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Editorial: Only DR Congo has the chance of silencing the guns this year

When Callixte Nsabimana who calls himself “Sankara” was first arrested in May last year, it was the beginning of the end of the armed group that goes by the name FLN. It is the armed wing of a loose coalition headed by Paul Rusesabagina and Faustin Twagiramungu who are based in...

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rusesabagina and co’s game slowly coming undone

Two separate but related events took place yesterday: In the town of Nyanza, the High Court Chamber of International Crimes was deciding whether Callixte Nsabimana, alias Sankara, should be court martialled similar to some with whom he shares the same charges. Nsabimana was a spokesman of the...

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Distorting the Genocide will not get far

It was a small victory, but a victory all the same. The widespread indignation was because a French publishing house had touched a raw nerve. Larousse has been in existence for over 100 years and is best known for its dictionaries and encyclopaedias and other reference books. Despite being a...

Friday, January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Sewer, the best news of the decade

This town might not sink after all. There has been an ongoing joke that Kigali might one day be transformed into one giant sinkhole. The reason being that in the absence of a sewerage system, every building is obliged to provide its own septic tank. From time to time the tanks are emptied but in...

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 12:41 AM

EDITORIAL: Musanze domestic-abuse case casts a shadow over local government

There is a distressing photo doing the rounds on twitter. It is the very image of savagery at its worst. The photo is that of the back of a woman’s head in plaits, but half of the hair is missing after it was uprooted by brute force by her husband. The man was a Deputy Mayor of Musanze...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kibeho Basilica is a smart economic move

It would be quite an impossible task to separate Rwanda from the Catholic Church. At one point in time, the Church and the country were inseparable. In fact, at one time the head of the Catholic Church in Rwanda was also a member of the Central Committee of the ruling party until he was forced to...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Police-Church partnership key to behaviour change

More than half of Rwandans are Catholic faithful while the Church is also a major partner in provision of social services such as education and healthcare, owning a significant number of schools and health facilities nationwide. The influence of the Catholic Church in Rwanda goes as far back...

Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:15 AM

Editorial: Kudos to UR for listening and taking action

Early this week, this newspaper touched on problems faced by fresh graduates because of the delay in getting their degree certificates due to several issues, one of which is that they are printed in Europe and come out months later. Some of them missed job or scholarship opportunities because...

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Nothing like beginning the decade on a sound economic outlook

The verdict is out, just as expected, Rwanda’s steady economic growth is getting even stronger, according to the World Economic Prospects report published by the World Bank. In the past whenever the country posted positive results, not everyone has welcomed the news. Some even go to the...

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: No one chooses to become a refugee, but it’s your choice to help them or not

Norway is the only developed country that has done anything to relieve the suffering of some of the refugees who were evacuated from Libya and are now accommodated at Gashora Transit Centre. Not only has it donated close to Rwf 3 billion to the exercise, but it has also committed to taking in...

Friday, January 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Results speak louder than words

Anything Rwanda tends to suscitate a lot of emotions, both for and against. On the home front is what one can call a crack unit that has vowed to bring the new Rwanda to the world, to dispel every piece of wrong narrative peddled on the net, mainstream media and academia. They are always up in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Education should not be static in the age of innovation

Many parents with school-going children, during this time of the year, have only one thing in mind; to see the end of January. Their spirits are low and the pockets even emptier after a festive season combined with a back-to-school flurry, but they are thankful that they managed to go through...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: What next now for RNC and co. in South Africa?

Members of Rwandan opposition and armed groups operating in South Africa are at crossroads; as of January 1, the Refugees Act, which took effect then, bans them from engaging in political activities. It is quite a big blow for the likes of Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC group that had found the...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Connect Rwanda challenge will propel us to a digital society

The Ministry of Defence and Rwanda Defence Force are among the latest institutions to throw their weight behind a campaign to provide unconnected Rwandans with smartphones, pledging a combined 2,000 locally made smartphones on Friday. Launched just last month, the Connect Rwanda Challenge seeks...

Monday, January 6, 2020, 1:04 AM

Editorial: Walloped in the Congo, Rusesa and Twagira turn back to fiction

One can never fail to believe the extent to which very many westerners, even the most educated ones, are easily taken for a ride. To be taken through the same circle of lies several times but fail to uncover a con game beats all logic. But when it comes to believing in fiction, Americans take...

Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: How far are we prepared for another world crisis?

Just as Rwanda was tying the loose ends as far as its security was concerned, alarm bells are ringing elsewhere and some powerful nations are a step away from going at each other’s throat. Up to now, they had been fighting proxy wars in foreign lands, each supporting the other’s...

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: As schools reopen, encourage children to read

Schools will start reopening today to a new academic year and the first term packed with various activities including switching back to the English language as the medium of instruction in lower and upper primary. Therefore as the schools reopen, parents, teachers and learners alike will be...

Friday, January 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Farewell Vision 2020, welcome 2050

The party plates and cups are back in storage, the floors have been swept and everything put back in place. A few hangovers here as should be expected a day after Rwanda’s favourite festivity – Bonane (New Year). The fireworks were spectacular; the President gave another pep talk to...

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:07 AM

EDITORIAL: By all indications, 2020 should even be better

The New Year is here and with it comes a new decade. The past year has seen many changes, most of them positive. Many challenges were thrown towards the country’s direction, and against all odds, managed to meet them head-on. The past decade has not been a lenient one, but it marked a...

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Gender in action; Girls’ schools shine in national exams

National examination results for Primary schools, O’Level as well as Teacher Training Colleges are finally out.  It is a sure bet that candidates did not fully enjoy the festive season as they were fraught with worry, apprehensive of the results. The pass rate of 87 per cent was a...

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

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