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Editorial: Mitigating effects of COVID-19 is not just about protecting the economy

The images coming out of Burundi are very worrying. At a time when the whole world is under lockdown and social distancing is the key word, in Burundi they have thrown all caution to the air and it might come to haunt the region in future. In Burundi it is business as usual as the country...

Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It is not the end of the road for poultry farmers

The Coronavirus infections in the region this week passed the 1,000-mark and brought cross-border truck drivers under the spotlight for being the main cause of the spread. Now member-countries are in talks to put in place a coordinated policy to contain the pandemic though individual countries...

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: 200 COVID-19 infections? No need to panic!

The number of COVID-19 infections this week surpassed the 200 mark with 16 new infections thereby bringing the total number of cases to 207. For a country that is used to reporting single-digit cases daily, the news should be alarming, but that seems not to be the case. For some time now,...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 12:35 AM

Editorial: Scaling up testing measures region’s only salvation

As the pressure of the coronavirus continues to pile on many economies, many countries’ resolve to ride out the virus is starting to wane and are starting to ease their preventive conditions. Some are finding it difficult to control their populations’ adherence to the social...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:14 PM

EDITORIAL: Happy Ramadhan to all Muslims despite COVID-19’s interference

About two billion Muslims Friday began the holy month of Ramadhan, one of the five pillars of Islam that calls for a month of fasting during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is meant to renew their awareness and show gratitude for God’s grace. This year, Ramadhan, just like the...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:21 AM

Editorial: Ease the state’s burden by staying safe

As we stretch into another month of the COVID-19, people have gotten the hang of it and are taking it in their stride. Social distancing is already part of life and it is being practiced subconsciously; instincts simply kick in when one meets an acquaintance, there is no longer that automatic...

Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Embrace face masks and use them properly

The Government has added wearing of face masks to a long list of measures designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The move came after it became clear that countries – especially in Asia – that required their citizens to wear face masks had made impressive...

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Making the best of a bad situation

Many people do not know the extent of their abilities until they are put to the test. The best results occur when they are squeezed into a corner when it is a matter of life and death. Today, many survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi passed through that stage of survival, where they...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The virus is at your door, help fight it aggressively

Kigali’s Central Business District has never been known for its vibrancy unlike other neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city, especially Nyamirambo or Remera. The coronavirus has made things even worse; the city looks like a ghost town apart from the occasional vehicles. While there...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:19 PM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19: Africa’s survival depends on it

It is still too early to gauge the success in the fight against COVID-19 in the country but no stone has been left unturned. The only obstacle, like many other countries, was a shortage of equipment. It was a phenomenon that was yet to be understood and the rumours and conspiracy theories that...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 3:01 AM

Editorial: While some are fighting the virus, others are fighting their demons

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the world’s media sphere. Everyone is running helter-skelter trying to contain it, some with success while others have more or less raised their arms in despair. Rwanda has managed to keep it under control even though the tracking of possible...

Friday, April 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: EAC needs a bold Covid-19 strategy

As the global coronavirus cases fast approached the two million mark on Tuesday, April 14 – with more than 125,000 deaths worldwide– health authorities in Rwanda announced seven new cases taking the country’s tally to date to 134. While the new cases will have dashed many...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kwibuka26: Official commemoration has ended but remembrance continues

The weeklong official commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi may have come to an end Monday, April 13, but remembrance is something we will always practice, individually and collectively. Indeed, as is always the case, Genocide commemoration activities will last the entire duration...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Documenting our tragic history key to preserving national consciousness

More than a million people lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the fastest genocide in recorded history. Twenty-six years later, the slaughter remains an indelible mark of our collective memory – and will forever be the case. The majority of Rwandans –...

Sunday, April 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Let’s hope Africa’s urgency to strengthen health infrastructure lasts after COVID-19

Whoever bewitched The Democratic Republic of Congo did not take a day’s rest. That person has been working overtime since the 1884 Berlin Conference when it was gifted to King Leopold II as his personal fief. The atrocities and pillaging of that county by the king are well-documented and...

Saturday, April 11, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Still a long way to go in the fight against Genocide ideology

Yes, it is the season when the worms come out of the woodwork. Those are none other than Genocide deniers, perpetrators – and for the last few years – their offspring that have taken over the mantle of their parents. It is difficult to comprehend what drives that kind of hatred; the...

Friday, April 10, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Blaming Coronavirus shortcomings not the answer

COVID-19 is truly a pandemic in the real sense. When it first broke out in China, it was immediately labelled “a Chinese virus”, but it did not take it long for it to prove the world wrong. China put in place strict and stern measures, especially in Wuhan, the initial epicentre where...

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1:29 AM

PICTORIAL: Kwibuka26 in pictures

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame lay a wreath in honour of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi during the official 26th Commemoration Ceremony at Kigali Genocide Memorial.  President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame observe a moment of silence in...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 1:57 AM

EDITORIAL: The post-Genocide generation is the country’s hope

There is this belief that Rwandans fear rain more than anything else. In fact, it is more efficient in confining people than the threat of COVID-19. It only needs a few drops to see people scampering in all directions seeking shelter. However, there is another section of Rwandans who are only...

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 11:27 PM

EDITORIAL: 26 years after the Genocide, Rwandans have learned to take the upper hand

Even today, it still begs for comprehension, that 26 years ago, in the hills of this country, a madness never seen before was unfolding; a human instigated lunacy. Within one hundred days, the lives of over a million people had been snuffed out under the glare of the world’s media and...

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2:27 AM

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