Editorial

Interpol can do more to apprehend genocide fugitives

IN THE just concluded international conference convened by Interpol and the Rwanda National Police on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Intepol explained the challenges they face  in tracking down, arrest and helping in deportation or extradition of international crime suspects...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Kizito’s case is for the courts

The indictment this week of popular musician, Kizito Mihigo, and four others, seems to have elucidated all kinds sentiments; from the outright dismissal of the charges against him, to expressions of shock and dismay. The youthful Genocide survivor had touched many with his moving songs on...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:00am

Agric players should intervene to save coffee sector

FOR THE last six years now, Rwanda’s coffee sector has suffered from the effects of the ‘potato taste’ defect. The potato taste defect, which researchers say is caused by an insect pest, the antestia bug, compromises the quality of specialty coffee on the global market, while the...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s keep the Kwibuka Flame burning

THE SEVEN-DAY national mourning for the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi ended on Sunday, even as commemoration activities will run until July 3, the eve of the Liberation Day.   In line with tradition, the official commemoration week concluded with the public paying...

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s collectively reach out to trauma victims

AS WE continue to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, cases of trauma across the country are on the increase. This is a situation that is understandable especially for the survivors and those who lost their loved ones.  Remembering the despicable slaughter...

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Ombudsman should seek bigger fish to fry

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman this week published a small list of people who were convicted of corruption last year as part of its name-and-shame campaign. While the Ombudsman’s move is commendable, and its exercise to weed out corruption has the support of all stakeholders, this year’s...

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Rwandans look up to the Norways, not France

From July 4, 1994, the shaken and grieving Rwandans did not immediately demand for justice. Even where they called for it, it was to remind the world that the justice they sought was owed to them. Justice is an inalienable right, and for a people ravaged by mass slaughter of their kinsmen, maimed...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Media should respect Genocide commemoration

There have been concerted efforts to awkwardly demean and even desecrate commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi. This has been the practice for the last 19 years where revisionists – and they are not few – take advantage of the heightened media...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Let’s continue to dream big

In his Genocide anniversary speech on Monday, President Paul Kagame gave a moving tribute to all Rwandans, particularly the survivors, for graciously letting go of the bitterness from the horrific events that engulfed this county two decades ago, and joining in the campaign to build a new Rwanda....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00am

France’s attitude regrettable

AS the world joined Rwanda in remembrance of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, yesterday, France did the unthinkable. It withdrew from anniversary events in Kigali just because it had been reminded of a hard truth. They became uncomfortable that Rwanda and indeed many around the...

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Genocide: 20 years later, Rwanda is a proud nation

AS RWANDANS today begin the official week-long mourning for the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, they can take solace in the fact that they have never been prouder of their country and more hopeful for the future.  Twenty years ago, this country was plunged into total darkness...

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Good roads will open rural areas to investors

A THREE-PHASE World Bank project to upgrade rural feeder roads kicked off on Thursday with the signing of a $45 million financing agreement between the government and the bank. This is the first phase of the $60 million funding the World Bank is providing under a grand project to overhaul rural...

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Electronic drug delivery system a step worth the kudos

THE MINISTRY of Health has rolled out the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS) to cut the red tape and ensure more efficiency in drug delivery.  Like Dr Anita Asiimwe, the state minister for public health and primary healthcare, said, having a system that enables timely...

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:00am

CAR can be saved from a tragic end

MANY EVENTS are taking place in the run up to commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Among them was the International Conference of Prevention of Genocides that took place in Brussels this week. The significance of it taking place in Belgium should not go unnoticed; not only was...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 12:00am

We can make school curricula responsive to labour market needs

OFFICIALS AT the Rwanda Education Board (Reb) have announced that the body will soon roll out new curricula that are competence-based.  They say the proposed syllabi will lay more emphasis on life skills and general knowledge as opposed to theoretical knowledge we have been accustomed to....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 12:00am

EALA bickering a costly distraction

The ongoing internal strife in the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) following an attempt by some members to impeach the Speaker, Margret Nantongo Zziwa, is a highly regrettable and costly affair. Both sides of the divide insist they have legitimate reasons to stick to their guns, with those...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Financial literacy campaigns can help banks stem bad loans

LAST WEEK, the central bank announced that it had held its key repo rate unchanged at 7 per cent, in part to support “expected economic growth recovery” by sustaining increasing credit flow to the private sector. Credit to the private sector is projected to rebound this financial year...

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 12:00am

The spirit of Global Umuganda should prevail

TODAY, as a mark of solidarity with Rwandans as they commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi, many around the world will join the Global Umuganda drive.  Many from diverse backgrounds and cultures from the four corners of the world will be at the rendezvous where...

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:00am

EWSA inefficiencies too unRwandan

EFFICIENT IS not an adjective synonymous with public service agencies. There is always a level of efficiency but never a definite. That is why a certain degree of lapse in service delivery or running of operations in parastatals can be overlooked. However, when an agency that rations water from...

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Stakeholders in DRC should walk the talk

SIX HEADS of State this week met in the Angolan capital, Luanda, to re-examine the situation of negative forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Among the key outcomes was a decision to impose political and economic sanctions on all negative forces operating in DRC, among them...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00am