Editorial

There is no place for bigotry in this country

A popular Kigali night spot has kicked up a twitter storm and it will be interesting to see how it ends.  A visiting Zimbabwean lady was reportedly refused entry into the night club. On what grounds? She is albino. The minute she vented her frustration over social media, it spread like...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 2:25am

Africa’s future will depend on innovation, not empty words

At the ongoing Africa Innovation Summit taking place in Kigali, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente announced that a National Research and Innovation Fund would be launched next week. This comes against a backdrop of African countries waking up to the need to keep up with the developed world by...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:53pm

Adopting improved mining practices will bring in top dollar

During the recent visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, one of the many areas of discussions was cooperation in mining. Ten years ago, few believed that Rwanda was awash with several minerals Coltan, Gold, wolfram tin, to name but a few. The widely spread belief was that the country was...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 5:31am

Congratulations to Bona, Team Rwanda Cycling!

Rwanda Cycling Federation has masterminded another victory. This time around through 25-year-old Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, fondly known as Bona, who won the 15th edition of Tour du Cameroun yesterday, to become the first Rwandan to win the annual UCI-rated race. Team Rwanda swept all three top...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:41am

Cyber laws are necessary but need careful navigation

Countries in the region, especially Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, have in the past few weeks been grappling with how to tackle the internet that has been seemingly getting out of control. The measures and motives by individual countries vary, but the bottom line is that the cyber community...

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 5:04am

Reducing middlemen in healthcare beneficial to the end user

One area that Rwanda has greatly improved in the last two decades has been healthcare, especially in the areas of child and maternal mortality and HIV. Most of the success was brought about by innovative health measures such as increasing the numbers of healthcare workers in far-flung locations...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:21am

Bad leaders should be exposed

As the new Mayor of Kigali was being sworn in over the weekend, the whole leadership of Bugesera District was heading for the exit door. They were yet another lot of leaders who had resigned “for personal reasons”. That has been the trend, many leaders suddenly caught up in “...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 5:58am

Time to crack down hard on crooked bailiffs and their accomplices

There is never a day that passes without seeing auction notices splashed within our pages. Many are posted on behalf of banks due to non-performing loans. Nowadays, bailiffs have cleaned their act and no longer announce the names of the owners of the property, something that usually backfired on...

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 5:04am

A new resolution that is bound to spin heads

A new UN resolution that seems to have escaped the attention of most mainstream media is bound to open Pandora’s Box in many theatres, especially in conflict zones. On May 24, the UN Security Council approved a ban on the use of starvation as a weapon of war. This ruling will particularly...

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 5:25am

Africa should strive to get it right this time

When the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was set up on May 25, 1963 there was a load of hope among many African leaders. Many countries were still having teething problems experimenting with independence. Africa at that time had some heavyweights such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Kwame Nkrumah...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:37am

Visitors should be lured out of the city, but they need a reason to

When Rwanda set its sights on becoming a MICE (Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events) hub on the continent, many thought it was just another gamble. How would it wrestle the market away from the likes of South Africa, Kenya and North African countries that have always had the lion’s...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00am

Women are indispensable partners in development

On Sunday, the world celebrated Mothers’ Day. In Rwanda, mothers and women in general are evolving in a conducive gender environment and making important contributions to the country’s development. But that was not the way things were before far-reaching gender reforms; for instance,...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:05pm

Commercial farming can’t go hand-in-hand with archaic traditional mindsets

It seems like meat, fruits and vegetables produced and processed in the country are not good enough for most of the major hotels. Most prefer to import food from other African countries such as Kenya or South Africa. Sometimes they even venture beyond the continent. With over 10,000 hotel beds...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 11:42pm

Women should not allow to be treated as sex objects

Recently, the African Union (AU) secretariat came under fire from women groups who accused it of sidelining women when it came to filling decision making positions. At a time when we are talking of gender parity and it being one of the pillars of the Agenda 2030 and 2063, the AU should be the last...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:08am

ICTR’s successors still have time to do the right thing

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, a body set up by the United Nations to tie the loose ends of the Rwandan (ICTR) and Yugoslav (ICTY) international tribunals, is still trying to get its footing right. It would be an understatement to say it inherited an international mess that...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:43pm

Independent notaries welcome but there is need to exercise caution

This week saw, for the very first time, the swearing-in of independent notaries. With the first group of over 900 already approved, it will mean that a district will have an average of three notary officials on top of the existing ones. Authenticating documents in the past was a very tedious and...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 3:44pm

Good, the youth are disrupting the digital status quo

Judging from nearly every speaker at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit, there is a lot of optimism in the air as far as embracing digital technology as a tool for economic advancement is concerned. The fourth edition of the summit, being held under the theme, “Accelerating Africa’s...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:32am

Reforming the education system needs a sturdy broom

Overhauling the education system has been the country’s priority when it turned out that most graduates churned out were not ready for the job market. The reforms were wide-reaching beginning with English being made the teaching medium, a move that many teachers were slow to adopt. English...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:57pm

Refugees may be having it tough, but they are not above the country’s laws

For the last couple of months, a well-orchestrated unrest has been disturbing the peace at Kiziba refugee camp, home to over 17,000 Congolese refugees They fled their homes in eastern DR Congo and some have been refugees for as long as two decades. What began as protests over food cuts by the UN...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:06am

Setting free University of Rwanda best decision

The Government has again proposed changes regarding University of Rwanda (UR) five years since the major changes that saw the merger of seven institutions of higher learning to create six colleges. After the merger, teething problems began to arise; financial woes set in and even paying lecturers...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:02pm