Editorial

Burundi-Rwanda: Plotting an economic revival

President Kagame’s trip to Burundi has opened a new chapter in relations between both countries. For the every first time since both countries got their independence from Belgium in 1962, relations between both countries have gone beyond rhetoric and are now based on shared values and needs. Ever...

Friday, August 22, 2008 - 12:00am

‘Triple E’ good traffic guide

As with the ABC (Abstinence, Being Faithful and Condom use) strategy adopted worldwide in fighting against the HIV/Aids pandemic, Rwanda should welcome and embrace Traffic Police Superintendent Robert Niyonshuti’s innovative ‘Triple E’ strategy meant to sensistise drivers to drive safely on the...

Friday, August 22, 2008 - 12:00am

Our IDs for multiple functions? Beautiful!

A few days ago this newspaper ran an editorial deploring the low levels of applying technology to develop our economies and making life easier. It was pointed out that the most we can go is rave about the internet, but we have not done enough to harness the limitless potential of Information and...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Mixing culture, art and development

For a continent that has got the unenviable reputation of being copycats of the western way of life in everything, from political to social and even impossible economic lifestyles, Rwanda has cultivated a niche for following programmes that are homegrown. The success story of Gahaya Gifted Hands...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Silkworms: Use out-grower schemes for top production

Usine Textile du Rwanda (Utexrwa) has invested an equivalent of Frw2.8 billion in developing a silk textile industry in the country. This money has been sunk into remodeling a cotton textile mill to produce silk thread, importing appropriate machinery, and developing 25 hectares into mulberry tree...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 12:00am

Let us become smart in ICT use

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind about the seriousness of making this country an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub in the region. The nation’s leaders have not only spoken about it, but also made policies that favour the development of this sector; and they are many. For the...

Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:00am

Help this cooperative with your technical assistance

A rural cooperative is in dire need of assistance. Tuzamukane Food Cooperative in Nyamata, Bugesera District, is seeking technical assistance to make it realize its objectives of producing enough food for district consumption and the country as a whole. With over 100 members, Tuzamukane dabbles in...

Friday, August 15, 2008 - 12:00am

Give Rwanda custodianship of ICTR archives

The Open University of Tanzania, together with the East African Law Society, is organizing a consultative meeting on August 16-17, to discuss where the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) will be located after the tribunal winds up its activities in 2010. Amongst the...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 12:00am

The sky is the limit for the next Parliament

The current Parliament will sit today for the last time as it gives way to the next one slated to be voted in a month from today.The last Parliament has sat and passed the test of time. Its tenure has set the limits high which its successor will be hard-pressed to achieve or surpass. With over 290...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 12:00am

We should police ourselves to keep clean environment

A booming, albeit illegal, trade in polythene materials, notably packing bags was busted a few days ago by a joint operation between Rwanda Environment Authority (REMA) and the police. It has been flourishing near cross-border posts from neighbouring Uganda, and bread sellers have been identified...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 12:00am

As parliamentary aspirants apply, mark their credentials

Beginning today until August 21, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will receive applications from people who are interested in campaigning for parliamentary representation. These nominations will see all interest groups fronting their candidates for political competition, including political...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 12:00am

Reducing unnecessary roadblocks way to go

Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga last week directed Kenya’s Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security to reduce the number of weighbridges found from Mombasa Port to Busia border post, from 13 to two, by the end of this year. This is clearly in response to President...

Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 12:00am

Africans should believe in themselves, even in the face of bigots

It is very interesting to read comments in the international media and on internet chat forums on the recent release of what has come to be known as the Mucyo report on the role allegedly played by France in the 1994 Genocide of Tutsis. The line has been drawn in the sand, much to the displeasure...

Friday, August 8, 2008 - 12:00am

France not adequately bothered about bilateral relations

The only surprise in France’s statement of denial about its widely known role in the 1994 Genocide is the assertion that it is committed to not souring further bilateral relations with Rwanda. Surprising because it makes reference to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s December 2007 meeting with President...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 12:00am

Both Rwanda, Commonwealth to benefit from relationship

In a consultative meeting organized by the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit yesterday at Hotel Novotel, all indications were that Rwanda’s accession to the Commonwealth as the 54th member state was a done deal. Judging from the confident presentations made by the two ministers of Foreign Affairs...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Afraid, or embarrassed on behalf of France?

Should the publicising of the report detailing the role of France in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide wait for the implicated country to make progress towards restoration of good relations with Rwanda? Should the decision to use the report as basis in any legal action against France put into consideration...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 12:00am

France on Mucyo’s scales for all to see

Findings of the inquiry into the role of France in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide conducted by a commission led by Jean de Dieu Mucyo are being made public today. Commission officials have been tight lipped, resisting various appeals by the nosy media to release the said findings. The inquiry exercise...

Monday, August 4, 2008 - 12:00am

The law is kind to encroachers

The recent evictions of people from land earmarked for developmental activities was received with mixed feelings from different classes of people, some tagging them as brutal, while to others it was long overdue. Specifically, the evictions targeted kiosk owners and residents of that part of Kiyovu...

Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Rwanda leadership wants a vibrant media

Every month the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, holds a press conference to which many accredited journalists both local and foreign, are invited. In a free and completely unrestrained manner, journalists engage him on matters of national, and sometimes even personal, importance. They ask...

Friday, August 1, 2008 - 12:00am

RPF cannot turn away genuine suitors to its ranks

As parliamentary elections draw closer, every political party is putting together plans for winning seats. The official campaign being as short as just 20 days (August 25–September 15), a lot of the ground work goes on ahead of time. In the race there will be stronger political parties than others...

Friday, August 1, 2008 - 12:00am