Editorial

[Editorial] Catholic Church apology still falls short, but a step forward

The Catholic Church has apologised for the role of some of its members in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi that claimed over a million lives. In a joint resolution signed by nine bishops representing all dioceses in the country, the Church apologised for the role its members played in the...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 12:00am

Musanze coop is a good ‘Hanga Umurimo’ model project

A 15-member cooperative in Musanze District is setting business prototype that should be used to redesign the Hanga Umurimo programme currently facing a high loan default rate. Members of Reba Kure Cooperative pooled Rwf35,000 each and invested in buying and selling of produce. As their name...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Ferwafa should draw lessons from Caf censure and move on

It’s regrettable that Rwanda’s journey in the 2015 African Cup of Nations has ended prematurely, in such dramatically unexpected circumstances. The players, the coaching staff and the fans are all terribly upset that Amavubi will not partake in the final round qualifiers after working...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00am

Create conditions that will allow more girls to join UR

A few days ago, Prof. Nelson Ijumba, the deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the University of Rwanda (UR), noted that many female students were reluctant to apply and enroll into the public institution. He said whereas 50 per cent of the admitted students in private...

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Constant innovation is the way to go for businesses

For many businesses, life is routine. Day in day out, one goes about business with no new effort to make better. Eventually, boredom sets in and workers start going about their work with an automated mindset. The assumption that you have everything that needs to be done to attract clients and stay...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Sound economic management the way to go

Many Rwandans have in the last few years seen an overhaul of their fiscal behaviour. They have turned to the sophisticated world of stock exchange and treasury bonds, widely adopted the mobile and plastic money mode of payment.   When many blue-chip companies started listing on the stock...

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

After training, local governments must deliver

Two years and Rwf1.4 billion spent in training local governments, the only excuse for not delivering will be no excuse.  The central government always spends millions of francs in training local government leaders on various fronts from the capital Kigali. However, a new approach has been...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Time for Rwanda Day to come to Africa

The next edition of the annual Rwanda Day is just around the corner. This time the venue will be in the American city of Atlanta, where thousands of Rwandans will converge, exchange ideas and network. President Paul Kagame is expected to attend, yet another opportunity for him to mingle with...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Bottom-up approach will help deepen EAC integration process

Rwanda joined the East African Community bloc in 2009, creating excitement among citizens, especially the business community. Indeed, the admission into the regional community came with a market of 150 million people and that was worth noticing. However, it is regrettable that five years later,...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:00am

World needs common front against Ebola

Following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, many countries have put in place measures to shield their populations from the contagious disease. Neighbouring countries have closed borders with those affected by the virus while others have instituted travel bans. Rwanda is among the latter, all in a...

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Other African regions should follow in EASF’s footsteps

When Islamic militants overran Mali and threatened the capital Bamako, in 2012, member states of the Economic Commission of West African States (Ecowas) promised that they were raising an army to rescue besieged Mali. But that was all it was; empty promises.  It took the intervention of an...

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Unsolicited mail is invasion of privacy

A man in a neighbouring country recently made news headlines when he took a major telecommunications company to court for receiving unsolicited SMS. The outcome is yet to mature, but the plaintiff touched on a sore point. Rwandans have not been spared the nuisance of unsolicited mail, especially...

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Society must address housewife challenges

A new report says most rural women spend much of their time doing household chores that were of no economic value. The report, by ActionAid, an international NGO, says activities like collecting firewood, fetching water, among others, leaves housewives economically dependent on their spouses. For...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

To succeed, fresh graduates should be well-prepared

The whole of this week, the University of Rwanda is conducting its first graduation ceremony a year after seven public universities were merged. By the time all colleges are done with their graduations, over 10,000 new graduates will hit the streets. But will the government or private sector have...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Failure to remit collected taxes is fraud

Rwanda has given herself an ambitious target of attaining a middle-class status by 2020. To realise that, the whole country will need to pull in the same direction. The most obvious avenue through which individuals and institutions can play a meaningful role in this endeavour is honouring their tax...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

A united religious community helps a country to heal and move forward

Religious fanaticism is rocking many corners of the world today, killing in the name of God. Boko Haram, Al Qaeda in the Maghreb and Al Shabab, all claim to be fighting for the establishment of Sharia Law in Africa. The Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS) puts forward the same reasons in their...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:00am

ICGLR should not waste the opportunity to pacify region

Over the last one month, the United Nations and Western capitals have expressed strong support for peace efforts in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The international community finally seems to be realising that the single most important factor behind the cycle of insecurity and human rights...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Local drone maker should serve as an inspiration

The story of a young Rwandan man who is developing drones is one of the best things reported in the media for a long time. It was a welcome development, away from the gloomy news of the “untouchable” militia in eastern DRC, Ebola and the accidents that have of recent taken centre stage...

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:00am

It’s time for exports to soar

THE GOVERNMENT has set out to significantly increase exports volumes and receipts in the short to medium-term. To help achieve that, this week, it entered a performance contract with exporters. The exports deal with the private sector will see government set up an exports guarantee fund to help...

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:00am

Irresponsible use of social media should be discouraged

IF THERE is one human behaviour that supersedes others in this century it’s the attraction to social media. It has defined how people spend their spare time and influenced their behaviour. It has made restriction to communication an obsolete and futile venture but it also comes with its...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00am