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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

EDITORIAL: COVID-19: We should not wait to learn the hard way

The fight against the Coronavirus pandemic is well and truly on. The whole world has been mobilized but not before the virus has left a trail of death in its wake. What is noticeable is that many people on this continent do not seem to take the risk seriously.  The police’s dilemma is...

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 puts the whole world on a war footing

The Coronavirus outbreak has made the world go head-over-heels. Who would have imagined that a tobacco manufacturer, enemy No. 1 of health specialists, could be on the verge of getting a remedy that could save the world? British American Tobacco (BAT), the dominant cigarette manufacturer in the...

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: COVID-19 has opened many people’s eyes

The COVID-19 lockdown has been extended by another two weeks and judging by the situation at the moment, the state of affairs will remain the same for some time. With 84 people confirmed to have contracted the virus, Rwanda should not count itself lucky but rather thank the early preparations to...

Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: There is some good in the virus, indirectly

The most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon, will not take place this year for the first time since the Second World War Because of the Coronavirus outbreak.  It is not the first time that an important sporting event has been postponed. This year’s Olympics destined for Tokyo...

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: A united East Africa can defeat COVID-19

The Coronavirus has proven to be unforgiving for those who disrespect it, Italy and the US learnt that the hard way and they are now paying the price. The virus does not respect wealth or status so the only way to counter it is preparedness and taking simple precautions such as keeping hands...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 12:40 AM

EDITORIAL: Local leaders should not let their guard down at this time

We have started the week with good news; there were no new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday and that some of those undergoing treatment or are in quarantine could be discharged this week. It has been quite a difficult time for many since the lockdown. Some found it difficult to adapt to the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:00 AM

Editorial: Focus and preparedness will defeat the virus

When the lockdown was first announced, it was obvious that some sections of the population would suffer more than most. The majority of casual labourers are what the Chinese call in their country “migrant workers” and they come from the outskirts of Kigali and even beyond. With...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:12 PM

EDITORIAL: Region ought to take COVID-19 seriously

Many countries reacted to the Corona virus differently depending on their experiences. Two countries that had downplayed the threat at the very beginning are now paying the heavy price. US President Donald Trump had called it a Democratic Party “hoax”, a gimmick to regain the...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: At least the virus caused people to think out of the box

Education is one of the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19 with the closure of all schools in the country. The government did not think twice about it because social distancing, one of the best weapon against the virus, would have been impossible. But the problem was how to keep the students busy...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Beware of the COVID-19 conmen

In times like these when the whole world has been brought to its knees when everyone is a candidate to contract one of the most deadly disease outbreaks of the century, human compassion usually kicks in. Complete strangers suddenly show kindness to people on the streets, donations pour in as a...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:57 AM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 is like fire, you don’t play with it

We began this week on a sour note; in just one day, the number of people infected by the Coronavirus had doubled. Now we have our 40th confirmed case. In most cases , the pattern of infection is similar; most patients passed through Dubai so it safe to suspect that the epicenter of the infection...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

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