Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Ignorance of education issues is a threat to the future of learners

This week I thought I would be writing about the politics in the region especially in Kenya and Rwanda where general elections are slated for the month of August. In Kenya the politicians are out of the blocks traversing the vast country convincing people to wake up on polling day and vote for...

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Packaging regional tourism around shared attractions

For a while now, regional tourism bodies have been trying to crack the formula of domestic tourism. They all agree that it is crucial for the industry to survive instead of depending on the western travellers who disappear the moment their governments issue a travel advisory after a terror incident...

Sunday, June 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda Day is a well executed concept worth emulating

This past week has had my head in a tailspin especially regarding the global news mill. What a week it has been. United Kingdom’s Prime Minister got bruised by an election she called hoping to strengthen her party and ended up losing more seats and giving the headline writers a field day....

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kenya's Madaraka Express is indeed a train of thoughts

About two years ago, I was on luxury bus from Nairobi to Malindi. These buses are dubbed luxury mainly because you are given a bottle of water as you set off, you can recline your seat and stretch your legs and in a few cases you can connect to the free wifi and spend time liking random Facebook or...

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Looking forward to the day the SGR becomes a boda boda

The first time I had to travel outside Uganda, my country of birth, it was with a Jaguar Executive bus in 2005. In those days, the buses plying cross border route were not as many. You either used Jaguar or the state-run ONATRACOM. Jaguar was also not as big and you just needed to know your time of...

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Food shortages are a case of one step forward, two steps back

When it comes to shortages of basic things the week goes weak. One of the best ways to ruin the day of a breadwinner is by starting their day with that nagging reminder of things that have run out in the home like groceries, gas, and prepaid electricity among others. Sometimes the head of the home...

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda and Kenya now doing tourism the ‘Sitya Loss way'

Rwanda continued to surge ahead as a top MICE tourism destination with yet another huge conference being held in Kigali – the Transform Africa Summit 2017 that brought together several heads of state, big shots in the world of technology and enthusiastic tech savvy young (and some old) people...

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda can now claim a place in the wildlife big league

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge just proved why long distance running should be renamed the Kenyan league with a terrific run that almost reduced the marathon time to under 2 hours! This is the same guy who holds the title of Olympic marathon champion. He is now going against time because competing...

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

The Kenyan election that will be more about the next one

As the week drew to an end many Kenyans and those who follow political events in the region’s biggest economy found themselves in that awkward situation where your friends organise a surprise party but one of them leaks the secret and so you are left with the challenge of acting surprised....

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

We have to fix the basics if we are to thrive as a region

When things seem to have collapsed almost beyond redemption, one of the best remedies is to get back to the basics. Those from the sports world know this quite well. Poor performance in a tournament will most likely result in the coach insisting that the players get back to the basics like working...

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Let's strive to live together in peace and as one

The Easter season is upon us once again. A time for many families to spend some time together away from the daily rat race that keeps us away from our loved ones as we go about chasing that last penny we hope will make our lives a little more comfortable. I travelled to Uganda for basically the...

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka23: Lessons from Rwanda

Even for those who were not in Rwanda in the early days of April 1994 each year brings a sense of how the mood was 23 years ago. Many have talked about how climate change has affected rain patterns but the rains of April still show up each year to remind the rest of us what it was like for Tutsis...

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

The SGR trains should turn us travellers, into royalty

So much has been said about the Standard Gauge Railway and how it is supposed to transform the East African region. At some point the stories were all so rosy you would think the train would also cure the deadly cancer called corruption as East Africans rode on it. We were told of how it was going...

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fake news is much harder to sell with fake pictures

I don’t think there is a time in history where it has been more challenging to be a journalist or content producer (as the digital natives would say) as is the case today. The ease of getting information across has also made it so easy for misinformation to thrive. Those with real information...

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Rwanda offers free lessons on life without plastic bags

As I sat to write this, East Africa was in a state of shock after news filtered in on Friday morning of the gruesome murder of Uganda’s Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi along with his driver and bodyguard by armed gunmen just as they were heading out to work. Afande...

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Lessons from a week on Rwandan upcountry roads

As I briefly mentioned last week in this space, I was on the road for quite a while as part of a team that was charged with amplifying the message that Rwandans should invest in the stock market by, for example, buying the shares that the government of Rwanda owned in the country’s oldest...

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Reformation of schools should include eradication of brutal cultures

I spent my week travelling around Rwanda from one corner to the other and not spending a night in the same place. I felt like a fugitive always checking into a hotel, checking out the next day and checking into another one soon after.  I love travelling and although my recent travels were...

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Stories of hunger and xenophobia, not again 'Africa'

There is a reason why Africa is in quotes up there. The Africa referred to in the title is the lazy media construct that bundles the continent with the most diverse cultures, languages and number of countries as one homogenous unit. This branding rides on the cases of conflict, disease and poverty...

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kigali’s new Mayor has his work cut out

A friend of mine recently dropped by Kigali from Kampala for a few days. We met for a drink and one of the things that had caught his eye was the fact that the road on the side of the Kigali Convention Centre was closed off. He found this out as he tried to get to the newly opened Kigali Heights,...

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Kiswahili is not so new, making it official is what is new

When something happens close to where you are, then you are the expert on the subject. When news filtered in that Rwandan lawmakers had added Kiswahili to the language menu, friends from different parts of the world turned me into a freelance parliamentary spokesperson by asking me whether it was...

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

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