Editorial

Who said we could not dream?

When the NICI plan was first mentioned a few years ago, it sounded like a pipe dream. The plan was so ambitious that NICI (the National Information and Communications Infrastructure, the national ICT policy) that non-believers would have been forgiven if they had called it a white elephant. For...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 12:00am

Enhancing Rwanda’s education efforts through international alliances

Rwanda will from today, be hosting the Africa Regional Higher Education Summit, an international gathering of top academia. The three day seminar attracts scholars from the African continent, the USA and other regions of the world. The significance of such a gathering being held on Rwandan soil...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 12:00am

No room for corruption

The greatest cause of corruption is not just greed but laziness and keeping up appearances. Rwandans should not let these two vices take root. Rwanda is known for her tough stand on corruption. That’s why global investors are flocking here in a stampede to create their niche. Definitely, other...

Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Bravo Kigali City Council

For her efforts and initiatives in keeping the city clean, banning polythene bags and progressive settlement policies, among many, Kigali City Council was on October 2 recognised with the highest United Nations Habitat accolade, the Habitat Scroll of Honour. Rwanda being the first African country...

Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 12:00am

Let’s work at food security with one mind

Yesterday October 16, the world celebrated World Food Day, a day set aside to mark the founding in 1945 of the Food and Agriculture Organisation arm of the United Nations. This year we commemorate this day amidst increasing numbers of people going hungry worldwide. The interventions of the...

Friday, October 17, 2008 - 12:00am

In support of raising hygiene standards

Recently Kicukiro District authorities said enough is enough. Having given ample time to owners of restaurants, motels and lodges to clean up their premises and make them hygienically acceptable, they decided to close those that had failed to abide by public health requirements. This is as it...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Education policy makers need to develop novel curricula

This week Rwanda is hosting a high level international seminar on curricula development. This country is just rebuilding from ruins, and so it is imperative that since human resource is the most valuable asset we have but is in very short supply, education policies, which are the vehicle to...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Camerwa should shift gears to curb wastage

The announcement by the head of the government drug procurement and distribution agency, Camerwa, that they were stuck with expired drugs should make everyone drop their jaws. It is very likely that the expired drugs were a result of faulty planning by those concerned (Camerwa, Ministry of Health)...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 12:00am

No fear of losing French from the classroom

Last week a cabinet meeting decided that henceforth English language would be used as the medium of instruction in schools. This directive goes for higher institutions as well. French has been used predominantly, Rwanda having many cultural influences stemming from its colonial Belgian and French...

Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Stand up for EAC Common Market

With a kind of hide and seek that is beginning to be the hallmark of the common market talks, there is a likelihood that the dream of reaping from a large economic market of over 90 million people, may fail. Architects of East African Community (EAC) Common Market saw it fit to ease some of the...

Friday, October 10, 2008 - 12:00am

Invest more in banana growing

A delegation from Japan is in the country to talk technology, and more specifically, technology to utilise banana stems and convert them into textile. This reads like a Hollywood script – turning a hitherto useless though abundant waste product of one of our most important food crops into...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 12:00am

Vocational schools make good investment, strategic sense

The Nelson Mandela Education Centre in Bugesera that President Paul Kagame opened on Tuesday, could be taken as a demonstration vocational institution. The school, funded by Germans through a non-government organisation known as the Green Helmets, teaches such practical subjects as electrical...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Taking the blame game to another level

Successive governments in DR Congo have always had the bad habit of offloading their self-inflicted woes on others, to the extent that is has become a disease. The song since independence has always been that Congo’s problems are caused by others; if it is not the Belgians and their colonial...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 12:00am

Habitat Award: Another African ‘first’ by Rwanda

Yesterday Monday, October 6, was World Habitat Day, and for Rwanda it was special because Kigali City received an award, the Habitat Scroll of Honour. Kigali is the first city in Africa to receive the prestigious Habitat award since the United Nations Human Settlements programme launched it in...

Monday, October 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Tanzania makes EAC federation hopes brighter

East African nationals are inching closer and closer to full integration, when Tanzania last week scrapped its hitherto strict policy regarding residence status for non-nationals. During the third round of negotiations for the East African Common Market Protocol that was held in the Burundian...

Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 12:00am

Lower fuel prices should translate into cheaper goods

Due to decreasing fuel prices on the world market, the government has announced a reduction on petrol and gas oil prices by 4.761 percent starting Monday, October 6. This directly translates into pump prices for petrol and diesel going from the current Frw924 to Frw880. This is good news for...

Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 12:00am

It is desirous that we get another telecoms operator

The telecommunications industry is set to change its face as efforts to sign on a third national telecommunications operator are in advanced stages. This third operator might come from four international telecommunications companies which have submitted bids to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

One Laptop Per Child: An education revolution

Yesterday the highly innovative and anticipated project, One Laptop Per Child, was officially launched by President Paul Kagame at Jali Club. The project has been running on a small scale, and this has afforded the programmers an insight into how to progress. In August for example, 5000 more...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 12:00am

Earthquake victims’ recovery: Act fast

Following devastating earthquakes in Nyamasheke and Rusizi Districts in February, over Frw5 billion was fund-raised towards the rehabilitation of people who suffered loss of houses, crops and property; in addition to huge losses of infrastructure like schools and health centres. Big corporations...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:00am

Women chip away at ‘disadvantaged’

The results of the poll judges, who are the voters, are out: Rwanda will have more than 50 percent Women parliamentarians. There is an ecstatic feeling around Kigali City about the fact that women have garnered the majority in the next parliament. Whereas there are many who do not know exactly why...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:00am