Editorial

RESIGNATIONS WILL BECOME NORMAL AS WE DEVELOP

The Vice Mayor of Musanze District recently resigned her job and it has made news. Her act came right on the heels of another former public official, Nyanza District Executive Secretary, who quit amid allegations of under performance. The same performance related reasons were cited in the Vice...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 12:00am

GLOBAL PEACE INDEX SHOULD GUIDE INVESTMENTS

In the 2008 rankings report released by the Global Peace Index, Rwanda's position is just below halfway, at 76th, in a table of 140 countries. Without surprise, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan come last in that order, while Iceland, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand are respectively proud table...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:00am

THINK OF A FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY

What Kigali City Council calls routine inspection of food-handling premises is now even more pronounced. Reason is the upcoming East Africa Investment Conference to take place here six weeks from today. Hundreds of high profile guests, including heads of state will descend onto Kigali to...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 12:00am

BRITISH COUNCIL JOY: FRENCH SPEAKERS MAKE GOOD ENGLISH STUDENTS

Fourteen years after getting the first invitation, British Council has finally officially launched its activities in Rwanda, promising to focus mainly on leadership and school exchange programmes, with a heavy dose of English language teaching. This is a shift from the public utility’s traditional...

Monday, May 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda welcomes The British Council

The British Council, a leading UK public utility, has opened operations in Rwanda. It is an organisation that has operations in over 100 countries, and specialises in educational and development efforts, emphasizing innovation in learning and teaching both the Arts and Science subjects. One of...

Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 12:00am

Belgian embassy needs to revise visa acquisition procedures

Rwandans who seek to travel to Belgium require visas, the same for Belgians who seek to travel to Rwanda. But the two have totally different visa acquisition processes through which intending travellers pass. Whereas Belgians can access visa application forms online, fill them without necessarily...

Friday, May 16, 2008 - 12:00am

Global jurisdictions too one-sided

As Israel marked 60 years of existence, world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to congratulate Israelites, but also to exchange views on how to tackle challenges the world community faces. In a forum called “Facing Tomorrow”, globalisation, its pros and cons took centre stage. Our own President Paul...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Genocidaires exporting terrorism?

Suspected Genocide fugitives were at it again three days ago, this time attempting to torch Rwanda House in London, also home to Rwanda Embassy in the United Kingdom. Arsonists yet to be identified or arrested, on Monday night unsuccessfully sought to destroy the mission premises, along with other...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 12:00am

The President is doing his part admirably, but is media helping him?

President Paul Kagame is on a visit to Israel to attend the first annual "Facing Tomorrow" Conference at the invitation of Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. The high profile event is part of a series of activities organized to commemorate sixty years of the rebirth of the Jewish state....

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 12:00am

CLEAR THE AIR, HEALTH MINISTRY

It has been reported that Apotex Inc., Canada’s largest pharmaceutical company will soon ship to Rwanda a new HIV/Aids drug. Apo-TriAvir combines Zidovudine, Lamivudine and Nevirapine, three drugs otherwise administered separately to patients. Apotex plans to dispatch pills to the tune of 15.6...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Never give up the fight against corruption

Africa, and poverty and disease, have become synonymous - not least because we have failed to extricate ourselves from the iron grip of those wretched conditions, and they still hold the greater part of this continent hostage. Depending as to how a politician is disposed, they will blame lack of...

Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 12:00am

Though travelling right road, France can do more

A French Court of Appeal in Paris has maintained that Genocidaire fugitive Dominique Ntawukuriryayo be handed over to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, for trial. Ntawukuriryayo, a former Sous-prefect of Gisagara in Southern Province is accused of ring-...

Friday, May 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Media overhaul was long overdue

A Paris-based media watchdog organisation going by the name Reporters Without Borders, whose French acronym is RSF, posted a report on its website that Minister of Information Louise Mushikiwabo found ridiculous. It castigated her decision last Friday to make it clear to three rabid Rwandan...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Contributing to the press law debate

People who really care about the situation of the media industry in Rwanda and have been craving for a chance to make constructive contribution now can do so. The Press Bill, which seeks to put in place a new media-governing law, is currently under debate in parliament. There are a number of...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Prioritise population growth check

At close to nine million people and with a population density of about 300 people per square kilometer, further compounded by a growth rate that has climbed to an all time high of 3.2 percent per annum - one of the highest on the African continent - we need to do something to arrest this...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Varsities: The era of enterprise begins

Slowly but steadily, decentralisation is taking root in the country, in many more ways than just the generally known local government programmes and development activities. The latest entry into the decentralisation fold is in the education sector, specifically in institutions of higher learning....

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Be tough on errant school managers

Finding out that genocide ideology was rife in schools, serious as it is, will turn out a silver lining in the end. The members of parliament who are touring schools to talk to teachers and pupils alike about the problem, are unearthing more than they were mandated to do, which is a very big...

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Ethics paramount as we demand right of access

Today is World Press Day, a day that was set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in recognition of the media’s contribution towards the development of nations and their people, and explore how best to enhance and better media practice in a quest...

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Better educational standards needed

Fresh from a special day set aside to recognise the labour of millions throughout the world, Rwandans should also do well to reflect on the affairs of their schools as well as children who have just returned to another term of their own version of toil. Among many things to consider is the welfare...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 12:00am

May hard work and fair labour terms reign

Which reflections are to be made on this Labour Day? What should we ask of employers, and what are employees expected to behave like? During a workshop held at Hotel Novotel three days ago, Professor Bernhard Tenckhoff, Director of Operation Safety Management at Kigali Institute of Science and...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 12:00am