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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

Editorial: It is your turn to ease the state’s burden

When the first case of coronavirus was first identified in Rwanda on March 13, 2020, the country was quick to act. Incoming travellers underwent screening and suspicious cases quarantined immediately and positive cases were taken for treatment. When the number of positive cases hit 17 within...

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 8:45 PM

EDITORIAL: The seeds of Genocide were sowed long before Kabuga and Co.

Another subject of a worldwide manhunt has been put to rest after the International  Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals(IRMCT)  confirmed that a person they had been hunting died 20 years ago. Augustin Bizimana was the defence minister in Rwanda before and during the 1994...

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: UK and other countries hosting Genocide fugitives are denying victims justice

The arrest of Genocide A-Lister – Félicien Kabuga – in France late last week was a sigh of relief for many, especially survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in which he played a prominent role. But the arrest also ruffled a few feathers, especially in the...

Friday, May 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Kabuga’s protectors need to be known

They were losing the war. The interim government that oversaw the Genocide against the Tutsi after the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana had first retreated to Gitarama in the south. But continuous harassment by the Rwanda Patriotic Army forced it to retreat even further and it set camp in...

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:38 AM

EDITORIAL: A date etched in the annals of RPA’s history

On May 18, 1994, at the very height of the Genocide, the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) that was fighting the Genocidal government army had its hands full and was spread thin on the ground against a much more superior and better-armed force. By now the killings were almost complete as hillsides had...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Things we cannot afford

Although the world is evolving and everything seems to have been globalised, starting from the law, democratic principles, fashion, beliefs and more, the GDP is hesitant to the phenomenon and so many differences begin from there. First and foremost, since the first case was reported in Mid-March...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: France needs to come clean on Kabuga

It was one piece of news that the coronavirus could not bury after luck finally abandoned the most wanted man in Africa, the notorious Félicien Kabuga who has been on the run for the past 26 years. Luck must have had something to do with it for him to elude justice and bounty hunters all these...

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 5:59 PM

EDITORIAL: The virus should not hold countries down

The Covid-19 pandemic had relegated all other things – politics included – to the back seat in the last few months. One of the casualties was the Uganda-Rwanda talks which were interrupted by the virus outbreak. But now it seems the world does not want to be held hostage by the...

Saturday, May 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Poor testing capabilities could be this region’s undoing

There is no more doubt, the hotspots of the coronavirus in this region is the Northern and Central corridors that link the ports of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam respectively. Now, most countries have beefed up their vigilance at borders which have caused a traffic gridlock with hundreds of trucks...

Friday, May 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Fighting the virus begins with us; God is an added advantage

The latest Coronavirus updates from the Ministry of Health points to 11 new recoveries and one new infection. That brings the number of people who have recovered to 164 with 123 patients still in hospital. The fact that Rwanda seems to be steadily managing the pandemic seems to have gone to some...

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The virus needs concerted efforts to avoid a major calamity

Four Heads of State making up the East African Community (EAC) have finally managed to hold a consultative meeting on how to build a common stand against the COVID-19 menace that could soon hit the 2,000-mark in the region. The meeting had been postponed on several occasions as some member-...

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 should not only carry ill-tidings

With all the gloomy news doing the rounds in the media on the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not surprising to see a new epicentre of the pandemic. First it was China before the disease devastated Italy, Spain and France. The United States has been leading the infections and body...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:44 AM

Editorial: Yes, the virus can be beaten, but it needs discipline

The level of irresponsible behaviour in these times of the Coronavirus outbreak is sometimes unbelievable. Despite the strict government ban on travel between districts to avoid the possible transmission of the virus, 25 people were this week intercepted on their way to the Northern...

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11:30 PM

EDITORIAL: Small Pox was eradicated, so can Coronavirus

The fight against the Coronavirus that is wreaking havoc the world over could gain by learning a lesson of a similar pandemic some decades before. 40 years ago, on May 8 1980, Small Pox was officially eradicated but not before killing over 300 million people. During that time, just as is the...

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Saving lives should precede financial considerations

The National Bank of Rwanda has put in place many measures to mitigate the COVID-19 menace that has dented the economies of countries. The latest is the lifting of withdrawal limits in savings cooperatives (Saccos) to cushion members in these trying times. The partial lifting of the lockdown...

Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Students will just have to make the best of a bad situation

The Ministry of Education has released guidelines that answer most questions regarding the remaining school calendar. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, schools were the first casualties for obvious reasons. The Government’s decision to close all schools one fateful weekend took...

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

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