Editorial

Tony Blair: Man on a Mission

Since stepping down in 2007 as Britain’s Prime-Minister, Tony Blair, is a man on a mission. In the Middle-East and in Rwanda. Blair’s diplomatic work has included representing the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, made up of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States. He...

Friday, November 14, 2008 - 12:00am

Confessions of a political hit-man

The retraction by key witness, Abdul Joshua Ruzibiza, in the Jean Louis Bruguière, indictments against key Rwandan Government officials is likely to throw the spanner in the works of the case the French Government has so tenaciously pursued over the years. In his confession, aired on Rwanda’s...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda vindicated

In her bid to move on and catch up with the many lost years, Rwanda has worked hard registering tremendous achievements, winning various accolades in her wake. This has been because, among many reasons, of having a focused leadership and a committed people who will not just jump onto any band...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Standing for Rwanda’s ‘hero’ Rose Kabuye

Yesterday, Rwandan’s from all walks of life in their thousands protested in front of the German embassy, against the unfair arrest of the Director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye, in Germany on Sunday. The message at the German embassy, was that this is not about Kabuye alone, she merely symbolises...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 12:00am

Congo crisis: Military path will cause more misery

It was reported, Friday that the Angolan armed forces had joined the conflict in eastern DR Congo. This according to reports is a result of a request made by the Kinshasa government on October 29, when it became apparent that the rebel CNDP had an upper hand in the fighting. Whereas the...

Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:00am

Nairobi II: Is it serious this time?

Yet another round of talks in Narobi, the second in 12 months to try and find a lasting solution to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This time though, the players have increased threefold; with 12 African countries, the UN, US, and the EU all chipping in to see whether the...

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Gender Responsive Budget Program way to go

Rwanda officially joined the East African Community (EAC), in July 2007, an enthusiastic member, currently harmonising her policies and processes in line with those of her sister countries. Among the various areas of cooperation is the alignment of the budget calendar to that of other EAC member...

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 12:00am

Africans should rise to the Obama challenge

Responding to journalists questions on the historic election of Senator Barak Obama, as the first African-American President, at Urugwiro Village, yesterday, President Paul Kagame, implored Africans to rise to the challenge in solving their litany of problems, “rather than expecting him to come and...

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 12:00am

News from Darfur encouraging

On Sunday, the last batch of the 51st battalion returned home from the troubled Sudan region of Darfur, where it has gallantly tried to restore some peace. It was heartening to learn from the battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. Ludovick Mugisha that the troops were effective in their mission in Darfur...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 12:00am

News from Darfur encouraging

On Sunday, the last batch of the 51st battalion returned home from the troubled Sudan region of Darfur, where it has gallantly tried to restore some peace. It was heartening to learn from the battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. Ludovick Mugisha that the troops were effective in their mission in Darfur...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 12:00am

Obama has shunned mediocrity

We enter the week with the very high possibility of history being made. Americans, will go out to vote tomorrow in what has been described as the most high stakes Presidential election. Son of the soil Democratic candidate Senator Barak Obama, will fight it out against the Republican candidate...

Monday, November 3, 2008 - 12:00am

A prayer from DRC: Give us this day our daily peace (and bread of course)

The DR Congo is again in the news for the wrong reasons. The fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands and the provincial town of Goma is full to the brim with thousands seeking shelter, food and security– just the right kind of combination to the world media eager to deliver gory images to the...

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Time to take the bull by the horns

So often, people have very wonderful ideas. And for so many years, these wonderful ideas remain just that, ideas. This, most of the time, is caused by a fear of taking the first step into the unknown and most times, the fear of failure and what ‘people might say’. For many years, there were various...

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 12:00am

If the UN was on the side of the displaced in DRC, it would give them a break

The hills around the DRC provincial town of Goma, have for the last several days, been the theatre of another round of internecine strife. Thousands of people are again on the move, displaced by fighting that they have not had a say in, the tranquility of their hills shattered by the sound of...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 12:00am

China important partner for Rwanda and Africa’s Economic development

Yesterday, Rwanda and China celebrated years of close economic and trade partnership. China took the opportunity to showcase her many successful investment projects in the country, ranging from the first digital TV signal transmission technology in Africa, a project worth USD 29 million operating...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwandan society must deal with Gender Based Violence

Rwanda has one of the most progressive pieces of legislation to do with Gender Based Violence. The Rwandan GBV Act is one of the most progressive legal instruments internationally, as it seeks to demystify and define forms of gender based violence that include; conjugal rape, indecency, harassment...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:00am

Role of military key in post-conflict resolution

The failure in post-conflicts situations to groom civilised national armies geared not just to maintaining security but to foster peace, has often resulted in the sustenance of a mentality that a soldier lives for one thing – military combat. Changing this mentality is what makes the just ended...

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 12:00am

Justice acts in mysterious ways, even at the UN

Two military officers yesterday heaved a sigh of relief when they were acquitted of War Crimes -- they did not commit. Brig. General Wilson Gumisiriza and Major Wilson Ukwishaka fell into the unenviable position of having to answer for the crimes of their subordinates who had pleaded guilty and...

Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda to save more lives, to introduce Pneumococcal Vaccine

Rwanda plans to introduce the Pneumococcal Vaccine into its national immunisation programme by 2009. Making her one of the first African countries; to vaccinate its children routinely against Pneumococcal disease, living up to the old adage that prevention is better than cure. Against a background...

Friday, October 24, 2008 - 12:00am

Help make the country a dream destination, not a nightmare

For the past couple of years, Rwanda, has been chosen as the venue for many international conferences. A week hardly passes without some kind of international gathering. This is a manifestation of trust, both organisational and capacity, that international bodies have in the country. Rwanda is not...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 12:00am