Insight

#RwandansDecide: The missing link in the term limits debate

It is a noise that was first shouted rudely and presumptuously into Rwanda from far beyond its borders, a means of control, but, now Rwandans must own the question of term limits and turn it into a civilised debate about their nation’s future. “I have been asked this question of term limits from...

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 12:00am

Gender equality: How far have Rwandan women come?

WHILE addressing the summer summit of the Women in Parliament (WIP) Global Forum held in Kigali in July this year, President Paul Kagame said that women’s 64 per cent representation in Rwanda’s Lower House should not be seen as an end in itself with regard to gender equality and women...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Bugesera women reap big from organised cross-border trade

It’s 8 o’clock on a Monday morning. Benine Maribori, 33, watches as three men load her merchandise on bicycles ready for the hour-long journey to the border market in Burundi-Rwanda via Namba border post in Bugesera District.  Nemba is about 60km south-east of Kigali. Maribori,...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00am

Ebola: Trial vaccine to help volunteers

A series of safety trials for a potential Ebola virus vaccine that has claimed more than 1,400 people in the West Africa alone could be set to start as early as September with healthy volunteers from the UK, Gambia and Mali. This project is set to be conducted in phases with trials of the first...

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Managing cancer calls for aggressive approach

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to meet some cancer patients as well as physicians and social workers involved in management of cancer patients in the region. I was impressed with the kind of work in progress and the goodwill to fight one of the most notorious health challenges on the globe...

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Tracing the invisible footprints in a smuggler’s life

“FIRST OF all, my real name is not to be disclosed in your story,” with a stern look and speaking in a heavy Kinyarwanda accent mixed with some French and Swahili, those were the first words of a ‘middle man’ in the trade of smuggling along Rwanda’s porous borders....

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:00am

When women hang on a cliff in search of beauty

IN NEIGHBOURING Kenya, socialite Vera Sidika hit the headlines when she opened up to the media about her 50 million Kenya shillings (about Rwf 350million) skin lightening procedure. In a series of interviews she said it made her feel ‘more comfortable.’  As if that was not enough...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Exploring the new curriculum

The world today is changing, and rapidly. As countries become more interconnected, so are all sectors of life — education, technology, trade among others. It is more common today to see people from all parts of the world seeking employment elsewhere and with the hope that they won’t be...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:00am

City of Kigali development blueprint faces acid test

City of Kigali authorities envisage a more developed and ‘smart’ city that is able to offer basic services to residents and visitors, as well as promote sustainable development and social inclusion. According to the city master plan unveiled last year, green growth, job creation, as...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:00am

Uncovering contraceptives in birth control

Angelique Uwamaye, 37, a mother of five from Masaka Sector in Kicukiro District, says she has had enough children since supporting a big family would be challenging. But one question remained niggling: how would she effectively avoid pregnancy?  The obvious answer would be by use of...

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Here is why you can throw up

Nausea and vomiting are usually two clinical terms that goes hand in hand. This is because nausea can lead to vomiting and the vice-versa is true. These occur as symptoms for an underlying illness. Nausea is the sensation or desire to vomit whereas vomiting is the act of forcible emptying of the...

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Here is why you can throw up

Nausea and vomiting are usually two clinical terms that goes hand in hand. This is because nausea can lead to vomiting and the vice-versa is true. These occur as symptoms for an underlying illness. Nausea is the sensation or desire to vomit whereas vomiting is the act of forcible emptying of the...

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00am

Sugar daddies: How ‘sweet’ are they?

Most young girls want to live a comfortable life, have a well-to-do boyfriend and pretty much anything they desire. Well, that’s a dream mostly, and if there’s a girl out there living such a life, she is either lucky or was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. So, what happens to the...

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:00am

Do we really know feminism?

A POPULAR characteristic among ladies of the 21st century is solidarity; they take ‘having each other’s backs’ very seriously.  One way of doing this is by grouping and then regrouping into smaller fractions in the community with the borderlines of these groups drawn by what...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

How much homework, TV must your child soak up?

With concerns growing over how schools link good performance to academic load, this could be paying off to the schools but not to the children and parents, who always struggle to enroll their kids in the best performing schools regardless of their financial capabilities.   The beneficiaries (...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Will new initiatives turn around exports sector?

Celestin Baranyerese is a mineral exporter. The business requires huge sums of money to run smoothly. Baranyerese, also the president of the Rwanda Co-operative for Miners in Northern Province, has failed to secure funding for the venture. He says he has applied for loans from all the commercial...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Why Ebola is so dangerous

According to the World Health Organisation, evidence suggests the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is vastly underestimated. The UN agency said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months. The numbers of reported Ebola virus cases and deaths “vastly underestimate...

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Too many proteins harmful to health

It is well-known that significant cause of autoimmune-related arthritis is the formation of antigen-antibody complexes that can float in the blood and get deposited into joints, causing inflammation to inflict a discomfort.  Another proven cause of such immune complexes is the leakage of...

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:00am

English league is back but this is why you should keep watching Kagame Cup

Having written this article two days early, I suspect a lot more drama has unfolded in the Cecafa Kagame 2014 Cup. So far we have seen curling free kicks fly past stretching goalkeepers – the best so far was produced on Wednesday by APR’s centre-back, Emery Bayisenge, who sweetly...

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 12:00am

The pacesetters; and they’re only in their 20s

WE ARE way past the era when young women were told that the epitome of happiness and success was marriage and that a woman’s sole place in society was in the kitchen. Ridiculous notions of girls getting an education were only whispered and dreams of girls growing up to be doctors and lawyers...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00am