Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Rwanda’s open border policy is such a blessing for tourism

There has been so much depressing news doing the rounds lately. In Uganda the medical workers have put down their tools demanding better pay. As usual the government is playing tough in this high stakes but familiar game of who will blink first. This back and forth between the medics and the...

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tour du Rwanda and the spinning wheel of a country’s identity

In the world of communication there is something we call pre-testing. Here, the reception towards a given message is put to test using a sample audience with the aim of predicting how it will likely be received when eventually rolled out to the general audience. I have to point out though that this...

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Who will redeem schools that double as polling stations?

As the year draws to an end, it is safe to say that the news cycle in East Africa has been dominated by the never ending political cycle in Kenya. In Kenya it is pointless to gazette a time for politicians to start campaigning before a general election. They are always doing just that and using...

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gahanga Cricket Stadium captures Rwanda’s bouncing spirit

This week I chose not to comment on events in Kenya. They are saddening and yet I had already set myself up to be in a good mood as the days drew close to a momentous event in Rwanda. The launch of the much anticipated Gahanga Cricket Stadium. Many of my friends love to label me as one not keen on...

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Somalia and why we have to keep up with our brothers

When the leaders of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania sat down to revive the East African Community, they seemed to have set off on a more ambitious path than their predecessors. This is because, soon after they got the EAC back on track, they started listening to voices of those within and outside who...

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

What do they mean by, "The law is very clear on this"

Language is one of those things that continue to fascinate me. I guess being a child of two different ethnicities means the linguistic interest kicks in much earlier when your relatives from both sides keep trying to fix your vocabulary and more importantly your pronunciation of certain words....

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Reflections on what independence and teaching mean in this age

Self determination is an important right that often clashes with the fear that comes with trying to alter international borders. In recent days, the people of Cataluna (Spain) and Kurdistan (Iraq) have been putting this to test once again. Closer here, tomorrow Uganda will be celebrating 55 years...

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Policymakers urgently need a lot of reverse mentoring

When we were younger we often heard phrases like, ‘education is the key to success.’ Another common one was, ‘knowledge is power.’ The weak point of our education system has often been the inability of educators to break down the why and how of some of these things. Why is...

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Nambia and Wakanda are still better than that country called Africa

In the recent days we have been treated to those annual photos of our leaders posing alongside the occupants of the White House in the US thanks to the fact that the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York bringing together so many world leaders. Every year at this event, we tend to look...

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

We can plan for our cities without scary words like 'ban'

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi has a new boss in the form of Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko. Sonko’s political career is one of those that should probably be part of discussions in university lecturer rooms where political science is taught. A few years back, I used to entertain myself by looking...

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Domestic and regional tourism is a diamond in the rough

Following events around the region can sometimes sink your heart and consequently make the writing of this column a painful exercise. We all know how bad news always makes the front page so it is hard to ignore. It leaves us with questions and heartache as to whether tomorrow we shall be...

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kenyan judges only reminded us of the bigger picture

A new cabinet line up was announced and sworn in Rwanda as per the requirements of the constitution. Many were surprised that the new Prime Minister was a face they were not familiar with. Others even pointed how young he is at only 44 almost making me look up the definition of young in the...

Sunday, September 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Dear fresh graduates, you will need fresh thinking to survive

These are really interesting times. Our brothers and sisters in Kenya are now getting ready for the court petition phase of their election. The lawyers are burning the midnight oil while keeping a keen eye on their bank accounts. Also at the same time, the country is a bit disturbed with...

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Elections shouldn’t bring life to a standstill in this region

The month of August in Kigali has reached the part I love the most. It is that time when, starting from Assumption Day, the rains come back to ensure that I get to see more of my favourite colour, green. You see the dry season around here can be quite hectic. The grass loses colour and where you...

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

What I didn’t hear from Rwanda and Kenya elections

In Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) eventually announced the results from yet another highly contested general election that saw eight candidates aiming for the top office while others went for gubernatorial, senatorial and other lower public offices. The elections...

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda teaches us that geography is not an electoral limitation

The results are already out for the presidential elections held on August 4, 2017 and yes they were swept by the incumbent President Paul Kagame of RPF-Inkotanyi by over 98% leaving his opponents, the independent Philippe Mpayimana and Green Party’s Frank Habineza to share the rest. I waited...

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Here are the winners of the campaign trail in Rwanda

Five days from now, Rwandans will queue to vote for the person they prefer to lead them for the next seven years. Shortly after that the Kenyans will do the same and if you are to peep down south, you will notice that the Angolans will also get to elect the person who will take over from the long...

Sunday, July 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Short powerful messages from Jack Ma to the youth

The atmosphere (sounds better than climate) around Kigali and other areas is currently more of a celebratory one far from what others may want you to believe. The campaigns for presidency have clearly added colour to the streets. However it is also good to mention that life has not stopped because...

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kenya really needs a credible election for peace to prevail

2017 is already past the half way mark and moving towards its most important moments as far as East Africa is concerned. The region is set to have two general elections held in the same month. The elections in Kenya and Rwanda are actually only four days apart with Rwandans going to the ballot on...

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Young people have to earn their political space

When President Paul Kagame graced the studios of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency TV he was asked to expound on the comments he had earlier made urging young people to join politics. As expected, the question came from a young person. In a country like Rwanda where young people have been given a chance...

Sunday, July 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

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