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EDITORIAL: A united East Africa can defeat COVID-19

The Coronavirus has proven to be unforgiving for those who disrespect it, Italy and the US learnt that the hard way and they are now paying the price. The virus does not respect wealth or status so the only way to counter it is preparedness and taking simple precautions such as keeping hands...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:40 AM

EDITORIAL: Local leaders should not let their guard down at this time

We have started the week with good news; there were no new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday and that some of those undergoing treatment or are in quarantine could be discharged this week. It has been quite a difficult time for many since the lockdown. Some found it difficult to adapt to the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Focus and preparedness will defeat the virus

When the lockdown was first announced, it was obvious that some sections of the population would suffer more than most. The majority of casual labourers are what the Chinese call in their country “migrant workers” and they come from the outskirts of Kigali and even beyond. With...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:12 PM

EDITORIAL: Region ought to take COVID-19 seriously

Many countries reacted to the Corona virus differently depending on their experiences. Two countries that had downplayed the threat at the very beginning are now paying the heavy price. US President Donald Trump had called it a Democratic Party “hoax”, a gimmick to regain the...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: At least the virus caused people to think out of the box

Education is one of the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19 with the closure of all schools in the country. The government did not think twice about it because social distancing, one of the best weapon against the virus, would have been impossible. But the problem was how to keep the students busy...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Beware of the COVID-19 conmen

In times like these when the whole world has been brought to its knees when everyone is a candidate to contract one of the most deadly disease outbreaks of the century, human compassion usually kicks in. Complete strangers suddenly show kindness to people on the streets, donations pour in as a...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:57 AM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 is like fire, you don’t play with it

We began this week on a sour note; in just one day, the number of people infected by the Coronavirus had doubled. Now we have our 40th confirmed case. In most cases , the pattern of infection is similar; most patients passed through Dubai so it safe to suspect that the epicenter of the infection...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Stay at home, avoid panic and don’t spread rumours!

Ever since Rwanda recorded its first case of COVID-19 a little over a week ago, some have used social media to spread misinformation and panic – a tendency with potentially far-reaching negative consequences. As the country does everything possible to avert further spread of the virus it...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:28 AM

EDITORIAL: Sometimes it is safer to swallow the bitter pill against Corona

As part of a raft of measures taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Government announced the suspension of flights in and out of the country and the last flight to fly out will be Turkish Airlines Saturday morning. Rwandans stranded in foreign countries have been advised to approach...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The virus is deadly but it brings out the best in humans

To illustrate just how serious COVID-19, the Hofbräuhaus is closing at the height of the pandemic. It is the world’s most famous beer garden based in Munich, Germany originally built in the 16th century but only began admitting the public in 1828. It is the first time it is...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We should not bend to COVID-19’s will

The latest buzz word in this COVID-19 era is “social distancing” where one keeps a respectable distance between the other. The recommended distance is at least one metre to avoid contaminating or being contaminated by the virus  But the most severe form of social distancing is...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Water and soap and not masks and gloves are key against COVID-19

Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has assured the nation that the seven patients who contracted Coronavirus are responding well to treatment. One thing is for sure; the virus has captured the public’s attention. Sanitizers are to be found everywhere; in shops, taxis and even some...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:25 AM

EDITORIAL: Gov’t crackdown on COVID-19 speculators timely

It all started with a tweet by one, Isimbi Edwuige, complaining of the rip-off by some merchants in the height of the Coronavirus invasion. A pharmacy selling some products under the Oxalis brand was masking bottles of glycerine with labels marked “hand sanitizer”. In less...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:21 AM

Editorial: We had time to prepare for COVID-19, let’s get to work

At last, what we all dreaded has landed within our borders. An Indian national who had recently visited his country was discovered to have contracted the coronavirus infection on return to Kigali. But it has not taken us by surprise and we had time to prepare, what remains now is to test whether...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:39 PM

EDITORIAL: It was high time the hammer came down on defilers

If it was not the fact that COVID-19 has preoccupied the world and for the first time made landfall in East Africa, no other event would have occupied Rwandans’ attention than the mass arrest of sexual offender. Now, if there is one institution that knows how to make a grand entrance, it...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Does it really need to call the cavalry to solve simple issues?

Sitting in a parliamentary committee hearing when government officials are being grilled makes one wonder how things are ever achieved at all. Government officials seem to be always a step behind until they are summoned by parliament to account. In the past, it came to a conclusion that many...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Indeed, regarding Rule of Law, les faits sont têtus

As the French idiom that President Kagame once used in his rare French moment goes: Les faits sont têtus (there is no getting away with facts). There was this popular wall poster years ago that went; “Never argue with a fool, people might not notice the difference”, and today it...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Covering up defilement is the same as committing the act

One would have expected that with all the efforts the government puts in, the harsh punishments in store as well as the awareness campaigns, statutory rape, the act of having sex with an underage child, would not be on the rise. The age of consent in Rwanda is 18 and the legal age for marriage...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 needs more than washing hands

As the COVID-19 outbreak sweeps across the continent, the rush to contain it has reached an emergency level as the WHO warns it could become a pandemic though there was still time to mitigate it. Though Rwanda and many African countries are yet to be visited upon by the virus, back home...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: No better place to be a woman than here and now

20 years ago, male domination in Rwanda was engraved in the constitution. The marriage contract was very specific; the man was the head of the household, period. A woman could not inherit family property because once she was married off and considered to be part of her husband’s family....

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 7:28 AM

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