Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Kigali is great for jogging but sometimes we just want to sit

I am writing this while away from Kigali both physically and to a large extent mentally. This therefore means that my finger on the city’s beat is not firm enough. I heard from somewhere that today some roads will be closed off to allow city dwellers to indulge in healthy activities away from...

Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

As a region we should all be celebrating the 'new' Tanzania

These are very interesting times for those who enjoy following events concerning the East African region. Although the region has five countries with South Sudan slowly making its way as the sixth, a lot of focus remains around Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Rwanda always has a good story,...

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

[PHOTOS] Exploring Istanbul's historical gems

One of the coolest things about using an airplane is the fact that you can use the toilet while flying thousands of feet above the ground. I however don’t find it so cool given that the toilets are annoyingly small and you often feel like the air hostesses are so close and will hear any sound you...

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

One young person with an idea can impact lives of hundreds, says DOT founder Janet Longmore

Janet Longmore is the president, founder and chief executive of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a global social interprise that focuses on empowering the youth. The New Times’ Allan Brian Ssenyonga caught up with Longmore on her recent visit to Rwanda for the World Economic Forum on Africa,...

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

The WEF and how Rwanda endeavors to do better

The much anticipated World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) did come to Rwanda eventually and as expected Rwandans did not disappoint. Months of preparation to ensure that guests leave with a worthwhile experience were not in vain although I feel it was a tough time for those who had to prepare. You...

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

So much to learn from the coastal towns of Kenya

Tourism is a big cash cow for almost all East African countries. A lot of foreign exchange is earned through tourism but more importantly the sector employs a lot people both directly and indirectly. This region is blessed with some of the best attractions from the big five to mountain gorillas...

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Why does the rain continue to beat us the same way?

This coming week kicks off on a high note for Rwanda with all eyes on the country as it hosts over 1200 delegates from around the world, including government leaders, academics, business leaders and media personalities, for the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa that will take place from May 11-13...

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

It is not just the elephants that are dying; jobs too

Yesterday, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta set ablaze 105 tonnes of ivory at the Nairobi National Park. We are talking about 16000 pieces of ivory from about 8000 elephants. This is not the first time that Kenya is getting rid of a stockpile of ivory; it has been done before starting in 1989...

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

[PHOTOS] Karongi, Rwanda's beauty spot that is ripe for investment

Rwanda is often referred to as the land of a thousand hills. It’s hard to dispute this given that you see hills everywhere you turn. I am not sure if anyone has ever done the actual counting but at my age I wouldn’t volunteer to count anything besides money. However, the hills being everywhere...

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Major EAC infrastructure projects were long overdue

This past week has come with so much drama it feels like the week even had more days than the weeks before. I have to keep reminding myself that South Sudan is now part of us (East African Community) and so I make an effort to keep track of what is happening there. As I wrote this, the whole...

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rwanda's Genocide memorial sites are vital life lessons

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda happened when I was just completing my primary school education in Uganda. There was no internet then but it soon affected us as Ugandans in ways we had never anticipated. Being a neighbour to Rwanda and with deep social links, the deaths across the...

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

We should never ignore hate speech by politicians

It is that time of the year when the rest of the world joins the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. That single event is undeniably the most gruesome thing to have happened in recent times. The scale and intensity at which it happened left scars that will take...

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

A single airspace will breathe life into our tourism industry

There are several things that unite member states of the East African Community (EAC) and tourism is certainly one of them. Unlike other areas, our region took ages to find any serious precious things under the soil so we focused on what we could do with the soil and what was on it. We tilled the...

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

A close brush with 'hell' in my Malindi escapades

There are some things that you may never believe until you experience them. For example I had no idea that a flight from Kigali to Bujumbura takes a mere 10 minutes. I found this out one morning while on a flight to Nairobi from Kigali that went via Bujumbura. When I heard the pilot talking about...

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

EAC's cocktail of yellow fever, violence and domestic tourism

It is that time of the year where the decent thing to say to those you meet is, Happy Easter. It is more of a ritual and many don’t give it much thought when saying it or receiving because that is just how rituals are set up. You give and receive. No questions.   However if you are in...

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Rubavu: Rwanda's resort town with the key to unlocking domestic tourism

A couple of years back Kigali was not such a busy town and it was not rare to hear visitors from neighbouring countries wondering why life was so slow in Rwanda using Kigali as their benchmark. In those days shops would close for long lunch breaks and it was nearly miraculous to walk to the...

Sunday, March 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Let us expand the debate on second-hand clothes

I always enjoy debates, the more controversial the better. In the school system, debates help children to develop their confidence levels, improve their public speaking skills as well the ability to articulate an idea. In fact, I am convinced that a strong debating culture is as important to a...

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Juba should be ready to make East Africans feel at home

Now that the East African Community has grown bigger with the addition of South Sudan some things need to be made clear from the onset. My column last week was rather diplomatic and only focused on welcoming our South Sudanese brothers and sisters to this wonderful community. However other...

Sunday, March 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Hello South Sudan, welcome aboard this EAC vessel

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli hosted other East African Community leaders in the beautiful Arusha town for the 17th EAC Summit where some major announcements were made. The event in itself was historic in many ways even before we can talk about the pronouncements that came out...

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Kenyans have seen where the tourism winds are blowing

Some of my Kenyan relatives are still bitter with the off cuff remarks that President Uhuru Kenyatta made while on a visit to Israel when he said, the reason Kenya was lagging behind was because Kenyans were only good at abusing each other, promoting tribalism and are experienced thieves. I...

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

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