Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza

Families in high-risk zones were not expropriated but evacuated

In Palestine whenever a surgery goes well, the family congratulates the surgeon, if it doesn’t, they praise Allah. In Israel when a surgery goes well they praise God, if it doesn’t, the blame the surgeon. In Rwanda too, when a sinister occurs, people praise God, when government...

Friday, December 27, 2019, 12:58 AM

The African pilgrimage in Rwanda

This afternoon, Governor Jean-Marie Vianney Gatabazi of the Northern Province in Rwanda tweeted a picture of hundreds of Ugandans boarding home-bound buses after a pilgrimage to Kibeho, a Catholic holy site in South-Western Rwanda.  A previous tweet shows the same Ugandan...

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Warped personal opinions vs 25 years of rebuilding Rwanda’s justice system

It is a mistake to think that declarations published in foreign media might somehow put pressure on the Rwandan government to exonerate crimes committed by Rwandan citizens.  These articles often define Rwanda as a country with no rule of law, accuse the president of interfering in judicial...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:18 AM

British lawmakers don’t make laws in Rwanda

Kigali — ON Monday, November 4, 2019, members of the British parliament wrote a letter to President Kagame, pleading for the release of former military officers Tom Byabagamba and Frank Rusagara. ‘Have they released Julian Assange whose incarceration a UN human rights group of...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

How Canadian journalists tricked a Rwandan girl to tell a spy story- at her own expense

Two days ago, a Canadian journalist, one Chantal Lavigne collaborated with a Genocide denier Judy Rever and a Belgian chief spy Guy Rapaille to frame a young Rwandan lady seeking asylum in Canada into telling a sensational story — at her own expense. Having gone to Canada for studies, the...

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 12:45 AM

Rwanda: Africa’s green experiment

Reading political economy at university in the last decade, one is undoubtedly thrust into a raging debate on green revolution, between developed and developing nations, with the former asking the later to pursue an environment friendly industrialization, and the latter retorting that it is simply...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:26 AM

AfCFTA: Sealing the cracks in the broken jar

Kigali – ‘Africa cannot just remain a story, about the huge potential that never materializes. Something has to give’ Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and AU Chairperson (2018). On March 21, 2018, an Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU), was held in Kigali-Rwanda, for...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 8:04 AM

The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

A volunteered ‘eye witness’ in the death of late Fred Rwigema was interviewed on ‘Radio Itahuka’ a US-based genocide denial mouthpiece, constructing a conspiracy theory on how the hero might have been killed. Soon after, New Vision, Uganda’s state-owned newspaper...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:54 AM

'Rwigemists of the 25th hour!’

I saw the article on Late Fred Gisa Rwigema in Uganda’s New Vision, again…  The pettiness in the Ugandan polity is amazing, they instrumentalize Rwandan heroes to sinister political ends. Whenever they do something wrong to Rwanda, they glorify...

Friday, October 4, 2019, 4:30 PM

Request to extradite Rwandan citizens to South Africa: A legal opinion

The South African prosecution recently said in the media that they will issue extradition requests of two Rwandan nationals, Ismael Gafaranga and Alex Sugira in order to respond before courts to the allegations of the murder of Patrick Karegeya. This legal opinion canvasses four...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

If the Rwandan government targets its dissidents, who is targeting its friends and allies?

In 1994 in the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi most Western media attention was focused on refugee camps in Goma, Zaïre, where killers, having exterminated Tutsi and burned the country had fled to.  Since western aid follows western media, most of it was focused on that region...

Monday, September 2, 2019, 1:27 AM

Media and their hidden objectives

I was caught up in other assignments when the polemics emerged on the appointment of the new mayor of the city of Kigali, Dr. Pudence Rubingisa. He had not spent 25 minutes at City Hall when the first torpedo from the media was lunched - rather below the belt. Call it baptism of fire! I...

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

Africa has made history: The AfCFTA is in full force!

Kigali –  ‘Africa cannot just remain a story, about huge potential that never materialises. Something has to give’ - Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chair of African Union Reforms. Other than the creation of the organisation of African Unity and the decision to...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 8:22 AM

Western journalists: Angels of the devil

When a western journalist or an NGO pretends to advocate for human rights on the African continent, who do they do it for? Do they demand compassion for millions of orphans and widows of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, killed by a government supported by the French, as the world looked...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s Budget 2019-2020: Debunking lies

David Himbara, in his usually colourful language, criticised the new budget 2019-2020. He says Rwanda isn’t achieving self-reliance because in addition to receiving foreign aid, representing 14% of GDP, Rwanda is taking debts - both domestic and external, making up 32.6%, all amounting to 46....

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

The price of accountability

African colleagues have asked me why Rwanda, a tiny country of 12 million people, has more political opponents living in exile than, say Uganda of 43 million, Kenya of 50 million or even Nigeria with almost 200 million people? Why do you put politicians in jail? I said to them that that’s...

Monday, June 3, 2019, 12:55 AM

False prophets in the Catholic Church

A strange coincidence made it that April 7, the sacred day in Rwanda when we remember our lost ones, was a Sunday. On that day, the Episcopal Conference of the Catholic Church in Rwanda signed a missive which was read in every church, and every mass. The declaration was demanding government to...

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10:56 PM

Fake Genocide survivors must be called out

“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it;” —Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t deny anyone the right to call themselves a genocide survivor. Just like I readily believe...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:54 AM

Kwibuka25: The Rwanda prejudice

Imagine a British girl reading political science at Oxford who writes a rather mediocre thesis on a ‘Truth and reconciliation commission in Zimbabwe’. Her thesis is marked with a ‘pass’, but upon graduation she walks into McKinsey Consult as a partner to manage a hefty...

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:02 AM

The BBC has parked a tank in our front yard

‘You shouldn’t let other people snore next to your bed’, a mandarin maxim goes. Few months ago, the British Broadcasting Corporation officially launched its East African Bureau in Nairobi-Kenya. That East African bureau is the largest outside the United Kingdom (UK), the biggest...

Monday, March 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

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