record must be dealt with at the start of 2010 World/Africa Nations Cup campaign today if the national team is to have any realistic chance of advancing to the finals of the football showcase. Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars attempt to qualify for a first major tournament in eight years....

Friday, May 30, 2008 - 12:00am

TRY GIVING PARLIAMENTS MORE CONTROL OVER AID

A record 40 African heads of state and government, almost twice as big the 2003 number, are in Japan attending the Tokyo International Conference on African Development. Organised at a summit level, the meeting which convenes every five years is the fourth, the inaugural one having been held 15...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 12:00am

GOOD RWANDA IS DETERMINED TO STAY ON WOMEN TRACK

The bringing down to only five from an initial twelve the number of regional local administrative units – provinces – will not affect the number of women parliamentarians. This is because Ministry of local Government and the National Electoral Commission have forwarded to the Head of State for...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 12:00am

For and Against R2P in Burma

The concept of Responsibility to Protect (R2P)is the new buzz word in international relations. The original idea was that a state had the responsibility of its citizens, failure to which other nations had the moral cover to intervene. This noble idea was to make the international community...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:00am

Giving our culture due recognition is a great service to our heritage

This weekend’s inauguration of the Museum of Rwandan Ancient History, in Nyanza, Southern Province, did not go down with a bang as it should have. It was possibly an oversight by our media fraternity (for not giving it due attention), but they missed a chance of a lifetime to be part of an...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:00am

The “Tigers” should inspire us

If there was anything such as "continent of the century", Asia would take the prize hands on. Three or four decades ago, the thought of South East Asia conjured up images of poverty and rice paddies, America was still engulfed in an ideological war in Vietnam, and the Gandhi /Nehru dynasty in...

Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 12:00am

If Singaporeans made it, why not us?

Like Rwanda, Singapore – the first nation visited by President Paul Kagame on his current four-nation Asian trip – is not known for having significant amount of gold, diamonds or oil. But today, the Asian state is an inspiration to the developed world and a role model to many of developing...

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00am