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EDITORIAL: When push came to shove, Inkotanyi had the last word

There is nothing as satisfying as seeing children born after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi burning with the fire of patriotism. It is a sight worth beholding, realizing that all the sacrifices were not in vain and that it was worth every drop of blood. Going by the many postings on social...

Saturday, July 4, 2020, 12:02 AM

Editorial: Many don’t know good things when they see them

A drive-through Covid-19 testing exercise has been introduced in Kigali. While testing is still free of charge, one can bet their last dollar that if a testing facility was set up in the stadium, few would heed the call. And even if it was made compulsory and a deadline set, one can be sure...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Covid-19 overshadows Independence Day, even in the south

Independence Day in Rwanda was, as usual, an uneventful day despite it being a public holiday but it will be marked jointly with Liberation Day a few days later on July 4. For Rwanda’s twin sister to the south, Burundi, which also received independence from Belgium on the same day, it was...

Thursday, July 2, 2020, 12:28 AM

EDITORIAL: 58 years of independence or 26? It is your choice

Rwanda and Burundi are today celebrating 58 years of independence from Belgium. But what is there to celebrate? Back in the 1950s when many African countries were agitating for independence, there was an atmosphere of excitement. Most pro-independence leaders were harassed or jailed by the...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12:13 AM

EDITORIAL: Some local leaders need to be taken to task

Some people are definitely sleeping on the job and are better doing something else than pretending to work for those they lead. Two very disturbing videos on social media call for stiffer actions, not only against the subjects involved, but the people tasked with implementing government policies...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:13 AM

Editorial: We are doing the right thing about Covid-19, and the world knows

Rwandans tend to go onto panic mode whenever new updates of the Coronavirus are published. They are always waiting anxiously in the evening for the latest and Rusizi and Rusumo have become household names because of their notoriety in reporting new cases on a nearly daily basis. While some of...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We can avoid further lockdowns if we took things seriously

What we had always feared has come to pass, that with the relaxation of Covid-19 preventive measures, it would only need a spark to put metropolitans in the same precarious situation that Rusizi finds itself today. Kigali, and Rwanda for that matter, cannot afford another total lockdown, but...

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: A lot expected from new Ubudehe classification

Many of Rwanda’s gains as far a social-economic advancement can trace their roots to culture. Traditional policies that contributed to social cohesion, solidarity and mutual help were simply tweaked, modernized and applied. One of them was Ubudehe where society came together and helped...

Friday, June 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: This is a time when technology is most appreciated

The tech scene in Rwanda has grown at breakneck speed in the last few years but many people outside the tech world are in the dark. The young players in that field have a knack of keeping low-key or just keeping it among their circles. Most of the technology revolves around developing mobile...

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Digital payments among taximotos best weapon against Covid-19

Just as we thought we were getting the better of the Covid-19 pandemic, some carelessness nearly threw us over the precipice. Unlike in other countries where the major cities were the ones most affected by the virus, in Kigali it was the other way round. Authorities had managed to contain it at...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Opening Mitterrand’s archives could unveil Turquoise secrets 26 years later

A French court recently approved a request to open former President François Mitterrand’s archives regarding Rwanda that will no doubt shed light on France’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The decision could not have fallen at a better time because on June 22, 1994,...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Keeping the Genocide memories and avoiding PTSD is a delicate balance

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi has its own unique traumatic stories. This week was a time to remember families that were completely wiped out then, without leaving anyone behind. Latest figures point to over 15,000 that will never have any descendants. That is how efficient the 1994...

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 8:54 PM

EDITORIAL: Sexual Offenders’ Registry welcome, but it is not enough

There was news trending in Kenya last week that a certain county had recorded over 4,000 underage pregnancies ever since the outbreak of the virus. True to nature, some creative Kenyan created a meme to mean that if underage pregnancies were higher than Covid-19 cases, then the country had its...

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Teachers deserve our appreciation and we should show it

One of the most important professions, teaching, has from time immemorial been the least appreciated. It is a song that has been sung for decades but their lamentations are never far away.  This issue is not confined to Rwanda only, but to nearly all so-called developing countries where the...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Many have Day of the African Child to thank for

For anyone entering into Kigali, from any direction, Sainte Famille church is the first landmark that catches the eye. The more than a hundred-years old red-brick building was once the jewel of the Catholic Church. Adjacent to it is St. Paul, another church establishment. Both occupy a very...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There is a natural mystic (lockdown) blowing through the air

The spike of new infections of the Coronavirus on Sunday coincided with authorities carrying out the highest number of tests in one day. It has always been argued that the more tests are taken, the more active cases are likely to be discovered. That is what happened on Sunday when 3,495 tests,...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

[Editorial] Victoire Ingabire: Wolf in sheep’s clothing

In September 2018, along with over 2000 other convicted prisoners, Victoire Ingabire was granted early release and given a chance to redeem herself. She didn’t take it. It’s tempting to say she’s getting up to her old tricks again. But the search of her house by RIB shows...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Lifting the lockdown lies in your hands

Even though Nkombo is an island in Lake Kivu, it is also one of the sectors that mark Rusizi District on the mainland. It is also the latest centre of attention in the fight against Covid-19 and together with Kamembe, have reverted to total lockdown. Now, whenever new figures are released,...

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 8:17 PM

EDITORIAL: Reopening some services when the risks are still high not advisable

The Corona virus does not seem to be going anywhere soon but it sure has put a scare on many people and countries that things will no longer be the same. One lasting legacy that it might leave behind is the culture of simple, regular handwashing and a major reduction in diseases caused by poor...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 11:05 PM

Editorial: More need to borrow a L.E.A.F from renowned Rwandan scientist

As we continue to closely watch events unfolding in Burundi following the untimely demise of President Pierre Nkurunziza, we keep our fingers crossed. They are sailing in uncharted waters and the dilemma is all too apparent. If Nkurunziza had died before the presidential elections, it would have...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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