Go get yourself a slice of Crystal IPO

On Thursday, Crystal telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Crystal Ventures Ltd (CVL) and a shareholder in MTN Rwanda issued an IPO on our nascent bourse.  This IPO aims at raising some $41 million, which according to CVL executives, will be used in investing into new ventures such as energy...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Burundi’s crisis is far from 'third' term talk

Burundi is on the brink of a major crisis, one that can potentially plunge this country into a serious conflict, if nothing is done to nip it in the bud. The situation on the ground remains volatile with the death toll increasing and hundreds of protestors getting locked up. As protests persist...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why Rwanda's concerns over Burundi crisis are legitimate

The Government of Rwanda issued a statement on Monday in which it expressed serious concern” over the deteriorating political situation in neighboring Burundi. Many eyes were on Rwanda, waiting to see its position and when a statement came out, some described it as short of detail but...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Welcome 'home' Gen Dallaire, take the good message back to Canada

The good old General from Canada is in town, a town in which he lived for almost two years, until late 1994, and where he witnessed the worst form of human insanity, which in his own words, will remain etched on his heart for as long as he lives. The retired Lt Gen Romeo Dallaire, who has also...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 12:00 AM

Instead of being bullish, the BBC should eat humble pie

Two weeks ago, the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU) rejected a complaint lodged by a group of scholars, researchers and journalists questioning the credibility of the infamous BBC documentary, ‘Rwanda, the Untold Story.’ Late last year, a group of about 50 individuals,...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

The 'Police State' is home to Africa's happiest people

Twenty-one years ago, things did not only look gloomy for Rwanda, they simply did not add up. The madness that engulfed this country leading to the brutal slaughter of 1 million people is a filthy part of our history that we will always live with. But much as we take stock of this history, we also...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwanda Inc. and tale of a performing CEO

In 2007, an article appeared in Fortune magazine with a bold headline, “Why CEOs love Rwanda.” The article was in reaction to President Paul Kagame’s corporate endorsement at an annual shareholder meeting for Starbucks - a rare opportunity for an African Head of State. The...

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

RMC got it wrong on BBC

I have been reading a few comments purportedly made by the Chairman of the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) on the recent suspension of BBC Great Lakes section.  The Chairman of this organ, quoted both in local and regional media as well as on different social media platforms, questioned...

Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Need for an audit on institutional merger

It’s almost four years since government adopted the policy on merger of institutions to create different Boards. The philosophy behind merging institution lies in the need to build synergies, optimize use of resources, avoid duplication of duties and ultimately lead to efficient delivery of...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Miss the train at your own peril

Few of us know what EDPRS II is all about. In fact, a good number of us can hardly outline what EDPRS I was about and what it achieved. I am told in one of the surveys conducted, some respondents referred to EDPRS 1 as a ‘funding project’ within the Ministry of Finance and at the start...

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

HRW, GoE, Bruguière and Genocide Commemoration

This year’s 19th Genocide commemoration that starts off on Sunday takes place amidst a ‘silence’ we have not seen before.  It’s probably the only commemoration in the recent past where we remember victims of this slaughter without wasting precious time responding to...

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

Gov’t retreat; Maybe we should all go into retreat

Today marks the first day of the annual leadership retreat scheduled to consume three days of this holy week. For the second year, the retreat shifts from the luxurious lakeside Serena Kivu hotel to a military base.  The change in venue from a lakeshore five-star hotel to ‘bushy’...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

2017 succession, the obstacles we need to overcome

My last article on the succession debate drew a wave of reactions, some quite insightful and others a reflection of the anxiety that this topic is generating.My wish was to put this debate to rest because sustaining it in the media for the next four years is as tough as paddling upstream.But truth...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

Tough questions in 2017 succession debate

A lot has been written and said about the 2017 transition ever since President Kagame added his voice to this debate during the Feb 08th RPF cadres meeting.In line with this discussion, I recently engaged some individuals, especially a section of the young middle class to have their take on this...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

The daunting task ahead for RPF cadres

The homework that President Paul Kagame gave RPF cadres during last week’s special session of the party’s expanded National Executive Committee has left tongues wagging in many circles. His challenge for RPF cadres was simple. Come 2017, when the President is officially supposed to step...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

ICTR and Monusco: Two bedfellows

If there is anything to motivate a review of the functioning of UN missions, then the legacy of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (Monusco) should inspire this decision. These two UN missions share a lot in common. They bring...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:00 AM

Too many cooks in solving DRC crisis

I have lost count of the different groupings and international organisations engaged in finding a solution for the current crisis in DRC.As a matter of fact, if you asked me about progress made so far, I certainly cannot point to any since the entire process seems to have been hijacked.The fact...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

We are not a soccer nation, let’s try another sport

As the biennially African Cup of Nation tournament gains momentum in South Africa, Rwanda continues to witness a prolonged drought of absence from this major continental contest. As such, local football pundits have taken to the airwaves, scoffing at the national soccer governing body, Ferwafa, and...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:00 AM

Kagame’s critics need fresh ideas

The holiday season is over and the fellows that have made it their trade to demonise whatever happens in this country are back to business.They enjoyed an easy ride last year--harassing and bullying whoever stood up to question their lies.  Rwanda’s crime was a simple one---offering her...

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 AM

Winner takes-it-all will be disastrous for Kenya

Kenya is gearing up for elections in March this year. As the big boys of the region go into the polls, all eyes are on this nation blessed with a coastline, whose strategic position and influence cannot be undermined.  There is something very unique about Kenyan politics that you hardily see...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 12:00 AM