Editorial

Lesson from Thai boys’ rescue: we can still be human even in this age

It is a week since the twelve boys of a Thai football team and their coach were rescued from flooded caves where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. Since then, the world’s attention has shifted to other events and those who crave it, perhaps because it bestows on them worth that...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:27am

No, Africa has no share in France’s win; it should carry its own cross

The football World Cup cacophony has finally ebbed except in the streets of Paris where the world champions landed yesterday after a fairy tale ending to their campaign. The euphoria that received France’s second-time win of the cup was tinged with some humour that left a stale taste in the...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 1:21am

Building consensus is the magic bullet to success of cooperatives

Rwandans this weekend met in their respective sectors to celebrate the International Cooperatives Day. Internationally, the day is celebrated on July 7 but in Rwanda, it was observed a week later, to make way for celebration of the Liberation Day. At least three million Rwandans are members to...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 1:43am

Next parliament should strive to outmatch previous one

With the legislative elections just around the corner, political parties are bracing themselves, compiling lists of what they hope will deliver in the voting booths. Rwanda’s parliamentary elections are not marked by excitement and violence like in neighbouring countries; it is every-day-as-...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 8:37pm

Need for our own media could not be more urgent

The past week was not short of stories; good and bad. Tragedy first struck two weeks ago when a team of young Thai footballers were trapped in a flooded cave. International solidarity kicked in place as diving experts flew in from all over the world to lend a hand. Since the incident took place in...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:16am

A few good deeds could salvage a sallied image

For many decades, the Catholic Church held sway in Rwanda. It acted as both a political and religious organ, did not pay taxes yet it was the biggest landowner and had assets covering the country. It owned nearly all the schools and therefore had a hold over future leaders. In short, it held the...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:09am

There is need to urgently adjust the minimum wage

A lot of water has passed under the bridge over the minimum wage of Rwf100 per day that is embedded in the law. The arguments are very emotional wondering how someone could survive if the wage cap was implemented. Luckily, no one earns that little, the market made its own adjustments without...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:59am

Itorero; the secret behind nation building

Another cohort of Rwanda students from the Diaspora is once again attending a civic education training (Ingando). The idea came about some years ago, targeting local students who were about to join university. There was need to instill in them a sense of patriotism driven by Rwandan values. They...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:37pm

The spirit behind the liberation war still exists, in different form

The dust is just settling after yet another celebration of our national liberation from the jaws of a genocidal regime that had enjoyed impunity for three decades. When the liberation war began on October 1, 1990, oppressed Rwandans from all over the world heeded calls to pick up arms to cleanse...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 9:27am

Liberation Day: Honouring those who made sacrifices for Rwanda

July 4, 1994 marks the day Rwanda was liberated from the claws of repression and divisive politics that culminated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. While the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) brought the Genocide to an end, post-July 1994 was a beginning of another battle. Rebuilding the country...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 1:38am

There were only good tidings from Nouakchott

As most people’s attention was riveted towards Russia following what is undoubtedly the most popular game on the planet, as they wiped their tears as their favourite football teams were bundled out unceremoniously, another big show was taking place in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In Mauritania...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:53pm

New leaders should strive to do better than their predecessors

Many districts have been busy this week filling vacancies following a string of mass resignations. It saw Mayors and their assistants calling it quits citing “personal reasons” but it is an open secret that they were nudged out for not fulfilling their duties by being allowed to resign...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:54pm

New VW plant a vote of confidence in the country’s prospects

The first VW assembled in Rwanda yesterday rolled off the assembly line ending a 16-month wait since the project was first announced. With it comes the Mobility Solutions being pioneered in Kigali, which will see the introduction of a car-sharing and hailing service. Rwanda was sending a strong...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:20am

By now cases of stunting should have been history

Stunting has become such a talking point that it was one of the major focus in this year’s World Bank Rwanda Economic Outlook report. Stunting case is more acute in the Southern Province which recorded 41 percent prevalence. What is most surprising is that it is not simply a case of poverty...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:44pm

African countries have more to gain by ratifying the CFTA

“We have to run where others walk” President Kagame, on many occasions, has made that statement that really put into perspective why Rwanda seems obsessed with speeding up development. The country lost a lot of precious time in petty politicking that brought the country to its knees....

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:25pm

With the economy on the right footing, something good is in store

The country’s financial institutions have reasons to smile after it was reported that the economy had rebounded after starting very poorly in 2017. This first quarter it has registered a double-figure growth of 10.6 percent thus continuing the growth pace of 10.5 percent in the last quarter...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:59am

Caring for children is a collective effort

Rwanda marked the Day of the African Child this past weekend with a call for collective efforts in raising children. There was also a call to support the setting up of Early Childhood Development centres. While the day of the African Child has its roots in South Africa, the need to support the...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:09am

Freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution, but within the law

The Islamic community yesterday ended the Holy month of Ramathan with the usual prayers. One message from the Mufti - the head of the Muslim community - that stuck out was the return of unity among their sect. In the past few years, Rwanda was not spared by the infiltration of extremist Islamic...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:57am

Poor organization is African football’s woes

The Kingdom of Morocco yesterday lost its bid to be the second African country to host the 2026 Football World Cup. A troika of Canada, Mexico and the US won day and will jointly host the event. The World Cup is a prestigious event and financially fruitful for both hosts and FIFA. The hospitality...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 8:15am

Ignorance is fueling the “Visit Rwanda” noise

Rwanda’s advertising deal with famous English football club, Arsenal FC, raked up a lot of unnecessary noise. Most opponents of the deal were either ill-informed, could not understand how a “poor” country could pull it off or it was just a matter of sour grapes. The patronising...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:47pm