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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

EDITORIAL: Au Secours! Our education is sinking!

The education sector has received more than its fair share of bashing in the local media for some time now, and most of the time the fair criticism has led to change for the better. But that was just window dressing. At the ongoing National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero) education has been top...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It has been a busy week no doubt about it

It has been quite a busy week with Rwanda Environmental Management Authority reminding Rwandans that they should start parting ways with single-use plastics. Small scale outside catering firms will feel the pinch as the plastic cutlery, cups and water bottles will be shown the door forever...

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 6:00 AM

Editorial: A lot expected from Umwiherero

All roads lead to Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro, Gatsibo District where all sections of the population will be represented in a three-day National Leadership Retreat (Umwiherero). It will be the 17th time the event takes place in what has been an annual fixture on...

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 9:31 PM

Editorial: Driving test facility will help check graft

There is need to demystify the process of acquiring a driver’s permit in Rwanda. Obtaining a driver’s permit in this country is a very competitive and strict process that for many years has been fraught with corruption. Historically, with education being a privilege of a few, the...

Friday, February 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda receives clean bill of health as an investment destination

Rand Merchant Bank is a subsidiary of the FirstRand Bank, a South African firm involved in investment and corporate banking. Its financial services are highly sought and when it speaks about investing in Africa, everyone listens because the group always has its finger on the pulse and never...

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Ankle monitors for prisoners very timely

Rwanda’s penitentiary system is still trying to recover after coming under extreme pressure in the last two decades and a half. Most of the prison infrastructure dates back to colonial days and previous administrations did little to improve them. The sole purpose of incarcerating people in...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Karma finally catches up with a “clever” journalist

A celestial envoy must have visited the heads of BBC Africa French Service in Dakar, Senegal, last week. It fired one of its journalists, a Congolese national by the names of Jacques Matand who had produced an interview with a very well-known denier of the Genocide against the Tutsi. The BBC has...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Robotics and programming initiative a timely boost for Rwanda’s devt ambitions

For some time now the Government of Rwanda has been implementing a development agenda anchored on the skills and knowledge of the citizens. But for human capital to drive economic growth you need to create conditions that allow for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive. That...

Monday, February 10, 2020, 12:36 AM

Editorial: FERWAFA-Rayon Sports row not good for the game

Rayon Sports is by far the most popular club in the country. Although it identifies itself mostly with its ancestral home in the Southern Province, Nyanza to be more specific, its following is countrywide. Its fans are the noisiest and the most excitable just as they are the best customers for...

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:36 PM

EDITORIAL: Rwanda’s leadership code is not just cosmetic, it bites

Most Rwandans woke up on Friday morning with the news that two cabinet ministers had tendered in their resignations. For the former volatile minister in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, the writing was on the wall. A few days ago, he became an internet sensation when he was outed on...

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: We can deal with the locusts later; but first, let us save our topsoil

The biggest threat for this region is not the Corona Virus but the possibility of widespread hunger. Not because of lack of rain – only God knows we have had more than our share of recent – but a biblical fear factor; locusts. Right now, swarms have ravaged Ethiopia and Somalia and...

Friday, February 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Qatar–Rwanda deal another vote of confidence

Rwanda is flying high at the moment, literally. And as expected, it is rubbing the usual suspects the wrong way. Last year we had to contend with a lot of noise over Rwanda’s tourism sponsorship with Arsenal FC, the noise quelled when the deal bore fruit beyond expectations for the Visit...

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: New terms for mining firms a positive step, but more needs to be done

Artisanal mining is one of the riskiest occupations in Rwanda, with many workers having lost their lives over the years due to failure by mining companies to observe safety standards.   However, there has been a renewed effort to turn things around in the sector – which is largely...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There should be no burying heads in the sand over teenage contraceptives

Sexual reproduction education was always a key lesson for adolescents in schools. Some of the young learners would give embarrassed giggles when the organs were mentioned, because to most, it was forbidden territory. In most African families, any mention of sex is taboo so sex education was left...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:11 AM

Editorial: Luanda has to prove it can deliver peace

Ugandans and Rwandans’ eyes are eagerly turned towards Luanda, Angola, where the Third Quadripartite Summit takes place on Sunday, February 2. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed. Will something concrete come out of that meeting finally or are we in for another disappointment?...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:35 PM

EDITORIAL: Robust response best weapon against Coronavirus

The whole world is on edge over the Coronavirus outbreak that found everyone unprepared, but it was the manner of the response that distinguished the big boys from the novices. China by far takes the medal, otherwise who else builds a thousand-bed hospital in less than a week? It was a feat only...

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:17 AM

Editorial: A country of villains is not devoid of heroes

Tomorrow we are celebrating Heroes’ Day and God knows this country has no shortage of them and villains alike. If there were medals for villains, Rwanda would sweep the medals table because this country has been home to quite a number of monsters ever since independence. But it has also...

Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: The long-awaited smartcard needs to be revived

Rwanda Social Security Board has introduced a service which other service providers should have done ages ago. Soon it will be possible for one to use their national ID when accessing medical services instead of the usual RAMA insurance membership card. One might think nothing of it at first...

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12:28 AM

EDITORIAL: At long last, Meteo gets it right

Rwanda Meteorological Agency has at last retrieved its forecast reputation by correctly warning the public of the current heavy rains. In the past, its predictions were a laughing stock and subject for jokes, but this time it is the toast of the town because its forecast helped save lives....

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

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