Adam Kyamatare

‘Ode’ to our mothers

The story of Rwanda could be characterised as the story of mothers throughout the country. While all countries are blessed with mothers, Rwanda’s specific history has highlighted the strength and resilience of millions of mothers. The impact these women have had on their sons helps to propel...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:33 PM

My rebuttal to Dan Magaziner's piece on Kagame's Yale speech

Dan Magaziner recently penned a reflective piece about hearing President Paul Kagame’s speech at Yale University. President Kagame had been invited to the US varsity as part of Yale’s Coca Cola World Fund Lecture series and Professor Magaziner correctly expresses that this visit sparked...

Monday, September 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Make smoking a risky and expensive venture

Editor, It is rare that I agree entirely with Sunny Ntayombya on his articles, but here (refer to the article, “Higher taxes will not stop people from smoking” published in The New Times on March 11) he hit the nail on the head. First we have to acknowledge that cigarettes are...

Friday, March 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Journalists are not infallible

ON JUNE 23, three Al Jazeera journalists were convicted in Egypt of aiding terrorist organisations. There was international outcry from human rights groups, foreign government leaders, and near universal outcry from other journalists. There is vigorous debate about whether these journalists...

Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Give the IMF a ‘little’ break

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is easy to attack. Why would one like the people who hold capital and have requirements to release it to countries desperately in need? But perhaps countries should be very grateful that it exists at all. In a world becoming more interconnected and with the...

Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s liberation through the generations

Rwanda’s history has been blighted by a series of events that few nations could recover from; massive ethnic exodus, civil war, and finally a genocide. Rwanda’s cultural identity could be driven by these parameters; after all no one would blame a Somali for framing their identity vis...

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Let’s stop ‘passing the buck’

AT THE exact same moment when Africa is doing so well Africans continue to hold a trump card for any problems by blaming the West.  This includes nation states, historical players or even international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.While...

Friday, June 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Flaws in the criticism of the Brazilian World Cup

NUMEROUS COLUMNISTS, economists, and general soap box preachers, have criticised the Brazilian government for hosting the World Cup.  The basic argument is that in a country with so much poverty the government should focus its spending on other priorities rather than hosting the largest...

Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

What is the fair amount to tax an individual or firm?

FINDING A fair tax regime is quite difficult. There is near universal agreement, even from the most free market economic minds, that people with more money should pay more.  But how ‘much more’, often is up to debate and how to achieve that ‘much more’ is even harder...

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa cannot afford to become complacent

THE SENTIMENT following last month’s African Development Bank annual meeting in Kigali, and the upcoming ‘Africa Rising’ International Monetary Fund meeting in Maputo, is very positive.  Africa has made huge strides over the last decade and stands better placed for continued...

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

The minimum wage is a noble folly

African American Thomas Sowell argued that ‘the real minimum wage is zero’. His argument is that artificially holding up a wage worked against the laws of the market. Increasing the minimum pay that individuals can receive is often on the agenda for legislative bodies, from Argentina...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

‘#BringBackOurGirls’ campaign not a waste of time, it’s impact

Editor, I wish to react to Sunny Ntayombya’s article, “Why #BringBackOurGirls is a ‘waste of our time’” (The New Times, May 14). While social media activism can often simply be people jumping on a bandwagon cause or trying to whitewash themselves of internal guilt, I...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

What a generation of scholarships can do

AN 18-year-old Rwandan entering university today is a member of a gifted generation. This is a generation born after the Genocide; the only Rwanda they know is inclusive, developing and safe.  Often, it is the subtle changes that will have the greatest impact on history; when we look back on...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

An era of disruptive innovation

According to the CIA, 25 per cent of the world’s population is under the age of 15. In Uganda, the average age is between 15 and 16. These youths will never know a world where the internet does not exist and many may never use a landline phone. Disruptive innovation is any innovation that...

Monday, May 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

I see nothing wrong with Rwanda’s exceptionalism

EDUCATION IN Rwanda is a key development pillar and fundamental to the government’s policies. Few economists can argue that education reform has a clear effect on future development.  Something less tangible, but possibly just as important, is a feeling in students of exceptionality and...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Lifting a nation from ashes

In 1990 Rwanda was, if not the poorest, one of the poorest countries in the world. The regime in power had managed to ‘allow’ systematic moments of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi population.  This had seen a huge number of people living as refugees around the world. ...

Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why empowering women is critical for development

MARRIAGES ARE back on the table as a hot button issue. Now marriage has always been a touchy subject because no matter the angle, it takes on gender issues and economics. In this publication this week, Sunny Ntayombya, one of the columnists, addressed the concern of the new polygamy law in Kenya...

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are lower voting rates a good thing?

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT is something that is often exposed as a virtue. In fact, the role of the media is often to create a more engaged and informed population. The assumption here is that if people know more then they will be able to make better political decisions.  However, when one...

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Bonds mean more for ordinary Rwandans

RWANDA ISSUED its sovereign euro bond last year and a few weeks ago issued a treasury bond; many are wondering what this should mean for them. The simple answer to that assertion is that these bonds probably mean more for the ordinary Rwandans than changes in some fiscal policy.  Investors in...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Africa has the greatest entrepreneurs

PROFIT MAKING is often vilified as unafrican. Africans have embraced collective economies as extensions of village culture and rebuffed notion of the profit maker as noble.  However, looking at modern day Africa, one can make a strong claim that not only is entrepreneurship embedded in...

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

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