Insight

Third term: The nightmare of returning to school

“Yesterday (Sunday) I arrived at Nyabugogo Bus Park early in the morning, bought a ticket and was booked for the 5pm bus. But three hours later (after 5pm), there was still no bus for me and the other passengers. We were then told to go back home by the bus operators because it was late,...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 12:00am

Aviation industry continues to fly high despite capacity woes

Rwanda’s aviation sector has come of age. Besides the growing number of airlines that fly out of the Kigali International Airport (commonly known as Kanombe), the sector has embraced modern aviation operations to promote safety.  These and other developments have jolted the Rwanda Civil...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:00am

How Truvada ARVs breed reckless sexual lifestyle

Taking care of an HIV patient can be one of the most challenging tasks but not for Suzan Mukandoli, who did not just sit back to watch her elder brother die in agony. Every morning she would make it a point to dress up his wound on the leg and thereafter administer medication.  On one fateful...

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Why your breath can stink

Mouth is one of the body parts used for communication. As we speak out, we release air from the mouth much as we inhale air from the environment.  Bad smell or sometimes termed as bad breath is usually a communication hindrance in life. The problem of bad breath can be very acute and can...

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 12:00am

It’s redemption time for Amavubi in Afcon qualifiers

Rwanda beat Congo to advance to the final round of the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers. I am one of the many who never believed this was going to be possible. Yes, I must admit. I will take this straight to the chin. Having lost the first leg by 2-0, it all seemed over, but the young lads...

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:00am

The changing faces of women’s hair

“I SHAVED my hair. Well, not entirely but I left just enough to pass a small-toothed comb through. I hate having to sit in a salon for ages with people pulling at my head. It’s ridiculous!” says 34-year-old Edith Mbabazi, a resident of Kacyiru. The ways to tame and maintain...

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Formerly shunned, shoes have now become the in-thing in every school

Olive, while studying at Gasave Primary School, in Gisozi Sector, Gasabo District in the 1980s, was ordered by a teacher to remove her shoes “because they were not allowed in class.” The teacher then told the nanny who had escorted Olive to school to take back the shoes home, leaving...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Big stores embrace online selling to boost sales

For a long time now, eBay, Alibaba and Amazon had been the only one-stop online shops for Internet-crazy shoppers. This is, however, changing as online shopping gets trendy, attracting a huge following across the globe, including in Rwanda, thanks to the proliferation of internet-enabled phones and...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:00am

Do you ever look at the expiry dates of products?

Last week, police impounded several cartons of counterfeit products including mineral water, gins and spirits from a 32-year old resident of Kimironko. However, efforts to eliminate fake products from the market ought to go on as many others go unnoticed despite manufacturers putting in place...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Why exclusive breastfeeding is good for baby, mother

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) started on August 1 and will end on 7th. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. However as Rwanda joins the rest of the world to commemorate this event,...

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Why are Rwandans obsessed with English Football?

No one is waiting more anxiously than a Rwandan for the English Premier League to kick off. Probably even an Englishman isn’t as anxious. When the English premier  league begins, bars will once again start to make money. They will be full to the brim with fans of Manchester United,...

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:00am

Meet the new female faces in cabinet

LAST WEEK, a new cabinet was sworn in after Anastase Murekezi was appointed new Prime Minister. Although women generally constitute 34% of the new cabinet, three of them are making it to cabinet for the first time. They include Judith Uwizeye, Minister of Public Service and Labour, ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

How to utilise the holiday effectively

The holiday is around the corner. And this means students will have time off from the usual school routine to relax and share a great deal of time with family, friends and guardians.  However, from the famed adage that goes; ‘an idle mind is a devil’s workshop’, there is a...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:00am

Brand loyalty could help you grow clientele base

You have probably seen levellers walk out of bars on learning that their favourite beer brands aren’t available. You could also have seen those travellers who say “I only fly by RwandAir”. But have you ever wondered what influences them to take such extreme stances? Brand loyalty...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 12:00am

Hepatitis: The ignored silent killer on the rise

Irene Mutangana, aged 34, felt generally weak and observed that she was passing yellow urine. Without going for a medical check up, she concluded that it was malaria and rushed to buy malaria tablets from the nearest drug shop.  “Usually when I take tablets, I feel much better within a...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00am

Organic nature improves quality of life in Africa

When you move from one hospital to another in western countries you meet many patients with a lot of chronic illnesses whereas the opposite is true in African health settings. There has been a rise in cases of chronic illnesses in African health set-ups that can be attributed to adaptation of...

Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00am

Habineza’s reappointment is a sigh of relief

Joseph Habineza’s return to the Sports Ministry is a development that many Rwandans have applauded. When Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi read out his name in parliament on Thursday as the new minister of Sports and Culture, Habineza received the loudest cheers from fellow politicians...

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:00am

Cervical cancer: Why are women shunning the pap smear?

“A PAP smear, No thanks,” says 26-year-old Mary Kaitesi. It’s the same response when I ask 20-year-old Rose, a university student.  The rate at which  young girls are shunning the Pap smear test is worrying.  Yet it is a harmless test that could save many from...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00am

The trials and tribulations of living with HIV/Aids in school

Although medical personnel always encourage people living with HIV/Aids to disclose their status to close relatives, guardians or friends so as to be accorded the much needed special care, teachers seem not to be considered as close since they are kept in the dark about their learners’ health...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:00am

SMS marketing saves Kamonyi coffee farmers from middlemen

Uwayezu, a coffee farmer belonging to the Karama Co-operative Sacco in Kamonyi District, counts a bundle of Rwf5,000 notes. The elderly farmer has just been paid for the 50kg of coffee cherries he delivered to the co-operative.  Uwayezu can now afford a smile, confident that he will be able...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:00am

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