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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

EDITORIAL: We must build on financial inclusion progress

In May, the Ministry of Finance released findings of the 2020 Finscope study which showed progress in financial inclusion with 93 per cent of the adult population, up from 89 per cent in 2016. The adult population was estimated at around 7.1m Rwandans (aged 16 and above) The study, conducted by...

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Making peace with the truth is the only way

About 80 Rwandans who were being held illegally in Uganda were Monday safely returned to Rwanda following a virtual meeting between Ugandan and Rwandan officials facilitated by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola. The targeting of Rwandans in Uganda, their arrest, torture and...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Covid-19 tally needed to keep people on the toes

Every evening Rwandans wait with bated breath for the latest updates on the coronavirus. They applaud when more people recover or no new infections are found. The update has captivated many and they cannot go to bed before getting the latest news to the point of it becoming an obsession. The...

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 7:47 PM

EDITORIAL: Corona has changed everything. Did motos learn anything?

The smiles are back again on the faces of taximoto operators, but most importantly, their clients were more than happy to see the motorbikes weaving through traffic again. Motorcycle taxis are the most convenient means of public transport in the region. Rwanda has over 60,000 operators and half...

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 12:10 AM

Editorial: Kabuga’s rendezvous with Arusha gets closer

Felicien Kabuga, the man who once carried the unenviable label as the most wanted man, must be a very grumpy old man these days. Having to deal with the protective wall he had built around him for over two decades and seeing it tumbling down must have been very difficult to deal with. With...

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: We are containing the virus but keep all hands on deck

The Rwandan government on Tuesday night took bolder steps to further reopen the economy, allowing taxi-motos to return to the roads and inter-provincial travels to resume. The initial plan was to lift the two restrictions on Monday, June 1, but a cluster of new Covid-19 cases in the western...

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 12:50 AM

EDITORIAL: What was behind the recalled diplomats’ gesture?

Yesterday coincided with the 26th anniversary of the liberation of Kabgayi which briefly served as the headquarters of the fleeing Genocidal government. It was also the seat of the Catholic Church in Rwanda and for that reason was under media scrutiny. For the few Tutsis who had survived...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 12:02 AM

EDITORIAL: Toying with spreading the virus should be sanctioned heavily

When we thought things were going back in place, when transport across the country would resume, when the love-hate relationship with taxi motos would be rekindled, the bombshell landed. People would have to wait another 48 hours to know whether the anti-Covid-19 measures would be relaxed. It...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 12:10 AM

Editorial: No, it was a Genocide against the Tutsi

Most of today’s generation is not familiar with the Walkman, an item that was trendy with the youth three decades ago. Music players were bulky items that most times served as furniture. So, for the first time, Sony came up with a miniature cassette player with earphones that someone could...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 7:12 PM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda’s successful peacekeeping operations informed by badexperience

Rwanda’s relationship with international peace keeping efforts is a mixed bag. During this period of the year in Rwanda, UN peacekeepers conjures up memories that many would like to forget. When the liberation war began on October 1, 1990, the Rwandan government forces suffered serious...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: More info needed on proposed charcoal-free Kigali

When it comes to conserving and protecting the environment, Rwanda does not mince its words. In the last few months, it has caused quite a few tears, especially for people who constructed buildings in marshlands. People were given enough time to vacate but turned a deaf ear, they thought it was...

Friday, May 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Are taximotos ready to hit the road?

Motorcycle taxi operators are said to be the most unruly sections of Rwandan society. They are brash, undisciplined and the source of chaos on our roads. But despite all their shortcomings, today they are the most missed lot and many people would rather bear with their madness than miss them on...

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Despite their Genocide enthusiasm, Kabuga and Ntaganzwa were classes apart

This week and the last have been quite something as far as the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is concerned. The world’s most wanted man, Félicien Kabuga, was finally nabbed after a quarter century on the run. Hi co-accused, Augustin Bizimana, was the Minister for Defence before...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rayon in the news again for all the wrong reasons

One of the country’s biggest football clubs, Rayon Sports, is in the doldrums again, but most importantly, Sadate Munyakazi, who was controversially ousted as club president yesterday, has landed in hot water again. Yesterday he began the day by writing a long letter to the Head of State...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

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