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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

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 not only a threat to our health but our culture as well

The heart of our culture is under attack from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Rwandans are known to be physical types, not those muscular kind but those who love body contact. Our traditional form of greeting is a warm hug as well as shaking hands. It is not rare to find a Rwandan dangerously...

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:32 AM

Editorial: Tanzania shows how to build bridges, not break them

The internet is an active ideological and political battleground and people will not shy away from spreading falsehoods to send their message home. Others will post achievements that nearly always rile the opposite side and which will be sure to trigger a jealous rage, name-calling and outright...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Is Coronavirus following a pattern and was expected?

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has been setting new ground rules and disrupting more as the world tries to accommodate it. Laboratories are rushing to find a solution with both Israeli and Chinese scientists announcing that they were within weeks of finding a vaccine. But in the meantime...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: HRW’s hands caught again in the cookie jar

It is always sensible to be wary of people who always display a “holier than thou” attitude, they usually have skeletons hidden in the cupboard. That happens to be the case of Human Rights Watch (HRW) a self-appointed defender of human rights and morality and yet, as it turns out,...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 12:18 AM

EDITORIAL: Israel/Rwanda denominator: The audacity to try and not fear to fail

Sometimes the answers are right there in front of you but people often times burden themselves with seeking complications. That is one of the many lessons garnered from an interview the Israeli Ambassador had with this newspaper. He introduces readers to a whole new set of values that have made...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Has education finally found the right formula?

The recent cabinet reshuffle and institutional appointments are quite interesting. It is a mixture of proven performance, experience and new blood. Just like in Parliament, women now hold majority seats in the new cabinet. Perhaps the biggest changes that took place were in the Ministry of...

Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Coronavirus makes landfall on the continent, how ready are we?

The Coronavirus danger is becoming so serious that the whole world could soon put itself under lockdown. China, the origin of the virus proved to the world that it had the resources to confront the threat head-on; it built hospitals within days and pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into its...

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Thugs have no place on our streets and people won’t let them

The shocking video spread like wildfire on social media because it was rare to capture a violent mugging on camera, in broad daylight and in one of the safest capitals. A man in an alley is seen approaching a mobile money agent clad in her yellow MTN vest. He goes past the woman then suddenly...

Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Why there is urgent need to rethink banking model

The recent statistics from the Central Bank show that about 421,000 Rwandans successfully borrowed from local banks in 2019. While this comes off as a small section of the population, less than the population of some districts in the country, it’s actually an improvement from the previous...

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New landowners to get much-needed reprieve

Unlike in the old days, today land, and not cattle, is the most precious commodity in Rwanda and the fact that the country has a small landmass makes it a source of most disputes countrywide Smart people saw the demand for land coming and invested in plots whose value have jumped tenfold from...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: “Most overcrowded school” needs special attention

The title itself was quite an eye catcher and it is only once one has gone through “Inside Rwanda’s most overcrowded school” that they pinch themselves to check whether they are not dreaming. So, brace yourself: Groupe Scolaire Paysannat L in Kirehe District in the Eastern...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: When will the education sector find its own feet?

One of the core functions of the National Leadership Retreat (Umushyikirano) is to revisit government policies, and if necessary, redesign them. One such move was in the education sector which came under heavy attack for poor performance and churning out half-baked graduates, The causes for...

Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Cloud slowly dissipating over Uganda-Rwanda skies

Could we be witnessing the beginning of a good ending in the Rwanda-Uganda standoff? At least that is what it seems like as Rwanda’s concerns are finally beginning to get addressed one by one. Hours before the Gatuna meeting, Ugandan media announced that the Ugandan passport of a one...

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Where is the illegal VAT charged on sanitary pads ending up?

A month or so ago MTN-Rwanda CEO threw a challenge that went viral in a short space of time. The aim was to get people to donate smartphones for households without one in order to get access to government services since most of them have gone online. Within a short while, over 35,000 phones had...

Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It is possible to provide students with milk without breaking the bank

At the beginning of the just concluded National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente, while giving a recap of the previous one, announced that of the 57 tasks they vowed to perform, 43 were completed successfully. It is understandable that the first thing on the agenda...

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: What lies behind the Ugandan “goodwill”?

13 other illegal detainees were yesterday, February 18, released by Ugandan authorities in what media houses close to Ugandan intelligence were quick to trumpet as a sign of “goodwill”. Those were the lucky ones, others either died or disappeared in a madhouse or are yet to be...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 1:00 AM

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